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Marie de Sevigne
(1626-1696) born on
Feb 05
French diarist. She was a prolific correspondent whose 1700 letters to her daughter reflected the social history of the reign of Louis XIV.
         
   
F
When I step into this library, I cannot understand why I ever step out of it.

R
It is sometimes best to slip over thoughts and not go to the bottom of them.
(Il faut glisser sur les penseÚs et ne pas les approfondir.)
A
. . .the most astonishing, the most surprising, the most marvelous, the most miraculous. . . the greatest, the least, the rarest, the most common, the most public, the most private till today. . . I cannot bring myself to tell you: guess what it is.
N
. . . this life is a perpetual chequer-work of good and evil, pleasure and pain. When in possession of what we desire, we are only so much the nearer losing it; and when at a distance from it, we live in expectation of enjoying it again.
K
We like so much to hear people talk of us and of our motives, that we are charmed even when they abuse us.
 
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: "Letters of Madame de Sevigne to Her Daughter and Friends," 1811.
R: "Letters of Madame de Sevigne to Her Daughter and Friends," 1811.
A: Letter to M. de Coulanges, "Letters of Madame de Sevigne to Her Daughter and Friends," 1811.
N: 22 Sep 1680, "Letters of Madame de Sevigne to Her Daughter and Friends," 1811.
K: "Letters of Madame de Sevigne to Her Daughter and Friends," 1811.
   


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