Honore De Balzac Quotes & Wallpapers

Honore De Balzac
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When we drink coffee, ideas march in like the army Honore De Balzac

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

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

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

I prefer thought to action, an idea to a transaction, contemplation to activity. Honore De Balzac

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

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

Conventions are often more cruel than the law. Honore De Balzac

Equality may be the law, but no human power can install it. Honore De Balzac

We exaggerate misfortune and happiness alike. We are never either so wretched or so happy as we say we are. Honore De Balzac

Too great a display of delicacy can and does sometimes infringe upon decency. Honore De Balzac

Events are never absolute, their outcome depends entirely upon the individual. Honore De Balzac

As a rule, only the poor are generous. Honore De Balzac

Men are so made that they can resist sound argument, and yet yield to a glance. Honore De Balzac

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

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

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

Show me the woman, however loyal, who does not seek to rouse desire. Honore De Balzac

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

In a world of hunchbacks, a fine figure becomes a monstrosity. Honore De Balzac

Women are ever the dupes or the victims of their extreme sensitiveness. Honore De Balzac

Evasion is unworthy of us, and is always the intimate of equivocation. Honore De Balzac

The day will dawn when Europe will believe only in the man who tramples her underfoot. Honore De Balzac

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

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

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

A lover teaches a wife all her husband has kept from her. Honore De Balzac

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

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

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

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

Danger arouses interest. Where death is involved, the vilest criminal invariably stirs a little compassion. Honore De Balzac

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

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

In love, what a woman mistakes for disgust is actually clearsightedness. If she does not admire a man, she scorns him. Honore De Balzac

Love based upon money and vanity forms the most stubborn of passions. Honore De Balzac

A great writer is nothing less than a martyr who does not die. Honore De Balzac

Even beauty cannot always palliate eccentricity. Honore De Balzac

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

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

Love is the most melodious of all harmonies. Honore De Balzac

What is motherhood save Nature in her most gladsome mood? Honore De Balzac

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

Men are perfectly willing to abandon a woman but they refuse to be abandoned by her. Honore De Balzac

At thirty years a woman asks her lover to give her back the esteem she has forfeited for his sake; she lives only for him, her thoughts are full of his future, he must have a great career, she bids him make it glorious; she can obey, entreat, command, humble herself, or rise in pride; times without number she brings comfort when a young girl can only make moan. Honore De Balzac

Marriage is a fierce battle before which the two partners ask heaven for its blessing, because loving each other is the most audacious of enterprises; the battle is not slow to start, and victory, that is to say freedom, goes to the cleverest. Honore De Balzac

Ambitious men spend their youth in rendering themselves worthy of patronage; it is their great mistake. While the foolish creatures are laying in stores of knowledge and energy, so that they shall not sink under the weight of responsible posts that recede from them, schemers come and go who are wealthy in words and destitute of ideas, astonish the ignorant, and creep into the confidence of those who have a little knowledge. Honore De Balzac

To stroll is a science, it is the gastronomy of the eye. To walk is to vegetate, to stroll is to live.... To stroll is to enjoy, it is to assume a mind-set, it is to admire the sublime pictures of unhappiness, of love, of joy, of graceful or grotesque portraits; it is to plunge one's vision to the depths of a thousand existences: young, it is to desire everything; old, it is to live the life of the young, to marry their passions. Honore De Balzac

Such is life. It is no cleaner than a kitchen; it reeks like a kitchen; and if you mean to cook your dinner, you must expect to soil your hands; the real art is in getting them clean again, and therein lies the whole morality of our epoch. Honore De Balzac

Some day you will find out that there is far more happiness in another's happiness than in your own. Honore De Balzac

Sometimes at the best moments a single word or a look is enough.' Honore De Balzac

A husband and wife who are in the habit of occupying separate rooms are either beings apart, or they have found happiness. Either they hate or they adore each other. Honore De Balzac

Envy is the most stupid of vices, for there is no single advantage to be gained from it. Honore De Balzac

Numbers are intellectual witnesses that belong only to mankind. Honore De Balzac

When one has no particular talent for anything, one takes to the pen. Honore De Balzac

Women are always true, even in the midst of their greatest falsities, because they are always influenced by some natural feeling. Honore De Balzac

The mind, too, has its regimen. It needs gymnastics, just like the body does. Honore De Balzac

There is nothing original; all is reflected light. Honore De Balzac

Sects differ more in name than tenets. Honore De Balzac

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

Pure herring oil is the port wine of English cats Honore De Balzac

Imagination helps bring out the realism of every detail and only sees the beauties of the work. Honore De Balzac

Cruelty and fear shake hands together. Honore De Balzac

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

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

A man who stops at nothing short of the law is very clever indeed! Honore De Balzac

Men who pay their tailors never amount to anything, they never even become Cabinet ministers. Honore De Balzac

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

Old men are prone to invest the futures of young men with their own past sorrows. Honore De Balzac

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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