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When at eve, at the bounding of the landscape, the heavens appear to recline so slowly on the earth, imagination pictures beyond the horizon an asylum of hope--a native land of love; and nature seems silently to repeat that man is immortal.
When once enthusiasm has been turned into ridicule, everything is undone except money and power.
When we destroy an old prejudice, we have need of a new virtue.
When women oppose themselves to the projects and ambition of men, they excite their lively resentment; if in their youth they meddle with political intrigues, their modesty must suffer.
Where no interest is takes in science, literature and liberal pursuits, mere facts and insignificant criticisms necessarily become the themes of discourse; and minds, strangers alike to activity and meditation, become so limited as to render all intercourse with them at once tasteless and oppressive.
Truth and, by consequence, liberty, will always be the chief power of honest men.
- Coppet et Weimar--Letter to General Moreau
The sight of such a monument is like continual and stationary music which one hears for one's good as one approaches it.
[Fr., La vue d'un tel monument est comme une musique continuelle et fixee qui vous attend pour vous faire du bien quand vous vous en approchez.]
- Corinne (bk. IV, ch. III) [Architecture]
Only the refined and delicate pleasures that spring from research and education can build up barriers between different ranks.
- Corinne (bk. IX, ch. I) [Education]
Music revives the recollections it would appease.
- Corinne (bk. IX, ch. II) [Music]
Genius is essentially creative; it bears the stamp of the individual who possesses it.
- Corinne (bk. VII, ch. I) [Genius]
Love is the emblem of eternity: it confounds all notion of time: effaces all memory of a beginning , all fear of an end.
- Corinne (bk. VIII, ch. II) [Love]
Where we really love, we often dread more than we desire the solemn moment that exchanges hope for certainty.
- Corinne (bk. VIII, ch. IV) [Love]
A religious life is a struggle and not a hymn.
- Corinne (bk. X, ch. V) [Religion]
To pray together, in whatever tongue or ritual, is the most tender brotherhood of hope and sympathy that men can contract in this life.
- Corinne (bk. X, ch. V) [Prayer]
And all the bustle of departure--sometimes sad, sometimes intoxicating--just as fear or hope may be inspired by the new chances of coming destiny.
- Corinne (bk. X, ch. VI) [Destiny]
O Earth! all bathed with blood and years, yet never
Hast thou ceased putting forth thy fruit and flowers.
- Corinne (bk. XIII, ch. IV),
(L.E.L.'s translation) [World]
Genius inspires this thirst for fame: there is no blessing undesired by those to whom Heaven gave the means of winning it.
- Corinne (bk. XVI, ch. I) [Genius]
Misfortune had conquered her, how true it is, that sooner or later the most rebellious must bow beneath the same yoke.
- Corinne (bk. XVII, ch. II) [Misfortune]
I learnt life from the poets.
- Corinne (bk. XVIII, ch. V) [Poets]
To understand makes one very indulgent.
[Fr., Tout coprendre rend tres-indulgent.]
- Corinne (bk. XVIII, ch. V) [Forgiveness]
Be happy, but be so by piety.
- Corinne (bk. XX, ch. III) [Happiness]
Love is the history of a woman's life; it is an episode in man's.
[Fr., L'amour est l'histoire de la vie des femmes; c'est un episode dans celle des hommes.]
- De l'influence des passions--Works
(III, p. 135 (1820 ed.)) [Love]
Thought can never be compared with action, but when it awakens in us the image of truth.
- Germany (pt. I, ch. VIII) [Thought]
Innocence in genius, and candor in power, are both noble qualities.
- Germany (pt. II, ch. VIII) [Quality]
The soul is a fire that darts its rays through all the senses; it is in this fire that existence consists; all the observations and all the efforts of philosophers ought to turn towards this Me, the centre and moving power of our sentiments and our ideas.
- Germany (pt. III, ch. II) [Soul]
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