Best quotes by the French Novelist Honore de Balzac

A woman knows the face of the man she loves as a sailor knows the open sea.
  • love

Equality may perhaps be a right, but no power on earth can ever turn it into a fact.
  • Equality

All happiness depends on courage and work.
  • happiness

We exaggerate misfortune and happiness alike. We are never as bad off or as happy as we say we are.
  • Exaggeration



The motto of chivalry is also the motto of wisdom; to serve all, but love only one.
  • Love

Virtue, perhaps, is nothing more than politeness of soul.
  • perhaps

If we could but paint with the hand what we see with the eye.
  • Art

The heart of a mother is a deep abyss at the bottom of which you will always find forgiveness.
  • Mother

Power is not revealed by striking hard or often, but by striking true.
  • Power

A woman must be a genius to create a good husband.
  • Marriage

Nothing is a greater impediment to being on good terms with others than being ill at ease with yourself.
  • Acceptance

Love has its own instinct, finding the way to the heart, as the feeblest insect finds the way to its flower, with a will which nothing can dismay nor turn aside.
  • aside

Many people claim coffee inspires them, but, as everybody knows, coffee only makes boring people even more boring.
  • Coffee

Nature makes only dumb animals. We owe the fools to society.
  • Fools

Behind every great fortune there is a crime.
  • Fortune

You may imitate, but never counterfeit.
  • Imitation

It is easier to be a lover than a husband for the simple reason that it is more difficult to be witty every day than to say pretty things from time to time.
  • Marriage

Modesty is the conscience of the body.
  • Humility

Vocations which we wanted to pursue, but didn't, bleed, like colors, on the whole of our existence.
  • Career

All humanity is passion; without passion, religion, history, novels, art would be ineffectual.
  • Emotions

Manners are the hypocrisy of a nation.
  • Manners

Finance, like time, devours its own children.
  • Money

A mother who is really a mother is never free.
  • Mother

Passion is universal humanity. Without it religion, history, romance and art would be useless.
  • Passion

Laws are spider webs through which the big flies pass and the little ones get caught.
  • government

Bureaucracy is a giant mechanism operated by pygmies.
  • Government

Everything is bilateral in the domain of thought. Ideas are binary. Janus is the myth of criticism and the symbol of genius. Only God is triangular!
  • Thought

Chance, my dear, is the sovereign deity in child-bearing.
  • chance

Children, dear and loving children, can alone console a woman for the loss of her beauty.
  • alone

Our most bitter enemies are our own kith and kin. Kings have no brothers, no sons, no mother!
  • bitter


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Honore de Balzac love quotes

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A woman knows the face of the man she loves as a sailor knows the open sea.
  • love

The motto of chivalry is also the motto of wisdom; to serve all, but love only one.
  • Love

Love has its own instinct, finding the way to the heart, as the feeblest insect finds the way to its flower, with a will which nothing can dismay nor turn aside.
  • aside

Great love affairs start with Champagne and end with tisane.
  • affairs

Unintelligent persons are like weeds that thrive in good ground; they love to be amused in proportion to the degree in which they weary themselves.
  • amused

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.
  • constancy

The fact is that love is of two kinds, one which commands, and one which obeys. The two are quite distinct, and the passion to which the one gives rise is not the passion of the other.
  • love

True love is eternal, infinite, and always like itself. It is equal and pure, without violent demonstrations: it is seen with white hairs and is always young in the heart.
  • demonstrations

Love or hatred must constantly increase between two persons who are always together; every moment fresh reasons are found for loving or hating better.
  • between

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.
  • forgiveness

Nobody loves a woman because she is handsome or ugly, stupid or intelligent. We love because we love.
  • handsome

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

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A woman must be a genius to create a good husband.
  • Marriage

It is easier to be a lover than a husband for the simple reason that it is more difficult to be witty every day than to say pretty things from time to time.
  • Marriage

No man should marry until he has studied anatomy and dissected at least one woman.
  • marriage

The majority of husbands remind me of an orangutan trying to play the violin.
  • marriage

Marriage must incessantly contend with a monster that devours everything: familiarity.
  • marriage

One should believe in marriage as in the immortality of the soul.
  • anniversary

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Behind every great fortune there is a crime.
  • Fortune

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.
  • acquaintances

Behind every great fortune lies a great crime.
  • behind

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Honore de Balzac life quotes

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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.
  • dramas

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.
  • acquaintances

The smallest flower is a thought, a life answering to some feature of the Great Whole, of whom they have a persistent intuition.
  • answering

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Passion is universal humanity. Without it religion, history, romance and art would be useless.
  • Passion

The fact is that love is of two kinds, one which commands, and one which obeys. The two are quite distinct, and the passion to which the one gives rise is not the passion of the other.
  • love

The duration of passion is proportionate with the original resistance of the woman.
  • duration

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No man should marry until he has studied anatomy and dissected at least one woman.
  • marriage

Great love affairs start with Champagne and end with tisane.
  • affairs

Most people of action are inclined to fatalism and most of thought believe in providence.
  • Actions

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...
  • Coffee



Nothing so fortifies a friendship as a belief on the part of one friend that he is superior to the other.
  • Friends

I do not regard a broker as a member of the human race.
  • Investment

To promote laughter without joining in it greatly heightens the effect.
  • Laughter

In diving to the bottom of pleasure we bring up more gravel than pearls.
  • Pleasure

During the great storms of our lives we imitate those captains who jettison their weightiest cargo.
  • Simplicity

Men die in despair, while spirits die in ecstasy.
  • despair

The art of motherhood involves much silent, unobtrusive self-denial, an hourly devotion which finds no detail too minute.
  • art

Excess of joy is harder to bear than any amount of sorrow.
  • amount

The majority of husbands remind me of an orangutan trying to play the violin.
  • marriage

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.
  • Crime

Like hunger, physical love is a necessity. But man's appetite for amour is never so regular or so sustained as his appetite for the delights of the table.
  • Eating

Hatred is the vice of narrow souls; they feed it with all their littleness, and make it the pretext of base tyrannies.
  • Hate

To kill a relative of whom you are tired is something. But to inherit his property afterwards, that is genuine pleasure.
  • Inheritance

If those who are the enemies of innocent amusements had the direction of the world, they would take away the spring, and youth, the former from the year, the latter from human life.
  • Pleasure

Anybody who would like to travel as an archaeologist of mores and observe men instead of rocks could find an image of the century of Louis XV in some village in Provence, that of Louis XIV in Poitou, that of even more remote times in the far reaches of Brittany. Most of these cities have fallen from some splendor that historians, more preoccupied with dates than customs, no longer speak of, but whose memory lives on, such as in Brittany, where the national character scarcely accepts the forgetting of what this country is fundamentally about. . . All of these cities have their primitive character.
  • Travel

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 out virtues.
  • Women

Between the daylight gambler and the player at night there is the same difference that lies between a careless husband and the lover swooning under his lady's window.
  • between

Unintelligent persons are like weeds that thrive in good ground; they love to be amused in proportion to the degree in which they weary themselves.
  • amused

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.
  • dramas

But reason always cuts a poor figure beside sentiment; the one being essentially restricted, like everything that is positive, while the other is infinite.
  • being

Thought is a key to all treasures; the miser's gains are ours without his cares. Thus I have soared above this world, where my enjoyment have been intellectual joys.
  • cares

Old maids, having never bent their temper or their lives to other lives and other tempers, as woman's destiny requires, have for the most part a mania for making everything about them bend to them.
  • bend

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.
  • acquaintances

The smallest flower is a thought, a life answering to some feature of the Great Whole, of whom they have a persistent intuition.
  • answering

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.
  • constancy

The fact is that love is of two kinds, one which commands, and one which obeys. The two are quite distinct, and the passion to which the one gives rise is not the passion of the other.
  • love

True love is eternal, infinite, and always like itself. It is equal and pure, without violent demonstrations: it is seen with white hairs and is always young in the heart.
  • demonstrations

Love or hatred must constantly increase between two persons who are always together; every moment fresh reasons are found for loving or hating better.
  • between

When Religion and Royalty are swept away, the people will attack the great, and after the great, they will fall upon the rich.
  • attack

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.
  • among

The duration of passion is proportionate with the original resistance of the woman.
  • duration

An unfulfilled vocation drains the color from a man's entire existence.
  • color

Marriage must incessantly contend with a monster that devours everything: familiarity.
  • marriage

A lover always thinks of his mistress first and himself second; with a husband it runs the other way.
  • first

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.
  • forgiveness

Nobody loves a woman because she is handsome or ugly, stupid or intelligent. We love because we love.
  • handsome

One should believe in marriage as in the immortality of the soul.
  • anniversary

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

Behind every great fortune lies a great crime.
  • behind

Solitude is fine but you need someone to tell that solitude is fine.
  • loneliness


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