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O memory, thou bitter sweet,--both a joy and a scourge!
Poetry is the apotheosis of sentiment.
Providence protects us in all the details of our lot.
Purity of mind and conduct is the first glory of a woman.
Search for the truth is the noblest occupation of man; its publication, a duty.
Society develops wit, but its contemplation alone forms genius.
Strangers are contemporary posterity.
[Fr., Les etrangers sont la posterite contemporaine.]
- see the "Journal" of Camille Desmoulins
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
Taste is to literature what bon ton is in society.
The education of life perfects the thinking mind, but depraves the frivolous.
The egotism of woman is always for two.
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.
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.]
The language of religion can alone suit every situation and every mode of feeling.
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.
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.
The sense of this word among the Greeks affords the noblest definition of it: enthusiasm signifies God in us.
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.
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.
To live beneath sorrow, one must yield to it.
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.
We understand death for the first time when he puts his hand upon one whom we love.
Whatever is natural admits of variety.
When a noble life has prepared old age, it is not the decline that it reveals, but the first days of immortality.
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