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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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All human power is a compound of time and patience. Honore De Balzac
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Talent is a flame, but genius is a fire. 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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Temptations can be got rid of.' 'How?' 'By yielding to them. Honore De Balzac
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The secret of great fortunes without apparent source is a forgotten crime. Honore De Balzac
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I prefer thought to action, an idea to an event, reflection to activity. Honore De Balzac
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Misfortune, no less than happiness, inspires us to dream. 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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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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It is as easy to dream a book as it is hard to write one. 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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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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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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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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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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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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For a sick man the world begins at his pillow and ends at the foot of his bed. Honore De Balzac
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The impossible is justified by the fact that it occurred 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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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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For young people always begin by loving exaggeration, that infirmity of noble minds. Honore De Balzac
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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
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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
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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
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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
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But does not happiness come from the soul within? Honore De Balzac
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Virtue in women is perhaps a question of temperament. 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 future of a nation lies in the hands of mothers. Honore De Balzac
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Love is the only way on which even the dim-witted reaches certain heights. Honore De Balzac
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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
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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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Discouragement is of all ages: In youth it is a presentiment, in old age a remembrance. 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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