|Germaine de StaÃ«l|
Madame de StaÃ«l by FranÃ§ois GÃ©rard (1810)
|Born||Anne-Louise Germaine Necker
22 April 1766
|Died||14 July 1817
|Cause of death||Cerebral hemorrhage|
|Notable work||Delphine (1802)|
|Religion||Roman Catholicism (converted on deathbed)|
|Spouse(s)||Erik Magnus StaÃ«l von Holstein (m. 1786â€“1802); his death
Albert Jean Michel de Rocca (m. 1811â€“17); her death
|Politics, monarchism, nationalism|
Wit lies in recognizing the resemblance among things which differ and the difference between things which are alike.
Love is the whole history of a woman's life, it is but an episode in a man's.
Genius is essentially creative; it bears the stamp of the individual who possesses it.
That past which is so presumptuously brought forward as a precedent for the present, was itself founded on some past that went before it.
A man must know how to fly in the face of opinion; a woman to submit to it.
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 mystery of existence is the connection between our faults and our misfortunes.
Wit consists in knowing the resemblance of things that differ, and the difference of things that are alike.
When a noble life has prepared for old age, it is not decline that it reveals, but the first days of immortality.
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.
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 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.
The desire of the man is for the woman, but the desire of the woman is for the desire of the man.
The sense of this word among the Greeks affords the noblest definition of it; enthusiasm signifies God in us.
Search for the truth is the noblest occupation of man; its publication is a duty.