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 +| style="text-align: left;" |[[Immanuel Kant|Kant]]'s famous definition of the [[beauty|beautiful]]. "That is beautiful," says Kant, "which pleases without [[Interest (emotion)|interesting]]." Without interesting! Compare this definition with this other one [...] by [[Stendhal]], who once called the beautiful une ''[[Beauty is a promise of happiness|promesse de bonheur]]''. Here, at any rate, the one point which Kant makes prominent in the aesthetic position is repudiated and eliminated—le [[Disinterestedness|désinteressement]]. Who is right, Kant or Stendhal? --Nietzsche, ''[[On the Genealogy of Morality]]''
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[[Image:'Bologne to Rome' page in Stendhal's On Love.jpg|thumb|right|200px|[[Stendhal]]'s depiction of the process of [[falling in love]], from ''[[On Love (Stendhal) |On Love]]'', 1822]] [[Image:'Bologne to Rome' page in Stendhal's On Love.jpg|thumb|right|200px|[[Stendhal]]'s depiction of the process of [[falling in love]], from ''[[On Love (Stendhal) |On Love]]'', 1822]]
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Kant's famous definition of the beautiful. "That is beautiful," says Kant, "which pleases without interesting." Without interesting! Compare this definition with this other one [...] by Stendhal, who once called the beautiful une promesse de bonheur. Here, at any rate, the one point which Kant makes prominent in the aesthetic position is repudiated and eliminated—le désinteressement. Who is right, Kant or Stendhal? --Nietzsche, On the Genealogy of Morality
Stendhal's depiction of the process of falling in love, from On Love, 1822
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Stendhal's depiction of the process of falling in love, from On Love, 1822

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"La beauté est une promesse de bonheur" (English: Beauty is a promise of happiness) is a dictum by Stendhal. It was first published as a footnote in his treatise De l'amour (On Love).

It is often misattributed to Edmund Burke.




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