31 Stendhal Quotes (Author of ‘The Red and the Black’).

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Marie-Henri Beyle ( 23 January 1783 – 23 March 1842), better known by his pen name Stendhal was a 19th-century French writer. Best known for the novels Le Rouge et le Noir (The Red and the Black, 1830) and La Chartreuse de Parme (The Charterhouse of Parma, 1839), he is highly regarded for the acute analysis of his characters’ psychology and considered one of the early and foremost practitioners of realism. A self-proclaimed egotist, he coined the same characteristic in his characters “Beylism”.

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31 Stendhal Quotes :

1. Our true passions are selfish.

2. The pleasures of love are always in proportion to our fears.

3. Women are always eagerly on the lookout for any emotion

4. Beauty is nothing other than the promise of happiness.

5. Mathematics allows for no hypocrisy and no vagueness.

6. A forty-year-old woman is only something to men who have loved her in her youth.

7. A melancholy air can never be the right thing; what you want is a bored air. If you are melancholy, it must be because you want something, there is something in which you have not succeeded.

8. The shepherd always tries to persuade the sheep that their interests and his own are the same.

9. A novel is a mirror walking along a main road.

10. It is shewing your inferiority. If you are bored, on the other hand, it is the person who has tried in vain to please you who is inferior.


11. Each man for himself in that desert of egoism which is called life.

12. The only way of touching a heart is to wound it

13. A very small degree of hope is sufficient to cause the birth of love.

14. A man may meet a woman and be shocked by her ugliness. Soon, if she is natural and unaffected, her expression makes him overlook the faults of her features. He begins to find her charming, it enters his head that she might be loved, and a week later he is living in hope. The following week he has been snubbed into despair, and the week afterwards he has gone mad.

15. A good book is an event in my life.

16. Only great minds can afford a simple style

17. 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.

18. But, if I sample this pleasure so prudently and circumspectly, it will no longer be a pleasure.

19. If you don’t love me, it does not matter, anyway I can love for both of us

20. An English traveller relates how he lived upon intimate terms with a tiger; he had reared it and used to play with it, but always kept a loaded pistol on the table.


21. Love born in the brain is more spirited, doubtless, than true love, but it has only flashes of enthusiasm; it knows itself too well, it criticizes itself incessantly; so far from banishing thought, it is itself reared only upon a structure of thought.

22. The more one pleases everybody, the less one pleases profoundly

23. 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.

24. One can acquire everything in solitude except character.

25. Life is too short, and the time we waste in yawning never can be regained.

26. 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.

27. People happy in love have an air of intensity.

28. A wise woman never yields by appointment. It should always be an unforeseen happiness.

29. 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.

30. All religions are founded on the fear of the many and the cleverness of the few.

31. To be loved at first sight, a man should have at the same time something to respect and something to pity in his face.

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