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    Men do not change. They unmask themselves.
    — Madame de Stael
    tags: men 
     
    Sensibility, imagination, reason, each is subservient to the other. Every one of these faculties would be nothing but a disease, but weakness, instead of strength, if it were not modified or completed by the collective character of our nature.
    — Madame de Stael
    Virtue... is nearly connected with the heart: I have called it Beneficence; not in the very limited sense that is generally given to the term, but to specify thereby all the actions that emanate from active goodness.
    — Madame de Stael
    tags: action  goodness  virtue 
     
    Enlightening, teaching, and perfecting women together with men on the national and individual level: this must be the secret for the achievement of every reasonable goal, as well as the establishment of any permanent social or political relationships.
    — Madame de Stael
    A wellborn soul is guided by only one principle in the world: always do good to others and never harm
    — Madame de Stael
    tags: soul 
     
    We live in an age when self interest alone seems to determine all of man's acts-and what empathy, what emotion, what enthusiasm can ever grow out of self interest. It is pleasanter to dream of those times of dedication, sacrifice, and heroism that used to be, and that have left honorable traces upon the earth.
    — Madame de Stael
    Morality and freedom are as certainly the only bases of the happiness and dignity of the human race as the system of Galileo is the true theory of the celestial motions.
    — Madame de Stael
    Sow good services, sweet rememberances will grow from them.
    — Madame de Stael
    tags: service 
     
    Nothing is less applicable to life than a mathematical argument. A proposition expressed in numbers is definitely false or true. In all other relations, the truth is so mingled with the false that often only instinct can help us to decide among virtuous influences, sometimes equally as strong in one direction as in the other.
    — Madame de Stael
    The human mind is always making progress, but it is a progress in spirals.
    — Madame de Stael
    tags: human  progress  mind 
     
    Life seems like a long shipwreck, of which the debris are friendship, glory, and love; the shores of existence are strewn with them.
    — Madame de Stael
    One must chose in life between boredom and suffering.
    — Madame de Stael
    tags: suffering 
     
    Love is the emblem of eternity: it confounds all notion of time: effaces all memory of a beginning, all fear of an end.
    — Madame de Stael
    tags: fear  memory 
     
    Those who danced were thought to be quite insane by those who could not hear the music.
    — Madame de Stael
    tags: thoughts  music 
     
    The more I see of men the more I like dogs.
    — Madame de Stael
    tags: men  dog 
     
    When a noble life has prepared for old age, it is not decline that it reveals, but the first days of immortality.
    — Madame de Stael
    tags: age  immortality  noble 
     
    Wit consists in knowing the resemblance of things that differ, and the difference of things that are alike.
    — Madame de Stael
    tags: knowing 
     
    Atheism exists only in coldness, selfishness, and baseness.
    — Madame de Stael
    We cease loving ourselves if no one loves us.
    — Madame de Stael
    tags: loving 
     
    The voice of conscience is so delicate that it is easy to stifle it; but it is also so clear that it is impossible to mistake it.
    — Madame de Stael
    Love, supreme power of the heart, mysterious enthusiasm that encloses in itself all poetry, all heroism, all religion!
    — Madame de Stael
    tags: heart  power  poetry 
     
    Who understands much forgives much. To understand everything makes us very forgiving ...
    — Madame de Stael
    Of all human sentiments, enthusiasm creates the most happiness; it is the only sentiment in fact which gives real happiness, the only sentiment which can help us to bear our human destiny in any situation in which we may find ourselves.
    — Madame de Stael
    tags: happiness  human  help  real  facts 
     
    Thought can never be compared with action, but when it awakens in us the image of truth.
    — Madame de Stael
    tags: truth  thoughts  action 
     
    The desire of the man is for the woman, but the desire of the woman is for the desire of the man.
    — Madame de Stael
    tags: desires  men  women 
     
    Life often seems like a long shipwreck of which the debris are friendship, glory, and love. - The shores of existence are strewn with them.
    — Madame de Stael
    [On Russia:] In every way, there is something gigantic about this people: ordinary dimensions have no applications whatever to it. I do not mean by this that true greatness and stability are never met with; but their boldness, their imaginativeness knows no bounds. With them everything is colossal rather than well-proportioned, audacious rather than well-considered, and if they do not attain their goals, it is because they exceed them.
    — Madame de Stael
    tags: greatness  true  goal 
     
    When once enthusiasm has been turned into ridicule, everything is undone except money and power.
    — Madame de Stael
    tags: power  money 
     
    I 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.
    — Madame de Stael
    tags: children  child 
     
    Men err from selfishness; women because they are weak.
    — Madame de Stael
    tags: men  women 
     
    Beauty is one in the universe, and, whatever form it assumes, it always arouses a religious feeling in the hearts of mankind.
    — Madame de Stael
    [The Germans] so easily confuse obstinacy with energy, and rudeness with firmness.
    — Madame de Stael
    tags: energy 
     
    The more I see of man, the more I like dogs.
    — Madame de Stael
    tags: men  dog 
     
    Love is admiring with the heart. And admiring is loving with the mind.
    — Madame de Stael
    tags: heart  loving  mind 
     
    As we grow in wisdom, we pardon more freely.
    — Madame de Stael
    tags: wisdom 
     
    The world is the work of a single thought, expressed in a thousand different ways.
    — Madame de Stael
    tags: work  world  thoughts 
     
    The human mind always makes progress, but it is a progress in spirals.
    — Madame de Stael
    tags: human  progress  mind 
     
    [On Italian:] One may almost call it a language that talks of itself, and always seems more witty than its speakers.
    — Madame de Stael
    tags: language  witty 
     
    In matters of the heart, nothing is true except the improbable.
    — Madame de Stael
    tags: heart  true 
     
    There are only two distinct classes of people on this earth, those who espouse enthusiasm and those who despise it.
    — Madame de Stael
    tags: people  earth 
     
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    madame de stael
    Birth    : April 22, 1766
    Death  : July 14, 1817
    Occupation  : Writer