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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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An ounce of courage will go farther with women than a pound of timidity. Honore De Balzac
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Neither the passions not justice nor politics nor the great social forces ever consider the victims they strike. Honore De Balzac
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Vivacity is the health of the spirit. Honore De Balzac
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Handsome widows, after a twelve-month, enjoy a latitude and longitude without limit. Honore De Balzac
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An ugly woman, married to King Henry VIII, would have defied the axe and daunted her husband's infidelities. Honore De Balzac
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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
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While seeking out the dead, I see nothing but the living. Honore De Balzac
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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
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Nobody loves a woman because she is handsome or ugly, stupid or intelligent. We love because we love. Honore De Balzac
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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
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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
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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
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The most real of all splendors are not in outward things, they are within us. Honore De Balzac
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They ended as all great passions do end - by a misunderstanding. Honore De Balzac
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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
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If youth were not ignorant and timid, civilization would be impossible. Honore De Balzac
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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
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When in Turkey, do as the turkeys do. Honore De Balzac
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The woman you buy takes a great deal of money. The woman who gives herself to you takes all your money. Honore De Balzac
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The heart of a mother is deep abyss at the bottom of which you will always discover forgiveness. Honore De Balzac
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Women are always true, even in the midst of their greatest falsities, because they are always influenced by some natural feeling. 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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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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Friendships last when each friend thinks he has a slight superiority over the other. Honore De Balzac
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Innocence alone dares commit certain acts of audacity. Virtue, when tutored, is as calculating as vice. Honore De Balzac
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Want him to be more of a man? Try being more of a woman! 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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The mind, too, has its regimen. It needs gymnastics, just like the body does. Honore De Balzac
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Marriage must incessantly contend with a monster that devours everything: familiarity. Honore De Balzac
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Nothing so fortifies a friendship as a belief on the part of one friend that he is superior to the other. Honore De Balzac
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Love is a game in which one always cheats. Honore De Balzac
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Power is not revealed by striking hard or often, but by striking true. Honore De Balzac
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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
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Nothing is a greater impediment to being on good terms with others than being ill at ease with yourself. Honore De Balzac
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When law becomes despotic, morals are relaxed, and vice versa. Honore De Balzac
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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
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Small natures require despotism to exercise their sinews, as great souls thirst for equality to give play to their heart. Honore De Balzac
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The habits of life form the soul, and the soul forms the countenance. Honore De Balzac
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The country is provincial; it becomes ridiculous when it tries to ape Paris. Honore De Balzac
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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
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The more illegal a profit, the more tenaciously a man clings to it. Honore De Balzac
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Gratitude is a fool's word; we find it in the dictionary, but it is not in the heart of man. Honore De Balzac
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All we are is in the soul. Honore De Balzac
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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
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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
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Little minds find satisfaction for their feelings, good or bad, in little things. Honore De Balzac
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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
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The sanctity of womanhood is incompatible with social liberty and social claims; and for a woman emancipation means corruption. Honore De Balzac
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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
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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
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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
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A rent in your clothes is a mishap, a stain on them is a vice. Honore De Balzac
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Constancy will always be the genius of love, the indication of that strength which constitutes the poet. A man should possess all women in his wife, like those squalid poetasters of the seventeenth century who made fair Irises and dazzling Chloes of their lowly Manons. Honore De Balzac
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A deist is an atheist with an eye cocked for the off-chance of some advantage. Honore De Balzac
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Nothing is unimportant to a man plunged in despair. He is as credulous as a criminal sentenced to death who listens to a lunatic raving to him about how he can escape through the keyhole. Honore De Balzac
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The election of a deputy to the Legislature offers a noble and majestic spectacle comparable only to the delivery of a child. It involves the same efforts, the same impurities, the same laceration, and the same triumph. Honore De Balzac
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We are scarcely apt to berate the source of enjoyment. Honore De Balzac
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