Marie Antoinette: The Portrait of an Average Woman Quotes.

1. "Lightly, caressingly, Marie Antoinette picked up the crown as a gift. She was still too young to know that life never gives anything for nothing, and that a price is always exacted for what fate bestows. She did not think she would have to pay a price. She simply accepted the rights of her royal position and performed no duties in exchange. She wanted to combine two things which are, in actual human experience, incompatible; she wanted to reign and at the same time to enjoy."
- Stefan Zweig, Marie Antoinette: The Portrait of an Average Woman

2. "Lightly, caressingly, Marie Antoinette picked up the crown as a gift. She was still too young to know that life never gives anything for nothing, and that a price is always exacted for what fate bestows. She did not think she would have to pay a price."
- Stefan Zweig, Marie Antoinette: The Portrait of an Average Woman

3. "Not one of the European rulers would put himself about in the attempt to save Marie Antoinette, so that Mercy scornfully declared: They would not have tried to save her even if they had with their own eyes seen her mounting the steps to the guillotine."
- Stefan Zweig, Marie Antoinette: The Portrait of an Average Woman

4. "The woman who had been born in an imperial palace, and then, as Queen of France, had had hundreds of rooms in her dwelling house, was now imprisoned in a tiny basement cell, its walls streaming with damp, and its grated window half occluded."
- Stefan Zweig, Marie Antoinette: The Portrait of an Average Woman

5. "The desire to ascend in the social scale does not make itself felt until the intellect awakens. Up to the tenth, and often up to the fifteenth year, almost every child belonging to a well-to-do family envies its proletarian schoolmates, to whom so many things are permissible which for the respectable are placed under taboo."
- Stefan Zweig, Marie Antoinette: The Portrait of an Average Woman

6. "She did what is the most dangerous thing anyone can do in politics; she discoursed without having the most remote acquaintance with the subject; she amateurishly thrust her fingers into every pie, interfering in matters of the utmost moment; she used her overwhelming influence with the King exclusively on behalf of her favorites."
- Stefan Zweig, Marie Antoinette: The Portrait of an Average Woman

7. "But this first installation was by no means the last. Every year the Queen had some new fancy for beautifying her miniature kingdom with more highly artificial and more natural additions and alterations."
- Stefan Zweig, Marie Antoinette: The Portrait of an Average Woman

8. "Persistently trying to hoodwink one another, the Emperor, the kings, the princes, and the revolutionaries created an atmosphere of general distrust (like that which poisons the world today); and, in the end, though they had not directly purposed anything of the kind, they involved twenty-five million men in the cataract or a war which lasted for twenty-five years."
- Stefan Zweig, Marie Antoinette: The Portrait of an Average Woman

9. "she was never to be allowed to exchange a word with him; and that she was forbidden to pay him a visit even when he was ailing. He was quarantined from her as if she had been suffering from the plague. She was actually forbidden to converse with Simon the shoemaker, the boy’s tutor, from whom she might have gleaned a little information about her son. His seclusion from her was to be unconditional and absolute."
- Stefan Zweig, Marie Antoinette: The Portrait of an Average Woman

10. "were uproariously demanding relief from their intolerable miseries — in this Potemkin sideshow there prevailed a preposterous and mendacious comfort."
- Stefan Zweig, Marie Antoinette: The Portrait of an Average Woman

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