Stendhal Quotes

Most popular Stendhal Quotes

Beauty is only a promise of happiness.

beauty happiness

Every true passion thinks only of itself.


One can acquire everything in solitude except character.


Life is short, and the time we waste in yawning never can be gained.
— Stendhal


A very small degree of hope is sufficient to cause the birth of love.

hope love

Half – the most beautiful half – of life is hidden from him who has not loved passionately.
— Stendhal


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

managing people sheep

The greatest happiness love can offer is the first pressure of hands between you and your beloved.
— Stendhal

romance love

Politics in the middle of things that concern the imagination is like a pistol-shot in the middle of a concert.


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

men face

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.