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Joséphine de Beauharnais
“A letter is the portrait of the soul ...”
“My garden is the most beautiful thing in the world.”
“[On Napoleon:] The Emperor is too grand for anybody to tell him the truth, everybody who surrounds him flatters him all day long.”
“[On Napoleon assuming power in France:] The time of Fable is over, the time of History has begun.”
Joséphine de Beauharnais, Martinique-born empress of France
(1763 - 1814)
Born: Marie-Josephe-Rose de Tascher de la Pagerie.