Honore De Balzac Quotes & Wallpapers

Honore De Balzac
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Clouds symbolize the veils that shroud God. Honore De Balzac

Vocations which we wanted to pursue, but didn't, bleed, like colors, on the whole of our existence. Honore De Balzac

Children, dear and loving children, can alone console a woman for the loss of her beauty. Honore De Balzac

A grocer is attracted to his business by a magnetic force as great as the repulsion which renders it odious to artists. Honore De Balzac

Death unites as well as separates; it silences all paltry feeling. Honore De Balzac

What is a child, monsieur, but the image of two beings, the fruit of two sentiments spontaneously blended? Honore De Balzac

There are two histories : official history, lying, and then secret history, where you find the real causes of events. Honore De Balzac

In France everything is a matter for jest. People make quips about the scaffold, about Napoleon's defeat on the banks of The Beresina, and about the barricades of our revolutions. So, at the assizes of the Last Judgment, there will always be a Frenchmen to crack a joke. Honore De Balzac

My further advice on your relations to women is based upon that other motto of chivalry, "Serve all, love one. Honore De Balzac

A lui la foi, a' elle le doute, a' elle le fardeau le plus lourd: la femme ne souffre-t-elle pas toujours pour deux? For him, faith; for her, doubt and for her theheavier load: does not the woman always suffer for both? Honore De Balzac

The boor covers himself, the rich man or the fool adorns himself, and the elegant man gets dressed. Honore De Balzac

A wife is property that one acquires by contract, she is transferable, because possession of her requires title; in fact, woman is, so to speak, only man's appendage; consequently, slice, cut, clip her, you have all rights to her. Honore De Balzac

Girls are apt to imagine noble and enchanting and totally imaginary figures in their own minds; they have fanciful extravagant ideas about men, and sentiment, and life; and then they innocently endow somebody or other with all the perfections for their daydreams, and put their trust in him. Honore De Balzac

For pain is perhaps but a violent pleasure? Who could determine the point where pleasure becomes pain, where pain is still a pleasure? Is not the utmost brightness of the ideal world soothing to us, while the lightest shadows of the physical world annoy? Honore De Balzac

Virtue, my pet, is an abstract idea, varying in its manifestations with the surroundings. Virtue in Provence, in Constantinople, in London, and in Paris bears very different fruit, but is none the less virtue. Honore De Balzac

There are no principles; there are only events. There is no good and bad, there are only circumstances. Honore De Balzac

Envy lurks at the bottom of the human heart like a viper in its hole. Honore De Balzac

Who is to decide which is the grimmer sight: withered hearts, or empty skulls? Honore De Balzac

A letter is a soul, so faithful an echo of the speaking voice that to the sensitive it is among the richest treasures of love. Honore De Balzac

How did you get back?' asked Vautrin. 'I walked,' replied Eugene. 'I wouldn't like half-pleasures, myself,' observed the tempter. 'I'd want to go there in my own carriage, have my own box, and come back in comfort. All or nothing, that's my motto.' 'And a very good one,' said Madame Vauquer. Honore De Balzac

Marriageable girls as well as mothers understand the terms and perils of the lottery called wedlock. That is why women weep at a wedding and men smile. Honore De Balzac

The national budget is not a safe-deposit box. It is a spray can. Honore De Balzac

It's not enough to be a good person. You also have to show it. Honore De Balzac

Women themselves are so happy, and so beautiful, when they're strong, that they naturally choose powerful men, even if that power's so enermous there's a real risk it could shatter them. Honore De Balzac

The motto of chivalry is also the motto of wisdom; to serve all and love but one. Honore De Balzac

After all, our worst misfortunes never happen, and most miseries lie in anticipation. Honore De Balzac

Our greatest fears lie in anticipation. Honore De Balzac

Glory is the sunshine of the dead Honore De Balzac

Despotism accomplishes great things illegally; liberty doesn't even go to the trouble of accomplishing small things legally. Honore De Balzac

Like hunger, physical love is a necessity. But man's appetite for amour is never so regular or so sustained as his appetite for the delights of the table. Honore De Balzac

Everything is bilateral in the domain of thought. Ideas are binary. Janus is the myth of criticism and the symbol of genius. Only God is triangular! Honore De Balzac

Mud, raised by hurricanes, wells up in the noblest and purest of hearts. Honore De Balzac

Rich men are resolved to be astonished at nothing. When they see a masterpiece, they must needs at one glance recognize some flaw to dispense them from admiration, a vulgar emotion. Honore De Balzac

Bankers are lynxes. To expect any gratitude from them is equivalent to attempting to move the wolves of the Ukraine to pity in the middle of winter. Honore De Balzac

Clothes are like a gloss that sets off everything; dresser were invented more to enhance physical advantages than to veil physical defects. Honore De Balzac

To feel, to love, to suffer, to devote herself, will always be the text of the life of woman. Honore De Balzac

The monotony of provincial life attracts the attention of people to the kitchen. You do not dine as luxuriously in the provinces as in Paris, but you dine better, because the dishes serve you are the result of mediation and study. Honore De Balzac

Glory and fame mean twelve thousand francs' worth of paid articles in the newspapers and five thousand crowns' worth of dinners. Honore De Balzac

Virtually all men of action incline to Fatality just as most thinkers incline to Providence. Honore De Balzac

Among even the happiest married couples there are always moments of regret. Honore De Balzac

Possibly the words materialism and spirituality express two sides of one and the same fact. Honore De Balzac

When she lives at his palace, the maiden niece of a bishop can pass for a respectable woman because, if she has a love affair, she is obliged to hoodwink her uncle. Honore De Balzac

Emulation is not rivalry. Emulation is the child of ambition; rivalry is the unlovable daughter of envy. Honore De Balzac

Ah! the soft starlight of virgin eyes. Honore De Balzac

Vulgar souls look hastily and superficially at the sea and accuse it of monotony; other more privileged beings could spend a lifetime admiring it and discovering new and changing phenomena that delight them. So it is with love. Honore De Balzac

To lese-majeste and contempt of court, we must add the crime of lese-million, that fearful indignity we visit on the rich when we expose the impotence of gold. Honore De Balzac

We do not wish success yet we obtain it. Always we find what we are not looking for. These words are too true not to become a proverb some day. Honore De Balzac

Temperament is the thermometer of character. Honore De Balzac

One of the glories of society is to have created woman where Nature had made only a female; to have created a continuity of desire where Nature thought only of perpetuating the species; and, in fine, to have invented love. Honore De Balzac

There are words which cut like steel. Honore De Balzac

For businessmen, the world is a bale of banknotes in circulation; for most young men, it is a woman; for some women, it is a man; and for others it may be a salon, a coterie, a part of town or a whole city. Honore De Balzac

When there is an old maid in the house, a watchdog is unnecessary. Honore De Balzac

Squeeze marriage as much as you like, you will never extract anything from it but fun for bachelors and boredom for husbands. Honore De Balzac

If the artist does not fling himself, without reflecting, into his work, as Curtis flung himself into the yawning gulf, as the soldier flings himself into the enemy's trenches, and if, once in this crater, he does not work like a miner on whom the walls of his gallery have fallen in; if he contemplates difficulties instead of overcoming them one by one ... he is simply looking on at the suicide of his own talent. Honore De Balzac

Beaucoup d'hommes ont un orgueil qui les pousse a' cacher leurs combats et a' ne se montrer que victorieux. Many men have pride that causes them to hide their combats and to only show themselves victorious. Honore De Balzac

Un homme n'a jamais pu e lever sa ma|"tresse jusqu'a' lui; mais une femme place toujours son amant aussi haut qu'elle. A man can never elevate his mistress to his rank, but a woman can always place her lover as high as she. Honore De Balzac

The victory always has a lot of parents but the defeat is always an orphan. Honore De Balzac

The errors of women spring almost always from her faith in the good or her confidence in the true. Honore De Balzac

Behind every great fortune there is a crime. Honore De Balzac

The glory of surgeons is like that of actors, who exist only in their lifetime and whose talent is no longer appreciable once they have disappeared. Honore De Balzac

There is no such thing as a great talent without great will power. Honore De Balzac

The art of motherhood involves much silent, unobtrusive self-denial, an hourly devotion which finds no detail too minute. Honore De Balzac

A mother who is really a mother is never free. Honore De Balzac

It is easier to be a lover than a husband for the simple reason that it is more difficult to be witty every day than to say pretty things from time to time. Honore De Balzac

Love is the reduction of the universe to the single being, and the expansion of a single being, even to God Honore De Balzac

When tempted to be unfaithful, the intellectual woman will try to inspire her husband with indifference, the sentimental woman with hatred, and the passionate woman with disgust. Honore De Balzac

A man is a poor creature compared to a woman. Honore De Balzac

Love or hatred must constantly increase between two persons who are always together; every moment fresh reasons are found for loving or hating better. Honore De Balzac

At fifteen, beauty and talent do not exist; there can only be promise of the coming woman. Honore De Balzac

A girl's coquetry is of the simplest, she thinks that all is said when the veil is laid aside; a woman's coquetry is endless, she shrouds herself in veil after veil, she satisfies every demand of man's vanity, the novice responds but to one. Honore De Balzac

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