Marie Antoinette (November 2 1755 – October 16 1793) was Queen of France and Archduchess of Austria. She was the daughter of the Holy Roman Emperor Francis I and his wife Maria Theresa of Austria, the wife of Louis XVI, and the mother of Louis XVII. She was guillotined during the French Revolution. She was born Archduchess Maria Antonia Josepha Johanna of the Habsburg dynasty.
- It is quite certain that in seeing the people who treat us so well despite their own misfortune, we are more obliged than ever to work hard for their happiness. The king seems to understand this truth; as for myself, I know that in my whole life (even if I live for a hundred years) I shall never forget the day of the coronation.
- After learning of the bread shortages that were occurring in Paris at the time of Louis XVI's coronation in Rheims, as quoted in Marie Antoinette (2001) by Antonia Fraser, p. 135 ISBN 0307277747 . Tradition persists that Marie Antoinette joked "Let them eat cake!" (Qu'ils mangent de la brioche.) This phrase, however, occurs in a passage of Jean-Jacques Rousseau's Confessions, written in 1766, when Marie Antoinette was 11 years old and four years before her marriage to Louis XVI. Cf. The Straight Dope, "On Language" by William Safire at The New York Times, and in the discussions at Google groups.
- We had a beautiful dream and that was all ... I could not have any pleasure in the world if I abandoned my children. … I do not even have any regrets.
- Marie Antoinette to the Chevalier Jarjayes on his persuading her to escape alone from the Tower; Lettres, II. p. 433; also quoted in Marie Antoinette : The Journey (2001) by Antonia Fraser
- Courage! I have shown it for years; think you I shall lose it at the moment when my sufferings are to end?
- Responding to the priest who had accompanied her to the foot of the guillotine, who had whispered, "This is the moment, Madame, to arm yourself with courage." Quoted in Womenof Beauty and Heroism (1859) by Frank B. Goodrich
- Variant translations:
- Courage! The moment when my ills are going to end is not the moment when courage is going to fail me.
- To the juror, Abbé Girard, shortly before her death, quoted in Marie-Antoinette a la Conciergerie (du ler août au 16 octobre 1793) 2nd edition (1864) by M. Émile Campardon
- Courage? The moment when my troubles are going to end is not the moment when my courage is going to fail me.
- As quoted in Marie Antoinette (2008) by Jane Bingham, p. 39
- Memoirs Of The Court Of Marie Antoinette, Queen Of France - Memoirs of Madam Campan, First Lady in Waiting to the Queen