Madame de Stael Quotes

A man must know how to fly in the face of opinion; a woman to submit to it.... - Madame de Stael

A man must know how to fly in the face of opinion; a woman to submit to it.
— Madame de Stael

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A religious life is a struggle and not a hymn.

Madame de Stael

Genius is essentially creative; it bears the stamp of the individual who possesses it.

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In matters of the heart, nothing is true except the improbable.

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Innocence in genius, and candor in power, are both noble qualities.

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Love is a symbol of eternity. It wipes out all sense of time, destroying all memory of a beginning and all fear of an end.

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Love is the whole history of a woman's life, it is but an episode in a man's.

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Men err from selfishness; women because they are weak.

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One must choose in life between boredom and suffering.

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One must chose in life between boredom and suffering.

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One must, in one's life, make a choice between boredom and suffering.

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Politeness is the art of choosing among your thoughts.

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Prayer is more than meditation. In meditation, the source of strength is one's self. When one prays, he goes to a source of strength greater than his own.

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Scientific progress makes moral progress a necessity; for if man's power is increased, the checks that restrain him from abusing it must be strengthened.

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Search for the truth is the noblest occupation of man; its publication is a duty.

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Sow good services: sweet remembrances will grow from them.

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Speech happens to not be his language.

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That past which is so presumptuously brought forward as a precedent for the present, was itself founded on some past that went before it.

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The desire of the man is for the woman, but the desire of the woman is for the desire of the man.

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The greatest happiness is to transform one's feelings into action.

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The human mind always makes progress, but it is a progress in spirals.

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The more I see of men the more I like dogs.

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The mystery of existence is the connection between our faults and our misfortunes.

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The sense of this word among the Greeks affords the noblest definition of it; enthusiasm signifies God in us.

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The voice of conscience is so delicate that it is easy to stifle it; but it is also so clear that it is impossible to mistake it.

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To be totally understanding makes one very indulgent.

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To understand everything makes one very indulgent.

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We cease loving ourselves if no one loves us.

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When a noble life has prepared for old age, it is not decline that it reveals, but the first days of immortality.

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Wit consists in knowing the resemblance of things that differ, and the difference of things that are alike.

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Wit lies in recognizing the resemblance among things which differ and the difference between things which are alike.

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A man must know how to fly in the face of opinion; a woman to submit to it.

Madame de Stael