Honore De Balzac Quotes & Wallpapers

Honore De Balzac
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What a thing of fantasy a woman may become after dusk. Honore De Balzac

The secret of great fortunes without apparent cause is a crime forgotten, forgotten because it was properly done. Honore De Balzac

Power does not consist in striking with force or with frequency, but in striking true. Honore De Balzac

Genuine sorrows are very tranquil in appearance in the deep bed they have dug for themselves. But, seeming to slumber, they corrode the soul like that frightful acid which penetrates crystal. Honore De Balzac

What moralists describe as the mysteries of the human heart are solely the deceiving thoughts, the spontaneous impulses of self-regard. The sudden changes in character, about which so much has been said, are instinctive calculations for the furtherance of our own pleasures. Seeing himself now in his fine clothes, his new gloves and shoes, Eugene de Rastignac forgot his noble resolve. Youth, when it swerves toward wrong, dares not look in the mirror of conscience; maturity has already seen itself there. That is the whole difference between the two phases of life. Honore De Balzac

We cannot confront solitude without moral resources. Honore De Balzac

True love is eternal, infinite, and always like itself. It is equal and pure, ... Honore De Balzac

Would they could sell us experience, though at diamond prices, but then no one would use the article second-hand! Honore De Balzac

As soon as man seeks to penetrate the secrets of Nature - in which nothing is secret and it is but a question of seeing - he realizes that the simple produces the supernatural. Honore De Balzac

There is neither vice nor virtue, there are only circumstances. Honore De Balzac

We do not attach ourselves lastingly to anything that has not cost us care, labor or longing. Honore De Balzac

We love because we love. Honore De Balzac

During the great storms of our lives we imitate those captains who jettison their weightiest cargo. Honore De Balzac

When you doubt your power, you give power to your doubt. Honore De Balzac

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

A woman must be a genius to create a good husband. Honore De Balzac

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

Art's greatest efforts are invariably a timid counterfeit of Nature. Honore De Balzac

When chaste people need body or mind to resort to action or thought, they find steel in their muscles or knowledge in their intelligence. Theirs the diabolic vigor or the black magic of will power. Honore De Balzac

How natural it is to destroy what we cannot possess, to deny what we do not understand, and to insult what we envy! Honore De Balzac

Noble hearts are neither jealous nor afraid because jealousy spells doubt and fear spells pettiness. Honore De Balzac

A grass blade believes that men build palaces for it to grow in. Grass wedges its way between the closest blocks of marble and it brings them down. This power of feeble life which can creep in anywhere is greater than that of the mighty behind their cannons. Honore De Balzac

A husband can commit no greater blunder than to discuss his wife, if she is virtuous, with his mistress; unless it be to mention his mistress, if she is beautiful, to his wife. Honore De Balzac

Man's condition is horrible because, no matter what form his happiness may take, it arises from some species of ignorance. Honore De Balzac

A naked woman is less dangerous than one who spreads her skirt skillfully to cover and exhibit everything at once. Honore De Balzac

The greater a man's talents, the more marked his idiosyncracies. Yet in the provinces originality is considered perilously close to lunacy. Honore De Balzac

Paris, like every pretty woman, is subject to inexplicable whims of beauty and ugliness. Honore De Balzac

Women are happy to possess a man whom all women covet. Honore De Balzac

Does anyone know where these gondolas of Paris come from? [Fr., Ne sait on pas ou viennent ces gondoles Parisiennes?] Honore De Balzac

The pleasures of love proceed successively from a distich to a quatrain, from a quatrain to a sonnet, from a sonnet to a ballad, from a ballad to an ode, from an ode to a cantata, and from a cantata to a dithyramb. A husband who begins with the dithyramb is a fool. Honore De Balzac

To speak of love is to make love. Honore De Balzac

You cannot pluck love out of your heart as you would pull a tooth. Honore De Balzac

Misfortune makes of certain souls a vast desert through which rings the voice of God. Honore De Balzac

Today nobility is gone: there is only a peerage. Honore De Balzac

Passions are no more forgiving than human laws and they reason more justly. Are they not based on a conscience of their own, infallible as an instinct? Honore De Balzac

According to man's environment, society has made as many different types of men as there are varieties in zoology. The differences between a soldier, a workman, a statesman, a tradesman, a sailor, a poet, a pauper and a priest, are more difficult to seize, but quite considerable as the differences between a wolf, a lion, an ass, a crow, a sea-calf, a sheep, and so on. Honore De Balzac

To man, faith; to woman, doubt. She bears the heavier burden. Does not woman invariably suffer for two? Honore De Balzac

How fondly swindlers coddle their dupes! No mother is as caressing or thoughtful towards her adored child as a merchant in hypocrisy toward his milch-cow. Honore De Balzac

A married woman is a slave you must know how to seat upon a throne. Honore De Balzac

Nature endows woman alternately with a particular strength which helps her to suffer and a weakness which counsels her to be resigned. Honore De Balzac

He who best knows the world will love it least. Honore De Balzac

A jealous husband doesnt doubt his wife, but himself. Honore De Balzac

Everybody all over the world takes a wife's estimate into account in forming an opinion of a man. Honore De Balzac

Marriage must fight constantly against a monster which devours everything: routine. Honore De Balzac

A beautiful book is a victory won in all the battlefields of human thought. Honore De Balzac

Le coeur d'une me' re est un ab|"me au fond duquel se trouve toujours un pardon. A mother'sheart isanabyss atthebottomof whichthere is always forgiveness. Honore De Balzac

Is there any instinct more deeply implanted in the heart of man than the pride of protection, a protection which is constantly exerted for a fragile and defenceless creature? Honore De Balzac

Great minds always tend to see virtue in misfortune. Honore De Balzac

Like most young people, these two attributed to the world their own intelligence and virtues. Youth who knows no failure has no mercy on the faults of other people; but it has also a sublime faith in them. Honore De Balzac

But woman brings disorder into society through passion. Honore De Balzac

Those sweetly smiling angels with pensive looks, innocent faces, and cash-boxes for hearts. Honore De Balzac

In painting, you can suddenly come upon something so huge that no-one can deal with it. Honore De Balzac

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

The heart of a mother is a deep abyss at the bottom of which you will always find forgiveness. Honore De Balzac

The smallest flower is a thought, a life answering to some feature of the Great Whole, of whom they have a persistent intuition. Honore De Balzac

Hatred is the vice of narrow souls; they feed it with all their littleness, and make it the pretext of base tyrannies. Honore De Balzac

Death is as unexpected in his caprice as a courtesan in her disdain; but death is truer - Death has never forsaken any man Honore De Balzac

Everything becomes agitated. Ideas quick-march into motion like battalions of a grand army to its legendary fighting ground, and the battle rages. Memories charge in, bright flags on high; the cavalry of metaphor deploys with a magnificent gallop; the artillery of logic rushes up with clattering wagons and cartridges; on imagination's orders, sharpshooters sight and fire; forms and shapes and characters rear up; the paper is spread with ink - for the nightly labor begins and ends with torrents of this black water, as a battle opens and concludes with black powder. Honore De Balzac

Man is neither good nor bad; he is born with instincts and abilities. Honore De Balzac

No husband will ever be better avenged than by his wife's lover. Honore De Balzac

It is no sin to be tempted; the wickedness lies in being overcome. Honore De Balzac

Believe everything you hear said of the world; nothing is too impossibly bad. Honore De Balzac

In diving to the bottom of pleasure we bring up more gravel than pearls. Honore De Balzac

One should believe in marriage as in the immortality of the soul. Honore De Balzac

Men die in despair, while spirits die in ecstasy. Honore De Balzac

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

The most virtuous women have something within them, something that is never chaste. Honore De Balzac

A lover always thinks of his mistress first and himself second; with a husband it runs the other way. Honore De Balzac

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

Wisdom is that apprehension of heavenly things to which the spirit rises through love. Honore De Balzac

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