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




 

Honore de Balzac Quotes

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Nature makes only dumb animals. We owe the fools to society.
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The most virtuous women have something within them, something that is never chaste.
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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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A mother who is really a mother is never free.
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Virtue, perhaps, is nothing more than politeness of soul.
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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 are some women whose pregnancy would make some sly bachelor smile.
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Nothing so fortifies a friendship as a belief on the part of one friend that he is superior to the other.
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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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At fifteen, beauty and talent do not exist; there can only be promise of the coming woman.
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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.
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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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The more you judge, the less you love.
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Children, dear and loving children, can alone console a woman for the loss of her beauty.
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When law becomes despotic, morals are relaxed, and vice versa.
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Nobody loves a woman because she is handsome or ugly, stupid or intelligent. We love because we love.
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The smallest flower is a thought, a life answering to some feature of the Great Whole, of whom they have a persistent intuition.
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There is no such thing as a great talent without great will power.
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Behind every great fortune there is a crime.
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Power is not revealed by striking hard or often, but by striking true.
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There is something great and terrible about suicide.
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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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Conscience is our unerring judge until we finally stifle it.
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The more one judges, the less one loves.
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When Religion and Royalty are swept away, the people will attack the great, and after the great, they will fall upon the rich.
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