MAINTENON, Madam de Quotes
(1635-1719), second wife of Louis XIV of France
Contempt is the only way to triumph over calumny.
Evil report, like the Italian stiletto, is an assassin's weapon.
Who would venture upon the journey of life, if compelled to begin it at the end?
In manners, tranquillity is the supreme power.
It is with many enterprises as with striking fire; we do not meet with success except by reiterated efforts, and often at the instant when we despaired of success.
The true way of softening one's troubles is to solace those of others.
To place wit above sense is to place superfluity above utility.