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Type: Novelist
Nationality: French
Date of Birth: 05/20/1799




 

Honore de Balzac Quotes

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Suicide, moreover, was at the time in vogue in Paris: what more suitable key to the mystery of life for a skeptical society?
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Those who spend too fast never grow rich.
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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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Courtesy is only a thin veneer on the general selfishness.
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Bureaucracy is a giant mechanism operated by pygmies.
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Love is a game in which one always cheats.
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Laws are spider webs through which the big flies pass and the little ones get caught.
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What is art? Nature concentrated.
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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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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.
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Nothing is a greater impediment to being on good terms with others than being ill at ease with yourself.
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But reason always cuts a poor figure beside sentiment; the one being essentially restricted, like everything that is positive, while the other is infinite.
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The majority of husbands remind me of an orangutan trying to play the violin.
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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.
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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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When women love us, they forgive us everything, even our crimes; when they do not love us, they give us credit for nothing, not even our virtues.
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Power is action; the electoral principle is discussion. No political action is possible when discussion is permanently established.
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Study lends a kind of enchantment to all our surroundings.
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Society bristles with enigmas which look hard to solve. It is a perfect maze of intrigue.
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It is easy to sit up and take notice, What is difficult is getting up and taking action.
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True love is eternal, infinite, and always like itself. It is equal and pure, without violent demonstrations: it is seen with white hairs and is always young in the heart.
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Behind every great fortune lies a great crime.
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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.
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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.
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One should believe in marriage as in the immortality of the soul.
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