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A woman knows the face of the man she loves as a sailor knows the open sea. HONORE DE BALZAC
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Equality may perhaps be a right, but no power on earth can ever turn it into a fact. HONORE DE BALZAC

All happiness depends on courage and work. HONORE DE BALZAC

The motto of chivalry is also the motto of wisdom; to serve all, but love only one. HONORE DE BALZAC
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Virtue, perhaps, is nothing more than politeness of soul. HONORE DE BALZAC

If we could but paint with the hand what we see with the eye. HONORE DE BALZAC
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We exaggerate misfortune and happiness alike. We are never as bad off or as happy as we say we are. HONORE DE BALZAC

The heart of a mother is a deep abyss at the bottom of which you will always find forgiveness. HONORE DE BALZAC

Power is not revealed by striking hard or often, but by striking true. HONORE DE BALZAC

Nothing is a greater impediment to being on good terms with others than being ill at ease with yourself. HONORE DE BALZAC

A woman must be a genius to create a good husband. HONORE DE BALZAC

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. HONORE DE BALZAC

Many people claim coffee inspires them, but, as everybody knows, coffee only makes boring people even more boring. HONORE DE BALZAC

Nature makes only dumb animals. We owe the fools to society. HONORE DE BALZAC

Behind every great fortune there is a crime. HONORE DE BALZAC

You may imitate, but never counterfeit. HONORE DE BALZAC

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. HONORE DE BALZAC

Modesty is the conscience of the body. HONORE DE BALZAC

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

All humanity is passion; without passion, religion, history, novels, art would be ineffectual. HONORE DE BALZAC

Manners are the hypocrisy of a nation. HONORE DE BALZAC

A mother who is really a mother is never free. HONORE DE BALZAC

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

Laws are spider webs through which the big flies pass and the little ones get caught. HONORE DE BALZAC

Bureaucracy is a giant mechanism operated by pygmies. HONORE DE BALZAC

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! HONORE DE BALZAC

Chance, my dear, is the sovereign deity in child-bearing. HONORE DE BALZAC

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

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

No man should marry until he has studied anatomy and dissected at least one woman. HONORE DE BALZAC


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A woman knows the face of the man she loves as a sailor knows the open sea. HONORE DE BALZAC
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The motto of chivalry is also the motto of wisdom; to serve all, but love only one. HONORE DE BALZAC
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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. HONORE DE BALZAC

Great love affairs start with Champagne and end with tisane. HONORE DE BALZAC

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. 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

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. HONORE DE BALZAC
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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. HONORE DE BALZAC

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

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

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

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A woman must be a genius to create a good husband. HONORE DE BALZAC

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. HONORE DE BALZAC

No man should marry until he has studied anatomy and dissected at least one woman. HONORE DE BALZAC

The majority of husbands remind me of an orangutan trying to play the violin. HONORE DE BALZAC

Marriage must incessantly contend with a monster that devours everything: familiarity. HONORE DE BALZAC

One should believe in marriage as in the immortality of the soul. HONORE DE BALZAC

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Behind every great fortune there is a crime. HONORE DE BALZAC

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. HONORE DE BALZAC

Behind every great fortune lies a great crime. HONORE DE BALZAC

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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. HONORE DE BALZAC

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. HONORE DE BALZAC

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

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

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. HONORE DE BALZAC
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The duration of passion is proportionate with the original resistance of the woman. HONORE DE BALZAC

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Great love affairs start with Champagne and end with tisane. HONORE DE BALZAC

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

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



I do not regard a broker as a member of the human race. HONORE DE BALZAC

To promote laughter without joining in it greatly heightens the effect. HONORE DE BALZAC

Finance, like time, devours its own children. HONORE DE BALZAC

In diving to the bottom of pleasure we bring up more gravel than pearls. HONORE DE BALZAC

During the great storms of our lives we imitate those captains who jettison their weightiest cargo. HONORE DE BALZAC

Men die in despair, while spirits die in ecstasy. HONORE DE BALZAC

The art of motherhood involves much silent, unobtrusive self-denial, an hourly devotion which finds no detail too minute. HONORE DE BALZAC
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Excess of joy is harder to bear than any amount of sorrow. HONORE DE BALZAC

The majority of husbands remind me of an orangutan trying to play the violin. 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
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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. HONORE DE BALZAC

Hatred is the vice of narrow souls; they feed it with all their littleness, and make it the pretext of base tyrannies. HONORE DE BALZAC
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To kill a relative of whom you are tired is something. But to inherit his property afterwards, that is genuine pleasure. HONORE DE BALZAC

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. HONORE DE BALZAC

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. 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 out virtues. HONORE DE BALZAC
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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. HONORE DE BALZAC

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. 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

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

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

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. HONORE DE BALZAC
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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. HONORE DE BALZAC

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

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

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. HONORE DE BALZAC
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The duration of passion is proportionate with the original resistance of the woman. HONORE DE BALZAC

An unfulfilled vocation drains the color from a man's entire existence. HONORE DE BALZAC
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Marriage must incessantly contend with a monster that devours everything: familiarity. HONORE DE BALZAC

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

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

One should believe in marriage as in the immortality of the soul. HONORE DE BALZAC

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

Behind every great fortune lies a great crime. HONORE DE BALZAC

Solitude is fine but you need someone to tell that solitude is fine. HONORE DE BALZAC


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