Germaine de Staël


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Anne Louise Germaine de Staël-Holstein (22 April 1766 – 14 July 1817), commonly known as Madame de Staël, was a French-speaking Swiss author living in Paris and abroad. She influenced literary tastes in Europe at the turn of the 19th century. more »

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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.''
    Germaine de Staël (1766-1817), Swiss-French writer, wit. Attributed.
  • ''A man must know how to fly in the face of opinion; a woman to submit to it.''
    Germaine de Staël (1766-1817), Swiss-French writer, wit. Delphine, epigraph (1802).
  • ''Wit lies in recognising the resemblance among things which differ and the difference between things which are alike.''
    Germaine de Staël (1766-1817), Swiss-French writer, wit. Germany, pt. 3, ch. 8 (1813).
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