Zitat des Tages von Stendhal:
If you think of paying court to the men in power, your eternal ruin is assured.
The more a race is governed by its passions, the less it has acquired the habit of cautious and reasoned argument, the more intense will be its love of music.
Never had he found himself so close to those terrible weapons of feminine artillery.
Nothing is so hideous as an obsolete fashion.
People who have been made to suffer by certain things cannot be reminded of them without a horror which paralyses every other pleasure, even that to be found in reading a story.
The first qualification for a historian is to have no ability to invent.
Life is too short, and the time we waste in yawning never can be regained.
The shepherd always tries to persuade the sheep that their interests and his own are the same.
The French are the wittiest, the most charming, and up to the present, at all events, the least musical race on Earth.
To be loved at first sight, a man should have at the same time something to respect and something to pity in his face.
Our true passions are selfish.
Logic is neither an art nor a science but a dodge.
The pleasures of love are always in proportion to our fears.
Prudery is a kind of avarice, the worst of all.
If you don't love me, it does not matter, anyway I can love for both of us.
A very small degree of hope is sufficient to cause the birth of love.
All religions are founded on the fear of the many and the cleverness of the few.
Politics in a literary work, is like a gun shot in the middle of a concert, something vulgar, and however, something which is impossible to ignore.
A forty-year-old woman is only something to men who have loved her in her youth.
She had caprices of a marvellous unexpectedness, and how is any one to imitate a caprice?
Mathematics allows for no hypocrisy and no vagueness.
Love has always been the most important business in my life, I should say the only one.
In love, unlike most other passions, the recollection of what you have had and lost is always better than what you can hope for in the future.
True love makes the thought of death frequent, easy, without terrors; it merely becomes the standard of comparison, the price one would pay for many things.
The man of genius is he and he alone who finds such joy in his art that he will work at it come hell or high water.
One can acquire everything in solitude except character.
The more one pleases everybody, the less one pleases profoundly.
I think no woman I have had ever gave me so sweet a moment, or at so light a price, as the moment I owe to a newly heard musical phrase.
A novel is a mirror carried along a main road.
To describe happiness is to diminish it.
Far less envy in America than in France, and far less wit.
What is really beautiful must always be true.
God's only excuse is that he does not exist.
This is the curse of our age, even the strangest aberrations are no cure for boredom.
A wise woman never yields by appointment. It should always be an unforeseen happiness.
People happy in love have an air of intensity.