Honore de Balzac quotes

“Misfortune, no less than happiness, inspires us to dream.”
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“A woman must be a genius to create a good husband.”
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“If we could but paint with the hand what we see with the eye.”
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“To our shame a woman is never so much attached to us as when we suffer”
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“Wit needs leisure, and certain inequalities of position”
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“Love is the poetry of the senses.”
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“The heart of a mother is a deep abyss at the bottom of which you will always find forgiveness.”
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“A lover always thinks of his mistress first and himself second; with a husband it runs the other way.”
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“First love is a kind of vaccination which saves a man from catching the complaint the second time.”
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“There is no such thing as a great talent without great will power.”
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“Women are tenacious, and all of them should be tenacious of respect; without esteem they cannot exist; esteem is the first demand that they make of love.”
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“Manners are the hypocrisy of a nation.”
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“What is art? Nature concentrated.”
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“The duration of passion is proportionate with the original resistance of the woman.”
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“The motto of chivalry is also the motto of wisdom; to serve all, but love only one.”
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“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.”
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“What is a child, monsieur, but the image of two beings, the fruit of two sentiments spontaneously blended?”
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“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.”
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“In diving to the bottom of pleasure we bring up more gravel than pearls.”
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“The man as he converses is the lover; silent, he is the husband.”
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“Our most bitter enemies are our own kith and kin. Kings have no brothers, no sons, no mother!”
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“Unintelligent persons are like weeds that thrive in good ground; they love to be amused in proportion to the degree in which they weary themselves.”
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“A flow of words is a sure sign of duplicity.”
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“At fifteen, beauty and talent do not exist; there can only be promise of the coming woman.”
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“Behind every great fortune lies a great crime.”
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“Children, dear and loving children, can alone console a woman for the loss of her beauty.”
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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.”
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“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.”
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“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.”
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“Lovers have a way of using this word, nothing, which implies exactly the opposite.”
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“The art of motherhood involves much silent, unobtrusive self-denial, an hourly devotion which finds no detail too minute.”
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“The country is provincial; it becomes ridiculous when it tries to ape Paris.”
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“The habits of life form the soul, and the soul forms the countenance.”
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“There are some women whose pregnancy would make some sly bachelor smile.”
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“Thought is a key to all treasures; the miser’s gains are ours without his cares. Thus I have soared above this world, where my enjoyment have been intellectual joys.”
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“Towns find it as hard as houses of business to rise again from ruin.”
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“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.”
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“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 produce the occasional bon mot”

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“The majority of husbands remind me of an orangutan trying to play the violin.”
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“No man should marry until he has studied anatomy and dissected at least one woman.”
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“One should believe in marriage as in the immortality of the soul.”
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“Bureaucracy is a giant mechanism operated by pygmies.”
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“Equality may perhaps be a right, but no power on earth can ever turn it into a fact.”
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“All happiness depends on courage and work”
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“A woman knows the face of the man she loves like a sailor knows the open sea.”
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“I do not regard a broker as a member of the human race.”
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“He went to bed and slept the sleep of the good-for-nothing which, by an anachronism not a single songwriter has yet struck, is proven to be more sound than that of innocence”
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“A mother who is really a mother is never free.”
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“Power is not revealed by striking hard or often, but by striking true.”
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“Behind every great fortune there is a crime.”
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“Society bristles with enigmas which look hard to solve. It is a perfect maze of intrigue.”
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“We exaggerate misfortune and happiness alike. We are never as bad off or as happy as we say we are.”
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“A good husband is never the first to go to sleep at night or the last to awake in the morning.”
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