Stendhal Quotes

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Stendhal Quotes

  • A forty-year-old woman is only something to men who have loved her in her youth.

  • A wise woman never yields by appointment. It should always be an unforeseen happiness.

  • All religions are founded on the fear of the many and the cleverness of the few.

  • Far less envy in America than in France, and far less wit.

  • Friendship has its illusions no less than love.

  • God’s only excuse is that he does not exist.

  • If you don’t love me, it does not matter, anyway I can love for both of us.

  • If you think of paying court to the men in power, your eternal ruin is assured.

  • It is the nobility of their style which will make our writers of 1840 unreadable forty years from now.

  • Life is too short, and the time we waste in yawning never can be regained.

  • Logic is neither an art nor a science but a dodge.

  • Love has always been the most important business in my life, I should say the only one.

  • Mathematics allows for no hypocrisy and no vagueness.

  • Never had he found himself so close to those terrible weapons of feminine artillery.

  • One can acquire everything in solitude – except character.

  • Only great minds can afford a simple style.

  • Our true passions are selfish.

  • People happy in love have an air of intensity.

  • People who have been made to suffer by certain things cannot be reminded of them without a horror which paralyses every other pleasure, even that to be found in reading a story.

  • Pleasure is often spoiled by describing it.

  • Politics in a literary work, is like a gun shot in the middle of a concert, something vulgar, and however, something which is impossible to ignore.

  • Power, after love, is the first source of happiness.

  • Prudery is a kind of avarice, the worst of all.

  • She had caprices of a marvellous unexpectedness, and how is any one to imitate a caprice?

  • The first qualification for a historian is to have no ability to invent.

  • The French are the wittiest, the most charming, and up to the present, at all events, the least musical race on Earth.

  • The man of genius is he and he alone who finds such joy in his art that he will work at it come hell or high water.

  • The more a race is governed by its passions, the less it has acquired the habit of cautious and reasoned argument, the more intense will be its love of music.

  • The more one pleases everybody, the less one pleases profoundly.

  • The pleasures of love are always in proportion to our fears.

  • The Russians imitate French ways, but always at a distance of fifty years.

  • This is the curse of our age, even the strangest aberrations are no cure for boredom.

  • What is really beautiful must always be true.

  • Women are always eagerly on the lookout for any emotion.
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