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One half of my life has put the other half in the grave.
– Pierre Corneille
To win without risk is to triumph without glory.
Oh rage! Oh despair! Oh age, my enemy!
Guess, if you can, and choose, if you dare.
Master of the universe but not of myself, I am the only rebel against my absolute power.
Just vengeance does not call for punishment.
He who allows himself to be insulted deserves to be.
This dark brightness that falls from the stars.
Flee an enemy who knows your weakness.
A true king is neither husband nor father; he considers his throne and nothing else.
A liar is always lavish of oaths.
He who plays advisor is no longer ambassador.
The manner of giving is worth more than the gift.
My reason, it’s true, controls my feelings, but whatever its authority, it doesn’t rule them so much as tyrannize them.
As great as kings may be, they are what we are: they can err like other men.
In recounting our woes, we often soothe them.
Severity is allowable where gentleness has no effect.
To vanquish without peril is to triumph without glory.
We never taste happiness in perfection, our most fortunate successes are mixed with sadness.
We never taste a perfect joy; our happiest successes are mixed with sadness.
Alas, I emerge from one disaster to fall into a worse.
Deceit is the game of petty spirits, and that is by nature a woman’s quality.