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Famous Honore De Balzac Quotations

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"All humanity is passion; without passion, religion, history, novels, art would be ineffectual."
by Honore De Balzac
"All human power is a compound of time and patience."
by Honore de Balzac
"The duration of passion is proportionate with the original resistance of the woman."
by Honore De Balzac
"Power is not revealed by striking hard or often, but by striking true."
by Honore De Balzac
"To kill a relative of whom you are tired is something. But to inherit his property afterwards, that is genuine pleasure."
by Honore De Balzac
"Vocations which we wanted to pursue, but didn't, bleed, like colors, on the whole of our existence."
by Honore De Balzac
"We exaggerate misfortune and happiness alike. We are never as bad off or as happy as we say we are."
by Honore De Balzac
"In diving to the bottom of pleasure we bring up more gravel than pearls."
by Honore De Balzac
"It is easier to be a lover than a husband for the simple reason that it is more difficult to be witty every day than to say pretty things from time to time."
by Honore De Balzac
"Nothing so fortifies a friendship as a belief on the part of one friend that he is superior to the other."
by Honore De Balzac
"Nothing is a greater impediment to being on good terms with others than being ill at ease with yourself."
by Honore De Balzac
"Passion is universal humanity. Without it religion, history, romance and art would be useless."
by Honore de Balzac
"If those who are the enemies of innocent amusements had the direction of the world, they would take away the spring, and youth, the former from the year, the latter from human life."
by Honore De Balzac
"Finance, like time, devours its own children."
by Honore De Balzac
"I do not regard a broker as a member of the human race."
by Honore de Balzac
"Bureaucracy is a giant mechanism operated by pygmies."
by Honore De Balzac
"A woman knows the face of the man she loves like a sailor knows the open sea."
by Honore de Balzac
"The more one judges, the less one loves."
by Honore De Balzac
"Solitude is fine, but you need someone to tell you that solitude is fine."
by Honore De Balzac
"No man should marry until he has studied anatomy and dissected at least one woman."
by Honore De Balzac
"Death unites as well as separates; it silences all paltry feeling."
by Honore De Balzac
"It is easy to sit up and take notice, What is difficult is getting up and taking action."
by Honore De Balzac
"The art of motherhood involves much silent, unobtrusive self-denial, an hourly devotion which finds no detail too minute."
by Honore De Balzac
"Courtesy is only a thin veneer on the general selfishness."
by Honore de Balzac
"There is something great and terrible about suicide."
by Honore De Balzac
"A grocer is attracted to his business by a magnetic force as great as the repulsion which renders it odious to artists."
by Honore De Balzac
"A flow of words is a sure sign of duplicity."
by Honore De Balzac
"Excess of joy is harder to bear than any amount of sorrow."
by Honore De Balzac
"To those who have exhausted politics, nothing remains but abstract thought."
by Honore De Balzac
"When Religion and Royalty are swept away, the people will attack the great, and after the great, they will fall upon the rich."
by Honore De Balzac
"Those who spend too fast never grow rich."
by Honore De Balzac
"Power is action; the electoral principle is discussion. No political action is possible when discussion is permanently established."
by Honore De Balzac
"Many men are deeply moved by the mere semblance of suffering in a woman; they take the look of pain for a sign of constancy or of love."
by Honore De Balzac
"The habits of life form the soul, and the soul forms the countenance."
by Honore De Balzac
"A good husband is never the first to go to sleep at night or the last to awake in the morning."
by Honore De Balzac
"A husband who submits to his wife's yoke is justly held an object of ridicule. A woman's influence ought to be entirely concealed."
by Honore De Balzac
"A lover always thinks of his mistress first and himself second; with a husband it runs the other way."
by Honore De Balzac
"A man is a poor creature compared to a woman."
by Honore De Balzac
"A mother's life, you see, is one long succession of dramas, now soft and tender, now terrible. Not an hour but has its joys and fears."
by Honore De Balzac
"A mother's happiness is like a beacon, lighting up the future but reflected also on the past in the guise of fond memories."
by Honore De Balzac
"A mother who is really a mother is never free."
by Honore De Balzac
"A young bride is like a plucked flower; but a guilty wife is like a flower that had been walked over."
by Honore De Balzac
"An unfulfilled vocation drains the color from a man's entire existence."
by Honore De Balzac
"At fifteen, beauty and talent do not exist; there can only be promise of the coming woman."
by Honore De Balzac
"Behind every great fortune there is a crime."
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"Behind every great fortune lies a great crime."
by Honore De Balzac
"Between the daylight gambler and the player at night there is the same difference that lies between a careless husband and the lover swooning under his lady's window."
by Honore De Balzac
"But reason always cuts a poor figure beside sentiment; the one being essentially restricted, like everything that is positive, while the other is infinite."
by Honore De Balzac
"Chance, my dear, is the sovereign deity in child-bearing."
by Honore De Balzac
"Children, dear and loving children, can alone console a woman for the loss of her beauty."
by Honore De Balzac
"Clouds symbolize the veils that shroud God."
by Honore De Balzac
"Conscience is our unerring judge until we finally stifle it."
by Honore De Balzac
"Count not thyself to have found true peace, if thou hast felt no grief nor that then all is well if thou hast no adversary nor that this is perfect, if all things fall out according to thy desire."
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"Cruelty and fear shake hands together"
by Honore de Balzac
"Equality may perhaps be a right, but no power on earth can ever turn it into a fact."
by Honore de Balzac
"First love is a kind of vaccination which saves a man from catching the complaint the second time."
by Honore De Balzac
"First love is a kind of vaccination which saves a man from catching the complaint a second time."
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"For passion, be it observed, brings insight with it; it can give a sort of intelligence to simpletons, fools, and idiots, especially during youth."
by Honore De Balzac
"Great love affairs start with Champagne and end with tisane."
by Honore De Balzac
"He has great tranquility of heart who cares neither for the praises nor the fault-finding of men."
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"I am a galley slave to pen and ink."
by Honore de Balzac
"I believe in the incomprehensibility of God."
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"Ideas devour the ages as men are devoured by their passions. When man is cured, human nature will cure itself perhaps."
by Honore De Balzac
"Imagination helps bring out the realism of every detail and only sees the beauties of the work."
by Honore De Balzac
"It is as absurd to say that a man can't love one woman all the time as it is to say that a violinist needs several violins to play the same piece of music."
by Honore De Balzac
"It is easier to be a lover than a husband for the simple reason that it is more difficult to be wiity every day than to say pretty things from time to time."
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"It is only in the act of nursing that a woman realizes her motherhood in visible and tangible fashion; it is a joy of every moment."
by Honore de Balzac
"It is the mark of a great man that he puts to flight all ordinary calculations. He is at once sublime and touching, childlike and of the race of giants."
by Honore De Balzac
"It would be curious to know what leads a man to become a stationer rather than a baker, when he is no longer compelled, as among the Egyptians, to succeed to his father's craft."
by Honore De Balzac
"Laws are spider webs through which the big flies pass and the little ones get caught."
by Honore De Balzac
"Love is a game in which one always cheats."
by Honore de Balzac
"Love has its own instinct, finding the way to the heart, as the feeblest insect finds the way to its flower, with a will which nothing can dismay nor turn aside."
by Honore De Balzac
"Love or hatred must constantly increase between two persons who are always together; every moment fresh reasons are found for loving or hating better."
by Honore De Balzac
"Love may be or it may not, but where it is, it ought to reveal itself in its immensity."
by Honore De Balzac
"Lovers have a way of using this word, nothing, which implies exactly the opposite."
by Honore de Balzac
"Manners are the hypocrisy of a nation."
by Honore De Balzac
"Marriage must incessantly contend with a monster that devours everything familiarity."
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"Marriage must incessantly contend with a monster that devours everything: familiarity."
by Honore De Balzac
"Men die in despair, while spirits die in ecstasy."
by Honore De Balzac
"Modesty is the conscience of the body."
by Honore De Balzac
"Nature makes only dumb animals. We owe the fools to society."
by Honore De Balzac
"No man should marry before he has studied anatomy and dissected the body of a woman."
by Honore de Balzac
"Nobody loves a woman because she is handsome or ugly, stupid or intelligent. We love because we love."
by Honore De Balzac
"Old maids, having never bent their temper or their lives to other lives and other tempers, as woman's destiny requires, have for the most part a mania for making everything about them bend to them."
by Honore De Balzac
"One should believe in marriage as in the immortality of the soul."
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"Our most bitter enemies are our own kith and kin. Kings have no brothers, no sons, no mother!"
by Honore De Balzac
"Political liberty, the peace of a nation, and science itself are gifts for which Fate demands a heavy tax in blood!"
by Honore De Balzac
"Small natures require despotism to exercise their sinews, as great souls thirst for equality to give play to their heart."
by Honore De Balzac
"Society bristles with enigmas which look hard to solve. It is a perfect maze of intrigue."
by Honore De Balzac
"Study lends a kind of enchantment to all our surroundings."
by Honore De Balzac
"Suicide, moreover, was at the time in vogue in Paris: what more suitable key to the mystery of life for a skeptical society?"
by Honore De Balzac
"The country is provincial; it becomes ridiculous when it tries to ape Paris."
by Honore De Balzac
"The fact is that love is of two kinds, one which commands, and one which obeys. The two are quite distinct, and the passion to which the one gives rise is not the passion of the other."
by Honore De Balzac
"The life of a man who deliberately runs through his fortune often becomes a business speculation; his friends, his pleasures, patrons, and acquaintances are his capital."
by Honore De Balzac
"The man as he converses is the lover; silent, he is the husband."
by Honore De Balzac
"The majority of husbands remind me of an orangutan trying to play the violin."
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"The man whose action habitually bears the stamp of his mind is a genius, but the greatest genius is not always equal to himself, or he would cease to be human."
by Honore de Balzac
"The most virtuous women have something within them, something that is never chaste."
by Honore De Balzac
"The smallest flower is a thought, a life answering to some feature of the Great Whole, of whom they have a persistent intuition."
by Honore De Balzac
"There are some women whose pregnancy would make some sly bachelor smile."
by Honore De Balzac


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