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Stendhal Quotes and Sayings

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Power, after love, is the first source of happiness.
- Stendhal

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One can acquire everything in solitude except character.
- Stendhal

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

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

 

The man of genius is he and he alone who finds such
joy in his art that he will work at it come hell or high water.
- Stendhal

Our true passions are selfish.
- Stendhal

The more a race is governed by its passions,
the less it has acquired the habit of cautious and reasoned argument,
the more intense will be its love of music.
- Stendhal

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

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

The Russians imitate French ways, but always at a distance of fifty years.
- Stendhal

A novel is a mirror carried along a main road.
- Stendhal

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

The first qualification for a historian is to have no ability to invent.
- Stendhal

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

People happy in love have an air of intensity.
- Stendhal

Women are always eagerly on the lookout for any emotion.
- Stendhal

What is really beautiful must always be true.
- Stendhal

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

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

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

Prudery is a kind of avarice, the worst of all.
- Stendhal

Only great minds can afford a simple style.
- Stendhal

The more one pleases everybody, the less one pleases profoundly.
- Stendhal

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.
- Stendhal

To describe happiness is to diminish it.
- Stendhal

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

Friendship has its illusions no less than love.
- Stendhal

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

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

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.
- Stendhal

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

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

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

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

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

Nothing is so hideous as an obsolete fashion.
- Stendhal

True love makes the thought of death frequent,
easy, without terrors; it merely becomes the standard of comparison,
the price one would pay for many things.
- Stendhal

The great majority of men, especially in France,
both desire and possess a fashionable woman,
much in the way one might own a fine horse -
as a luxury befitting a young man.
- Stendhal

The French are the wittiest, the most charming,
and up to the present, at all events,
the least musical race on Earth.
- Stendhal

Pleasure is often spoiled by describing it.
- Stendhal

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

She had caprices of a marvellous unexpectedness,
and how is any one to imitate a caprice?
- Stendhal

Mathematics allows for no hypocrisy and no vagueness.
- Stendhal

You don't have the power to make life "fair,"
but you do have the power to make life joyful.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Use the power of your word
in the direction of truth and love.
- don Miguel Ruiz

Courage is the power to let go of the familiar.
- Raymond Lindquist

Nearly all men can stand adversity,
but if you want to test a man's character, give him power.
- Abraham Lincoln

Know the power and the peace of saying,
"I love you just the way you are."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The power of imagination makes us infinite.
- John Muir

The greatest power is often simple patience.
- E. Joseph Cossman

Who hears me, who understands me, becomes mine,
a possession for all time.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

A common denominator of all religions is that
they have the power to bring out the best and the worst in people.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The false can never grow into truth by growing in power.
- Rabindranath Tagore

My greatest Power and my greatest Inner Peace come
when I Intend my future, and when I avoid Expecting it.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Know the power of kindness.
Whatever you do, do with kindness.
Whatever you say, say with kindness.
Wherever you go,
radiate your kindness to all.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

This moment! - this here-now - is forgotten
when you start thinking in terms of achieving something.
When the achieving mind arises,
you lose contact with the paradise you are in.
- Osho

What power there is in our service when our actions
line up with our mission, skills and joy.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Power is not alluring to pure minds.
- Thomas Jefferson

Before we acquire great power
we must acquire wisdom to use it well.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Only those who have learned the power
of sincere and selfless contribution
experience life's deepest joy: true fulfillment.
- Tony Robbins

The most common way people give up their power
is by thinking they don't have any.
- Alice Walker

We are powerless to redesign the world,
but we have infinite power to create our appreciation of it.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Mastering others is strength.
Mastering yourself is true power.
- Lao Tzu

Take time to laugh.
It is the music of the soul.
Take time to think.
It is the source of power.
Take time to play.
It is the source of perpetual youth.
Take time to read.
It is the fountain of wisdom.
Take time to pray.
It is the greatest power on Earth.
Take time to love and be loved.
It is a God-given privilege.
Take time to be friendly.
It is the road to happiness.
Take time to give.
It is too short a day to be selfish.
Take time to work.
It is the price of success.
- Anonymous

Know that you hold the power to
bring peace into moments of chaos.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Fill your heart with the creative power
to accept the past,
decorate the present
and transform the future.
- Osho

The eye sees what it brings the power to see.
- Thomas Carlyle

Know the power of perspective.
Be a passionate observer of life.
See the events, feel the emotions,
and recognize the difference.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Know the power of choice.
Fly life on free wings,
and sing to its glory.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Make the best use of what is in your power,
and take the rest as it happens.
- Epictetus

I am not interested in power for power's sake,
but I'm interested in power that is moral,
that is right and that is good.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.


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