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Quotations From STENDHAL [MARIE HENRI BEYLE]

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  • 1.
    It is from cowardice and not from want of enlightenment that we do not read in our own hearts.
    Stendhal [Marie Henri Beyle] (1783-1842), French novelist. Octave de Bonnivet, in Armance, ch. V, Urbain Canel (1827), trans. C.K. Scott-Moncrieff, 1946.
  • 2.
    Now that the steam engine rules the world, a title is an absurdity, still I am all dressed up in this title. It will crush me if I do not support it. The title attracts attention to myself.
    Stendhal [Marie Henri Beyle] (1783-1842), French novelist. Octave de Bonnivet, in Armance, ch. XIV, Urbain Canel (1827), trans. C.K. Scott-Moncrieff, 1946.

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  • 3.
    A wise woman never yields by appointment. It should always be an unforeseen happiness.
    Stendhal [Marie Henri Beyle] (1783-1842), French author. On Love, ch. 60 (1822).

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  • 4.
    When intimacy followed love in Italy there were no longer any vain pretensions between two lovers.
    Stendhal [Marie Henri Beyle] (1783-1842), French novelist. The Charterhouse of Parma, ch. VI, Dupont (1839) (trans. by Jeri King).

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  • 5.
    Wounded pride can take a rich young man far who is surrounded by flatterers since birth.
    Stendhal [Marie Henri Beyle] (1783-1842), French novelist. The Charterhouse of Parma, ch. XIII, Dupont (1839) (trans. by Jeri King).

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  • 6.
    A forty-year-old woman is only something to men who have loved her in her youth!
    Stendhal [Marie Henri Beyle] (1783-1842), French novelist. Fabrizzio, in The Charterhouse of Parma, ch. XXIII, Dupont (1839) (trans. by Jeri King). Fabrizzio reflects on Clélia.

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  • 7.
    Because one has little fear of shocking vanity in Italy, people adopt an intimate tone very quickly and discuss personal things.
    Stendhal [Marie Henri Beyle] (1783-1842), French novelist. The Charterhouse of Parma, ch. VI, Dupont (1839) (trans. by Jeri King).

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  • 8.
    The taste for freedom, the fashion and cult of happiness of the majority, that the nineteenth century is infatuated with was only a heresy in his eyes that would pass like others.
    Stendhal [Marie Henri Beyle] (1783-1842), French novelist. The Charterhouse of Parma, ch. VII, Dupont (1839) (trans. by Jeri King).

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  • 9.
    War was then no longer this noble and unified outburst of souls in love with glory that he had imagined from Napoleon's proclamations.
    Stendhal [Marie Henri Beyle] (1783-1842), French novelist. The Charterhouse of Parma, ch. III, Dupont (1839) (trans. by Jeri King).

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  • 10.
    At a distance, we cannot conceive of the authority of a despot who knows all his subjects on sight.
    Stendhal [Marie Henri Beyle] (1783-1842), French novelist. The Charterhouse of Parma, ch. XVI, Dupont (1839) (trans. by Jeri King).
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