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Honore de Balzac quotes (74)

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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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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A lover always thinks of his mistress first and himself second; with a husband it runs the other way.
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A man is a poor creature compared to a woman.
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A mother who is really a mother is never free.
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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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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 woman knows the face of the man she loves as a sailor knows the open sea.
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A young bride is like a plucked flower; but a guilty wife is like a flower that had been walked over.
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All humanity is passion; without passion, religion, history, novels, art would be ineffectual.
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An unfulfilled vocation drains the color from a man's entire existence.
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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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Bureaucracy is a giant mechanism operated by pygmies.
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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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Chance, my dear, is the sovereign deity in child-bearing.
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Conscience is our unerring judge until we finally stifle it.
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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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Finance, like time, devours its own children.
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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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Great love affairs start with Champagne and end with tisane.
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I do not regard a broker as a member of the human race.
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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.
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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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If we could but paint with the hand what we see with the eye.
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In diving to the bottom of pleasure we bring up more gravel than pearls.
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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.
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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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It is easy to sit up and take notice, What is difficult is getting up and taking action.
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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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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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Laws are spider webs through which the big flies pass and the little ones get caught.
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Love is a game in which one always cheats.
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Love is the poetry of the senses.
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Love may be or it may not, but where it is, it ought to reveal itself in its immensity.
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Lovers have a way of using this word, nothing, which implies exactly the opposite.
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Manners are the hypocrisy of a nation.
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Marriage must incessantly contend with a monster that devours everything: familiarity.
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Modesty is the conscience of the body.
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Nature makes only dumb animals. We owe the fools to society.
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No man should marry until he has studied anatomy and dissected at least one woman.
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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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Nothing is a greater impediment to being on good terms with others than being ill at ease with yourself.
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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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One should believe in marriage as in the immortality of the soul.
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Passion is universal humanity. Without it religion, history, romance and art would be useless.
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Power is not revealed by striking hard or often, but by striking true.
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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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Society bristles with enigmas which look hard to solve. It is a perfect maze of intrigue.
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Solitude is fine, but you need someone to tell you that solitude is fine.
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Study lends a kind of enchantment to all our surroundings.
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The country is provincial; it becomes ridiculous when it tries to ape Paris.
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The duration of passion is proportionate with the original resistance of the woman.
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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.
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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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The majority of husbands remind me of an orangutan trying to play the violin.
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The more one judges, the less one loves.
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The most virtuous women have something within them, something that is never chaste.
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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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There is no such thing as a great talent without great will power.
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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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To kill a relative of whom you are tired is something. But to inherit his property afterwards, that is genuine pleasure.
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To those who have exhausted politics, nothing remains but abstract thought.
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Towns find it as hard as houses of business to rise again from ruin.
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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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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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Virtue, perhaps, is nothing more than politeness of soul.
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Vocations which we wanted to pursue, but didn't, bleed, like colors, on the whole of our existence.
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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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What is art? Nature concentrated.
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