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Honore De Balzac
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The life of a man who deliberately runs through his fortune often becomes a business speculation; his friends, his pleasures, patrons, and acquaintances are his capital. Honore De Balzac
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It would be curious to know what leads a man to become a stationer rather than a baker, when he is no longer compelled, as among the Egyptians, to succeed to his father's craft. Honore De Balzac
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What is art? Nature concentrated. Honore De Balzac
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Towns find it as hard as houses of business to rise again from ruin. Honore De Balzac
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Journalism is a giant catapult set in motion by pygmy hatreds. Honore De Balzac
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Law is a silvery web that lets the big flies pass and catches all the small ones. Honore De Balzac
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For the person who loves God, worship is the daily bread of patience. Honore De Balzac
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Many men nourish a pride which urges them to conceal their struggles and show themselves only as conquerors. Honore De Balzac
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I am a galley slave to pen and ink. Honore De Balzac
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Holding this book in your hand, sinking back in your soft armchair, you will say to yourself: perhaps it will amuse me. And after you have read this story of great misfortunes, you will no doubt dine well, blaming the author for your own insensitivity, accusing him of wild exaggeration and flights of fancy. But rest assured: this tragedy is not a fiction. All is true. Honore De Balzac
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Men are such dupes by choice, that he who would impose upon others never need be at a loss to find ready victims. Honore De Balzac
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All human power is a compound of time and patience. Honore De Balzac
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I'm a great poet. I don't put my poems on paper: they consist of actions and feelings. Honore De Balzac
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We are never either so wretched or so happy as we say we are. Honore De Balzac
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From the manner in which a woman draws her thread at every stitch of her needlework, any other woman can surmise her thoughts. Honore De Balzac
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Music is of two kinds: one petty, poor, second-rate, never varying, its base the hundred or so phrasings which all musicians understand, a babbling which is more or less pleasant, the life that most composers live. Honore De Balzac
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A country is strong which consists of wealthy families, every member of whom is interested in defending a common treasure; it is weak when composed of scattered individuals, to whom it matters little whether they obey seven or one, a Russian or a Corsican, so long as each keeps his own plot of land, blind in their wretched egotism, to the fact that the day is coming when this too will be torn from them. Honore De Balzac
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Women, perhaps even require a little hypocrisy. Honore De Balzac
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Six weeks with a fever is an eternity. Honore De Balzac
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This coffee falls into your stomach, and straightway there is a general commotion. Ideas begin to move like the battalions of the Grand Army of the battlefield, and the battle takes place. Things remembered arrive at full gallop, ensuing to the wind. The light cavalry of comparisons deliver a magnificent deploying charge, the artillery of logic hurry up with their train and ammunition, the shafts of with start up like sharpshooters. Similes arise, the paper is covered with ink; for the struggle commences and is concluded with torrents of black water, just as a battle with powder. Honore De Balzac
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Admiration bestowed upon any one but ourselves is always tedious. Honore De Balzac
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It is not hope but despair that gives us the measure of our ambitions. We may yield secretly to beautiful poems of hope but grief looms start and stripped of all veils. Honore De Balzac
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There are as many mediocrities exalted through pity as masters decried through envy. Honore De Balzac
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No woman allows her lover to descend from his pedestal. Even a god is not forgiven the slightest pettiness. Honore De Balzac
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Gentleness in the gait is what simplicity is in the dress. Violent gestures or quick movements inspire involuntary disrespect. Honore De Balzac
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To get a traveling salesman drunk is the height of impossibility. Honore De Balzac
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What moralist can deny that well-bred and vicious people are much more agreeable than their virtuous counterparts? Having crimes to atone for, they provisionally solicit indulgence by showing leniency toward the defects of their judges. Thus they pass for excellent folk. Honore De Balzac
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In smart society men are jealous of one another after the fashion of women. Honore De Balzac
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Marriage is an institution necessary to the maintenance of society but contrary to the laws of nature. Honore De Balzac
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When passion is not fed, it changes to need. At this juncture, marriage becomes a fixed idea in the mind of the bourgeois, being the only means whereby he can win a woman and appropriate her to his uses. Honore De Balzac
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Modern reformers offer nebulous theories or write philanthropic novels. But your thief acts! He is as clear as a fact and as logical as a punch on the nose! And what a style he has! Honore De Balzac
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In France we can cauterize wounds but we do not yet know any remedy for the injuries inflicted by a bon mot. Honore De Balzac
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The fashions we call English in Paris are French in London, and vice versa. Franco-British hostility vanishes when it comes to questions of words and clothing. God save the King is a tune composed by Lully for a chorus in a play by Racine. Honore De Balzac
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Authentic love always assumes the mystery of modesty, even in its expression, because actions speak louder than words. Unlike a feigned love, it feels no need to set a conflagration. Honore De Balzac
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Love is perhaps no more than gratitude for pleasure. Honore De Balzac
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The man whom fate employs to awaken love in the heart of a young girl is often unaware of his work and therefore leaves it uncompleted. Honore De Balzac
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True lovers know how trifling a thing is money yet how difficult to blend with love! Honore De Balzac
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No navigator has yet traced lines of latitude and longitude on the conjugal sea. Honore De Balzac
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The duration of a couple's passion is in proportion to the woman's original resistance or to the obstacles that social hazards have placed in the way of her happiness. Honore De Balzac
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By dint of making sacrifices, a man grows interested in the person who exacts them. Great ladies, like courtesans, know this truth by instinct. Honore De Balzac
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People who climb from one rung of society to another can never do anything simply. Honore De Balzac
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Let us leave the cure of public evils to those quacks, the statesmen. Honore De Balzac
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A man's own vanity is a swindler that never lacks for a dupe. Honore De Balzac
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A vocation is born to us all; happily most of us meet promptly our twin,-occupation. Honore De Balzac
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Incurable wounds are those inflicted by tongue and eye, by mockery and disdain. Honore De Balzac
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A woman knows the face of the man she loves as a sailor knows the open sea. Honore De Balzac
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The motto of chivalry is also the motto of wisdom; to serve all, but love only one. Honore De Balzac
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When women love us, they forgive us everything, even our crimes; when they do not love us, they give us credit for nothing, not even our virtues. Honore De Balzac
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First love is a kind of vaccination which saves a man from catching the complaint the second time. Honore De Balzac
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Conviction brings a silent, indefinable beauty into faces made of the commonest human clay; the devout worshiper at any shrine reflects something of its golden glow, even as the glory of a noble love shines like a sort of light from a woman's face. Honore De Balzac
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Remorse is impotence, impotence which sins again. Repentance alone is powerful; it ends all. Honore De Balzac
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Forgetting is the great secret of strong and creative lives. Honore De Balzac
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Do you know what is the hardest thing in life? To make a choice. Honore De Balzac
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Women, when they have made a sheep of a man, always tell him that he is a lion with a will of iron. Honore De Balzac
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No man has ever yet discovered the way to give friendly advice to any woman, not even to his own wife. Honore De Balzac
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Inspiration is the opportunity of genius. Honore De Balzac
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Wisdom is the understanding of celestial things to which the Spirit is brought by Love. Honore De Balzac
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The tiniest flower is a thought, - a life which corresponds to certain lineaments of the Great Whole, of which they have a constant intuition. Honore De Balzac
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True love is mixed up with birdlike squabbles, in which the disputants wound each other to the quick; but a quarrel without animus is, on the contrary, apiece of flattery to the dupe's conceit. 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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It is quite right what they say: the three most beautiful sights in the world are a ship in full sail, a galloping horse, and a woman dancing. Honore De Balzac
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Coffee falls into the stomach... ideas begin to move, things remembered arrive at full gallop... the shafts of wit start up like sharp-shooters, similes arise, the paper is covered with ink... Honore De Balzac
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The secret of a great success for which you are at a loss to account is a crime that has never been found out, because it was properly executed. Honore De Balzac
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We flew back home like swallows. 'Is it happiness that makes us so light?' Agathe asked. Honore De Balzac
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To be happy, a man must love his wife as she chooses to be loved. Honore De Balzac
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The more you judge, the less you love. Honore De Balzac
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The love of nature is the only love that does not deceive human hopes. Honore De Balzac
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Love passes quickly, and passes like a street Arab, anxious to mark his way with mischief. Honore De Balzac
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When a woman wants to betray her husband, her actions are almost invariably studied but they are never reasoned. Honore De Balzac
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Can you find a man who loves the occupation that provides him with a livelihood? Professions are like marriages; we end by feeling only their inconveniences. Honore De Balzac
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