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Germaine de Staël

Madame de Staël by François Gérard (1810)
Born Anne-Louise Germaine Necker
(1766-04-22)22 April 1766
Paris, France
Died 14 July 1817(1817-07-14) (aged 51)
Paris, France
Cause of death Cerebral hemorrhage
Nationality French
Notable work Delphine (1802)
Religion Roman Catholicism (converted on deathbed)
Spouse(s) Erik Magnus Staël von Holstein (m. 1786–1802); his death
Albert Jean Michel de Rocca (m. 1811–17); her death
Era 19th-century
Region Western philosophy
School Romanticism
Main interests
Politics, monarchism, nationalism
Notable ideas
Literary salons

The greatest happiness is to transform one's feelings into action.
Wit lies in recognizing the resemblance among things which differ and the difference between things which are alike.
Madame de Stael
Love is the whole history of a woman's life, it is but an episode in a man's.
Madame de Stael
A religious life is a struggle and not a hymn.
Genius is essentially creative; it bears the stamp of the individual who possesses it.
Madame de Stael
That past which is so presumptuously brought forward as a precedent for the present, was itself founded on some past that went before it.
Madame de Stael
A man must know how to fly in the face of opinion; a woman to submit to it.
Madame de Stael

We cease loving ourselves if no one loves us.
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.
Madame de Stael
The mystery of existence is the connection between our faults and our misfortunes.
Madame de Stael
Men err from selfishness; women because they are weak.
The human mind always makes progress, but it is a progress in spirals.
The more I see of men the more I like dogs.
Wit consists in knowing the resemblance of things that differ, and the difference of things that are alike.
Madame de Stael
To be totally understanding makes one very indulgent.
When a noble life has prepared for old age, it is not decline that it reveals, but the first days of immortality.
Madame de Stael
We cease loving ourselves if no one loves us.
Prayer is more than meditation. In meditation, the source of strength is one's self. When one prays, he goes to a source of strength greater than his own.
Madame de Stael
Speech happens to not be his language.
Sow good services: sweet remembrances will grow from them.
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.
Madame de Stael
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.
Madame de Stael
The desire of the man is for the woman, but the desire of the woman is for the desire of the man.
Madame de Stael
The sense of this word among the Greeks affords the noblest definition of it; enthusiasm signifies God in us.
Madame de Stael
One must choose in life between boredom and suffering.
Innocence in genius, and candor in power, are both noble qualities.
Politeness is the art of choosing among your thoughts.
Search for the truth is the noblest occupation of man; its publication is a duty.
Madame de Stael
In matters of the heart, nothing is true except the improbable.