Beauty is a promise of happiness  

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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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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.
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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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