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    She had caprices of a marvellous unexpectedness, and how is any one to imitate a caprice?
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    Never had he found himself so close to those terrible weapons of feminine artillery.
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    A woman of generous character will sacrifice her life a thousand times over for her lover, but will break with him for ever over a question of pride.
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    The more one pleases everybody, the less one pleases profoundly.
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    I used to think of deathlike I suppose soldiers think of it: it was a possible thing that I could well avoid by my skill.
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    Friendship has its illusions no less than love.
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    A wise woman never yields by appointment. It should always be an unforeseen happiness.
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    tags: happiness  women  wise 
     
    It is from cowardice and not from want of enlightenment that we do not read in our own hearts.
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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.
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    tags: time  men  respect 
     
    This religion takes away the courage of thinking of unusual things and prohibits self-examination above all as the most egregiousof sins.... It is one step away from protestantism.
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    tags: sin  thinking  courage 
     
    A good book is an event in my life.
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    tags: book 
     
    The shepherd always tries to persuade the sheep that their interests and his own are the same.
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    Love is like a fever which comes and goes quite independently of the will. ... there are no age limits for love.
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    tags: age 
     
    God's only excuse is that he does not exist.
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    tags: god 
     
    Only great minds can afford a simple style.
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    tags: mind 
     
    A novel is like a bow, and the violin that produces the sound is the reader's soul.
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    tags: soul  novel 
     
    The idea which tyrants find most useful is the idea of God.
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    tags: god  ideas 
     
    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.
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    Logic is neither an art nor a science but a dodge.
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    tags: logic 
     
    It is difficult to escape from the prevailing disease of one's generation.
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    In our calling, we have to choose; we must make our fortune either in this world or in the next, there is no middle way.
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    tags: world 
     
    To seem sorrowful is not in good taste: You're supposed to seem bored.
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    When a man leaves his mistress, he runs the risk of being betrayed two or three times daily.
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    tags: time  men  risk 
     
    A very small degree of hope is sufficient to cause the birth of love.
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    tags: birth  hope 
     
    One can acquire everything in solitude except character.
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    One-half, the finest half, of life is hidden from the man who does not love with passion.
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    tags: men  passion 
     
    People happy in love have an air of intensity.
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    tags: people 
     
    The first qualification for a historian is to have no ability to invent.
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    tags: invent 
     
    Love has always been the most important business in my life, I should say the only one.
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    tags: business 
     
    Life is too short, and the time we waste in yawning never can be regained.
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    tags: time 
     
    Nothing is so hideous as an obsolete fashion.
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    tags: fashion 
     
    All religions are founded on the fear of the many and the cleverness of the few.
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    tags: fear 
     
    Women prefer emotions to reasoning.
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    tags: women  emotion 
     
    To describe happiness is to diminish it.
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    tags: happiness 
     
    Mathematics allows for no hypocrisy and no vagueness.
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    A novel is a mirror which passes over a highway. Sometimes it reflects to your eyes the blue of the skies, at others the churned-up mud of the road.
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    tags: eyes  sky  novel 
     
    If you don't love me, it does not matter, anyway I can love for both of us.
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    Almost all our misfortunes in life come from the wrong notions we have about the things that happen to us.
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    tags: wrong 
     
    It is not enough for a landscape to be interesting in itself. Eventually there must be a moral and historic interest.
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    tags: morals  historic 
     
    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.
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    tags: future  lost  hope  passion 
     
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    stendhal
    Birth    : January 23, 1783
    Death  : March 23, 1842
    Occupation  : Writer