Madame de Stael Quotes

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Enthusiasm signifies 'God in us.'
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To understand all makes us very indulgent.
— Madame de Stael
The more I see of men the more I like dogs.
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Politeness is the art of selecting among one's real thoughts.
— Madame de Stael


Politeness is merely the art of choosing among your thoughts.
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The mind's pleasures are made to calm the tempests of the heart.


Innocence in genius, and candor in power, are both noble qualities.


The pursuit of politics is religion, morality, and poetry all in one.

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Love is the whole history of a woman's life, it is but an episode in a man's.
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We understand death for the first time when he puts his hand upon one whom we love.


Self-love, so sensitive in its own cause, has rarely any sympathy to spare for others.


The more we know, the better we forgive. Who ever feels deeply, feels for all that live.
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There is no arena in which vanity displays itself under such a variety of forms as in conversation.

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Wit consists in knowing the resemblance of things that differ, and the difference of things that are alike.
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The sense of this word among the Greeks affords the noblest definition of it: enthusiasm signifies God in us.


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
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.


Scientific progress makes moral progress a necessity; for if man's power is increased, the checks that restrain him from abusing it must be strengthened.


The memories which come to us through music are not accompanied by any regrets.  For a moment, music gives us back the pleasures it retraces, and we feel them again rather than recollect them.


Liberty is the only idea which circulates with the human blood, in all ages, in all countries, and in all literature—liberty that is, and what cannot be separated from liberty, a love of country.


Nature, who permits no two leaves to be exactly alike, has given a still greater diversity to human minds.  Imitation, then, is a double murder; for it deprives both copy and original of their primitive existence.


I believe that happiness consists in having a destiny in keeping with our abilities.  Our desires are things of the moment, often harmful even to ourselves; but our abilities are permanent, and their demands never cease.

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