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Marie-Anne de Vichy-Chamrond

  • [On the legend that after being beheaded St. Denis walked six miles with his head in his hands:] It is only the first step that is difficult.

    • Marie-Anne de Vichy-Chamrond,
    • letter to Jean le Rond D'Alembert ()
  • Women are never stronger than when they arm themselves with their weaknesses.

    • Marie-Anne de Vichy-Chamrond,
    • letter to Voltaire, in J. De Finod, ed., A Thousand Flashes of French Wit, Wisdom, and Wickedness ()
  • Shallow men speak of the past, wise men of the present, and fools of the future.

    • Marie-Anne de Vichy-Chamrond,
    • in J. De Finod, ed., A Thousand Flashes of French Wit, Wisdom, and Wickedness ()
  • I love nothing and that is the true cause of my ennui.

    • Marie-Anne de Vichy-Chamrond,
    • Correspondence inédite ()

Marie-Anne de Vichy-Chamrond, French patron of the arts, salonist

(1697 - 1780)

Full name: Marie Anne de Vichy-Chamrond, Marquise du Deffand. (Sometimes seen as Madame du Deffand.)