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.— Madame de Stael
The most belligerent Madame de Stael quotes that will inspire your inner self
Goethe has made a remark upon the perfectability of the human mind, which is full of sagacity: It is always advancing, but in a spiral line.
Love is the symbol of eternity.
Prayer is the life of the soul.
The greatest happiness is to transform one's feelings into action.
As we grow in wisdom, we pardon more freely.
In matters of the heart, nothing is true except the improbable.
Of all human sentiments, enthusiasm creates the most happiness;
it is the only sentiment in fact which gives real happiness, the only sentiment which can help us to bear our human destiny in any situation in which we may find ourselves.
Search for the truth is the noblest occupation of man; its publication is a duty.
The more I see of man, the more I like dogs.
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.
Love is admiring with the heart. And admiring is loving with the mind.
We understand death for the first time when he puts his hand upon one whom we love
And all the bustle of departure - sometimes sad, sometimes intoxicating - just as fear or hope may be inspired by the new chances of coming destiny.
Life often seems like a long shipwreck of which the debris are friendship, glory, and love. - The shores of existence are strewn with them.
However old a conjugal union, it still garners some sweetness.
Winter has some cloudless days, and under the snow a few flowers still bloom.
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.
Men err from selfishness; women because they are weak.
How true it is that, sooner or later, the' most rebellious must bow beneath the yoke of misfortune!
Politeness is the art of choosing among your thoughts.
The world is the work of a single thought, expressed in a thousand different ways.
When we destroy an old prejudice, we have need of a new virtue.
Happiness is a wondrous commodity: the more you give, the more you have.
When at eve, at the bounding of the landscape, the heavens appear to recline so slowly on the earth, imagination pictures beyond the horizon an asylum of hope, - a native land of love; and nature seems silently to repeat that man is immortal.
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.
Nature, who permits no two leaves to be exactly alike, has given a still greater diversity to human minds. Imitation, then, is a double murder; for it deprives both copy and original of their primitive existence.
The mystery of existence is the connection between our faults and our misfortunes.
Wit lies in recognizing the resemblance among things which differ and the difference between things which are alike.
We understand death only after it has placed its hands on someone we love.
Music revives the recollections it would appease.
The sense of this word among the Greeks affords the noblest definition of it;
enthusiasm signifies 'God in us.'
Madame de Stael thought it was pride in mankind to endeavour to penetrate the secret of the universe; and speaking of the higher metaphysics she said: "I prefer the Lord's Prayer to it all."
Sow good services: sweet remembrances will grow from them.
That past which is so presumptuously brought forward as a precedent for the present, was itself founded on some past that went before it.
Innocence in genius, and candor in power, are both noble qualities.
The people are as severe toward the clergy as toward women;
they want to see absolute devotion to duty from both.
If it were not for respect for human opinions, I would not open my window to see the Bay of Naples for the first time, whilst I would go five hundred leagues to talk with a man of genius whom I had not seen.
Enthusiasm gives life to what is invisible;
and interest to what has no immediate action on our comfort in this world.
When once enthusiasm has been turned into ridicule, everything is undone except money and power.
I do not want an echo of myself from my children.
I do not want to hear from them merely the reverberation of my own voice.
Intellect does not attain its full force unless it attacks power.
To live beneath sorrow, one must yield to it.
Love is the history of a woman's life;
it is an episode in man's. [Fr., L'amour est l'histoire de la vie des femmes; c'est un episode dans celle des hommes.]
The sight of such a monument is like continual and stationary music, which one hears for one's good as one approaches it.
Venice astonishes more than it pleases at first sight.
A religious life is a struggle and not a hymn.
Love, supreme power of the heart, mysterious enthusiasm that encloses in itself all poetry, all heroism, all religion!
There are women vain of advantages not connected with their persons, such as birth, rank, and fortune; it is difficult to feel less the dignity of the sex. The origin of all women may be called celestial, for their power is the offspring of the gifts of Nature; by yielding to pride and ambition they soon destroy the magic of their charms.
To pray together, in whatever tongue or ritual, is the most tender brotherhood of hope and sympathy that man can contract in this life.
Truth and, by consequence, liberty, will always be the chief power of honest men.