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Suzanne Curchod Necker

  • The heart of a good man is the sanctuary of God in this world.

    • Suzanne Curchod Necker,
    • in Abel Stevens, Madame de Staël ()
  • Worship your heroes from afar; contact withers them.

    • Suzanne Curchod Necker,
    • in Maturin Murray Ballou, ed., Treasury of Thought ()
  • Fortune does not change men: it unmasks them.

    • Suzanne Curchod Necker,
    • in J. De Finod, ed., A Thousand Flashes of French Wit, Wisdom, and Wickedness ()
  • One can impose silence on sentiment, but one can not give it limits.

    • Suzanne Curchod Necker,
    • in J. De Finod, ed., A Thousand Flashes of French Wit, Wisdom, and Wickedness ()
  • When death consents to let us live a long time, it takes successively as hostages all those we have loved.

    • Suzanne Curchod Necker,
    • in J. De Finod, ed., A Thousand Flashes of French Wit, Wisdom, and Wickedness ()
  • The quarrels of lovers are like summer storms. Everything is more beautiful when they have passed.

    • Suzanne Curchod Necker,
    • in Louis Klopsch, eds., Many Thoughts From Many Minds ()
  • How immense appear to us the sins that we have not committed.

    • Suzanne Curchod Necker,
    • in Louis Klopsch, eds., Many Thoughts From Many Minds ()
  • Obstinacy is ever most positive when it is most in the wrong.

    • Suzanne Curchod Necker,
    • in Louis Klopsch, eds., Many Thoughts From Many Minds ()
  • The old age of women is bearable only on condition that they do not take up any room, do not make any noise, do not demand any service; on condition that they render all the service that is expected of them, and actually have no existence except for the good of others.

    • Suzanne Curchod Necker,
    • in Margaret Goldsmith, Madame de Staël ()
  • For three days and nights I suffered the tortures of the damned, and Death was at my bedside, accompanied by his satellites in the shape of a species of men who are still more terrible than the Furies, and who have been invented for the sole purpose of horrifying modesty and scandalizing nature.

    • Suzanne Curchod Necker,
    • 1766, in J. Christopher Herold, Mistress to an Age: A Life of Madame de Staël ()
  • The revolting details of childbirth had been hidden from me with such care that I was as surprised as I was horrified, and I cannot help thinking that the vows most women are made to take are very foolhardy. I doubt whether they would willingly go to the altar to swear that they will allow themselves to be broken on the wheel every nine months.

    • Suzanne Curchod Necker,
    • 1766, in J. Christopher Herold, Mistress to an Age: A Life of Madame de Staël ()
  • Behavior is the theory of manners practically applied.

    • Suzanne Curchod Necker
  • Too many wish to be happy before becoming wise.

    • Suzanne Curchod Necker
  • High positions are like the summit of high, steep rocks: eagles and reptiles alone can reach them.

    • Suzanne Curchod Necker

Suzanne Curchod Necker, Swiss-born French writer, salon host

(1739 - 1794)

Note: she is Madame Staël’s mother.