Sunday, January 23, 2011

Meandering here and there . . .

Today is the birthday of Marie-Henri Beyle (January 23, 1783 – March 23, 1842), writer. He best known by his pen name Stendhal and for the psychosomatic illness, Stendhal syndrome (rapid heartbeat, dizziness, fainting, confusion and even hallucinations when an individual is exposed to art).

"Pleasure is often spoiled by describing it."

"Almost all our misfortunes in life come from the wrong notions we have about the things that happen to us. To know men thoroughly, to judge events sanely, is, therefore, a great step towards happiness."
— Stendhal

"The pleasures and the cares of the luckiest ambition, even of limitless power, are nothing next to the intimate happiness that tenderness and love give."

"The shepherd always tries to persuade the sheep that their interests and his own are the same."

"One can acquire everything in solitude except character."

Stendhal images source (1)

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