When everyone else is losing their heads, it is important to keep yours.
The disgraced queen of France (born November 2, 1755) has fuelled the popular imagination for centuries and been the subject of countless books. There’s irony, of course, in this comment—since she was killed at the guillotine—but it remains an apt sentiment for today’s fast-paced world. Scholars consider her extravagant lifestyle a factor in provoking the unrest that led to the French Revolution (“Let them eat cake!” goes the legend). More than 200 years later we can still catch glimpses of her personality in bound volumes of her letters, which reside at university libraries.