Germaine de Stael

Germaine de Stael


Author Profession: French writer
Born: April 22, 1766
Died: July 17, 1817
Birth Sign: Taurus


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Germaine de Stael quotes

Men err from selfishness; women because they are weak.

Love is the whole history of a woman's life, it is but an episode in a man's.

Politeness is the art of choosing among your thoughts.

To be totally understanding makes one very indulgent.

In matters of the heart, nothing is true except the improbable.

We cease loving ourselves if no one loves us.

The human mind always makes progress, but it is a progress in spirals.

One must choose in life between boredom and suffering.

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

Love is a symbol of eternity. It wipes out all sense of time, destroying all memory of a beginning and all fear of an end.

The greatest happiness is to transform one's feelings into action.

The more I see of men the more I like dogs.

A religious life is a struggle and not a hymn.

Genius is essentially creative; it bears the stamp of the individual who possesses it.

Wit consists in knowing the resemblance of things that differ, and the difference of things that are alike.

Scientific progress makes moral progress a necessity; for if man's power is increased, the checks that restrain him from abusing it must be strengthened.

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.

Search for the truth is the noblest occupation of man; its publication is a duty.

Innocence in genius, and candor in power, are both noble qualities.

The desire of the man is for the woman, but the desire of the woman is for the desire of the man.

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