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Héloïse

  • ... we passed our brightest days in tranquillity and happiness. If that were a crime, 'tis a crime I am yet fond of ...

    • Héloïse,
    • letter to Peter Abelard (12th cent.), in C.K. Scott Moncrief, trans., The Letters of Abelard and Heloise ()
  • ... it is not the deed but the intention that makes the crime.

    • Héloïse,
    • letter to Peter Abelard (12th cent.), in C.K. Scott Moncrief, trans., The Letters of Abelard and Heloise ()
  • The heart overwhelmed by grief knows no rest ...

    • Héloïse,
    • letter to Peter Abelard (12th cent.), in C.K. Scott Moncrief, trans., The Letters of Abelard and Heloise ()
  • ... the higher the step of advancement, the heavier is the fall.

    • Héloïse,
    • letter to Peter Abelard (12th cent.), in C.K. Scott Moncrief, trans., The Letters of Abelard and Heloise ()
  • ... nothing is less in our power than the heart, which we are forced rather to obey than able to command.

    • Héloïse,
    • letter to Peter Abelard (12th cent.), in C.K. Scott Moncrief, trans., The Letters of Abelard and Heloise ()
  • When my self is not with you, it is nowhere.

    • Héloïse,
    • letter to Peter Abelard (12th cent.), in C.K. Scott Moncrief, trans., The Letters of Abelard and Heloise ()
  • Riches and power are but gifts of blind fate, whereas goodness is the result of one's own merits.

    • Héloïse,
    • letter to Peter Abelard (12th cent.), in C.K. Scott Moncrief, trans., The Letters of Abelard and Heloise ()
  • Prosperity seldom chooses the side of the virtuous ...

    • Héloïse,
    • letter to Peter Abelard (12th cent.), in M. Lincoln Schuster, The World's Great Letters ()
  • If a picture, which is but a mute representation of an object, can give such pleasure, what cannot letters inspire? They have souls; they can speak; they have in them all that force which expresses the transports of the heart; they have all the fire of our passions, they can raise them as much as if the persons themselves were present; they have all the tenderness and the delicacy of speech, and sometimes a boldness of expression even beyond it.

    • Héloïse,
    • letter to Peter Abelard (12th cent.), in M. Lincoln Schuster, The World's Great Letters ()
  • Letters were first invented for consoling such solitary wretches as myself. Having lost the substantial pleasures of seeing and possessing you, I shall in some measure compensate this loss by the satisfaction I shall find in your writing.

    • Héloïse,
    • letter to Peter Abelard (12th cent.), in M. Lincoln Schuster, The World's Great Letters ()
  • ... I was more pleased with possessing your heart than with any other happiness, and the man was the thing I least valued in you.

    • Héloïse,
    • letter to Peter Abelard (12th cent.), in M. Lincoln Schuster, The World's Great Letters ()
  • I am convinced by a sad experience that it is natural to avoid those to whom we have been too much obliged, and that uncommon generosity causes neglect rather than gratitude.

    • Héloïse,
    • letter to Peter Abelard (12th cent.), in M. Lincoln Schuster, The World's Great Letters ()

Héloïse, French religious, writer, scholar, abbess

(1101 - 1164)

More formally referred to as Héloïse d’Argenteuil.