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Quotes and Images From Memoirs of Marie Antoinette

Produced by David Widger



By Madame Campan

A man born solely to contradict

Advised the King not to separate himself from his army

Ah, Madame, we have all been killed in our masters' service!

Alas! her griefs double mine!

Allowed her candles and as much firewood as she wanted

Better to die than to implicate anybody

Brought me her daughter Hortense de Beauharnais

Carried the idea of the prerogative of rank to a high pitch

Common and blamable practice of indulgence

Condescension which renders approbation more offensive

Customs are nearly equal to laws

Difference between brilliant theories and the simplest practice

Dignified tone which alone secures the respect due to power

Displaying her acquirements with rather too much confidence

Duc d'Orleans, when called on to give his vote for death of King

Elegant entertainments were given to Doctor Franklin

Etiquette still existed at Court, dignity alone was wanting

Extreme simplicity was the Queens first and only real mistake

Fashion of wearing a black coat without being in mourning

Favourite of a queen is not, in France, a happy one

Formed rather to endure calamity with patience than to contend

Grand-Dieu, mamma! will it be yesterday over again?

Happiness does not dwell in palaces

He is afraid to command

His ruin was resolved on; they passed to the order of the day

His seraglio in the Parc-aux-Cerfs

History of the man with the iron mask

How can I have any regret when I partake your misfortunes

I hate all that savours of fanaticism

I do not like these rhapsodies

I love the conveniences of life too well

If ever I establish a republic of women....

Indulge in the pleasure of vice and assume the credit of virtue

King (gave) the fatal order to the Swiss to cease firing

La Fayette to rescue the royal family and convey them to Rouen

Leave me in peace; be assured that I can put no heir in danger

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