E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
After us, the Deluge.
I care not what happens when I am dead and gone. So said Mdme. de Pompadour, the mistress of Louis XV. (17221764). Metternich, the Austrian statesman (17731859), is credited with the same: but probably he simply quoted the words of the French marchioness.