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Marie Anne de Vichy-Chamrond, marquise du Deffand

Birthdate: 25. September 1697
Date of death: 23. August 1780

Marie Anne de Vichy-Chamrond, marquise du Deffand was a French hostess and patron of the arts.

Quotes Marie Anne de Vichy-Chamrond, marquise du Deffand

„The distance is nothing; it is only the first step that is difficult.“

—  Marie Anne de Vichy-Chamrond, marquise du Deffand

La distance n'y fait rien; il n'y a que le premier pas qui coûte.
Comment on the legend told by the Cardinal de Polignac that St. Denis, carrying his head in his hands, walked two leagues. Letter to Jean Le Rond d'Alembert (1763-07-07). Voltaire wrote to Madame du Deffand (January 1764) that one of her bon-mots was quoted in the notes of La Pucelle, canto 1: "Il n'y a que le premier pas qui coûte.".

„He has invented history.“

—  Marie Anne de Vichy-Chamrond, marquise du Deffand

Il a inventé l'histoire.
Referring to Voltaire; quoted in Édouard Fournier, L'esprit dans l'histoire: Recherches et curiosités sur les mots historiques, third edition (1879), ch. XLVII (p. 306).

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