Stendhal

Stendhal

Marie-Henri Beyle (23 January 1783 – 23 March 1842), better known by his pen name Stendhal, was a 19th-century French writer. Best known for the novels Le Rouge et le Noir (The Red and the Black, 1830) and La Chartreuse de Parme (The Charterhouse of Parma, 1839), he is highly regarded for the acute analysis of his characters' psychology and considered one of the earliest and foremost practitioners of realism.

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A good book is an event in my life.

Only great minds can afford a simple style.

One can acquire everything in solitude, except character.

People happy in love have an air of intensity.

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.

Power after love is the first source of happiness.

This is the curse of our age even the strangest aberrations are no cure for boredom.

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

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

Prudery is a kind of avarice the worst of all.

Our true passions are selfish.

To describe happiness is to diminish it.

The pleasures of love are always in proportion to our fears.

The shepherd always tries to persuade the sheep that their interests and his own are the same.

A novel is a mirror carried along a main road.

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

To be loved at first sight a man should have at the same time something to respect and something to pity in his face.

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

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

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