Quotes by: Madame de Stael

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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

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