Honore De Balzac Quotes & Wallpapers

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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
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The impossible is justified by the fact that it occurred Honore De Balzac
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Emulation admires and strives to imitate great actions; envy is only moved to malice. Honore De Balzac
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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
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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
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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
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Few men are raised in our estimation by being too closely examined. Honore De Balzac
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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
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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
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There are two kinds of poets: those who feel and those who express themselves. The former are happier. Honore De Balzac
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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
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God is the poet; men are but the actors. The great dramas of earth were written in heaven. Honore De Balzac
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A woman in love has full intelligence of her power; the more virtuous she is, the more effective her coquetry. Honore De Balzac
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Love and work have the virtues of making a man pretty indifferent to anything else. Honore De Balzac
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Love endows us with a sort of personal religion; we respect another live within ourselves. Honore De Balzac
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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
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People who are in love suspect nothing or everything. Honore De Balzac
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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
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Nothing is as heady as the wine of misfortune. Honore De Balzac
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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
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Heaven should be kind to stupid people, for no one else can be consistently. Honore De Balzac
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Like evil, sublimity is also contagious. Honore De Balzac
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Nothing is irredeemably ugly but sin. Honore De Balzac
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Woman has this in common with angels, that suffering beings belong especially to her. Honore De Balzac
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It is as easy to dream a book as it is hard to write one. Honore De Balzac
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Our heart is a treasury; if you pour out all its wealth at once, you are bankrupt. Honore De Balzac
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Rare is the man who suffers no remorse as he passes from the state of confidant to that of rival. Honore De Balzac
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Remorse is impotent; it will repeat its faults. Repentance only is a true force; it puts an end to everything. Honore De Balzac
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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
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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
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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
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Misfortune, no less than happiness, inspires us to dream. Honore De Balzac
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Great love affairs start with Champagne and end with tisane. Honore De Balzac
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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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An unfulfilled vocation drains the color from a man's entire existence. Honore De Balzac
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A young bride is like a plucked flower; but a guilty wife is like a flower that had been walked over. Honore De Balzac
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A murderer is less loathsome to us than a spy. The murderer may have acted on a sudden mad impulse; he may be penitent and amend; but a spy is always a spy, night and day, in bed, at table, as he walks abroad; his vileness pervades every moment of his life Honore De Balzac
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Reading brings us unknown friends Honore De Balzac
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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
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Nowhere but in France are people so strictly observant of great matters and so disdainfully indulgent about small ones. Honore De Balzac
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A society of atheists would immediately invent a religion. Honore De Balzac
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All poetry like every work of art proceeds from a swift vision of things. Honore De Balzac
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A flow of words is a sure sign of duplicity. Honore De Balzac
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Chance, my dear, is the sovereign deity in child-bearing. 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 surprise her thoughts. Honore De Balzac
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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
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How can we explain the perpetuity of envy - a vice which yields no return? Honore De Balzac
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Some one speaks admirably of the welt-ripened fruit of sage delay. Honore De Balzac
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The endless legacy of the past to the present is the secret source of human genius. Honore De Balzac
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The glutton is much more than an animal and much less than a man. Honore De Balzac
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Poverty is a divine stepmother who does for youths what their own mothers were unable to do. It introduces them to frugality, to the world and to life. Honore De Balzac
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