"You see what a victory costs. The blood of our enemies is still the blood of men. The true glory is to spare it."
Louis XV to Louis Ferdinand following the Battle of Fontenoy
"The king loves women, and yet there is absolutely no gallantry in his spirit"
Duc de Luynes
"It seems extraordinary that the eldest daughter of France should not be marrying a crowned head"Barbier (on the marriage of Louise Élisabeth to the Duke of Parma)
Louis XV to Madame du Barry"Madame, I am delighted that the first favour you should ask of me should be an act of mercy"
"He could not make a prince du sang without me; but I could make one without him"Louise Élisabeth de Bourbon, Princesse de Conti (on her husband)
Marie Antoinette to Madame du Barry"There are many people at Versailles today"