Never tell a loved one of an infidelity: you would be badly rewarded for your troubles. Although one dislikes being deceived, one likes even less to be undeceived.— Ninon De L'Enclos
The most wonderful Ninon De L'Enclos quotes that are little-known but priceless
That which is striking and beautiful is not always good, but that which is good is always beautiful.
The resistance of a woman is not always a proof of her virtue, but more frequently of her experience.
Love never dies of starvation, but often of indigestion.
There are no perfect women in the world; only hypocrites exhibit no defects.
Men lose more conquests by their own awkwardness than by any virtue in the woman.
A woman is more influenced by what she divines than by what she is told.
A cunning woman is her own mistress because she confides in no one.
She who deceives others anticipates deceit, and guards herself.
Gossip, like ennui, is born of idleness.
Ennui, the parent of expensive and ruinous vices.
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.
Inconstancy is the child of satiety.
It takes a hundred times more skill to make love than to command an army.
I have always sworn to my lovers to love them eternally, but for me eternity is a quarter of an hour.
One must choose between loving women and knowing them.
There is always a moment in the pyramid of our lives when the apex is reached.
The secret known to two is no longer a secret.
Firmness is great; persistency is greater.
It is strange that modesty is the rule for women when what they most value in men is boldness.
Fair is not fair, but that which pleaseth.
I hold those wise who know how to be happy.
Soft moonlight and tender love harmonize together wonderfully.
That which is striking and beautiful is not always good; but that which is good is always beautiful.
Gentleness! more powerful than Hercules.
There are other things besides beauty with which to captivate the hearts of men.
The Italians have a saying: "Fair is not fair, but that which pleaseth.
The passions do not die out; they burn out.
A man is given the choice between loving women and understanding them.
Oaths are the counterfeit money with which we pay the sacrifice of love.
Equality is the share of every one at their advent upon earth, and equality is also theirs when placed beneath it.
Who has not raised a tombstone, here and there, over buried hopes and dead joys, on the road of life? Like the scars of the heart, they are not to be obliterated.
When our desires are fulfilled, we never fail to realize the wealth of imagination and the paucity of reality.
Old age is women's hell.
The mind has great advantages over the body;
however the body often furnishes little treats ... which offer the mind relief from sad thoughts.
What is death, after all? We leave only mortals behind us.
Novelty is the storehouse of pleasure.
It is not enough to be wise, one must be engaging.
If God had to give a woman wrinkles, He might at least have put them on the soles of her feet.
A woman should not take a lover without the consent of her heart, nor a husband without the consent of her reason.
There is a certain time of life, when we value a good stomach more than the mind.
Glances are the first billets-doux of love.
Hatred is nearly always honest--rarely, if ever, assumed. So much cannot be said for love.
If a man needs a religion to conduct himself properly in this world, it is a sign that he has either a limited mind or a corrupt heart.
The loss of friends is a tax on age!
The greatest potential for control the ends to exist at the point where action takes place.
Old age is a woman's hell.
We should lay in a store of food, but never of pleasures; these should be gathered day by day.
Love without desire is a delusion: it does not exist in nature.
Indiscretion and wickedness, be it known, are first cousins.
After the age of eighty, all contemporaries are friends.
Memory is ever active, ever true. Alas, if it were only as easy to forget!