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MADAME DE STAEL (BARONNE ANNE LOUISE GERMAINE DE STAEL-HOLSTEIN)
French writer
(1766 - 1817)
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Architecture is frozen music!
      - [Architecture]

As we grow in wisdom, we pardon more freely.
      - [Pardon]

Conscience is doubtless sufficient to conduct the coldest character into the road of virtue; but enthusiasm is to conscience what honor is to duty; there is in us a superfluity of soul, which it is sweet to consecrate to the beautiful when the good has been accomplished.
      - [Enthusiasm]

Courage of soul is necessary for the triumphs of genius.
      - [Genius]

Divine wisdom, intending to detain us some time on earth, has done well to cover with a veil the prospect of life to come; for if our sight could clearly distinguish the opposite bank, who would remain on this tempestuous coast?
      - [Future]

Doubtless the human face is the grandest of all mysteries; yet fixed on canvas it can hardly tell of more than one sensation; no struggle, no successive contrasts accessible to dramatic art, can painting give, as neither time nor motion exists for her.
      - [Face]

Enthusiasm gives life to what is invisible; and interest to what has no immediate action on our comfort in this world.
      - [Enthusiasm]

Frivolity, under whatever form it appears, takes from attention its strength, from thought its originality, from feeling its earnestness.
      - [Frivolity]

Gaiety pleases more when we are assured that it does not cover carelessness.
      - [Gaiety]

Glory can be for a woman but the brilliant morning of happiness.
      - [Glory]

Good taste cannot supply the place of genius in literature, for the best proof of taste, when there is no genius, would be, not to write at all.
      - [Taste]

Have you not observed that faith is generally strongest in those whose character may be called the weakest?
      - [Faith]

How true it is that, sooner or later, the' most rebellious must bow beneath the yoke of misfortune!
      - [Misfortune]

However old a conjugal union, it still garners some sweetness. Winter has some cloudless days, and under the snow a few flowers still bloom.
      - [Matrimony]

I desire no other evidence of the truth to Christianity than the Lord's Prayer.
      - [Christianity]

I learn life from the poets.
      - [Poets]

I see that time divided is never long, and that regularity abridges all things.
      - [Moments]

If it were not for respect for human opinions, I would not open my window to see the Bay of Naples for the first time, whilst I would go five hundred leagues to talk with a man of genius whom I had not seen.
      - [Conversation]

It is difficult to grow old gracefully.
      - [Age]

It seems to me that we become more dear one to the other, in together admiring works of art, which speak to the soul by their true grandeur.
      - [Sympathy]

Life often seems like a long shipwreck, of which the debris are friendship, glory, and love; the shores of existence are strewn with them.
      - [Disappointment]

Love, which is only an episode in the life of man, is the entire history of woman's life.
      - [Love]

Men err from selfishness, women because they are weak.
      - [Error]

Men have made of fortune an all-powerful goddess, in order that she may be made responsible for all their blunder's.
      - [Fortune]

Mystery such as is given of God is beyond the power of human penetration, yet not in opposition to it.
      - [Mystery]


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