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Stendhal

Marie-Henri Beyle (January 23, 1783 March 23, 1842), better known by his penname Stendhal, was a 19th century French writer.
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The only excuse for God is that he doesn't exist.

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

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A novel is a mirror which passes over a highway. Sometimes it reflects to your eyes the blue of the skies, at others the churned-up mud of the road.

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

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One can acquire everything in solitude - except character.

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Beauty is the promise of happiness.

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Only great minds can afford a simple style.

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Who knows whether it is not true that phosphorus and mind are not the same thing?

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To describe happiness is to diminish it.

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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.

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Prudery is a kind of avarice, the worst of all.

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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.

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

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It is the nobility of their style which will make our writers of 1840 unreadable forty years from now.

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

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The French are the wittiest, the most charming, and up to the present, at all events, the least musical race on Earth.

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The more a race is governed by its passions, the less it has acquired the habit of cautious and reasoned argument, the more intense will be its love of music.

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Mathematics allows for no hypocrisy and no vagueness.

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If you think of paying court to the men in power, your eternal ruin is assured.

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The first qualification for a historian is to have no ability to invent.

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This is the curse of our age, that even the strangest aberrations are no cure for boredom.

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Pleasure is often spoiled by describing it.

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Far less envy in America than in France, and far less wit.

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

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