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“[Preparing to meet a firing squad in 1917:] Life is an illusion.”
“I have encountered in this world riff-raff and good people. I lose. I win. I defend myself when I am attacked. I take when someone has taken from me. But I beg you to believe me; I have never done an act of espionage against France. Never. Never.”
“My dance is a sacred poem in which each movement is a word and whose every word is underlined by music. The temple in which I dance can be vague or faithfully reproduced, for I am the temple.”
Mata Hari, Dutch dancer, alleged spy
(1876 - 1917)
Real name: Gertrud Margaretha Zelle MacLeod.