from A Roman Journal

August 27, 1827

The arts are a privilege, and dearly bought, by how many difficulties, by how many stupidities, by how many days of deep melancholy! At a concert we went to last night I watched some of the prettiest women in Rome. Roman beauty, full of soul and fire, reminds me of Bologna; here there are longer moments of indifference or of sadness

– Stendhal, A Roman Journal (trans. Haakon Chevalier)

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