It is quite certain that in seeing the people who treat us so well despite their own misfortune, we are more obliged than ever to work hard for their happiness. The king seems to understand this truth; as for myself, I know that in my whole life (even if I live for a hundred years) I shall never forget the day of the coronation.
After learning of the bread shortages that were occurring in Paris at the time of Louis XVI's coronation in Rheims, as quoted in Marie Antoinette by Antonia Fraser (2001, pg. 135). Tradition persists that Marie Antoinette joked "Let them eat cake!" (Qu'ils mangent de la brioche!) This phrase, however, occurs in a passage of Jean-Jacques Rousseau's Confessions, written in 1766, when Marie Antoinette was 11 years old and four years before her marriage to Louis XVI. Cf. The Straight Dope, "On Language" by William Safire at The New York Times.
We had a beautiful dream and that was all ... I could not have any pleasure in the world if I abandoned my children. … I do not even have any regrets.Marie AntoinetteMarie Antoinette to the Chevalier Jarjayes on his persuading her to escape alone from the Tower; Lettres, II. p. 433; also quoted in Marie Antoinette : The Journey (2001) by Antonia Fraser
Courage! I have shown it for years; think you I shall lose it at the moment when my sufferings are to end?Marie AntoinetteResponding to the priest who had accompanied her to the foot of the guillotine, who had whispered, "This is the moment, Madame, to arm yourself with courage." Quoted in Womenof Beauty and Heroism (1859) by Frank B. Goodrich
Courage? The moment when my troubles are going to end is not the moment when my courage is going to fail me.Marie AntoinetteAs quoted in Marie Antoinette (2008) by Jane Bingham, p. 39
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