About Ninon de L'Enclos:
Anne "Ninon" de l'Enclos was a French author, courtesan, freethinker, and patron of the arts.
Old age is a woman's hell.
The joy of the mind is the measure of its strength.
The more sins you confess, the more books you will sell.
Every action we take, everything we do, is either a victory or defeat in the struggle to become what we want to be.
Today a new sun rises for me; everything lives, everything is animated, everything seems to speak to me of my passion, everything invites me to cherish it.
Words really flattering are not those which we prepare but those which escape us unthinkingly.
Feminine virtue is nothing but a convenient masculine invention.
If God had to give a woman wrinkles, He might at least have put them on the soles of her feet.
The resistance of a woman is not always a proof of her virtue, but more frequently of her experience.
That which is striking and beautiful is not always good, but that which is good is always beautiful.
Actors ought to be larger than life. You come across quite enough ordinary, nondescript people in daily life and I don't see why you should be subjected to them on the stage too.
A sensible woman should be guided by her head when taking a husband, and by her heart when taking a lover.
Love never dies of starvation, but often of indigestion.
Men lose more conquests by their own awkwardness than by any virtue in the woman.
It is strange that modesty is the rule for women when what they most value in men is boldness.
A man is given the choice between loving women and understanding them.