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By Hausset and Princess Lamballe

A liar ought to have a good memory

Air of science calculated to deceive the vulgar

And scarcely a woman; for your answers are very short

Bad habit of talking very indiscreetly before others

Beaumarchais sent arms to the Americans

Because he is fat, he is thought dull and heavy

Can make a Duchess a beggar, but cannot make a beggar a Duchess

Canvassing for a majority to set up D'Orleans

Clergy enjoyed one-third the national revenues

Clouds--you may see what you please in them

Danger of confiding the administration to noblemen

Dared to say to me, so he writes

Dead always in fault, and cannot be put out of sight too soon

Declaring the Duke of Orleans the constitutional King

Do not repulse him in his fond moments

Educate his children as quietists in matters of religion

Embonpoint of the French Princesses

Fatal error of conscious rectitude

Feel themselves injured by the favour shown to others

Few individuals except Princesses do with parade and publicity

Foolishly occupying themselves with petty matters

Frailty in the ambitious, through which the artful can act

French people do not do things by halves

Fresh proof of the intrigues of the Jesuits

He who quits the field loses it

Honesty is to be trusted before genius

How difficult it is to do good

I dared not touch that string

Infinite astonishment at his sharing the common destiny

It is an ill wind that blows no one any good

Judge of men by the company they keep

Laughed at qualities she could not comprehend

Les culottes--what do you call them?' 'Small clothes'

Listeners never hear any good of themselves

Madame made the Treaty of Sienna

Many an aching heart rides in a carriage

Mind well stored against human casualties

Money the universal lever, and you are in want of it

More dangerous to attack the habits of men than their religion

My little English protegee

No phrase becomes a proverb until after a century's experience

Offering you the spectacle of my miseries

Only retire to make room for another race

Over-caution may produce evils almost equal to carelessness

Panegyric of the great Edmund Burke upon Marie Antoinette

Pension is granted on condition that his poems are never printed

People in independence are only the puppets of demagogues

Pleasure of making a great noise at little expense

Policy, in sovereigns, is paramount to every other

Quiet work of ruin by whispers and detraction

Regardlessness of appearances

Revolution not as the Americans, founded on grievances

Ridicule, than which no weapon is more false or deadly

Salique Laws

Sending astronomers to Mexico and Peru, to measure the earth

Sentiment is more prompt, and inspires me with fear

She always says the right thing in the right place

She drives quick and will certainly be overturned on the road

Suppression of all superfluous religious institutions

Sworn that she had thought of nothing but you all her life

Thank Heaven, I am out of harness

The King remained as if paralysed and stupefied

These expounders--or confounders--of codes

To be accused was to incur instant death

To despise money, is to despise happiness, liberty...

Traducing virtues the slanderers never possessed

Underrated what she could not imitate

We look upon you as a cat, or a dog, and go on talking

We say "inexpressibles"

When the only security of a King rests upon his troops

Where the knout is the logician

Who confound logic with their wishes

Wish art to eclipse nature

You tell me bad news: having packed up, I had rather go

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