Tiens, mon enfant, je ne vois que moi qui aie toujours raison

From the Memoires de Madame de Staal-Delaunay (in the Temps retrouve edition, pg128)

[The reputation] I won in society, however, brought me some return of the Duchess de la Ferte’s good graces.  My first successes annoyed her, but at last public approval brought around her own … It was following the return of her good graces that she said to me one day: “Look here, my child, I see no one except myself who is always right.”  This speech has served – more than any precept – to teach me mistrust of myself.  And I recall it every time I am tempted to believe that I am right.

Cependant ce que j’avais gagne dans le monde m’attira quelques retours des bonnes graces de la duchesse de la Ferte.  Mes premiers succes la piquerent; mais enfin le suffrage public ramena le sien … ce fut depuis le retour de ses bonnes graces qu’elle me dit un jour: “Tiens, mon enfant, je ne vois que moi qui aie toujours raison.” Cette parole a servi, plus qu’aucun precepte, a m’apprendre la defiance de soi-meme; et je me la rappelle toutes les fois que je suis tentee de croire que j’ai raison

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