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Stendhal Quotes

A forty-year-old woman is only something to men who have loved her in her youth.

A novel is a mirror carried along a main road.

A very small degree of hope is sufficient to cause the birth of love.

A wise woman never yields by appointment. It should always be an unforeseen happiness.

All religions are founded on the fear of the many and the cleverness of the few.

Far less envy in America than in France, and far less wit.

Friendship has its illusions no less than love.

God's only excuse is that he does not exist.

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.

If you don't love me, it does not matter, anyway I can love for both of us.

If you think of paying court to the men in power, your eternal ruin is assured.

In love, unlike most other passions, the recollection of what you have had and lost is always better than what you can hope for in the future.

It is the nobility of their style which will make our writers of 1840 unreadable forty years from now.

Life is too short, and the time we waste in yawning never can be regained.

Logic is neither an art nor a science but a dodge.

Love has always been the most important business in my life, I should say the only one.

Mathematics allows for no hypocrisy and no vagueness.

Never had he found himself so close to those terrible weapons of feminine artillery.

Nothing is so hideous as an obsolete fashion.

One can acquire everything in solitude except character.