Honore de Balzac Quotes

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... view

By: Honore de Balzac

Society bristles with enigmas which look hard to solve. It is a perfect maze of intrigue... view

By: Honore de Balzac

Solitude is fine, but you need someone to tell you that solitude is fine... view

By: Honore de Balzac

Study lends a kind of enchantment to all our surroundings... view

By: Honore de Balzac

Suicide, moreover, was at the time in vogue in Paris: what more suitable key to the mystery of life for a skeptical society?.. view

By: Honore de Balzac

The art of motherhood involves much silent, unobtrusive self-denial, an hourly devotion which finds no detail too minute... view

By: Honore de Balzac

The duration of passion is proportionate with the original resistance of the woman... view

By: Honore de Balzac

Political liberty, the peace of a nation, and science itself are gifts for which Fate demands a heavy tax in blood!.. view

By: Honore de Balzac

The habits of life form the soul, and the soul forms the countenance... view

By: Honore de Balzac

The heart of a mother is a deep abyss at the bottom of which you will always find forgiveness... view

By: Honore de Balzac

The life of a man who deliberately runs through his fortune often becomes a business speculation.. view

By: Honore de Balzac

The country is provincial.. view

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Small natures require despotism to exercise their sinews, as great souls thirst for equality to give play to their heart... view

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Power is action.. view

By: Honore de Balzac

The more one judges, the less one loves... view

By: Honore de Balzac

Passion is universal humanity. Without it religion, history, romance and art would be useless... view

By: Honore de Balzac

Our most bitter enemies are our own kith and kin. Kings have no brothers, no sons, no mother!.. view

By: Honore de Balzac

One should believe in marriage as in the immortality of the soul... view

By: 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... view

By: Honore de Balzac

Nothing so fortifies a friendship as a belief on the part of one friend that he is superior to the other... view

By: Honore de Balzac

Nothing is a greater impediment to being on good terms with others than being ill at ease with yourself... view

By: Honore de Balzac

Nobody loves a woman because she is handsome or ugly, stupid or intelligent. We love because we love... view

By: Honore de Balzac

No man should marry until he has studied anatomy and dissected at least one woman... view

By: Honore de Balzac

Nature makes only dumb animals. We owe the fools to society... view

By: Honore de Balzac

Power is not revealed by striking hard or often, but by striking true... view

By: Honore de Balzac

To those who have exhausted politics, nothing remains but abstract thought... view

By: Honore de Balzac

For passion, be it observed, brings insight with it.. view

By: Honore de Balzac

When women love us, they forgive us everything, even our crimes.. view

By: 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... view

By: Honore de Balzac

When law becomes despotic, morals are relaxed, and vice versa... view

By: Honore de Balzac

What is art? Nature concentrated... view

By: Honore de Balzac

What is a child, monsieur, but the image of two beings, the fruit of two sentiments spontaneously blended?.. view

By: Honore de Balzac

We exaggerate misfortune and happiness alike. We are never as bad off or as happy as we say we are... view

By: Honore de Balzac

Vocations which we wanted to pursue, but didn't, bleed, like colors, on the whole of our existence... view

By: Honore de Balzac

Virtue, perhaps, is nothing more than politeness of soul... view

By: Honore de Balzac

Unintelligent persons are like weeds that thrive in good ground.. view

By: Honore de Balzac

The man as he converses is the lover.. view

By: Honore de Balzac

Towns find it as hard as houses of business to rise again from ruin... view

By: Honore de Balzac

The majority of husbands remind me of an orangutan trying to play the violin... view

By: Honore de Balzac

To kill a relative of whom you are tired is something. But to inherit his property afterwards, that is genuine pleasure... view

By: Honore de Balzac

Thought is a key to all treasures.. view

By: Honore de Balzac

Those who spend too fast never grow rich... view

By: Honore de Balzac