Honore De Balzac Quotes & Wallpapers

Honore De Balzac
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For passion, be it observed, brings insight with it; it can give a sort of intelligence to simpletons, fools, and idiots, especially during youth. Honore De Balzac

Thought is a key to all treasures; the miser's gains are ours without his cares. Thus I have soared above this world, where my enjoyment have been intellectual joys. Honore De Balzac

Le mariage doit incessamment combattre un monstre qui de v ore tout: l'habitude. Marriage should always combat the monster that devours everything: habit. Honore De Balzac

Clouds signify the veil of the Most High. Honore De Balzac

Intuition, like the rays of the sun, acts only in an inflexibly straight line; it can guess right only on condition of never diverting its gaze; the freaks of chance disturb it. Honore De Balzac

To have one's mother-in-law in the country when one lives in Paris, and vice versa, is one of those strokes of luck that one encounters only too rarely. Honore De Balzac

One exits with one's husband - one lives with one's lover. Honore De Balzac

Love is a religion, and its rituals cost more than those of other religions. It goes by quickly and, like a street urchin, it likes to mark its passage by a trail of devastation. Honore De Balzac

Perhaps it is only human nature to inflict suffering on anything that will endure suffering, whether by reason of its genuine humility, or indifference, or sheer helplessness. Honore De Balzac

They [twin beds] are the most stupid, the most perfidious, and the most dangerous invention in the world. Shame and a curse on who thought of them. Honore De Balzac

Ah! What pleasure it must be to a woman to suffer for the one she loves! Honore De Balzac

And he, like many jaded people, had few pleasures left in life save good food and drink. Honore De Balzac

Though the human heart may have to pause for rest when climbing the heights of affection it rarely stops on the slippery slope of hatred. Honore De Balzac

Does anyone know where these gondolas of Paris come from? Honore De Balzac

Life cannot go on without much forgetting. Honore De Balzac

Hatred like love feeds on the merest trifles. Honore De Balzac

You may imitate, but never counterfeit. Honore De Balzac

Loyalty in time of need is possibly one of the noblest of victories a courtier can win over himself. Honore De Balzac

There are no little events with the heart. It magnifies everything; it places in the same scales the fall of an empire of fourteen years and the dropping of a woman's glove, and almost always the glove weighs more than the empire. Honore De Balzac

Some troubles, like a protested note of a solvent debtor, bear interest. Honore De Balzac

The winter's frost must rend the burr of the nut before the fruit is seen. So adversity tempers the human heart, to discover its real worth. Honore De Balzac

Events are never absolute, their outcome depends entirely upon the individual. Misfortune is a stepping stone for a genius, a piscina for a Christian, a treasure for a man of parts, and an abyss for a weakling. Honore De Balzac

A woman in the depths of despair proves so persuasive that she wrenches the forgiveness lurking deep in the heart of her lover. This is all the more true when that woman is young, pretty, and so decollete as to emerge from the neck of her gown in the costume of Eve. Honore De Balzac

In intimate family life, there comes a moment when children, willingly or no, become the judges of their parents. Honore De Balzac

When women love us they forgive everything. Honore De Balzac

Does not any limit imposed upon one inspire a desire to go beyond it? Does not our keenest suffering arise when our free will is crossed? Honore De Balzac

As a rule, only the poor are generous. Rich people can always find excellent reasons for not handing over twenty thousand francs to a relative. Honore De Balzac

Woman is a most charming creature, who changes her heart as easily as she does her gloves. Honore De Balzac

Society is no more indulgent than was the God of Genesis. Honore De Balzac

A careful observation of Nature will disclose pleasantries of superb irony. She has for instance placed toads close to flowers. Honore De Balzac

The greatest joy a petty soul can taste is to dupe a great soul and catch it in a snare. Honore De Balzac

Kindness steers no easy course. Attributing it to character, we seldom recognize the secret efforts of a noble heart, whereas we reward really wicked people for the evil they refrain from committing. Honore De Balzac

Many of us marvel at the icy insensitivity with which women snuff out their armours. But if they did not blot out the past in this manner, life for them would lose all dignity and they could never resist the fatal familiarities to which they once submitted. Honore De Balzac

We must have books for recreation and entertainment, as well as books for instruction and for business; the former are agreeable, the latter useful, and the human mind requires both. The cannon law and the codes of Justinian shall have due honor, and reign at the universities; but Homer and Virgil need not therefore be banished. We will cultivate the olive and the vine, but without eradicating the myrtle and the rose. Honore De Balzac

Nothing can afford a woman greater pleasure than to hear tender words of love. The strictest, most devout woman will listen even if she must not answer. Honore De Balzac

One day, about the middle of July 1838, one of the carriages, lately introduced to Paris cabstands, and known as Milords, was driving down the Rue de l'Universite, conveying a stout man of middle height in the uniform of a captain of the National Guard. Honore De Balzac

Journalism is a giant catapult set in motion by pigmy hatreds. Honore De Balzac

Any man, however blase or depraved, finds his love kindled anew when he sees himself threatened by a rival. Honore De Balzac

Love, according to our contemporary poets, is a privilege which two beings confer upon one another, whereby they may mutually cause one another much sorrow over absolutely nothing. Honore De Balzac

The greatest tyranny is to love I where we are not loved again. Honore De Balzac

Rich women need not fear old age; their gold can always create about them any feelings necessary to their happiness. Honore De Balzac

Noble passions are like vices: the more they are satisfied, the greater they grow, Mothers and gamblers are insatiable. Honore De Balzac

Self-interest is an ineffable feeling which shall follow us into God's very presence since they say there is a hierarchy even among the Holy Saints. Honore De Balzac

Virginity, like all monstrosities, possesses special riches and its own absorbing grandeur. Among the chaste, life forces are economized and thus gain in resistance and durability. Honore De Balzac

Among fifty percent of your married couples, the husband worries very little about what his wife is doing, provided she is doing all he wishes. Honore De Balzac

A Creole woman is like a child, she wants to possess everything immediately; like a child, she would set fire to a house in order to fry an egg. In her languor, she thinks of nothing; when passionately aroused, she thinks of any act possible or impossible. Honore De Balzac

A sacrament by virtue of which each imparts nothing but vexations to the other. Honore De Balzac

Man can start with aversion and end with love, but if he begins with love and comes round to aversion he will never get back to love. Honore De Balzac

Carelessness in dressing is moral suicide. Honore De Balzac

The Police and the Society of Jesus posses in common the virtue of never forsaking their enemies as friends. Honore De Balzac

Love which economizes is never true love. Honore De Balzac

Nos beaux sentiments ne sont-ils pas les poe sies de la volonte ? Aren't our best feelings poetry of the will? Honore De Balzac

France is a country that loves to change their government if it is always the same. Honore De Balzac

A husband and wife who have separate bedrooms have either drifted apart or found happiness. Honore De Balzac

One hour of love has a whole life in it. Honore De Balzac

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

Man dies in despair while the Spirit dies in ecstasy. Honore De Balzac

A sick man, surrounded by those who love him, nursed by those who wish earnestly that he should live, will recover (all other things being equal), when another patient tended by hirelings will die. Doctors decline to see unconscious magnestism in this phenomenon; for them it is the result of intelligent nursing, of exact obedience to their orders; but many a mother knows the virtue of such ardent projections of strong, unceasing prayer. Honore De Balzac

With monuments as with men, position means everything. Honore De Balzac

True love is eternal, infinite, and always like itself. It is equal and pure, without violent demonstrations: it is seen with white hairs and is always young in the heart. Honore De Balzac

A woman's sentimental monkeyshines will always deceive her lover, who invariably waxes ecstatic where her husband necessarily shrugs his shoulders. Honore De Balzac

Generally our confidences move downward rather than upward; in our secret affairs, we employ our inferiors much more than our bettors. Honore De Balzac

No man should marry until he has studied anatomy and dissected at least one woman. Honore De Balzac

Manners are the hypocrisy of a nation. Honore De Balzac

Bureaucracy is a giant mechanism operated by pygmies. Honore De Balzac

There is something great and terrible about suicide. Honore De Balzac

There are some women whose pregnancy would make some sly bachelor smile. Honore De Balzac

It is easy to sit up and take notice, What is difficult is getting up and taking action. Honore De Balzac

If we could but paint with the hand what we see with the eye. Honore De Balzac

Modesty is the conscience of the body. Honore De Balzac

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