Stendhal quote about wisdom from The Red and the Black - It is because I was foolish then that I am wise to-day.
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It is because I was foolish then that I am wise to-day.
 Stendhal, The Red and the Black (1830). copy citation

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Author Stendhal
Source The Red and the Black
Topic wisdom foolishness
Date 1830
Language English
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Note Translated by Horace B. Samuel
Weblink https://en.wikisource.org/wiki/The_Red_and_the_Black

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“He stopped suddenly and became meditative. He found himself again confronted with the idea which shocked Mathilde so much: "In fifteen years, madame de Rênal will adore my son and you will have forgotten him."
CHAPTER LXX TRANQUILITY It is because I was foolish then that I am wise to-day. Oh thou philosopher who seest nothing except the actual instant. How short-sighted are thy views! Thine eye is not adapted to follow the subterranean work of the passions.—M. Goethe.
This conversation was interrupted by an interrogation followed by a conference with the advocate entrusted with the defence.” source
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