Madame de Stael

(Anne Louise Germaine de Staël-Holstein)

Madame de Stael
Madame de Stael
  • Born: April 22, 1766
  • Died: July 14, 1817
  • Nationality: French
  • Profession: Writer









Anne Louise Germaine de Staël-Holstein, commonly known as Madame de Staël, was a French woman of letters and historian of Genevan origin whose lifetime overlapped with the events of the French Revolution and the Napoleonic era. For many years she lived as an exile under the Reign of Terror and under Napoleonic persecution. Known as a witty and brilliant conversationalist, often dressed in flashy and revealing outfits, she participated actively in the political and intellectual life of her times. She was present at the first opening of the Estates General and at the Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen. Her intellectual collaboration with Benjamin Constant between 1795 and 1811 made them one of the most celebrated intellectual couples of their time. They discovered sooner than others the tyrannical character and designs of Napoleon. In 1814 one of her contemporaries observed that "there are three great powers struggling against Napoleon for the soul of Europe: England, Russia, and Madame de Staël". Her works, both novels and travel literature, with emphasis on passion, individuality and oppositional politics made their mark on European Romanticism.

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Search for the truth is the noblest occupation of man; its publication is a duty. Truth ;Miscellaneous
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. Human Nature
A man must know how to fly in the face of opinion; a woman to submit to it.
A religious life is a struggle and not a hymn. Life
Genius is essentially creative; it bears the stamp of the individual who possesses it.
In matters of the heart, nothing is true except the improbable. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
Innocence in genius, and candor in power, are both noble qualities. Power
Love is a symbol of eternity. It wipes out all sense of time, destroying all memory of a beginning and all fear of an end. Time ;Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
Love is the whole history of a woman's life, it is but an episode in a man's. Life ;Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;History
Men err from selfishness; women because they are weak. Women
One must choose in life between boredom and suffering. Life
Politeness is the art of choosing among your thoughts. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
Prayer is more than meditation. In meditation, the source of strength is one's self. When one prays, he goes to a source of strength greater than his own.
Scientific progress makes moral progress a necessity; for if man's power is increased, the checks that restrain him from abusing it must be strengthened. Power
Sow good services: sweet remembrances will grow from them.
Speech happens to not be his language.
That past which is so presumptuously brought forward as a precedent for the present, was itself founded on some past that went before it.
The desire of the man is for the woman, but the desire of the woman is for the desire of the man.
The greatest happiness is to transform one's feelings into action. Happiness & Unhappiness
The human mind always makes progress, but it is a progress in spirals.
The more I see of men the more I like dogs.
The mystery of existence is the connection between our faults and our misfortunes.
The sense of this word among the Greeks affords the noblest definition of it; enthusiasm signifies God in us. Religion & God
To be totally understanding makes one very indulgent.
We cease loving ourselves if no one loves us. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
When a noble life has prepared for old age, it is not decline that it reveals, but the first days of immortality. Life
Wit consists in knowing the resemblance of things that differ, and the difference of things that are alike.
Wit lies in recognizing the resemblance among things which differ and the difference between things which are alike.