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Honore De Balzac
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Marriage should combat without respite or mercy that monster which devours everything, - habit. Honore De Balzac

Thanks to the toleration preached by the encyclopedists of the eighteenth century, the sorcerer is exempt from torture. Honore De Balzac

Necessity is often the spur to genius. Honore De Balzac

Whoever does not visit Paris regularly will never really be elegant. Honore De Balzac

A rent in your clothes is a mishap, a stain on them is a vice. Honore De Balzac

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

A deist is an atheist with an eye cocked for the off-chance of some advantage. Honore De Balzac

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

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

We are scarcely apt to berate the source of enjoyment. Honore De Balzac

A woman filled with faith in the one she loves is the creation of a novelist's imagination. Honore De Balzac

Give to a wounded heart seclusion; consolation nor reason ever effected anything in such a case. Honore De Balzac

Man is no match for woman where mischief reigns. Honore De Balzac

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

Poetry is only born after painful journeys into the vast regions of thought. Honore De Balzac

At fifteen, neither beauty nor talent exist: a woman is all promise. Honore De Balzac

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

The world will avenge itself upon all happiness in which it has no share. Honore De Balzac

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

What saves the virtue of many a woman is that protecting god, the impossible. Honore De Balzac

To have fame follow us is well, but it is not a desirable avant-courier. Honore De Balzac

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

In the medical profession a horse and carriage are more necessary than any scientific knowledge. Honore De Balzac

No woman dares to refuse love without a motive, for nothing is more natural than to yield to love. Honore De Balzac

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

For certain people, misfortune is a beacon that lights up the dark and baser sides of social life. Honore De Balzac

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

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

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

When attempted self-destruction does not cure a man of life, it cures him of voluntary death. Honore De Balzac

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

By resorting to self-resignation, the unfortunate consummate. Honore De Balzac

Sensuality is the death of the soul. Honore De Balzac

Who shall ever tell how much an unmerited disfavor crushes a shy person? Who can ever depict the misfortunes of timidity? Honore De Balzac

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

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

How sternly we reproach virtue for its failings, how indulgent we are to the better qualities of vice! Honore De Balzac

Virtue is not a thing you can have by halves; it is or it is not. Honore De Balzac

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

Women are as they are; they necessarily have the defects of their virtues. Honore De Balzac

The first thing necessary to win the heart of a woman is opportunity. Honore De Balzac

The man who enters his wife's dressing room is either a philosopher or a fool. Honore De Balzac

Now literary success can only be won in solitude by persevering labor. Honore De Balzac

Hope is a memory that desires, the memory is a memory that has enjoyed. Honore De Balzac

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

For the journalist, anything probable is gospel truth. Honore De Balzac

Equality may perhaps be a right, but no power on earth can ever turn it into a fact. Honore De Balzac

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

Courtesy is only a thin veneer on the general selfishness. Honore De Balzac

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

The majority of husbands remind me of an orangutan trying to play the violin. Honore De Balzac

Nature makes only dumb animals. We owe the fools to society. Honore De Balzac

The duration of passion is proportionate with the original resistance of the woman. Honore De Balzac

Solitude is fine, but you need someone to tell you that solitude is fine. Honore De Balzac

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

Excess of joy is harder to bear than any amount of sorrow. Honore De Balzac

To kill a relative of whom you are tired is something. But to inherit his property afterwards, that is genuine pleasure. Honore De Balzac

Lovers have a way of using this word, nothing, which implies exactly the opposite. Honore De Balzac

White hair often covers the head, but the heart that holds it is ever young. Honore De Balzac

Where poverty ceases, avarice begins. Honore De Balzac

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

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

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

Physically, a man is a man for a much longer time than a woman is a woman. Honore De Balzac

Only when one has learned to acknowledge that wiser minds have made better words to come out of our mouths may we truly, then, begin to speak them. Honore De Balzac

If we all said to people's faces what we say behind one another's backs, society would be impossible. Honore De Balzac

A penniless man who has no ties to bind him is master of himself at any rate, but a luckless wretch who is in love no longer belongs to himself, and may not take his own life. Love makes us almost sacred in our own eyes; it is the life of another that we revere within us; then and so begins for us the cruelest trouble of all. Honore De Balzac

A year at the breast is quite enough; children who are suckled longer are said to grow stupid, and I am all for popular sayings. Honore De Balzac

Ah! how much a mother learns from her child! The constant protection of a helpless being forces us to so strict an alliance with virtue, that a woman never shows to full advantage except as a mother. Then alone can her character expand in the fulfillment of all life's duties and the enjoyment of all its pleasures. Honore De Balzac

Necessity is the spur of genius. Honore De Balzac

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