Madame de StaŽl: Her Friends and Her Influence in Politics and Literature, Volume 3

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Chapman and Hall, limited, 1889 - 610 pages
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Page 158 - Thou mayst prove false; at lovers' perjuries, They say, Jove laughs. O gentle Romeo! If thou dost love, pronounce it faithfully: Or if thou think'st I am too quickly won, I'll frown and be perverse and say thee nay, So thou wilt woo; but else, not for the world. In truth, fair Montague, I am too fond, And therefore thou mayst think my haviour light: But trust me, gentleman, I'll prove more true Than those that have more cunning to be strange.
Page 82 - ... his own bowels, till its web embraced the whole universe, was quite shocking to the philosopher's dignity. However, being much pressed, he began, in rather bad French, to do the best he could. But he had not gone more than ten minutes before Mad. de Stael, who had followed him with the greatest attention, interrupted him with a countenance full of eagerness and satisfaction: 'Ah! c'est assez, je comprends, je vous comprends parfaitement, Mons. Fichte. Your system is perfectly illustrated by a...
Page 433 - De la litterature allemande; des defauts qu'on peut lui reprocher; quelles en sont les causes; et par quels moyens on peut les corriger.
Page 186 - I knew Madame de Stael well, — better than she knew Italy, — but I little thought that, one day, I should think with her thoughts, in the country where she has laid the scene of her most attractive productions. She is sometimes right, and often wrong, about Italy and England ; but almost always true in delineating the heart, which is of but one nation, and of no country,— or, rather, of all.
Page 186 - Her picture of stagnation, mediocrity, and dulness — of torpor, animated only by envy — of mental superiority, dreaded and hated without even being comprehended — and of intellect, gradually extinguished by the azotic atmosphere of stupidity — is so true ! The unjust estimate of England, which this Northumbrian picture might have occasioned, how admirably is it corrected by the observation of Oswald, and even of poor Corinne, on their second journeys ! and how, by a few reflections in the...
Page 449 - But there are fine passages ; and, after all, what is a work, any — or every work — but a desert with fountains, and perhaps a grove or two, every day's journey ? To be sure, in madame, what we often mistake and 'pant for...
Page 457 - I saw him presented to Madame de Stael at Mackintosh's ; — It was the grand confluence between the Rhone and the Saone, and and they were both so d — d ugly, that I could not help wondering how the best Intellects of France and Ireland could have taken up respectively such residences.
Page 586 - Heaven doth with us as we with torches do ; Not light them for themselves : for if our virtues Did not go forth of us, 'twere all alike As if we had them not...
Page 297 - Cette profondeur de nature, ces questions sur notre destinťe ŗ tous, en prťsence de cette foule qui mourra , et qui semblait vous ťcouter comme l'oracle du sort ; cette apparition du spectre, plus terrible dans vos regards que sous la forme la plus redoutable ; cette profonde mťlancolie , cette voix, ces regards qui...
Page 185 - Fourth and fifth volumes of Corinne. Farewell Corinne ! powerful and extraordinary book ; full of faults so obvious as not to be worth enumerating ; but of which a single sentence has excited more feeling, and exercised more reason, than the most faultless models of elegance.

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