Anne Louise Germaine de Staël

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We are never so defenseless against suffering as when we love, never so forlornly unhappy as when we have lost our love object or its love.
Sigmund Freud
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Wit lies in recognizing the resemblance among things which differ and the difference between things which are alike.

Anne Louise Germaine de Staël (April 22, 1766July 14, 1817) was a French-speaking Swiss author living in Paris and abroad who determined literary tastes of Europe at the turn of the 18th and 19th centuries.

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  • Love is the whole history of a woman's life, it is an episode in a man's.
    • De l'Influence des Passions (1796)
  • A man must know how to fly in the face of opinion; a woman to submit to it.
    • Delphine, epigraph (1802)
  • Genius is essentially creative; it bears the stamp of the individual who possesses it.
    • Corinne (1807) bk. 7, ch. 1
  • To be totally understanding makes one very indulgent.
    • Corinne (1807) bk. 18, ch. 5
  • Innocence in genius, and candor in power, are both noble qualities.
    • De l’Allemagne (Germany), pt. 2, ch. 8 (1813)
  • Wit lies in recognizing the resemblance among things which differ and the difference between things which are alike.
    • De l’Allemagne, pt. 3, ch. 8 (1813)
  • 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.
    • De l’Allemagne, pt. 3. ch. 13 (1813)
  • The sense of this word among the Greeks affords the noblest definition of it; enthusiasm signifies God in us.
    • De l’Allemagne, pt. 4. ch. 10 (1813)

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  • Love is the emblem of eternity; it confounds all notions of time; effaces all memory of begining, all fear of an end.
  • Search for the truth is the noblest occupation of man; its publication is a duty.
  • Sow good services: sweet remembrances will grow from them.
  • The desire of the man is for the woman, but the desire of the woman is for the desire of the man.
  • Men do not change; they unmask themselves.
  • The human mind always makes progress, but it is a progress in spirals.

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