Stendhal was a renowned French writer of the 19th century. He was a top student and was appointed at the Ministry of War after completing his graduation. He had great interest in writing but was made intendant-general of Napoleon’s army. During this period he travelled all through Germany and gained great knowledge about the state of war in Europe. Once the war ended he went back to writing and published the ‘Letters on Haydn, Mozart and Metastasio’ but was criticised for plagiarism. He bounced back with two of his novels including ‘Rome, Naples et Florence’ to repair his dented reputation as a writer. He was believed to be a spy by the new government and forced to move to Milan. There, he published ‘On Love’ where he tried to explain love psychologically but it reflected his frustration about love. He further wrote various novels but the most notable one was ‘The Red and the Black’. This book was a huge success and was acknowledged to be far beyond its time while being considered to be a significant contribution to literature. Go through the quotes and thoughts by this legendary author where he explains great things of life in the minimum possible word count. Take a look at the most notable quotations and sayings by Stendhal on reading, happiness, community and character.
To write a book is to risk being shot at in public.
It seemed to Julian that there was far too much hair in his wig.
The suspicion that a rival is loved is painful enough already, but to have the love that he inspires in her confessed to one in detail by the woman whom one adores is without doubt the acme of suffering.