Quotations by Madame de Stael

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Born: Tuesday, April 22, 1766
Died: Monday, July 14, 1817 (51 years old)
Profession: Writer
Nationality: French


A man must know how to fly in the face of opinion; a woman to submit to it.
- Madame de Stael
(Keywords: Man, Opinion, Woman)

A religious life is a struggle and not a hymn.
- Madame de Stael
(Keywords: Life, Religious, Struggle)

Genius is essentially creative; it bears the stamp of the individual who possesses it.
- Madame de Stael
(Keywords: Genius)

In matters of the heart, nothing is true except the improbable.
- Madame de Stael
(Keywords: Heart, Nothing)

Innocence in genius, and candor in power, are both noble qualities.
- Madame de Stael
(Keywords: Power, Genius, Candor, Innocence)

Love is a symbol of eternity. It wipes out all sense of time, destroying all memory of a beginning and all fear of an end.
- Madame de Stael
(Keywords: Love, Time, Fear, Beginning, End, Eternity, Memory, Sense, Symbol)

Love is the whole history of a woman's life, it is but an episode in a man's.
- Madame de Stael
(Keywords: History, Love, Life, Man, Woman)

Men err from selfishness; women because they are weak.
- Madame de Stael
(Keywords: Men, Women, Selfishness)

One must choose in life between boredom and suffering.
- Madame de Stael
(Keywords: Life, Boredom, Suffering)

Politeness is the art of choosing among your thoughts.
- Madame de Stael
(Keywords: Art, Thoughts, Politeness)

Prayer is more than meditation. In meditation, the source of strength is one's self. When one prays, he goes to a source of strength greater than his own.
- Madame de Stael
(Keywords: Strength, Meditation, Prayer, Self)

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.
- Madame de Stael
(Keywords: Power, Progress, Man, Necessity)

Search for the truth is the noblest occupation of man; its publication is a duty.
- Madame de Stael
(Keywords: Truth, Duty, Man, Occupation)

Sow good services: sweet remembrances will grow from them.
- Madame de Stael
(Keywords: Will)

Speech happens to not be his language.
- Madame de Stael
(Keywords: Language, Speech)

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
(Keywords: Desire, Man, Woman)

The greatest happiness is to transform one's feelings into action.
- Madame de Stael
(Keywords: Happiness, Feelings, Action)

The human mind always makes progress, but it is a progress in spirals.
- Madame de Stael
(Keywords: Progress, Mind)

The more I see of men the more I like dogs.
- Madame de Stael
(Keywords: Men, Dogs)

The mystery of existence is the connection between our faults and our misfortunes.
- Madame de Stael
(Keywords: Connection, Existence, Faults, Mystery)

The sense of this word among the Greeks affords the noblest definition of it; enthusiasm signifies God in us.
- Madame de Stael
(Keywords: God, Enthusiasm, Sense, Word)

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
(Keywords: Mistake, Conscience, Voice)

To be totally understanding makes one very indulgent.
- Madame de Stael
(Keywords: Understanding)

To understand everything makes one very indulgent.
- Madame de Stael

We cease loving ourselves if no one loves us.
- Madame de Stael

Wit lies in recognizing the resemblance among things which differ and the difference between things which are alike.
- Madame de Stael
(Keywords: Difference, Lies, Wit)







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