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Joséphine de Beauharnais

  • A letter is the portrait of the soul ...

    • Joséphine de Beauharnais,
    • letter to Napoleon (1803) in Andrea Stuart, The Rose of Martinique: A Life of Napoleon's Josephine ()
  • My garden is the most beautiful thing in the world.

    • Joséphine de Beauharnais,
    • 1813, in Andrea Stuart, The Rose of Martinique: A Life of Napoleon's Josephine ()
  • [On Napoleon:] The Emperor is too grand for anybody to tell him the truth, everybody who surrounds him flatters him all day long.

    • Joséphine de Beauharnais,
    • letter to her son (1807), in Andrea Stuart, The Rose of Martinique: A Life of Napoleon's Josephine ()
  • [On Napoleon assuming power in France:] The time of Fable is over, the time of History has begun.

    • Joséphine de Beauharnais,
    • in Andrea Stuart, The Rose of Martinique: A Life of Napoleon's Josephine ()

Joséphine de Beauharnais, Martinique-born empress of France

(1763 - 1814)

Born: Marie-Josephe-Rose de Tascher de la Pagerie.