Marie Henri Beyle

[Stendhal] (1783-1842 / Grenoble)

Marie Henri Beyle Quotes

  • ''Signs cannot be represented, in a spy's report, so damningly as words.''
    Stendhal [Marie Henri Beyle] (1783-1842), French novelist. The Red and the Black, ch. XXVII, Levavasseur (1831), trans C.K. Scott-Moncrieff, 1943.
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  • ''This is the curse of our age, even the strangest aberrations are no cure for boredom.''
    Stendhal [Marie Henri Beyle] (1783-1842), French novelist. The Red and the Black, ch. XLVII, Levavasseur (1831), trans C.K. Scott-Moncrieff, 1943.
  • ''Our true passions are selfish.''
    Stendhal [Marie Henri Beyle] (1783-1842), French novelist. The Red and the Black, ch. XXI, Levavasseur (1831), trans C.K. Scott-Moncrieff, 1943.
  • ''Never had he found himself so close to those terrible weapons of feminine artillery.''
    Stendhal [Marie Henri Beyle] (1783-1842), French novelist. The Red and the Black, ch. XVI, Levavasseur (1831), trans C.K. Scott-Moncrieff, 1943.
  • ''When a man leaves his mistress, he runs the risk of being betrayed two or three times daily.''
    Stendhal [Marie Henri Beyle] (1783-1842), French novelist. The Red and the Black, ch. XII, Levavasseur (1831), trans C.K. Scott-Moncrieff, 1943.
  • ''The Russians imitate French ways, but always at a distance of fifty years.''
    Stendhal [Marie Henri Beyle] (1783-1842), French novelist. The Red and the Black, ch. LIV, Levavasseur (1831), trans C.K. Scott-Moncrieff, 1943.
  • ''It is with blows dealt by public contempt that a husband kills his wife in the nineteenth century; it is by shutting the doors of all the drawing-rooms in her face.''
    Stendhal [Marie Henri Beyle] (1783-1842), French novelist. The Red and the Black, ch. XXI, Levavasseur (1831), trans C.K. Scott-Moncrieff, 1943.
  • ''True love makes the thought of death frequent, easy, without terrors; it merely becomes the standard of comparison, the price one would pay for many things.''
    Stendhal [Marie Henri Beyle] (1783-1842), French author. "Various Fragments," sect. 46, De l'Amour (1822).
  • ''It is better to have a prosaic husband and to take a romantic lover.''
    Stendhal [Marie Henri Beyle] (1783-1842), French author. "Various Fragments," sct. 10, De l'Amour (1822).
  • ''I think no woman I have had ever gave me so sweet a moment, or at so light a price, as the moment I owe to a newly heard musical phrase.''
    Stendhal [Marie Henri Beyle] (1783-1842), French author. letter, Oct. 29, 1808, to his sister Pauline.

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