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Marie Antoinette

  • [On the way to the guillotine:] Courage! I have shown it for years; think you I shall lose it at the moment when my sufferings are to end?

    • Marie Antoinette,
    • 1793, in Frank Boott Goodrich, Women of Beauty and Heroism ()
  • ... it is the nature of human beings, and especially of the mediocre ones, to wish to change everything. They desire it all the more because they know popularity will accrue rather to those who disturb than to those who maintain order.

    • Marie Antoinette,
    • 1791, in Oscar-Gustaf de Heidenstam, ed., The Letters of Marie Antoinette, Fersen and Barnave ()
  • ... one's enjoyment is doubled when one can share it with a friend — and where can one find a more affectionate, a more intimate friend than in one's own family?

    • Marie Antoinette,
    • 1793, in Stefan Zweig, Marie Antoinette ()
  • Tribulation first makes one realize what one is.

    • Marie Antoinette,
    • in Stefan Zweig, Marie Antoinette ()
  • [During the bread riots of 1788 Marie Antoinette 'contributed abundantly from her own purse to public relief' (per Will & Ariel Durant), but she is nevertheless incorrectly quoted repeating a much older remark:] If the people have no bread, let them eat cake.

    • Marie Antoinette
  • There is nothing new except what has been forgotten.

    • Marie Antoinette

Marie Antoinette, Austrian-born French queen

(1755 - 1793)

Born: Marie-Antoinette-Jeanne-Josephe, Archduchess of Austria.