Honore De Balzac Quotes & Wallpapers

Honore De Balzac
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An unfulfilled vocation drains the color from a man's entire existence. Honore De Balzac

A young bride is like a plucked flower; but a guilty wife is like a flower that had been walked over. Honore De Balzac

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

Reading brings us unknown friends Honore De Balzac

It is as easy to dream a book as it is hard to write one. Honore De Balzac

The glutton is much more than an animal and much less than a man. Honore De Balzac

Poverty is a divine stepmother who does for youths what their own mothers were unable to do. It introduces them to frugality, to the world and to life. Honore De Balzac

A flow of words is a sure sign of duplicity. Honore De Balzac

Chance, my dear, is the sovereign deity in child-bearing. Honore De Balzac

Nowhere but in France are people so strictly observant of great matters and so disdainfully indulgent about small ones. Honore De Balzac

A society of atheists would immediately invent a religion. Honore De Balzac

All poetry like every work of art proceeds from a swift vision of things. Honore De Balzac

The privilege of feeling at home everywhere belongs only to kings, wolves and robbers. Honore De Balzac

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

Woman is closer to angels than man because she knows how to mingle an infinite tenderness with the most absolute compassion. Honore De Balzac

One of the most detestable habits of Lilliputian minds is to find their own littleness in others. Honore De Balzac

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

The passion of love is essentially selfish, while motherhood widens the circle of our feelings. Honore De Balzac

Behind every fortune there is a crime. Honore De Balzac

I believe in the incomprehensibility of God. Honore De Balzac

True love rules especially through memory. Honore De Balzac

If you are to judge a man, you must know his secret thoughts, sorrows, and feelings; to know merely the outward events of a man's life would only serve to make a chronological table-a fool's notion of history. Honore De Balzac

Novelty is both delightful and deceptive. Honore De Balzac

[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

It's catastrophies which turn wise and strong people into philosophers. Honore De Balzac

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

God reveals himself unfailingly to the thoughtful seeker. Honore De Balzac

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

Are not our noblest feelings as it were the poems of our will. Honore De Balzac

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

The union of a want and a sentiment. Honore De Balzac

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

Tradesmen regard an author with a mixed feeling of terror, compassion and curiosity. Honore De Balzac

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

What makes friendship indissolute and what doubles its charms is a feeling we find lacking in love: I mean certitude. Honore De Balzac

No frozen-hearted woman ever I laid eyes on but has made duty her religion. Honore De Balzac

How can we explain the perpetuity of envy-a vice which yields no return? Honore De Balzac

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

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

Glory is a poison, good to be taken in small doses. Honore De Balzac

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

Love knows nothing of modesty. Honore De Balzac

Prostitution and robbery are two living protests, respectively female and male, made by the natural state against the social state. Honore De Balzac

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

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

Our most natural feelings are those we are loath to confess, and fatuity is among them. Honore De Balzac

Our happiness often depends upon social hypocrisies to which we will never stoop. Honore De Balzac

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

In the first woman we love, we love everything. Growing older, we love the woman only. Honore De Balzac

Love is precisely to the moral nature what the sun is to the earth. Honore De Balzac

Resignation is a daily suicide. Honore De Balzac

Our souls possess the unknown power of extending as well as contracting space. Honore De Balzac

Materialism and spirituality are two pretty racquets with which charlatans in cap and gown make the same ball fly. Honore De Balzac

Let nothing dupe you! Such is the horrible maxim that acts as a solvent upon every noble feeling man experiences. Honore De Balzac

Stupidity assumes two forms, it speaks or is silent. Mute stupidity is bearable. Honore De Balzac

Creole women take after Europe in their intelligence, after the Tropics in the illogical violence of their passions, and after the Indies in the apathetic indolence with which they commit or suffer good and evil. Honore De Balzac

One admirable trait in women is their lack of illusions about themselves. They never reason about their most blameworthy actions; their feelings carry them away. Even their dissimulation comes naturally to them, and in them crime is free of all baseness. Most of the time they simply do not know how it happened. Honore De Balzac

Woman is stronger by virtue of her feelings than man by virtue of his power. Honore De Balzac

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

Our worst misfortunes never happen, and most miseries lie in anticipation. Honore De Balzac

Nothing about me surprises me. Honore De Balzac

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

The general title [of Balzac's novels] is The Human Comedy. Honore De Balzac

I am laughing to think what risks you take to try to find money in a desk by night where the legal owner can never find any by day. Honore De Balzac

Economized love is never real love. Honore De Balzac

The more one judges, the less one loves. Honore De Balzac

Love may be or it may not, but where it is, it ought to reveal itself in its immensity. Honore De Balzac

Love is the poetry of the senses. Honore De Balzac

I do not regard a broker as a member of the human race. Honore De Balzac

Laws are spider webs through which the big flies pass and the little ones get caught. Honore De Balzac



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