Quotation by Stendhal

People are less self-conscious in the intimacy of family life and during the anxiety of a great sorrow. The dazzling varnish of an extreme politeness is then less in evidence, and the true qualities of the heart regain their proper proportions.
Stendhal [Marie Henri Beyle] (1783–1842), French novelist. Armance, ch. XXIII, Urbain Canel (1827), trans. C.K. Scott-Moncrieff, 1946.
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