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

    99
  2. 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.

    79
  3. 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.

    68
  4. I can no longer think of anything but you. In spite of myself, my imagination carries me to you. I grasp you, I kiss you, I caress you, a thousand of the most amorous caresses take possession of me.

    47
  5. Nobody loves a woman because she is handsome or ugly, stupid or intelligent. We love because we love.

    42
  6. The motto of chivalry is also the motto of wisdom; to serve all, but love only one.

    31
  7. 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.

    26
  8. 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.

    14
  9. 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.

    9
  10. Authentic love always assumes the mystery of modesty, even in its expression, because actions speak louder than words. Unlike a feigned love, it feels no need to set a conflagration.

    6

The complete list of 619 Honore de Balzac sayings