Marguerite Yourcenar (1903-1987) was a Belgian-born French novelist who was the first woman elected to the Académie française, in 1980. Yourcenar was one of her era's most respected French-language writers. Among her most famous works are the novels Mémoires d'Hadrien and L'Œuvre au noir.

"There is more than one kind of wisdom, and all are essential in the world; it is not bad that they should alternate."

Originally:

"Il y a plus d'une sagesse, et toutes sont nécessaires au monde; il n'est pas mauvais qu'elles alternent." [Wikiquote]