madame de stael Quotes

Men do not change. They unmask themselves.
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— Madame de Stael
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.
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— Madame de Stael
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.
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— Madame de Stael
A wellborn soul is guided by only one principle in the world: always do good to others and never harm
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— Madame de Stael
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.
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— 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.
tags: happiness freedom morality human true dignity race
— Madame de Stael
Sow good services, sweet rememberances will grow from them.
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— Madame de Stael
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.
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— Madame de Stael
The human mind is always making progress, but it is a progress in spirals.
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— Madame de Stael
Life seems like a long shipwreck, of which the debris are friendship, glory, and love; the shores of existence are strewn with them.
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— Madame de Stael
One must chose in life between boredom and suffering.
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— Madame de Stael
Love is the emblem of eternity: it confounds all notion of time: effaces all memory of a beginning, all fear of an end.
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— Madame de Stael
Those who danced were thought to be quite insane by those who could not hear the music.
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— Madame de Stael
The more I see of men the more I like dogs.
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— Madame de Stael
When a noble life has prepared for old age, it is not decline that it reveals, but the first days of immortality.
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— Madame de Stael
Wit consists in knowing the resemblance of things that differ, and the difference of things that are alike.
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— Madame de Stael
Atheism exists only in coldness, selfishness, and baseness.
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— Madame de Stael
We cease loving ourselves if no one loves us.
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— Madame de Stael
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.
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— Madame de Stael
Love, supreme power of the heart, mysterious enthusiasm that encloses in itself all poetry, all heroism, all religion!
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— Madame de Stael
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.
tags: happiness human help real facts
— Madame de Stael
Thought can never be compared with action, but when it awakens in us the image of truth.
tags: truth thoughts action
— Madame de Stael
The desire of the man is for the woman, but the desire of the woman is for the desire of the man.
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— Madame de Stael
Life often seems like a long shipwreck of which the debris are friendship, glory, and love. - The shores of existence are strewn with them.
tags: friendship existence
— 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.
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— Madame de Stael
When once enthusiasm has been turned into ridicule, everything is undone except money and power.
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— Madame de Stael
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.
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— Madame de Stael
Men err from selfishness; women because they are weak.
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— Madame de Stael
Beauty is one in the universe, and, whatever form it assumes, it always arouses a religious feeling in the hearts of mankind.
tags: beauty heart mankind religious universe
— Madame de Stael
[The Germans] so easily confuse obstinacy with energy, and rudeness with firmness.
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— Madame de Stael
The more I see of man, the more I like dogs.
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— Madame de Stael
Love is admiring with the heart. And admiring is loving with the mind.
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— Madame de Stael
As we grow in wisdom, we pardon more freely.
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— Madame de Stael
The world is the work of a single thought, expressed in a thousand different ways.
tags: work world thoughts
— Madame de Stael
The human mind always makes progress, but it is a progress in spirals.
tags: human progress mind
— Madame de Stael
[On Italian:] One may almost call it a language that talks of itself, and always seems more witty than its speakers.
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— Madame de Stael
In matters of the heart, nothing is true except the improbable.
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— Madame de Stael
There are only two distinct classes of people on this earth, those who espouse enthusiasm and those who despise it.
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— Madame de Stael