Honore De Balzac Quotes & Wallpapers

Honore De Balzac
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Are not poets men who fulfill their hopes prematurely? Honore De Balzac

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

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

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

Reproach is usually honest, which is more than can be said of praise. Honore De Balzac

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

Our energies are often stimulated by the necessity of supporting a being weaker than ourselves. Honore De Balzac

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

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

Lofty souls are always inclined to make a virtue of misfortune. Honore De Balzac

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

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

No society is complete without some victim, a creature to pity, to jeer at, to scorn or to protect. Honore De Balzac

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

An ounce of courage will go farther with women than a pound of timidity. Honore De Balzac

Neither the passions not justice nor politics nor the great social forces ever consider the victims they strike. Honore De Balzac

Vivacity is the health of the spirit. Honore De Balzac

Handsome widows, after a twelve-month, enjoy a latitude and longitude without limit. Honore De Balzac

An ugly woman, married to King Henry VIII, would have defied the axe and daunted her husband's infidelities. Honore De Balzac

It is easier for a woman to be a good wife than a good mother. A widow has two duties with contrary obligations: she is a mother and she must exercise paternal authority. Few woman are strong enough to understand and to play this role. Honore De Balzac

The errors of women spring, almost always, from their faith in the good, or their confidence in the true Honore De Balzac

The woman you buy takes a great deal of money. The woman who gives herself to you takes all your money. Honore De Balzac

The human heart may find here and there a resting-place short of the highest height of affection, but we seldom stop in the steep, downward slope of hatred. Honore De Balzac

If youth were not ignorant and timid, civilization would be impossible. Honore De Balzac

Where some one else's welfare is concerned, a young girl becomes as ingenious as a thief. Guileless where she herself is in question, and full of foresight for me,-she is like a heavenly angel forgiving the strange incomprehensible sins of earth. Honore De Balzac

When in Turkey, do as the turkeys do. Honore De Balzac

The heart of a mother is deep abyss at the bottom of which you will always discover forgiveness. Honore De Balzac

A courage which looks easy & yet is rare; the courage of a teacher repeating day after day the same lessons - the least rewarded of all forms of courage. Honore De Balzac

They ended as all great passions do end - by a misunderstanding. Honore De Balzac

I am not deep, but I am very wide. Honore De Balzac

Every moment of happiness requires a great amount of Ignorance Honore De Balzac

All happiness depends on courage and work. Honore De Balzac

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

While seeking out the dead, I see nothing but the living. Honore De Balzac

A woman questions the man who loves exactly as a judge questions a criminal. This being so, a flash of the eye, a mere word, an inflection of the voice or a moment's hesitation suffice to expose the fact, betrayal or crime he is attempting to conceal. Honore De Balzac

Friendships last when each friend thinks he has a slight superiority over the other. Honore De Balzac

Innocence alone dares commit certain acts of audacity. Virtue, when tutored, is as calculating as vice. Honore De Balzac

Want him to be more of a man? Try being more of a woman! Honore De Balzac

Marriage must incessantly contend with a monster that devours everything: familiarity. Honore De Balzac

Nothing so fortifies a friendship as a belief on the part of one friend that he is superior to the other. Honore De Balzac

Love is a game in which one always cheats. Honore De Balzac

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

Suicide, moreover, was at the time in vogue in Paris: what more suitable key to the mystery of life for a skeptical society? Honore De Balzac

Nothing is a greater impediment to being on good terms with others than being ill at ease with yourself. Honore De Balzac

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

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. Honore De Balzac

Small natures require despotism to exercise their sinews, as great souls thirst for equality to give play to their heart. Honore De Balzac

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

The country is provincial; it becomes ridiculous when it tries to ape Paris. Honore De Balzac

Le bonheur engloutit nos forces, comme le malheur e teint nos vertus. Happiness engulfs our strength, just as misfortune extinguishes our virtues. Honore De Balzac

Un homme n'a jamais pu e lever sa ma|"tresse jusqu'a' lui; mais une femme place toujours son amant aussi haut qu'elle. A man can never elevate his mistress to his rank, but a woman can always place her lover as high as she. Honore De Balzac

L'amour n'est pas seulement un sentiment, il est un art aussi. Love is not only a feeling; it is also an art. Honore De Balzac

The most real of all splendors are not in outward things, they are within us. Honore De Balzac

The more illegal a profit, the more tenaciously a man clings to it. Honore De Balzac

Gratitude is a fool's word; we find it in the dictionary, but it is not in the heart of man. Honore De Balzac

In Paris, when certain people see you ready to set your foot in the stirrup, some pull your coat-tails, others loosen the buckle of the strap that you may fall and crack your skull; one wrenches off your horse's shoes, another steals your whip, and the least treacherous of them all is the man whom you see coming to fire his pistol at you point blank. Honore De Balzac

Above all do not ask that justice be just: It is just, because it is justice. The idea of a just justice could have originated only in the brain of an anarchist. Honore De Balzac

Little minds find satisfaction for their feelings, good or bad, in little things. Honore De Balzac

Suffering predisposes the mind to devoutness; and most young girls, prompted by instinctive tenderness, lean towards mysticism, the obscurer side of religion. Honore De Balzac

The sanctity of womanhood is incompatible with social liberty and social claims; and for a woman emancipation means corruption. Honore De Balzac

I declare, on my soul and conscience, that the attainment of power, or of a great name in literature, seemed to me an easier victory than a success with some young, witty, and gracious lady of high degree. Honore De Balzac

This surface good-nature which captivates a new acquaintance and is no bar to treachery, which knows no scruple and is never at fault for an excuse, which makes an outcry at the wound which it condones, is one of the most distinctive features of the journalist. This camaraderie (the word is a stroke of genius) corrodes the noblest minds; it eats into their pride like rust, kills the germ of great deeds, and lends a sanction to moral cowardice. Honore De Balzac

I should like one of these days to be so well known, so popular, so celebrated, so famous, that it would permit me . . . to break wind in society, and society would think it a most natural thing. Honore De Balzac

All we are is in the soul. Honore De Balzac

He hesitated till the last moment, but finally dropped them in the box, saying, "I shall win!"-the cry of a gambler, the cry of the great general, the compulsive cry that has ruined more men than it has ever saved. Honore De Balzac

But also remember: if you have any genuine feelings, hide them like treasure; never let anyone so much as suspect them, or you're lost. Instead of being the executioner, you'll be the victim. And if you ever fall in love, keep that absolutely secret! Never breathe a word until you're completely sure of the person to whom you open your heart. And to protect that love, even before you feel it, learn to despise the world. Honore De Balzac

The mistakes committed by women are almost always the result of her faith in the good and her confidence in the truth. Honore De Balzac

Even when exercising their greatest duplicity, women are always sincere because they are yielding to some natural feeling. Honore De Balzac

To provoke laughter without joining in it greatly heightens the effect. Honore De Balzac

The Parisian, sauntering the streets idly, is as often a man in despair as a lounger. Honore De Balzac



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