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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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Friendships last when each friend thinks he has a slight superiority over the other. 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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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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Men are perfectly willing to abandon a woman but they refuse to be abandoned by her. Honore De Balzac
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Envy is the most stupid of vices, for there is no single advantage to be gained from it. Honore De Balzac
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Numbers are intellectual witnesses that belong only to mankind. Honore De Balzac
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When one has no particular talent for anything, one takes to the pen. 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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All happiness depends on courage and work. 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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I am not deep, but I am very wide. 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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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 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 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 heart of a mother is deep abyss at the bottom of which you will always discover forgiveness. Honore De Balzac
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Some day you will find out that there is far more happiness in another's happiness than in your own. Honore De Balzac
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Sometimes at the best moments a single word or a look is enough.' Honore De Balzac
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There is nothing original; all is reflected light. Honore De Balzac
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Sects differ more in name than tenets. 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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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
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They ended as all great passions do end - by a misunderstanding. Honore De Balzac
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Necessity is often the spur to genius. Honore De Balzac
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Whoever does not visit Paris regularly will never really be elegant. Honore De Balzac
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The man who enters his wife's dressing room is either a philosopher or a fool. 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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A woman filled with faith in the one she loves is the creation of a novelist's imagination. Honore De Balzac
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Give to a wounded heart seclusion; consolation nor reason ever effected anything in such a case. Honore De Balzac
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Man is no match for woman where mischief reigns. Honore De Balzac
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It is very difficult to pass from pleasure to work. Accordingly more poems have been swallowed up by sorrow than ever happiness caused to blaze forth in unparalleled radiance. Honore De Balzac
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Poetry is only born after painful journeys into the vast regions of thought. Honore De Balzac
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At fifteen, neither beauty nor talent exist: a woman is all promise. Honore De Balzac
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The press is like a woman: sublime when it lies, it will not let go until it has forced you to believe it. The public, like a foolish husband, always succumbs. Honore De Balzac
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The world will avenge itself upon all happiness in which it has no share. Honore De Balzac
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