Honore De Balzac Quotes & Wallpapers

Honore De Balzac
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Marriage is a fight to the death, before which the wedded couple ask a blessing from heaven, because it is the rashest of all undertakings to swear eternal love; the fight at once commences and victory, that is to say liberty, remains in the hands of the cleverer of the two. Honore De Balzac

The questioning spirit is the rebellious spirit. A rebellion is always either a cloak to hide a prince, or the swaddling wrapper of a new rule. Honore De Balzac

Nature knows nothing but solid bodies; your science deals only with combinations of surfaces. And so nature constantly gives the lie to all your laws; can you name one to which no fact makes an exception? 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

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

We have long struggles with ourself, of which the outcome is one of our actions; they are, as it were, the inner side of human nature. This inner side is God's; the outer side belongs to men. Honore De Balzac

For the person who loves God, worship is the daily bread of patience. Honore De Balzac

Many men nourish a pride which urges them to conceal their struggles and show themselves only as conquerors. Honore De Balzac

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

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

Women, perhaps even require a little hypocrisy. Honore De Balzac

Six weeks with a fever is an eternity. Honore De Balzac

I'm a great poet. I don't put my poems on paper: they consist of actions and feelings. Honore De Balzac

We are never either so wretched or so happy as we say we are. Honore De Balzac

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

All human power is a compound of time and patience. Honore De Balzac

We flew back home like swallows. 'Is it happiness that makes us so light?' Agathe asked. Honore De Balzac

No man has ever yet discovered the way to give friendly advice to any woman, not even to his own wife. Honore De Balzac

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

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

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

To be happy, a man must love his wife as she chooses to be loved. Honore De Balzac

The more you judge, the less you love. Honore De Balzac

The love of nature is the only love that does not deceive human hopes. Honore De Balzac

Admiration bestowed upon any one but ourselves is always tedious. Honore De Balzac

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

There are as many mediocrities exalted through pity as masters decried through envy. Honore De Balzac

No woman allows her lover to descend from his pedestal. Even a god is not forgiven the slightest pettiness. Honore De Balzac

Gentleness in the gait is what simplicity is in the dress. Violent gestures or quick movements inspire involuntary disrespect. Honore De Balzac

To get a traveling salesman drunk is the height of impossibility. Honore De Balzac

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

In smart society men are jealous of one another after the fashion of women. Honore De Balzac

Marriage is an institution necessary to the maintenance of society but contrary to the laws of nature. Honore De Balzac

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

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

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

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

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

Love is perhaps no more than gratitude for pleasure. Honore De Balzac

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

True lovers know how trifling a thing is money yet how difficult to blend with love! Honore De Balzac

No navigator has yet traced lines of latitude and longitude on the conjugal sea. Honore De Balzac

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

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

People who climb from one rung of society to another can never do anything simply. Honore De Balzac

Let us leave the cure of public evils to those quacks, the statesmen. Honore De Balzac

A man's own vanity is a swindler that never lacks for a dupe. Honore De Balzac

A vocation is born to us all; happily most of us meet promptly our twin,-occupation. Honore De Balzac

Incurable wounds are those inflicted by tongue and eye, by mockery and disdain. Honore De Balzac

Talent is a flame, but genius is a fire. Honore De Balzac

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

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

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

Forgetting is the great secret of strong and creative lives. Honore De Balzac

Do you know what is the hardest thing in life? To make a choice. Honore De Balzac

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

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

Temptations can be got rid of.' 'How?' 'By yielding to them. Honore De Balzac

The secret of great fortunes without apparent source is a forgotten crime. Honore De Balzac

I prefer thought to action, an idea to an event, reflection to activity. Honore De Balzac

Inspiration is the opportunity of genius. Honore De Balzac

Wisdom is the understanding of celestial things to which the Spirit is brought by Love. Honore De Balzac

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

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

A woman knows the face of the man she loves as a sailor knows the open sea. Honore De Balzac

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

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

First love is a kind of vaccination which saves a man from catching the complaint the second time. Honore De Balzac

Love passes quickly, and passes like a street Arab, anxious to mark his way with mischief. Honore De Balzac

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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