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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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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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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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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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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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A man who stops at nothing short of the law is very clever indeed! Honore De Balzac
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Men who pay their tailors never amount to anything, they never even become Cabinet ministers. Honore De Balzac
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The key to all sciences is unquestionably the question mark. To the word How? we owe most of our greatest discoveries. Wisdom in life may perhaps consist in asking ourselves on all occasions: Why? Honore De Balzac
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Old men are prone to invest the futures of young men with their own past sorrows. Honore De Balzac
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Whereas scoundrels become reconciled after knifing one another, lovers break up irrevocably over a mere glance or word. Honore De Balzac
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Are not poets men who fulfill their hopes prematurely? Honore De Balzac
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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
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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
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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
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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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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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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 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 mind, too, has its regimen. It needs gymnastics, just like the body does. 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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They ended as all great passions do end - by a misunderstanding. Honore De Balzac
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I am not deep, but I am very wide. 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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Necessity is often the spur to genius. 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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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
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Whoever does not visit Paris regularly will never really be elegant. Honore De Balzac
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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
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All we are is in the soul. Honore De Balzac
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Thanks to the toleration preached by the encyclopedists of the eighteenth century, the sorcerer is exempt from torture. Honore De Balzac
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Equality may perhaps be a right, but no power on earth can ever turn it into a fact. Honore De Balzac
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Love has its own instinct, finding the way to the heart, as the feeblest insect finds the way to its flower, with a will which nothing can dismay nor turn aside. Honore De Balzac
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Courtesy is only a thin veneer on the general selfishness. Honore De Balzac
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The majority of husbands remind me of an orangutan trying to play the violin. Honore De Balzac
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Nature makes only dumb animals. We owe the fools to society. Honore De Balzac
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The duration of passion is proportionate with the original resistance of the woman. Honore De Balzac
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Solitude is fine, but you need someone to tell you that solitude is fine. Honore De Balzac
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It is as absurd to say that a man can't love one woman all the time as it is to say that a violinist needs several violins to play the same piece of music. Honore De Balzac
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Excess of joy is harder to bear than any amount of sorrow. Honore De Balzac
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