Mata Hari (Margaretha Geertruida Zelle), 1876 - 1917
Postcard by Lucien Walery, Paris (1906)
Born: 7 August 1876, Leeuwarden, Netherlands
Died: 15 October 1917, Vincennes, France
Biography from Wikipedia
Mata Hari quotes:
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- I have encountered in this world riff-raff and good people. I lose. I win. I defend myself when I am attacked. I take when someone has taken from me. But I beg you to believe me; I have never done an act of espionage against France. Never. Never. permalink
quoted by Russell Warren Howe in Mata Hari (1986)
- Life is an illusion. permalink
preparing to meet a firing squad in 1917, The Good Housekeeping Woman's Almanac, Barbara McDowell and Hana Umlauf, eds. (1977)
- My dance is a sacred poem in which each movement is a word and whose every word is underlined by music. The temple in which I dance can be vague or faithfully reproduced, for I am the temple.
quoted by John S. Craig in Peculiar Liaisons: in War, Espionage, the Terrorism in the Twentieth Century (2004)
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