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The Red and the Black The Red and the Black by Stendhal
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“A good book is an event in my life.”
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“A novel is a mirror walking along a main road.”
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“Our true passions are selfish.”
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“A melancholy air can never be the right thing; what you want is a bored air. If you are melancholy, it must be because you want something, there is something in which you have not succeeded.
It is shewing your inferiority. If you are bored, on the other hand, it is the person who has tried in vain to please you who is inferior.”
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“Faith, I am no such fool; everyone for himself in this desert of selfishness which is called life.”
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“Love born in the brain is more spirited, doubtless, than true love, but it has only flashes of enthusiasm; it knows itself too well, it criticizes itself incessantly; so far from banishing thought, it is itself reared only upon a structure of thought.”
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“After moral poisoning, one requires physical remedies and a bottle of champagne.”
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“Indeed, man has two different beings inside him. What devil thought of that malicious touch?”
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“I am mad, I am going under, I must follow the advice of a friend, and pay no heed to myself.”
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“The ordinary procedure of the nineteenth century is that when a powerful and noble personage encounters a man of feeling, he kills, exiles, imprisons or so humiliates him that the other, like a fool, dies of grief.”
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“The idea which tyrants find most useful is the idea of God.”
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“Your career will be a painful one. I divine something in you which offends the vulgar.”
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“Ah, Sir, a novel is a mirror carried along a high road. At one moment it reflects to your vision the azure skies, at another the mire of the puddles at your feet. And the man who carries this mirror in his pack will be accused by you of being immoral! His mirror shews the mire, and you blame the mirror! Rather blame that high road upon which the puddle lies, still more the inspector of roads who allows the water to gather and the puddle to form.”
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“An English traveller relates how he lived upon intimate terms with a tiger; he had reared it and used to play with it, but always kept a loaded pistol on the table.”
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“Each man for himself in that desert of egoism which is called life.”
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“But, if I sample this pleasure so prudently and circumspectly, it will no longer be a pleasure.”
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“The tyranny of public opinion (and what an opinion!) is as fatuous in the small towns of France as it is in the United States of America.”
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“For the future, I shall rely only upon those elements of my character which I have tested. Who would ever have said that I should find pleasure in shedding tears? That I should love the man who proves to me that I am nothing more than a fool?”
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“They were completely vague. They expressed everything and nothing. 'It is the Æolian harp of style,' thought Julien. 'Amid the most lofty thoughts about annihilation, death, the infinite, etc., I can see no reality save a shocking fear of ridicule.”
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“Un des moments les plus pénibles de sa vie était celui où, chaque matin, en s'éveillant, il s'apprenait son malheur.”
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“...one of the traits of genius is not to drag its thought through the rut worn by vulgar minds.”
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“Exalted by a sentiment of which she was proud, and that overcame all her arrogance, she was reluctant to let a moment of her life go by without occupying it with some remarkable deed.”
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“Ce iubire mai e aceea care te face sa casti?”
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“Mathilde returned and strolled past the drawing-room windows; she saw him busily engaged in describing to Madame de Fervaques the old ruined castles that crown the steep banks of the Rhine and give them so distinctive a character. He was beginning to acquit himself none too badly in the use of the sentimental and picturesque language which is called wit in certain drawing-rooms.”
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“C'est la violente impression du laid sur une âme faite pour aimer ce qui est beau. ”
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“O musculiță efemeră se naște la nouă dimineață, în lungile zile de vară, ca să moară la cinci seara; cum ar putea ea înțelege cuvântul noapte? Mai dă-i cinci ore de viață, și ea va vedea și va înțelege ce e noaptea.”
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“Es la violenta impresion de lo feo sobre u n alma destinada a amar lo bello.”
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“The footman burst in, announcing, 'Monsieur le Duc de ---.'
'Hold your tongue, you fool,' said the Duke as he entered the room. He said this so well, and with such majesty than Julien could not help thinking that knowing how to lose his temper with a footman was the whole extent of this great personage's knowledge.”
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“Here are my politics: I love music and painting; a good book is an event for me; I’m going on forty-four. How much time do I have left? Fifteen, twenty, thirty years at most? Very well! I maintain that in thirty years ministers will be a bit shrewder, but just about as honest as they are today.”
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“Аз живях достатъчно, за да видя, че различието ражда омразата."
"Тежък ще е твоят жизнен път. В тебе аз виждам нещо, което обижда простолюдието. Завистта и Клеветата ще те преследват. Където и да те запрати провидението, другарите ти няма да могат да те гледат без омраза; и ако се преструват, че те обичат, то ще е само, за да те погубят по- сигурно.”
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