Honore de Balzac Quotes

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

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

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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!

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

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

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The country is provincial

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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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Power is action

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The more one judges, the less one loves.

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

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

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

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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 so fortifies a friendship as a belief on the part of one friend that he is superior to the other.

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

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

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

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

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

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For passion, be it observed, brings insight with it

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

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

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What is art? Nature concentrated.

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

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

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

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Unintelligent persons are like weeds that thrive in good ground

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The man as he converses is the lover

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

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

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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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Thought is a key to all treasures

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Those who spend too fast never grow rich.

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