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“... since piety has become the fashion at Court, dramatic authors imagine that their pieces would be more welcome if they added in a little devotion. At first their plan succeeded, but now no one can bear their comedies.”
“It may be said of happy marriages as of the phoenix — there is but one a century ...”
“If the Cardinal Azolin really poisoned Queen Christina he quite deserved his wretched death. ... The fashion of poisoning people is getting too common; it is said that they silenced the poor Infanta of Spain in the same manner ... ”
“It is so bitterly cold that the wine as well as water freezes in the glasses at the King's table.”
“I fancy that England is not the only place where married folks disagree, and where there are bad husbands. If one does not care to meet with such cases, one must quit this world. Those wishing to enter the marriage state had better not come to me for advice, for I disapprove of it altogether ...”
“One who no longer wishes to laugh had best marry in France; they will soon find that it is no laughing matter.”
“I am grieved to learn, dear Louise, that you have taken to coffee; nothing is so unhealthy, and I see many here who have had to give it up because of the diseases it has brought upon them.”
“We are generally punished by where we have sinned.”
“Coffee is not as necessary to ministers of the reformed faith as to Catholic priests. The latter are not allowed to marry, and coffee is said to induce chastity.”
Charlotte-Elisabeth, German-born French letterwriter
(1652 - 1722)
Best known as Charlotte-Elisabeth, Duchesse d’Orléans. Also: Elisabeth-Charlotte of Bavaria or Princess Elizabeth of the Palatinate.