Madame de Stael Quotes | Quotes by Madame de Stael

1The egotism of woman is always for two.

2The greater part of what women write about women is mere sycophancy to man.

3Between God and love, I recognize no mediator but my conscience.

4Venice astonishes more than it pleases at first sight.

5Love is the whole history of a woman's life, it is but an episode in a man's.

6The success of any man with any woman is apt to displease even his best friends.

7Conversation as talent exists only in France. In other countries, conversation provides politeness, discussion, and friendship; in France, it is an art for which imagination and soul are certainly very welcome, but which can also provide its own secret remedies to compensate you for the absence of either or both, if you so desire.

8Life, for me, is living among my friends.

9women have no existence except in love; the history of their life begins and ends with love!

10Providence protects us in all the details of our lot.

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11Strangers are contemporary posterity. [Fr., Les etrangers sont la posterite contemporaine.]

12Life often seems like a long shipwreck of which the debris are friendship, glory, and love. - The shores of existence are strewn with them.

13Happiness is a wondrous commodity: the more you give, the more you have.

14Why shouldn't man be as angry about not having always been alive as about having to stop being alive?

15Morality must guide calculation, and calculation must guide politics.

16I do not want an echo of myself from my children. I do not want to hear from them merely the reverberation of my own voice.

17We always cut our poetical theories to suit our talent.

18If one hour's work is enough to govern France, four minutes is all that is needed for Italy. There is no nation more easily frightened; even its poetic imagination predisposes it to fear, and they look upon power as on an image that fills them with terror.

19No nation has the right to bring about a revolution, even though such a change may be most urgently needed, if the price is the blood of one single innocent individual.

20We cease loving ourselves if no one loves us.

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21Speech happens to not be his language.

22Courage of soul is necessary for the triumphs of genius.

23A voyage without companionship, that is to say without conversation, is one of the saddest pleasures of life.

24However old a conjugal union, it still garners some sweetness. Winter has some cloudless days, and under the snow a few flowers still bloom.

25Glory can be for a woman but the brilliant morning of happiness.

26Love is admiring with the heart. And admiring is loving with the mind.

27Scientific progress makes moral progress a necessity; for if man's power is increased, the checks that restrain him from abusing it must be strengthened.

28A man must know how to fly in the face of opinion; a woman to submit to it.

29The sense of this word among the Greeks affords the noblest definition of it; enthusiasm signifies 'God in us.'

30If we would succeed in works of the imagination, we must offer a mild morality in the midst of rigid manners; but where the manners are corrupt, we must consistently hold up to view an austere morality.

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31New doctrines ever displease the old. They like to fancy that the world has been losing wisdom, instead of gaining it, since they were young.

32The study of history, it seems to me, leads to the conviction that all important events tend toward the same end - the civilization of mankind.

33Intellect does not attain its full force unless it attacks power.

34When women oppose themselves to the projects and ambition of men, they excite their lively resentment; if in their youth they meddle with political intrigues, their modesty must suffer.

35Danger is like wine, it goes to your head.

36Gaiety pleases more when we are assured that it does not cover carelessness.

37nothing is so horrifying as the possibility of existing simply because we do not know how to die.

38intellect is a sin that must be atoned for by leading exactly the life of those who have none.

39The universe is in France; outside it, there is nothing.

40Divine Wisdom, intending to detain us some time on earth, has done well to cover with a veil the prospect of the life to come; for if our sight could clearly distinguish the opposite bank, who would remain on this tempestuous coast of time?

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41The language of religion can alone suit every situation and every mode of feeling.

42Unhappy love freezes all our affections: our own souls grow inexplicable to us. More than we gained while we were happy we lose by the reverse.

43Let us then blend everything: love, religion, genius, with sunshine, perfume, music, and poetry.

44There is no second country for an Englishman, except a ship and the sea.

45O memory, thou bitter sweet,--both a joy and a scourge!

46Be happy, but be happy through piety.

47Beauty is one in the universe, and, whatever form it assumes, it always arouses a religious feeling in the hearts of mankind.

48The greatest happiness is to transform one's feelings into action.

49What matters in a character is not whether one holds this or that opinion: what matters is how proudly one upholds it.

50[Moralistic] novels are at the same disadvantage as teachers: children never believe them, because they make everything that happens relate to the lesson at hand.

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51When once enthusiasm has been turned into ridicule, everything is undone except money and power.

52Frivolity, under whatever form it appears, deprives attention of its power, thought of its originality, and sentiment of its depth.

53The memories which come to us through music are not accompanied by any regrets; for a moment music gives us back the pleasures it retraces, and we feel them again rather than recollect them.

54[To Bonaparte, when asked why she meddled in politics:] Sire, when women have their heads cut off, it is but just they should know the reason.

55I must keep on rowing, not until I reach port but until I reach my grave.

56a perfect piece of architecture kindles that aimless reverie, which bears the soul we know not whither.

57It is not enough to forgive; one must forget.

58It seems to me that we become more dear one to the other, in together admiring works of art, which speak to the soul by their true grandeur.

59Man's most valuable faculty is his imagination.

60inventiveness is childish, practice sublime.