Quotes by Henri B. Stendhal

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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.

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.
A wise woman never yields by appointment. It should always be an unforeseen happiness.
One can acquire everything in solitude except character.
Beauty is the promise of happiness.
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.
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.
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.
The shepherd always tries to persuade the sheep that their interests and his own are the same.
To describe happiness is to diminish it.
Nothing is so hideous as an obsolete fashion.
A novel is a mirror carried along a main road.