Marie Antoinette quotes

Born
2 November 1755 Hofburg Palace, Vienna, Austria.

Died
16 October 1793.

Occupation
Queen.

Marie Antoinette was the last Queen of France before the French Revolution. She was born an Archduchess of Austria, and was the penultimate child and youngest daughter of Empress Maria Theresa and Francis I, Holy Roman Emperor.

There is nothing new except what has been forgotten.
– Marie Antoinette
In a month’s time, I shall be able to give your Majesty news of the Comtesse de Provence, for the marriage is fixed for May 14th; they had prepared many fetes for this marriage, but now they are economising in them for want of money.
– Marie Antoinette
No harm will come to me. The Assembly is prepared to treat us leniently.
– Marie Antoinette
I pity my brother Ferdinand, knowing by my own feelings how sad a thing it is to live apart from one’s family.
– Marie Antoinette
The King of Prussia is innately a bad neighbor, but the English will also always be bad neighbors to France, and the sea has never prevented them from doing her great mischief.
– Marie Antoinette
Let them eat cake.
– Marie Antoinette
It is true I am rather taken up with dress; but as to feathers, every one wears them, and it would seem extraordinary if I did not.
– Marie Antoinette
The king is full of kindnesses toward me, and I love him tenderly. But it is pitiable to see his weakness for Madame du Barri, who is the silliest and most impertinent creature that it is possible to conceive.
– Marie Antoinette
I should be very sorry if the Germans disapproved of me.
– Marie Antoinette
I was a queen, and you took away my crown; a wife, and you killed my husband; a mother, and you deprived me of my children. My blood alone remains: take it, but do not make me suffer long.
– Marie Antoinette
My tastes are not those of the king, who has none, except for hunting and mechanic’s labour.
– Marie Antoinette
My mother sees things but from the distance; she does not weigh them in regard to my position, and she judges me too harshly. But she is my mother, who loves me dearly; and when she speaks, I can only bow my head.
– Marie Antoinette
It would be doing me great injustice to think that I have any feeling of indifference to my country; I have more reason than anyone to feel, every day of my life, the value of the blood which flows in my veins, and it is only from prudence that at times I abstain from showing how proud I am of it.
– Marie Antoinette
You can be assured that I need no one’s guidance in anything concerning propriety.
– Marie Antoinette
I have seen all, I have heard all, I have forgotten all.
– Marie Antoinette
The king and the dauphin both like to see me on horseback. I only say this because all the world perceives it, and especially while we were absent from Versailles, they were delighted to see me in my riding habit.
– Marie Antoinette
No one understands my ills, nor the terror that fills my breast, who does not know the heart of a mother.
– Marie Antoinette
My dear mamma is quite right when she says that we must lay down principles and not depart from them. The king will not have the same weaknesses as his grandfather. I hope that he will have no favorites; but I am afraid that he is too mild and too easy. You may depend upon it that I will not draw the king into any great expenses.
– Marie Antoinette
I have begun the ‘History of England’ by Mr. Hume. It seems to me very interesting, though it is necessary to recollect that it is a Protestant who has written it.
– Marie Antoinette
Courage! I have shown it for years; think you I shall lose it at the moment when my sufferings are to end?
– Marie Antoinette