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Stendhal Quotes

Life is very short, and it ought not to be spent crawling at the feet of miserable scoundrels.
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All religions are founded on the fear of the many and the cleverness of the few.

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Ah, Sir, a novel is a mirror carried along a high road. At one moment it reflects to your vision the azure skies, at another the mire of the puddles at your feet. And the man who carries this mirror in his pack will be accused by you of being immoral! His mirror shews the mire, and you blame the mirror! Rather blame that high road upon which the puddle lies, still more the inspector of roads who allows the water to gather and the puddle to form.

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

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

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Mathematics allows for no hypocrisy and no vagueness.

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I think being condemned to death is the only real distinction," said Mathilde. "It is the only thing which cannot be bought.

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For the future, I shall rely only upon those elements of my character which I have tested. Who would ever have said that I should find pleasure in shedding tears? That I should love the man who proves to me that I am nothing more than a fool?

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The footman burst in, announcing, 'Monsieur le Duc de
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'Hold your tongue, you fool,' said the Duke as he entered the room. He said this so well, and with such majesty than Julien could not help thinking that knowing how to lose his temper with a footman was the whole extent of this great personage's knowledge.

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Love is like a fever which comes and goes quite independently of the will

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The first virtue of a young man today - that is, for the next fifty years perhaps, as long as we live in fear, and religion has regained its powers - is to be incapable of enthusiasm and not to have much in the way of brains.

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They can only touch the heart by bruising it.

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Nooit zal hij een goed priester worden of een belangrijk ambtenaar. Zulke licht ontroerde geesten kunnen hoogstens kunstenaar worden.

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If I meet the Christian Deity, I am lost: He is a tyrant and as such, is full of ideas of vengeance; His Bible speaks of nothing but fearful punishments. I never loved Him! I could never even believe that anyone did love Him sincerely. He is devoid of pity ... He will punish me in some abominable manner.

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People are less self-conscious in the intimacy of family life and during the anxiety of a great sorrow. The dazzling varnish of anextreme politeness is then less in evidence, and the true qualities of the heart regain their proper proportions.

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When a man leaves his mistress, he runs the risk of being betrayed two or three times daily.

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At a distance, we cannot conceive of the authority of a despot who knows all his subjects on sight.

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I see but one rule: to be clear.

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The sight of anything extremely beautiful, in nature or in art, brings back the memory of what one loves, with the speed of lightning.

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