Marie Henri Beyle

[Stendhal] (1783-1842 / Grenoble)

Marie Henri Beyle Quotes

  • ''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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  • ''Politics in a literary work, is like a gun shot in the middle of a concert, something vulgar, and however, something which is impossible to ignore.''
    Stendhal [Marie Henri Beyle] (1783-1842), French novelist. The Charterhouse of Parma, ch. XXIII, Dupont (1839) (trans. by Jeri King).
  • ''This religion takes away the courage of thinking of unusual things and prohibits self-examination above all as the most egregious of sins.... It is one step away from protestantism.''
    Stendhal [Marie Henri Beyle] (1783-1842), French novelist. The Charterhouse of Parma, ch. XII, Dupont (1839) (trans. by Jeri King).
  • ''At La Scala it is customary to take no more than twenty minutes for those little visits one pays to boxes.''
    Stendhal [Marie Henri Beyle] (1783-1842), French novelist. The Charterhouse of Parma, ch. VI, Dupont (1839) (trans. by Jeri King).
  • ''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).
  • ''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).
  • ''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).
  • ''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).
  • ''People who have been made to suffer by certain things cannot be reminded of them without a horror which paralyses every other pleasure, even that to be found in reading a story.''
    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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