Quotation by Stendhal

Great ladies are no more spiteful than the average rich woman; but one acquires in their society a greater susceptibility, and feels more profoundly and ... more irremediably, their unpleasant remarks.
Stendhal [Marie Henri Beyle] (1783–1842), French novelist. Armance, ch. XXV, Urbain Canel (1827), trans. C.K. Scott-Moncrieff, 1946.
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