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Honore De Balzac
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The future of a nation lies in the hands of mothers. Honore De Balzac
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Love is the only way on which even the dim-witted reaches certain heights. Honore De Balzac
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For young people always begin by loving exaggeration, that infirmity of noble minds. Honore De Balzac
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Genius is answerable only to itself; it is the sole judge of the means, since it alone knows the end; thus genius must consider itself as above the law, for it is the task of genius to remake the law; moreover the man who frees himself from his time and place may take everything, hazard everything, for everything is his by right. Honore De Balzac
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From the manner in which a woman draws her thread at every stitch of her needlework, any other woman can surprise her thoughts. Honore De Balzac
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Hatred is the vice of narrow souls; they feed it with all their littlenesses, and make it the pretext of base tyrannies. Honore De Balzac
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How can we explain the perpetuity of envy - a vice which yields no return? Honore De Balzac
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Some one speaks admirably of the welt-ripened fruit of sage delay. Honore De Balzac
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A murderer is less loathsome to us than a spy. The murderer may have acted on a sudden mad impulse; he may be penitent and amend; but a spy is always a spy, night and day, in bed, at table, as he walks abroad; his vileness pervades every moment of his life Honore De Balzac
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Reading brings us unknown friends Honore De Balzac
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Do you know how a man makes his way here? By brilliant genius or by skilful corruption. You must either cut your way through these masses of men like a cannon ball, or steal among them like a plague. Honore De Balzac
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As soon as coffee is in your stomach, there is a general commotion. Ideas begin to move...similes arise, the paper is covered. Coffee is your ally and writing ceases to be a struggle. Honore De Balzac
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Isn't it really quite extraordinary to see that, since man took his first step, no one has asked himself why he walks, how he walks, if he has ever walked, if he could walk better, what he achieves in walking .. questions that are tied to all the philosophical, psychological, and political systems which preoccupy the world. Honore De Balzac
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The privilege of feeling at home everywhere belongs only to kings, wolves and robbers. Honore De Balzac
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The events of human life, whether public or private, are so intimately linked to architecture that most observers can reconstruct nations or individuals in all the truth of their habits from the remains of their monuments or from their domestic relics. Honore De Balzac
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Woman is closer to angels than man because she knows how to mingle an infinite tenderness with the most absolute compassion. Honore De Balzac
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[Raphael's] great superiority is due to the instinctive sense which, in him, seems to desire to shatter form. Form is, in his figures, what it is in ourselves, an interpreter for the communication of ideas and sensations, an exhaustless source of poetic inspiration. Every figure is a world in itself, a portrait of which the original appeared in a sublime vision, in a flood of light, pointed to by an inward voice, laid bare by a divine finger which showed what the sources of expression had been in the whole past life of the subject. Honore De Balzac
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Narrow minds can develop as well through persecution as through benevolence; they can assure themselves of their power by tyrannizing cruelly or beneficially over others. Honore De Balzac
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God reveals himself unfailingly to the thoughtful seeker. Honore De Balzac
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Most geometricians, chemists, mathematicians, and great scientists submit religion to reason only to discover a problem as unsolvable as that of squaring a circle. Honore De Balzac
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Are not our noblest feelings as it were the poems of our will. Honore De Balzac
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The union of a want and a sentiment. Honore De Balzac
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Our worst misfortunes never happen, and most miseries lie in anticipation. Honore De Balzac
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I believe in the incomprehensibility of God. Honore De Balzac
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True love rules especially through memory. Honore De Balzac
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The more one judges, the less one loves. Honore De Balzac
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Love may be or it may not, but where it is, it ought to reveal itself in its immensity. Honore De Balzac
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Love is the poetry of the senses. Honore De Balzac
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I do not regard a broker as a member of the human race. Honore De Balzac
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Laws are spider webs through which the big flies pass and the little ones get caught. Honore De Balzac
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Behind every great fortune lies a great crime. Honore De Balzac
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Finance, like time, devours its own children. Honore De Balzac
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Passion is universal humanity. Without it religion, history, romance and art would be useless. Honore De Balzac
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Power is action; the electoral principle is discussion. No political action is possible when discussion is permanently established. Honore De Balzac
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Our most bitter enemies are our own kith and kin. Kings have no brothers, no sons, no mother! Honore De Balzac
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A husband who submits to his wife's yoke is justly held an object of ridicule. A woman's influence ought to be entirely concealed. Honore De Balzac
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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. Honore De Balzac
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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. Honore De Balzac
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The man whose action habitually bears the stamp of his mind is a genius, but the greatest genius is not always equal to himself, or he would cease to be human. Honore De Balzac
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Virtue, perhaps, is nothing more than politeness of soul. Honore De Balzac
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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. Honore De Balzac
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There is a cure for temptation. What? Yielding to it. Honore De Balzac
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White and shining virgin of all human virtues, ark of the covenant between earth and heaven, tender and strong companion partaking of the lion and of the lamb, Prayer! Prayer will give you the key of heaven! Bold and pure as innocence, strong, like all that is single and simple, this glorious, invincible Queen rests, nevertheless, on the material world; she takes possession of it; like the sun, she clasps it in a circle of light. Honore De Balzac
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La femme marie e est un esclave qu'il faut savoir mettre sur un tro" n e. A married woman is a slave whom one must put on a throne. Honore De Balzac
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Novelty is both delightful and deceptive. Honore De Balzac
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One of the most detestable habits of Lilliputian minds is to find their own littleness in others. Honore De Balzac
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Thinking is seeing.... Every human science is based on deduction, which is a slow process of seeing by which we work up from the effect to the cause; or, in a wider sense, all poetry like every work of art proceeds from a swift vision of things. Honore De Balzac
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The passion of love is essentially selfish, while motherhood widens the circle of our feelings. Honore De Balzac
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Behind every fortune there is a crime. Honore De Balzac
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The woman who is about to deceive her husband always carefully thinks out how she is going to act, but she is never logical. Honore De Balzac
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If certain women walk straight into adultery, there are many others who cling to numerous hopes, and commit sin only after wandering through a maze of sorrows. Honore De Balzac
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Tradesmen regard an author with a mixed feeling of terror, compassion and curiosity. Honore De Balzac
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It is a singular fact that most men of action incline to the theory of fatalism, while the greater part of men of thought believe in providence. Honore De Balzac
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What makes friendship indissolute and what doubles its charms is a feeling we find lacking in love: I mean certitude. Honore De Balzac
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No frozen-hearted woman ever I laid eyes on but has made duty her religion. Honore De Balzac
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How can we explain the perpetuity of envy-a vice which yields no return? Honore De Balzac
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All genuinely noble women prefer truth to falsehood. As the Russians with their Czar, they are unwilling to see their idol degraded; they want to be proud of the domination they accept. Honore De Balzac
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To forget is the great secret of strong creative natures; to forget is the way nature herself who knows no past and who at every hour begins the mysteries of her untiring labors afresh. Honore De Balzac
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Glory is a poison, good to be taken in small doses. Honore De Balzac
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Alas, two men are often necessary to provide a woman with a perfect lover, just as in literature a writer composes a type only by employing the singularities of several similar characters. Honore De Balzac
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Love knows nothing of modesty. Honore De Balzac
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Prostitution and robbery are two living protests, respectively female and male, made by the natural state against the social state. Honore De Balzac
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No woman has ever existed who did not know perfectly well in her heart what to expect from the superiority or inferiority of a rival. Honore De Balzac
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With every one, the expectation of a misfortune constitutes a dreadful, punishment. Suffering then assumes the proportions of the unknown, which is the soul's infinite. Honore De Balzac
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Our most natural feelings are those we are loath to confess, and fatuity is among them. Honore De Balzac
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Our happiness often depends upon social hypocrisies to which we will never stoop. Honore De Balzac
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A great love is a credit opened in favor of a power so consuming that the moment of bankruptcy must inevitably occur. Honore De Balzac
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In the first woman we love, we love everything. Growing older, we love the woman only. Honore De Balzac
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Love is precisely to the moral nature what the sun is to the earth. Honore De Balzac
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Resignation is a daily suicide. Honore De Balzac
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