These are the last words the father of Ninon de L’Enclos said before he passed away.

“Approach nearer, Ninon; you see nothing left me but a sad memory of
the pleasures that are leaving me. Their possession was not of long
duration, and that is the only complaint I have to make against
nature. But, alas! my regrets are vain. You who must survive me,
utilize precious time, and have no scruples about the quantity of your
pleasures, but only of their quality.”

The father of Ninon de L’Enclos on his deathbed

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