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...a fine colour and what a plumpness it gave me. Would not you rather be a duchess than a waiting-maid or a nun, if the King gave you your choice?
_Bossuet_. Pardon me, mademoiselle, I am confounded at the levity of your question.
_Fontanges_. I am in earnest, as you see.
_Bossuet_. Flattery will come before you in other and more dangerous forms: you will be commended for excellences which do not belong to you; and this you will find as injurious to your repose as to your virtue.An ingenuous mind feels in unmerited praise the bitterest reproof.If you reject it, you are unhappy; if you accept it, you are undone. The compliments of a king are of themselves sufficient to pervert your intellect.
_Fontanges_. There you are mistaken twice over. It is not my person that pleases him so greatly: it is my spirit, my wit, my talents, my genius, and that very thing which you have mentioned--what was it? my intellect. He never complimented me the least upon my beauty. Others have said that I am the most beautiful young creature under... Landor, Walter Savage
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