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Françoise de Maintenon

  • Pleasure and pain, the good and the bad, are so intermixed that we can not shun the one without depriving ourselves of the other.

    • Françoise de Maintenon,
    • in J. De Finod, ed., A Thousand Flashes of French Wit, Wisdom, and Wickedness ()
  • ... three-fourths of all marriages are unhappy.

    • Françoise de Maintenon,
    • 1694, in Katharine Prescott Wormeley, The Correspondence of Madame, Princess Palatine, Marie-Adélaïde de Savoie, and Madame de Maintenon ()
  • It is with many enterprises as with striking fire; we do not meet with success except by reiterated efforts, and often at the instant when we despaired of success.

    • Françoise de Maintenon
  • Hope says to us constantly, 'Go on, go on,' and leads us thus to the grave.

    • Françoise de Maintenon
  • The true way to soften one's troubles is to solace those of others.

    • Françoise de Maintenon

Françoise de Maintenon, French second wife of King Louis XIV

(1635 - 1719)

Full name: Françoise d’Aubigné, Marquise de Maintenon.