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Honore De Balzac
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Old maids claw as cats do. They not only inflict wounds but experience pleasure in doing so. Nor will they fail to remind their victims of the blood drawn. Honore De Balzac
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What saves the virtue of many a woman is that protecting god, the impossible. Honore De Balzac
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To have fame follow us is well, but it is not a desirable avant-courier. Honore De Balzac
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The causes that govern the heart appear to be wholly alien to the results achieved. Are the forces that moved a desperate criminal the same that fill a martyr with pride, as both mount the scaffold? Honore De Balzac
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In the medical profession a horse and carriage are more necessary than any scientific knowledge. Honore De Balzac
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No woman dares to refuse love without a motive, for nothing is more natural than to yield to love. Honore De Balzac
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Though your vulgarian does not readily admit that feelings can change overnight, certainly two lovers often part far more abruptly than they came together. Honore De Balzac
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For certain people, misfortune is a beacon that lights up the dark and baser sides of social life. Honore De Balzac
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In family life people almost always adjust themselves to misfortune. They make a bed of it and hope makes them accept that bed, however hard it is. Honore De Balzac
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Let passion reach a catastrophe and it submits us to an intoxicating force far more powerful than the niggardly irritation of wine or of opium. The lucidity our ideas then achieve, and the delicacy of our overly exalted sensations, produce the strangest and most unexpected effects. Honore De Balzac
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No hawk swooping down upon his prey, no stag improvising new detours by which to trick the huntsman, no dog scenting game from afar is comparable in speed to the celerity of a salesman when he gets wind a deal, to his skill in tripping up or forestalling a rival, and to the art with which he sniffs out and discovers a possible sale. Honore De Balzac
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When attempted self-destruction does not cure a man of life, it cures him of voluntary death. Honore De Balzac
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When an intelligent man reaches the point of inviting self-explanation and offers surrendering the key to his heart, he is assuredly riding a drunken horse. Honore De Balzac
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By resorting to self-resignation, the unfortunate consummate. Honore De Balzac
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Sensuality is the death of the soul. Honore De Balzac
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Who shall ever tell how much an unmerited disfavor crushes a shy person? Who can ever depict the misfortunes of timidity? Honore De Balzac
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Society proceeds like the ocean. After a disaster, it resume its wonted level and rhythms; its devouring interests efface all traces of damage. Honore De Balzac
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Thought is the only treasure that God sets outside all power and keeps to serve as a secret link among the unhappy. Honore De Balzac
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How sternly we reproach virtue for its failings, how indulgent we are to the better qualities of vice! Honore De Balzac
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Virtue is not a thing you can have by halves; it is or it is not. Honore De Balzac
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The Parisan, sauntering the streets idly, is as often a man in despair as a lounger. Honore De Balzac
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Women are as they are; they necessarily have the defects of their virtues. Honore De Balzac
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The first thing necessary to win the heart of a woman is opportunity. 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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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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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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White hair often covers the head, but the heart that holds it is ever young. Honore De Balzac
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Where poverty ceases, avarice begins. Honore De Balzac
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She who is really a wife, one in heart, flesh, and bone, must follow wherever he leads, in whom her life, her strength, her pride, and happiness are centered. Honore De Balzac
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The good we do to others is spoilt unless we efface ourselves so completely that those we help have no sense of inferiority. 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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To kill a relative of whom you are tired is something. But to inherit his property afterwards, that is genuine pleasure. Honore De Balzac
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Lovers have a way of using this word, nothing, which implies exactly the opposite. Honore De Balzac
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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
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Even when exercising their greatest duplicity, women are always sincere because they are yielding to some natural feeling. Honore De Balzac
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To provoke laughter without joining in it greatly heightens the effect. Honore De Balzac
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The Parisian, sauntering the streets idly, is as often a man in despair as a lounger. Honore De Balzac
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Marriage should combat without respite or mercy that monster which devours everything, - habit. Honore De Balzac
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It is easier to be a lover than a husband, for the same reason that it is more difficult to show a ready wit all day long than to produce an occasional bon mot. Honore De Balzac
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Modern society includes three types of men who can never think very highly of the world-the priest, the physician, and the attorney-at-law. They all wear black, too, for are they not in mourning for every virtue and every illusion? Honore De Balzac
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Now literary success can only be won in solitude by persevering labor. Honore De Balzac
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Hope is a memory that desires, the memory is a memory that has enjoyed. 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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All we are is in the soul. 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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For the journalist, anything probable is gospel truth. Honore De Balzac
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What a thing of fantasy a woman may become after dusk. Honore De Balzac
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There are moments in life when all we can bear is the sense that our friend is near us; our wounds would wince at the touch of consoling words, that would reveal the depths of our pain. Honore De Balzac
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A woman must be a genius to create a good husband. Honore De Balzac
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If we study Nature attentively in its great evolutions as in its minutest works, we cannot fail to recognize the possibility of enchantment - giving to that word its exact significance. Honore De Balzac
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When you doubt your power, you give power to your doubt. Honore De Balzac
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Man judges of nature in relation to itself; the angelic spirit judges of it in relation to heaven. In short, to the spirits everything speaks. Honore De Balzac
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A jealous husband doesnt doubt his wife, but himself. Honore De Balzac
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Everybody all over the world takes a wife's estimate into account in forming an opinion of a man. Honore De Balzac
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