Marie Anne de Vichy-Chamrond, marquise du Deffand (1697 – September 23, 1780) was a French hostess and patron of the arts.
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La distance n'y fait rien; il n'y a que le premier pas qui coûte.
The distance is nothing; it is only the first step that is difficult.
Comment on the legend told by the Cardinal de Polignac that St. Denis, carrying his head in his hands, walked two leagues. Letter to Jean Le Rond d'Alembert (1763-07-07). Voltaire wrote to Madame du Deffand (January 1764) that one of her bon-mots was quoted in the notes of La Pucelle, canto 1: "Il n'y a que le premier pas qui coûte.".Il a inventé l'histoire.
He has invented history.
Referring to Voltaire; quoted in Édouard Fournier, L'esprit dans l'histoire: Recherches et curiosités sur les mots historiques, third edition (1879), ch. XLVII (p. 306).
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