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 :: 1783-1842, French Writer

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A novel is a mirror carried along a main road.
~ Henri B. Stendhal - [Books and Reading]

 

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A wise woman never yields by appointment. It should always be an unforeseen happiness.
~ Henri B. Stendhal - [Seduction]

 

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Beauty is the promise of happiness.
~ Henri B. Stendhal - [Beauty]

 

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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.
~ Henri B. Stendhal - [Music]

 

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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.
~ Henri B. Stendhal - [Love Ended]

 

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Nothing is so hideous as an obsolete fashion.
~ Henri B. Stendhal - [Fashion]

 

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One can acquire everything in solitude except character.
~ Henri B. Stendhal - [Solitude]

 

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Since I am a man, my heart is three or four times less sensitive, because I have three or four times as much power of reason and experience of the world -- a thing which you women call hard-heartedness. As a man, I can take refuge in having mistresses. The more of them I have, and the greater the scandal, the more I acquire reputation and brilliance in society.
~ Henri B. Stendhal - [Men]

 

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The great majority of men, especially in France, both desire and possess a fashionable woman, much in the way one might own a fine horse -- as a luxury befitting a young man.
~ Henri B. Stendhal - [Men and Women]

 

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The shepherd always tries to persuade the sheep that their interests and his own are the same.
~ Henri B. Stendhal - [Leaders and Leadership]

 

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To describe happiness is to diminish it.
~ Henri B. Stendhal - [Happiness]

 

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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.
~ Henri B. Stendhal - [Love]

 

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