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PostPosted: 23 Aug 2014, 12:45 

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Ninon de l'Enclos

Anne "Ninon" de l'Enclos also spelled Ninon de Lenclos and Ninon de Lanclos (10 November 1620 – 17 October 1705) was a French author, courtesan, freethinker, and patron of the arts.


Born Anne de Lenclos in Paris, she was nicknamed "Ninon" by her father at an early age. In 1632 her father was exiled from France after a duel, and when her mother died ten years later the unmarried Ninon entered a convent, only to leave the next year.

Returning to Paris, she became a popular figure in the salons, and her own drawing room became a centre for the discussion and consumption of the literary arts. In her early thirties she was responsible for encouraging the young Molière, and when she died she left money for the son of her accountant, a nine-year old named François Marie Arouet, later to become better known as Voltaire, so he could buy books.

It was during this period that her life as a courtesan began. Ninon took a succession of notable and wealthy lovers, including the king's cousin the Great Condé, Gaston de Coligny, and François, duc de La Rochefoucauld. These men did not support her, however; she prided herself on her independent income. "Ninon always had crowds of adorers but never more than one lover at a time, and when she tired of the present occupier, she said so frankly and took another. Yet such was the authority of this wanton, that no man dared fall out with his successful rival; he was only too happy to be allowed to visit as a familiar friend," Saint-Simon wrote. This life (not as acceptable in those days as it would become in later years) and her opinions on organized religion caused her some trouble, and she was imprisoned in the Madelonnettes Convent in 1656 at the behest of Anne of Austria, Queen of France and regent for her son Louis XIV. Not long after, however, she was visited by Christina, former queen of Sweden. Impressed, Christina wrote to Cardinal Mazarin on Ninon's behalf and arranged for her release.

In response, as an author she defended the possibility of living a good life in the absence of religion, notably in 1659's La coquette vengée ("The Flirt Avenged"). She was also noted for her wit; among her numerous sayings and quips are "Much more genius is needed to make love than to command armies" and "We should take care to lay in a stock of provisions, but not of pleasures: these should be gathered day by day."

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PostPosted: 23 Aug 2014, 13:54 

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Qoutes by Ninon de l'Enclos

A cunning woman is her own mistress because she confides in no one. She who deceives others anticipates deceit, and guards herself.

A woman is more influenced by what she divines than by what she is told.

Alas, for the treachery of opportunity!

Awkwardness in full dress.

Ennui, the parent of expensive and ruinous vices.

Equality is the share of every one at their advent upon earth, and equality is also theirs when placed beneath it.

Firmness is great; persistency is greater.

Friendship should be in the singular; it can be no more plural than love.

Gentleness! more powerful than Hercules.

Glances are the first billets-doux of love.

Gossip, like ennui, is born of idleness.

Hatred is nearly always honest—rarely, if ever, assumed. So much cannot be said for love.

How is it that even castaways can give such good advice?

Inconstancy is the child of satiety.

Indiscretion and wickedness, be it known, are first cousins.

Love never dies of starvation, but often of indigestion.

Memory is ever active, ever true. Alas, if it were only as easy to forget!

Novelty is the storehouse of pleasure.

Oaths are the counterfeit money with which we pay the sacrifice of love.

That which is striking and beautiful is not always good, but that which is good is always beautiful.

The blossom of love.

The less heart, the more comfort.

The passions do not die out; they burn out.

The secret known to two is no longer a secret.

There are no perfect women in the world; only hypocrites exhibit no defects.

There are other things besides beauty with which to captivate the hearts of men. The Italians have a saying: “Fair is not fair, but that which pleaseth.”

There is always a moment in the pyramid of our lives when the apex is reached.

What is death, after all? We leave only mortals behind us.

When our desires are fulfilled, we never fail to realize the wealth of imagination and the paucity of reality.

Who has not raised a tombstone, here and there, over buried hopes and dead joys, on the road of life? Like the scars of the heart, they are not to be obliterated.

Women and flowers are made to be loved for their beauty and sweetness, rather than themselves to love.


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