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MADAME SUZANNE CURCHOD NECKER
Swiss (French-born) writer and leader in literary circles
(1739 - 1794)
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A certain amount of distrust is wholesome, but not so much of others as of ourselves; neither vanity not conceit can exist in the same atmosphere with it.
      - [Distrust]

A pure style in writing results from the rejection of everything superfluous.
      - [Style]

A woman must be truly refined to incite chivalry in the heart of a man.
      - [Refinement]

As the blush is the signal of innocence, so is serenity of manner the token of a quiet conscience.
      - [Conscience]

Behavior is the theory of manners practically applied.
      - [Behavior]

Blushes are the rainbow of modesty.
      - [Blushes]

Custom is the tyranny of the lower human faculties over the higher.
      - [Custom]

Diffidence is not always innocence.
      - [Diffidence]

Dignity and love do not blend.
      - [Dignity]

Elegance is exquisite polish.
      - [Elegance]

Every one speaks of it,--who has known it?
      - [Bliss]

Fiction is a potent agent for good--in the hands of the good.
      - [Novels]

For the honest people, relations increase with the years. For the vicious, inconveniences increase. Inconstancy is the defect of vice; the influence of habit is one of the qualities of virtue.
      - [Habit]

Gallantry thrives most in the atmosphere of the court.
      - [Gallantry]

How immense appear to us the sins that we have not committed.
      - [Prejudice : Sin]

In looking around me seeking for miserable resources against the heaviness of time, I open a book and I say to myself, as the cat to the fox: I have only one good turn, but I need no other.
      - [Books]

Indulgence, twin sister of guilt.
      - [Indulgence]

Innocence and mystery never dwell long together.
      - [Innocence]

It is never permissible to say, I say.
      - [Egotism]

It is often a sign of wit not to show it, and not to see that others want it.
      - [Wit]

It were no virtue to bear calamities if we did not feel them.
      - [Resignation]

Love is the only possession which we can carry with us beyond the grave.
      - [Love]

Love is the pass-key to the heart.
      - [Heart]

Make your best thoughts into action.
      - [Thought]

Obligation is the bitterest thraldom.
      - [Obligation]


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