Stendhal was born 23 January 1783, and died 23 March 1842
- A good book is an event in my life.
- Life is too short, and the time we waste in yawning never can be regained.
- All religions are founded on the fear of the many and the cleverness of the few.
- The first qualification for a historian is to have no ability to invent.
- Only great minds can afford a simple style.
- 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.
- A novel is a mirror walking along a main road.
- Politics in a literary work, is like a gun shot in the middle of a concert, something vulgar, and however, something which is impossible to ignore.
- One can acquire everything in solitude except character.
- To describe happiness is to diminish it.
Stendhal was a 19th-century French writer. He was one of the earliest practitioners of realism. His novels include Le Rouge et le Noir and La Chartreuse de Parme.
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