Quotes by Honore de Balzac

Love is the poetry of the senses.
- Honore de Balzac
What is art? Nature concentrated.
- Honore de Balzac
Manners are the hypocrisy of a nation.
- Honore de Balzac
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Modesty is the conscience of the body.
- Honore de Balzac
The more one judges, the less one loves.
- Honore de Balzac
Those who spend too fast never grow rich.
- Honore de Balzac
Love is a game in which one always cheats.
- Honore de Balzac
Clouds symbolize the veils that shroud God.
- Honore de Balzac
A flow of words is a sure sign of duplicity.
- Honore de Balzac
A man is a poor creature compared to a woman.
- Honore de Balzac
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Finance, like time, devours its own children.
- Honore de Balzac
Behind every great fortune lies a great crime.
- Honore de Balzac
A mother who is really a mother is never free.
- Honore de Balzac
Men die in despair, while spirits die in ecstasy.
- Honore de Balzac
There is something great and terrible about suicide.
- Honore de Balzac
Bureaucracy is a giant mechanism operated by pygmies.
- Honore de Balzac
I do not regard a broker as a member of the human race.
- Honore de Balzac
Virtue, perhaps, is nothing more than politeness of soul.
- Honore de Balzac
Chance, my dear, is the sovereign deity in child-bearing.
- Honore de Balzac
Courtesy is only a thin veneer on the general selfishness.
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Study lends a kind of enchantment to all our surroundings.
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Excess of joy is harder to bear than any amount of sorrow.
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Great love affairs start with Champagne and end with tisane.
- Honore de Balzac
Nature makes only dumb animals. We owe the fools to society.
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Conscience is our unerring judge until we finally stifle it.
- Honore de Balzac
If we could but paint with the hand what we see with the eye.
- Honore de Balzac
When law becomes despotic, morals are relaxed, and vice versa.
- Honore de Balzac
The man as he converses is the lover; silent, he is the husband.
- Honore de Balzac
One should believe in marriage as in the immortality of the soul.
- Honore de Balzac
Death unites as well as separates; it silences all paltry feeling.
- Honore de Balzac
There is no such thing as a great talent without great will power.
- Honore de Balzac
Towns find it as hard as houses of business to rise again from ruin.
- Honore de Balzac
The habits of life form the soul, and the soul forms the countenance.
- Honore de Balzac
Power is not revealed by striking hard or often, but by striking true.
- Honore de Balzac
In diving to the bottom of pleasure we bring up more gravel than pearls.
- Honore de Balzac
There are some women whose pregnancy would make some sly bachelor smile.
- Honore de Balzac
Solitude is fine, but you need someone to tell you that solitude is fine.
- Honore de Balzac
A woman knows the face of the man she loves as a sailor knows the open sea.
- Honore de Balzac
To those who have exhausted politics, nothing remains but abstract thought.
- Honore de Balzac
An unfulfilled vocation drains the color from a man's entire existence.
- Honore de Balzac
The country is provincial; it becomes ridiculous when it tries to ape Paris.
- Honore de Balzac
The majority of husbands remind me of an orangutan trying to play the violin.
- Honore de Balzac
No man should marry until he has studied anatomy and dissected at least one woman.
- Honore de Balzac
Lovers have a way of using this word, nothing, which implies exactly the opposite.
- Honore de Balzac
The motto of chivalry is also the motto of wisdom; to serve all, but love only one.
- Honore de Balzac
The duration of passion is proportionate with the original resistance of the woman.
- Honore de Balzac
The most virtuous women have something within them, something that is never chaste.
- Honore de Balzac
Equality may perhaps be a right, but no power on earth can ever turn it into a fact.
- Honore de Balzac
Laws are spider webs through which the big flies pass and the little ones get caught.
- Honore de Balzac
Wisdom is that apprehension of heavenly things to which the spirit rises through love.
- Honore de Balzac
Marriage must incessantly contend with a monster that devours everything: familiarity.
- Honore de Balzac
Love may be or it may not, but where it is, it ought to reveal itself in its immensity.
- Honore de Balzac
It is easy to sit up and take notice, What is difficult is getting up and taking action.
- Honore de Balzac
Society bristles with enigmas which look hard to solve. It is a perfect maze of intrigue.
- Honore de Balzac
Children, dear and loving children, can alone console a woman for the loss of her beauty.
- Honore de Balzac
At fifteen, beauty and talent do not exist; there can only be promise of the coming woman.
- Honore de Balzac
Our most bitter enemies are our own kith and kin. Kings have no brothers, no sons, no mother!
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The heart of a mother is a deep abyss at the bottom of which you will always find forgiveness.
- Honore de Balzac
A good husband is never the first to go to sleep at night or the last to awake in the morning.
- Honore de Balzac
All humanity is passion; without passion, religion, history, novels, art would be ineffectual.
- Honore de Balzac
Passion is universal humanity. Without it religion, history, romance and art would be useless.
- Honore de Balzac
First love is a kind of vaccination which saves a man from catching the complaint the second time.
- Honore de Balzac
We exaggerate misfortune and happiness alike. We are never as bad off or as happy as we say we are.
- Honore de Balzac
A young bride is like a plucked flower; but a guilty wife is like a flower that had been walked over.
- Honore de Balzac
Nobody loves a woman because she is handsome or ugly, stupid or intelligent. We love because we love.
- Honore de Balzac
A lover always thinks of his mistress first and himself second; with a husband it runs the other way.
- Honore de Balzac
Vocations which we wanted to pursue, but didn't, bleed, like colors, on the whole of our existence.
- Honore de Balzac
Nothing is a greater impediment to being on good terms with others than being ill at ease with yourself.
- Honore de Balzac
Nothing so fortifies a friendship as a belief on the part of one friend that he is superior to the other.
- Honore de Balzac
What is a child, monsieur, but the image of two beings, the fruit of two sentiments spontaneously blended?
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Political liberty, the peace of a nation, and science itself are gifts for which Fate demands a heavy tax in blood!
- Honore de Balzac
Ideas devour the ages as men are devoured by their passions. When man is cured, human nature will cure itself perhaps.
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A grocer is attracted to his business by a magnetic force as great as the repulsion which renders it odious to artists.
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To kill a relative of whom you are tired is something. But to inherit his property afterwards, that is genuine pleasure.
- Honore de Balzac
The art of motherhood involves much silent, unobtrusive self-denial, an hourly devotion which finds no detail too minute.
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Small natures require despotism to exercise their sinews, as great souls thirst for equality to give play to their heart.
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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?
- 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.
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A mother's happiness is like a beacon, lighting up the future but reflected also on the past in the guise of fond memories.
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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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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.
- Honore de Balzac
Power is action; the electoral principle is discussion. No political action is possible when discussion is permanently established.
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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.
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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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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.
- Honore de Balzac
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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For passion, be it observed, brings insight with it; it can give a sort of intelligence to simpletons, fools, and idiots, especially during youth.
- Honore de Balzac
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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Love or hatred must constantly increase between two persons who are always together; every moment fresh reasons are found for loving or hating better.
- 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.
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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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But reason always cuts a poor figure beside sentiment; the one being essentially restricted, like everything that is positive, while the other is infinite.
- 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.
- Honore de Balzac
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.
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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.
- 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.
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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.
- Honore de Balzac
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.
- Honore de Balzac
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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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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Honore de Balzac