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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.”
“... three-fourths of all marriages are unhappy.”
“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.”
“Hope says to us constantly, 'Go on, go on,' and leads us thus to the grave.”
“The true way to soften one's troubles is to solace those of others.”
Françoise de Maintenon, French second wife of King Louis XIV
(1635 - 1719)
Full name: Françoise d’Aubigné, Marquise de Maintenon.