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Anne Sophie Swetchine

  • How easy to be amiable in the midst of happiness and success.

    • Anne Sophie Swetchine,
    • in Count de Falloux, ed., The Writings of Madame Swetchine ()
  • In retirement, the passage of time seems accelerated. Nothing warns us of its flight. It is a wave which never murmurs, because there is no obstacle to its flow.

    • Anne Sophie Swetchine,
    • in Count de Falloux, ed., The Writings of Madame Swetchine ()
  • Impassioned characters never attain their mark till they have overshot it.

    • Anne Sophie Swetchine,
    • in Count de Falloux, ed., The Writings of Madame Swetchine ()
  • To have ideas is to gather flowers. To think is to weave them into garlands.

    • Anne Sophie Swetchine,
    • in Count de Falloux, ed., The Writings of Madame Swetchine ()
  • Attention is a silent and perpetual flattery.

    • Anne Sophie Swetchine,
    • in Count de Falloux, ed., The Writings of Madame Swetchine ()
  • I can understand the things that afflict mankind, but I often marvel at those which console.

    • Anne Sophie Swetchine,
    • in Count de Falloux, ed., The Writings of Madame Swetchine ()
  • We are rich only through what we give, and poor only through what we refuse.

    • Anne Sophie Swetchine,
    • in Count de Falloux, ed., The Writings of Madame Swetchine ()
  • There is a transcendent power in example. We reform others unconsciously when we walk uprightly.

    • Anne Sophie Swetchine,
    • in Count de Falloux, ed., The Writings of Madame Swetchine ()
  • The root of sanctity is sanity. A man must be healthy before he can be holy. We bathe first, and then perfume.

    • Anne Sophie Swetchine,
    • in Count de Falloux, ed., The Writings of Madame Swetchine ()
  • Miracles are God's coups d'état.

    • Anne Sophie Swetchine,
    • in Count de Falloux, ed., The Writings of Madame Swetchine ()
  • Providence has hidden a charm in difficult undertakings, which is appreciated only by those who dare to grapple with them.

    • Anne Sophie Swetchine,
    • in Count de Falloux, ed., The Writings of Madame Swetchine ()
  • Only those faults which we encounter in ourselves are insufferable to us in others.

    • Anne Sophie Swetchine,
    • in Count de Falloux, ed., The Writings of Madame Swetchine ()
  • Might we not say to the confused voices which sometimes arise from the depths of our being, 'Ladies, be so kind as to speak only four at a time'?

    • Anne Sophie Swetchine,
    • in Count de Falloux, ed., The Writings of Madame Swetchine ()
  • To love deeply in one direction makes us more loving in all others.

    • Anne Sophie Swetchine,
    • in Count de Falloux, ed., The Writings of Madame Swetchine ()
  • In the age in which we live, the impossible is every day losing ground.

    • Anne Sophie Swetchine,
    • in Count de Falloux, ed., The Writings of Madame Swetchine ()
  • People read every thing nowadays, except books.

    • Anne Sophie Swetchine,
    • in Count de Falloux, ed., The Writings of Madame Swetchine ()
  • There are times when it would seem as if God fished with a line, and the devil with a net.

    • Anne Sophie Swetchine,
    • in Count de Falloux, ed., The Writings of Madame Swetchine ()
  • There is nothing in life except what we put into it.

    • Anne Sophie Swetchine,
    • in Count de Falloux, ed., The Writings of Madame Swetchine ()
  • When any one tells you that he belongs to no party, you may at any rate be sure that he does not belong to yours.

    • Anne Sophie Swetchine,
    • in Count de Falloux, ed., The Writings of Madame Swetchine ()
  • By becoming more unhappy, we sometimes learn how to be less so.

    • Anne Sophie Swetchine,
    • in Count de Falloux, ed., The Writings of Madame Swetchine ()
  • Kindness causes us to learn, and to forget, many things.

    • Anne Sophie Swetchine,
    • in Count de Falloux, ed., The Writings of Madame Swetchine ()
  • Old age is not one of the beauties of creation, but it is one of its harmonies.

    • Anne Sophie Swetchine,
    • in Count de Falloux, ed., The Writings of Madame Swetchine ()
  • In youth we feel richer for every new illusion; in maturer years, for every one we lose.

    • Anne Sophie Swetchine,
    • in Count de Falloux, ed., The Writings of Madame Swetchine ()
  • Old age is the night of life, as night is the old age of the day. Still, night is full of magnificence; and, for many, it is more brilliant than the day.

    • Anne Sophie Swetchine,
    • in J. De Finod, ed., A Thousand Flashes of French Wit, Wisdom, and Wickedness ()

Anne Sophie Swetchine, Russian mystic, writer, salon host

(1782 - 1857)

Full name: Sofia Petrovna Soymonova Swetchine. Best known as Madame Swetchine.