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Diane de Poitiers

  • Tact is good taste in action.

    • Diane de Poitiers,
    • 1550, in Winifred Gordon, A Book of Days ()
  • Courage is as often the outcome of despair as hope; in the one case we have nothing to lose, in the other all to gain.

    • Diane de Poitiers,
    • 1550, in Winifred Gordon, A Book of Days ()
  • It is only love that has already fallen sick that is killed by absence.

    • Diane de Poitiers,
    • 1550, in Winifred Gordon, A Book of Days ()
  • We have all known ingratitude, ungrateful we have never been.

    • Diane de Poitiers,
    • 1550, in Winifred Gordon, A Book of Days ()
  • It is easier to win love than to keep it.

    • Diane de Poitiers,
    • 1550, in Winifred Gordon, A Book of Days ()
  • Old age appears hideous to us until we have to choose between it and death.

    • Diane de Poitiers,
    • 1550, in Winifred Gordon, A Book of Days ()
  • It is easier to die for a cause than to live for it.

    • Diane de Poitiers,
    • 1550, in Winifred Gordon, A Book of Days ()
  • ... see well how it often befalls that to rise to the topmost degree would make it seem that the abyss is on high.

    • Diane de Poitiers,
    • 1554, in Jehanne d'Orliac, The Moon Mistress ()
  • To have a good enemy, choose a friend: he knows where to strike.

    • Diane de Poitiers,
    • in Leonard Louis Levinson, ed., Bartlett's Unfamiliar Quotations ()
  • What a marvelous age of technology we are living in — man has no barriers!

    • Diane de Poitiers,
    • 1550, in N.J. Todd, ed., Diane de Poitiers' Book of Days ()
  • Men at any age truly never grow up. All, no matter what importance they may have attained, are still no more than little boys.

    • Diane de Poitiers,
    • 1550, in N.J. Todd, ed., Diane de Poitiers' Book of Days ()
  • How true it is that the years a woman subtracts from her age are not lost. They are added to other women's.

    • Diane de Poitiers,
    • in Shari Beck, ed., A Portrait in Black and White: Diane de Poitiers in Her Own Words ()
  • We only make a dupe of the friend whose advice we ask, for we never tell him all; and it is usually what we have left unsaid that decides our conduct.

    • Diane de Poitiers
  • Calumny is like counterfeit money; many people who would not coin it circulate it without qualms.

    • Diane de Poitiers

Diane de Poitiers, French writer, patron of the arts

(1499 - 1566)

Title: Duchesse de Valentinois.