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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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The man who enters his wife's dressing room is either a philosopher or a fool. 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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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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For the journalist, anything probable is gospel truth. Honore De Balzac
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In diving to the bottom of pleasure we bring up more gravel than pearls. Honore De Balzac
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One should believe in marriage as in the immortality of the soul. Honore De Balzac
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Men die in despair, while spirits die in ecstasy. Honore De Balzac
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Between the daylight gambler and the player at night there is the same difference that lies between a careless husband and the lover swooning under his lady's window. Honore De Balzac
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The most virtuous women have something within them, something that is never chaste. Honore De Balzac
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A lover always thinks of his mistress first and himself second; with a husband it runs the other way. Honore De Balzac
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Unintelligent persons are like weeds that thrive in good ground; they love to be amused in proportion to the degree in which they weary themselves. Honore De Balzac
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Wisdom is that apprehension of heavenly things to which the spirit rises through love. Honore De Balzac
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