Honore De Balzac Quotes & Wallpapers

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

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

With a woman, always make good use of a secret. She will be proportionally grateful to you, like a scoundrel who grants his respect to an honest man he has been unable to swindle. Honore De Balzac

The man as he converses is the lover; silent, he is the husband. Honore De Balzac

Many men are deeply moved by the mere semblance of suffering in a woman; they take the look of pain for a sign of constancy or of love. Honore De Balzac

A mother's life, you see, is one long succession of dramas, now soft and tender, now terrible. Not an hour but has its joys and fears. Honore De Balzac

We exaggerate misfortune and happiness alike. We are never as bad off or as happy as we say we are. Honore De Balzac

All humanity is passion; without passion, religion, history, novels, art would be ineffectual. Honore De Balzac

Political liberty, the peace of a nation, and science itself are gifts for which Fate demands a heavy tax in blood! Honore De Balzac

Society bristles with enigmas which look hard to solve. It is a perfect maze of intrigue. Honore De Balzac

Study lends a kind of enchantment to all our surroundings. Honore De Balzac

Women are tenacious, and all of them should be tenacious of respect; without esteem they cannot exist; esteem is the first demand that they make of love. Honore De Balzac

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

Remorse is impotence, impotence which sins again. Repentance alone is powerful; it ends all. Honore De Balzac

I am a galley slave to pen and ink. Honore De Balzac

Rare is the man who suffers no remorse as he passes from the state of confidant to that of rival. Honore De Balzac

Remorse is impotent; it will repeat its faults. Repentance only is a true force; it puts an end to everything. Honore De Balzac

Liberty begets anarchy, anarchy leads to despotism, and despotism brings about liberty once again. Millions of human beings have perished without being able to make any of these systems triumph. Honore De Balzac

Science is the language of the temporal world; love is that of the spiritual world. Man, indeed, describes more than he explains; while the angelic spirit sees and understands. Science saddens man; love enraptures the angel; science is still seeking; love has found. Honore De Balzac

But does not happiness come from the soul within? Honore De Balzac

Virtue in women is perhaps a question of temperament. Honore De Balzac

As soon as coffee is in your stomach, there is a general commotion. Ideas begin to move...similes arise, the paper is covered. Coffee is your ally and writing ceases to be a struggle. Honore De Balzac

Our heart is a treasury; if you pour out all its wealth at once, you are bankrupt. Honore De Balzac

If the human heart sometimes finds moments of pause as it ascends the slopes of affection, it rarely halts on the way down. Honore De Balzac

In a husband there is only a man; in a married woman there is a man, a father, and mother, and a woman. Honore De Balzac

However gross a man may be, the minute he expresses a strong and genuine affection, some inner secretion alters his features, animates his gestures, and colors his voice. The stupidest man will often, under the stress of passion, achieve heights of eloquence, in thought if not in language, and seem to move in some luminous sphere. Goriot's voice and gesture had at this moment the power of communication that characterizes the great actor. Are not our finer feelings the poems of the human will? Honore De Balzac

You're a fine fastidious young man, as proud as a lion, as gentle as a girl. You'd make a good catch for the devil. Honore De Balzac

The future of a nation lies in the hands of mothers. Honore De Balzac

Love is the only way on which even the dim-witted reaches certain heights. Honore De Balzac

To live in the presence of great truths and eternal laws, to be led by permanent ideals - that is what keeps a man patient when the world ignores him, and calm and unspoiled when the world praises him. Honore De Balzac

From the manner in which a woman draws her thread at every stitch of her needlework, any other woman can surprise her thoughts. Honore De Balzac

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

How can we explain the perpetuity of envy - a vice which yields no return? Honore De Balzac

Some one speaks admirably of the welt-ripened fruit of sage delay. Honore De Balzac

Misfortune, no less than happiness, inspires us to dream. Honore De Balzac

For a sick man the world begins at his pillow and ends at the foot of his bed. Honore De Balzac

The impossible is justified by the fact that it occurred Honore De Balzac

Emulation admires and strives to imitate great actions; envy is only moved to malice. Honore De Balzac

All happiness depends on courage and work. I have had many periods of wretchedness, but with energy and above all with illusions, I pulled through them all. Honore De Balzac

Conscience is a cudgel which all men pick up in order to thwack their neighbors instead of applying it to their own shoulders. Honore De Balzac

Fools gain greater advantages through their weakness than intelligent men through their strength. We watch a great man struggling against fate and we do not lift a finger to help him. But we patronize a grocer who is headed for bankruptcy. Honore De Balzac

Few men are raised in our estimation by being too closely examined. Honore De Balzac

Journalists grow accustomed to seeing evil and they let it pass; they proceed to approve it, and they end by committing it themselves. Honore De Balzac

Several sorts of memory exist in us; body and mind each possesses one peculiar to itself. Nostalgia, for instance, is a malady of the physical memory. Honore De Balzac

There are two kinds of poets: those who feel and those who express themselves. The former are happier. Honore De Balzac

The habits of every animal are, at least in the eyes of man, constantly similar in all ages. But the habits, the clothes, the words and the dwelling of a prince, a banker, an artist, a bourgeois, a priest and a pauper, are wholly dissimilar and change at the will of civilizations. Honore De Balzac

God is the poet; men are but the actors. The great dramas of earth were written in heaven. Honore De Balzac

A woman in love has full intelligence of her power; the more virtuous she is, the more effective her coquetry. Honore De Balzac

Love and work have the virtues of making a man pretty indifferent to anything else. Honore De Balzac

Love endows us with a sort of personal religion; we respect another live within ourselves. Honore De Balzac

Love is not only a feeling, it is also an art. A simple word, a sensitive precaution, a mere nothing reveal to a woman the sublime artist who can touch her heart without withering it. Honore De Balzac

People who are in love suspect nothing or everything. Honore De Balzac

When will conventional good manners become attractive? When will ladies of fashion exhibit their shoulders a little less and their affability and wit a little more? Honore De Balzac

Nothing is as heady as the wine of misfortune. Honore De Balzac

The best painters, as they progress in reputation and towards perfection, are found to dispense more and more with the technique of the art, for simpler methods. Simplicity never fails to charm. Honore De Balzac

Heaven should be kind to stupid people, for no one else can be consistently. Honore De Balzac

Like evil, sublimity is also contagious. Honore De Balzac

Nothing is irredeemably ugly but sin. Honore De Balzac

Woman has this in common with angels, that suffering beings belong especially to her. Honore De Balzac

I yield to your wishes. It is the privilege of the women whom we love more than they love us to make the men who love them ignore the ordinary rules of common-sense. Honore De Balzac

Discouragement is of all ages: In youth it is a presentiment, in old age a remembrance. Honore De Balzac

Yes, I can understand that a man might go to a gambling table when he sees that all that lies between him and death is his last crown. Honore De Balzac

Le bonheur engloutit nos forces, comme le malheur e teint nos vertus. Happiness engulfs our strength, just as misfortune extinguishes our virtues. 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

For young people always begin by loving exaggeration, that infirmity of noble minds. Honore De Balzac

Genius is answerable only to itself; it is the sole judge of the means, since it alone knows the end; thus genius must consider itself as above the law, for it is the task of genius to remake the law; moreover the man who frees himself from his time and place may take everything, hazard everything, for everything is his by right. Honore De Balzac

The endless legacy of the past to the present is the secret source of human genius. Honore De Balzac

Do you know how a man makes his way here? By brilliant genius or by skilful corruption. You must either cut your way through these masses of men like a cannon ball, or steal among them like a plague. Honore De Balzac

Great love affairs start with Champagne and end with tisane. Honore De Balzac

A good husband is never the first to go to sleep at night or the last to awake in the morning. Honore De Balzac



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