Marie Henri Beyle

[Stendhal] (1783-1842 / Grenoble)

Marie Henri Beyle Quotes

  • ''I used to think of death ... like I suppose soldiers think of it: it was a possible thing that I could well avoid by my skill.''
    Stendhal [Marie Henri Beyle] (1783-1842), French novelist. Fabrizzio, in The Charterhouse of Parma, ch. XXII, Dupont (1839) (trans. by Jeri King). Fabrizzio is speaking of death.
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  • ''If you think of paying court to the men in power, your eternal ruin is assured.''
    Stendhal [Marie Henri Beyle] (1783-1842), French novelist. Father Chélan, in The Red and the Black, ch. VIII, Levavasseur (1831), trans C.K. Scott-Moncrieff, 1943.
  • ''In our calling, we have to choose; we must make our fortune either in this world or in the next, there is no middle way.''
    Stendhal [Marie Henri Beyle] (1783-1842), French novelist. Father Chélan, in The Red and the Black, ch. VIII, Levavasseur (1831), trans C.K. Scott-Moncrieff, 1943.
  • ''What is really beautiful must always be true.''
    Stendhal [Marie Henri Beyle] (1783-1842), French novelist. Madame de Bonnivet, in Armance, ch. VI, Urbain Canel (1827), trans. C.K. Scott-Moncrieff, 1946.
  • ''It is with such eyes ... that a pair of angels exiled among men ... gaze at one another in mutual recognition.''
    Stendhal [Marie Henri Beyle] (1783-1842), French novelist. Madame de Malivert, in Armance, ch. V, Urbain Canel (1827), trans. C.K. Scott-Moncrieff, 1946.
  • ''One can acquire everything in solitude except character.''
    Stendhal [Marie Henri Beyle] (1783-1842), French author. "Miscellaneous Fragments," On Love (1822).
  • ''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.
  • ''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.
  • ''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).
  • ''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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