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Honore De Balzac
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The fame of surgeons resembles the fame of actors, who live only during their lifetime and whose talent is no longer appreciable once they have disappeared. Honore De Balzac
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The weakest being on earth can accomplish feats of strength. The frailest urchin will ring every doorbell on the street in arctic weather or hoist himself aloft to inscribe his name on a virgin monument. Honore De Balzac
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A man wastes his time going to hear some of our eloquent modern preachers; they may change his opinions, but never his conduct. Honore De Balzac
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Show me the woman, however loyal, who does not seek to rouse desire. Honore De Balzac
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Beauty is the greatest of human powers. Any power without counterbalance or control becomes autocratic and leads to abuse and to folly. Despotism in a government is insanity; in woman, fantasy. Honore De Balzac
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In a world of hunchbacks, a fine figure becomes a monstrosity. Honore De Balzac
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Women are ever the dupes or the victims of their extreme sensitiveness. Honore De Balzac
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Evasion is unworthy of us, and is always the intimate of equivocation. Honore De Balzac
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The day will dawn when Europe will believe only in the man who tramples her underfoot. Honore De Balzac
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Most women wish to feel that their spirit has been violated. Do they not, indeed, flatter themselves on never yielding save to force? Honore De Balzac
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Grief ennobles the commonest people because it has its own essential grandeur. To shine with the luster of grief, a person need only be sincere. Honore De Balzac
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A woman's greatest charm consists in a constant appeal to a man's generosity by a gracious declaration of helplessness which fills him with pride and awakens the most magnificent feelings in his heart. Honore De Balzac
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A lover teaches a wife all her husband has kept from her. Honore De Balzac
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Marriage is a fight to the death. Before contracting it, the two parties concerned implore the benediction of Heaven because to promise to love each other forever is the rashest of enterprises. Honore De Balzac
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What patient can trust the knowledge of a physician without reputation or furniture, in a period when publicity is all-powerful and when the government gilds the lamp posts on the Place de la Concorde in order to dazzle the poor? Honore De Balzac
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There are houses in certain provincial towns whose aspect inspires melancholy, akin to that called forth by sombre cloisters, dreary moorlands, or the desolation of ruins. Within these houses there is, perhaps, the silence of the cloister, the barrenness of moors, the skeleton of ruins; life and movement are so stagnant there that a stranger might think them uninhabited, were it not that he encounters suddenly the pale, cold glance of a motionless person, whose half-monastic face peers beyond the window-casing at the sound of an unaccustomed step. Honore De Balzac
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Charity is not one of the virtues practiced on the stock market. The heart of a bank is but one of many viscera. Honore De Balzac
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Danger arouses interest. Where death is involved, the vilest criminal invariably stirs a little compassion. Honore De Balzac
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Your women of fashion ceases to be a woman. She is neither mother, nor wife, nor lover. She is, medically speaking, sex on the brain. Honore De Balzac
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The happier a man, the more apt he is to tremble. In hearts exclusively tender, anxiety and jealousy are in exact proportion to happiness. Honore De Balzac
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In love, what a woman mistakes for disgust is actually clearsightedness. If she does not admire a man, she scorns him. Honore De Balzac
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Love based upon money and vanity forms the most stubborn of passions. Honore De Balzac
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It is always assumed by the empty-headed, who chatter about themselves for want of something better, that people who do not discuss their affairs openly must have something to hide. Honore De Balzac
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I prefer thought to action, an idea to a transaction, contemplation to activity. Honore De Balzac
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When we drink coffee, ideas march in like the army Honore De Balzac
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The response man has the greatest difficulty in tolerating is pity, especially when he warrants it. Hatred is a tonic, it makes one live, it inspires vengeance, but pity kills, it makes our weakness weaker. Honore De Balzac
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Love is the most melodious of all harmonies. Honore De Balzac
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What is motherhood save Nature in her most gladsome mood? Honore De Balzac
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Nos beaux sentiments ne sont-ils pas les poe sies de la volonte ? Aren't our best feelings poetry of the will? Honore De Balzac
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To those who have exhausted politics, nothing remains but abstract thought. Honore De Balzac
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We exaggerate misfortune and happiness alike. We are never either so wretched or so happy as we say we are. Honore De Balzac
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Too great a display of delicacy can and does sometimes infringe upon decency. Honore De Balzac
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Even beauty cannot always palliate eccentricity. Honore De Balzac
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God is the author, men are only the players. These grand pieces which are played upon earth have been composed in heaven. Honore De Balzac
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A great writer is nothing less than a martyr who does not die. Honore De Balzac
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Love may be the fairest gem which Society has filched from Nature; but what is motherhood save Nature in her most gladsome mood? A smile has dried my tears. Honore De Balzac
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It is beyond a doubt that during the sixteenth century, and the years immediately preceding and following it, poisoning had been brought to a pitch of perfection which remains unknown to modern chemistry, but which is indisputably proved by history. Italy, the cradle of modern science, was at that time, the inventor and mistress of these secrets, many of which are lost. Honore De Balzac
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Nothing is so discreet as a young face, for nothing is less mobile; it has the serenity, the surface smoothness, and the freshnessof a lake. There is no character in women's faces before the age of thirty. Honore De Balzac
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Events are never absolute, their outcome depends entirely upon the individual. Honore De Balzac
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As a rule, only the poor are generous. Honore De Balzac
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Men are so made that they can resist sound argument, and yet yield to a glance. Honore De Balzac
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Conventions are often more cruel than the law. Honore De Balzac
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Equality may be the law, but no human power can install it. Honore De Balzac
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Every moment of happiness requires a great amount of Ignorance Honore De Balzac
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Pure herring oil is the port wine of English cats Honore De Balzac
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I can no longer think of anything but you. In spite of myself, my imagination carries me to you. I grasp you, I kiss you, I caress you, a thousand of the most amorous caresses take possession of me. Honore De Balzac
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In Paris, the greatest expression of personal satisfaction known to man is the smirk on the face of a male, highly pleased with himself as he leaves the boudoir of a lady. Honore De Balzac
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Kindness is not without its rocks ahead. People are apt to put it down to an easy temper and seldom recognize it as the secret striving of a generous nature; whilst, on the other hand, the ill-natured get credit for all the evil they refrain from. Honore De Balzac
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Imagination helps bring out the realism of every detail and only sees the beauties of the work. Honore De Balzac
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Cruelty and fear shake hands together. Honore De Balzac
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The errors of women spring, almost always, from their faith in the good, or their confidence in the true Honore De Balzac
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A man who stops at nothing short of the law is very clever indeed! Honore De Balzac
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Men who pay their tailors never amount to anything, they never even become Cabinet ministers. Honore De Balzac
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The key to all sciences is unquestionably the question mark. To the word How? we owe most of our greatest discoveries. Wisdom in life may perhaps consist in asking ourselves on all occasions: Why? Honore De Balzac
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Old men are prone to invest the futures of young men with their own past sorrows. Honore De Balzac
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Whereas scoundrels become reconciled after knifing one another, lovers break up irrevocably over a mere glance or word. Honore De Balzac
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Are not poets men who fulfill their hopes prematurely? Honore De Balzac
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Poles offer a mobility like that of the wind that blows over the immense plains and marches of Poland. Show a Pole a precipice, and he will leap headlong over it. Honore De Balzac
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When one of those skirt-bearing animals has set herself up above all by permitting herself to be deified, no power on earth can be as proud as she. Honore De Balzac
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A woman, even a prude, is not long at a loss, however dire her plight. She would seen always to have in hand the fig leaf our Mother Eve bequeathed to her. Honore De Balzac
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Reproach is usually honest, which is more than can be said of praise. Honore De Balzac
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Your modest savant smiles as he says to his admirers: What have I done? Nothing. Man does not invent a force, he directs it. Honore De Balzac
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Our energies are often stimulated by the necessity of supporting a being weaker than ourselves. Honore De Balzac
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On the moral plane, true friends enjoy the same protection as the sense of smell confers upon dogs. They scent the sorrow of their friends, they divine its causes, and they clasp it to their minds and hearts. Honore De Balzac
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A knowledge of mankind and of things that surround us gives us that second education which proves far move valuable than our first because it alone turns out a truly accomplished man. Honore De Balzac
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Lofty souls are always inclined to make a virtue of misfortune. Honore De Balzac
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Once she has committed sin, there is nothing left for the Protestant woman, whereas the Catholic Church, hope of forgiveness makes a woman sublime. Honore De Balzac
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Life in clubs is no paltry sign of the times we live in. Here gentlemen gamble with others whom they would not dream of inviting to their homes. Honore De Balzac
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No society is complete without some victim, a creature to pity, to jeer at, to scorn or to protect. Honore De Balzac
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The great secret of social alchemy is to profit best from each stage in our lives, to gather all its leaves in spring, all its flowers in summer, and all its fruits in autumn. Honore De Balzac
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