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Julie de Lespinasse

  • Calumny spreads like an oil-spot: we endeavor to cleanse it, but the mark remains.

    • Julie de Lespinasse,
    • in J. De Finod, ed., A Thousand Flashes of French Wit, Wisdom, and Wickedness ()
  • ... none but the unhappy are worthy of friends; if your soul had never suffered never could you have entered mine.

    • Julie de Lespinasse,
    • 1773, in Katharine Prescott Wormeley, trans., Letters of Mlle. de Lespinasse ()
  • Oh! you shall see how well I know how to love! I can only love; I know only how to love! With moderate faculties, we can yet do much when we center them on a single object.

    • Julie de Lespinasse,
    • 1773, in Katharine Prescott Wormeley, trans., Letters of Mlle. de Lespinasse ()
  • ... nothing is stronger or better founded than the sentiments for which we can give no reason.

    • Julie de Lespinasse,
    • 1773, in Katharine Prescott Wormeley, trans., Letters of Mlle. de Lespinasse ()
  • Oh! how many times we die before death!

    • Julie de Lespinasse,
    • 1773, in Katharine Prescott Wormeley, trans., Letters of Mlle. de Lespinasse ()
  • I love the abandonment to impulse, I act from impulse only, and I love to madness that others do the same by me.

    • Julie de Lespinasse,
    • 1773, in Katharine Prescott Wormeley, trans., Letters of Mlle. de Lespinasse ()
  • ... I read what I feel, and not what I see.

    • Julie de Lespinasse,
    • 1773, in Katharine Prescott Wormeley, trans., Letters of Mlle. de Lespinasse ()
  • Ah! mon Dieu! how the mind shrinks by loving! it is true that the soul does not, but what can one do with a soul?

    • Julie de Lespinasse,
    • 1773, in Katharine Prescott Wormeley, trans., Letters of Mlle. de Lespinasse ()
  • ... the logic of the heart is absurd.

    • Julie de Lespinasse,
    • 1774, in Katharine Prescott Wormeley, trans., Letters of Mlle. de Lespinasse ()
  • Oh, my dear, my tragedy is that you don't need to be loved as I know how to love.

    • Julie de Lespinasse,
    • in Lytton Strachey, "Mademoiselle de Lespinasse" (1906), Characters and Commentaries ()

Julie de Lespinasse, French letterwriter

(1732 - 1776)