Ninon de L'Enclos

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Anne "Ninon" de l'Enclose (10 November 162017 October 1705) was a French author, courtesan, and patron of the arts.


  • Que l'on était bien à plaindre quand on avait besoin du secours de la religion pour se conduire , et que c'était la marque d'un esprit bien borné , ou d'un cœur bien corrompu.[1]
    • Translation ("A Lady", 1761): They are either to be pitied or condemned who are obliged to have recourse to religion for the conduct of their lives. 'Tis a sign they have either a narrow soul, or a corrupt heart.
    • Translation (Anon., 1904). Those who need religion to help them to behave as they should, are much to be pitied. It is a sure sign of a limited intellect or of a corrupt heart.


  • That which is striking and beautiful is not always good; but that which is good is always beautiful.
    • Attributed in Lewis Copeland, Best Quotations for All Occasions (1965), p. 19


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