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MADAME DE STAEL (BARONNE ANNE LOUISE GERMAINE DE STAEL-HOLSTEIN)
French writer
(1766 - 1817)
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O memory, thou bitter sweet,--both a joy and a scourge!
      - [Memory]

Poetry is the apotheosis of sentiment.
      - [Poetry]

Providence protects us in all the details of our lot.
      - [Providence]

Purity of mind and conduct is the first glory of a woman.
      - [Purity]

Search for the truth is the noblest occupation of man; its publication, a duty.
      - [Truth]

Society develops wit, but its contemplation alone forms genius.
      - [Society]

Strangers are contemporary posterity.
  [Fr., Les etrangers sont la posterite contemporaine.]
      - see the "Journal" of Camille Desmoulins
        [Posterity]

Superstition is related to this life, religion to the next; superstition is allied to fatality, religion to virtue; it is by the vivacity of earthly desires that we become superstitious; it is. on the contrary, by the sacrifice of these desires that we become religious.
      - see Abel Stevens' "Life of Madame de Stael", ch. XXXIV
        [Superstition]

Taste is to literature what bon ton is in society.
      - [Taste]

The education of life perfects the thinking mind, but depraves the frivolous.
      - [Education]

The egotism of woman is always for two.
      - [Egotism]

The face of a woman, whatever be the force or extent of her mind, whatever be the importance of the object she pursues, is always an obstacle or a reason in the story of her life.
      - [Face]

The human mind always makes progress, but it is a progress in spirals.
  [Fr., L'esprit humain fait progres toujours, mais c'est progres en spirale.]
      - [Progress]

The language of religion can alone suit every situation and every mode of feeling.
      - [Religion]

The more we know, the better we forgive;
  Whoe'er feels deeply, feels for all who live.
      - [Forgiveness : Sympathy]

The most careful reasoning characters are very often the most easily abashed.
      - [Character]

The only equitable manner in my opinion, of judging the character of a man is to examine if there are personal calculations in his conduct; if there are not, we may blame his manner of judging, but we are not the less bound to esteem him.
      - [Character]

The sense of this word among the Greeks affords the noblest definition of it: enthusiasm signifies God in us.
      - [Enthusiasm]

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.
      - [Conscience]

There are women vain of advantages not connected with their persons, such as birth, rank, and fortune; it is difficult to feel less the dignity of the sex. The origin of all women may be called celestial, for their power is the offspring of the gifts of Nature; by yielding to pride and ambition they soon destroy the magic of their charms.
      - [Vanity]

To live beneath sorrow, one must yield to it.
      - [Sorrow]

Tombs decked by the arts can scarcely represent death as a formidable enemy; we do not, indeed, like the ancients, carve sports and dances in the sarcophagus, but thought is diverted from the bier by works that tell of immortality, even from the altar of death.
      - [Monuments]

We understand death for the first time when he puts his hand upon one whom we love.
      - [Death]

Whatever is natural admits of variety.
      - [Variety]

When a noble life has prepared old age, it is not the decline that it reveals, but the first days of immortality.
      - [Age]


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