"An easy conquest has a lower value than a difficult one; we are only really excited by what is denied us, by what we cannot possess in full."

Robert Greene, The Art of Seduction.

"Coquettes know how to please; not how to love, which is why men love them so much."

Pierre Marivaux

"There are indeed men who are attached more by resistance than by yielding and who unwittingly prefer a variable sky, now splendid, now black and vexed by lightning, to love’s unclouded blue. Let us not forget that Josephine had to deal with a conqueror and that love resembles war. She did not surrender, she let herself be conquered."

Imbert de Saint-Amand, The Empress Josephine: Napoleon’s Enchantress