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Honore de Balzac (1799-1850)

French novelist and short-story writer

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, Romans et contes philosophiques

Kindness is not without its rocks ahead. People are apt to put it down to an easy temper and seldom recognize it as the secret striving of a generous nature; whilst, on the other hand, the ill-natured get credit for all the evil they refrain from.

HONORE DE BALZAC, Le Siècle

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

HONORÉ DE BALZAC, attributed, And I Quote

Woman is a delightful instrument of pleasure, but it is necessary to know its trembling strings, to study the position of them, the timid keyboard, the fingering so changeful and capricious which befits it.

HONORE DE BALZAC, Physiology of Marriage

All poetry like every work of art proceeds from a swift vision of things.

HONORE DE BALZAC, Louis Lambert

Perhaps it is only human nature to inflict suffering on anything that will endure suffering, whether by reason of its genuine humility, or indifference, or sheer helplessness.

HONORE DE BALZAC, Père Goriot

When women love, they forgive everything, even our crimes; when they do not love, they cannot forgive anything, not even our virtues.

HONORE DE BALZAC, The Muse of the Department

It is always assumed by the empty-headed, who chatter about themselves for want of something better, that people who do not discuss their affairs openly must have something to hide.

HONORE DE BALZAC, Père Goriot

Marriage is a fight to the death, before which the wedded couple ask a blessing from heaven, because it is the rashest of all undertakings to swear eternal love; the fight at once commences and victory, that is to say liberty, remains in the hands of the cleverer of the two.

HONORE DE BALZAC, Physiology of Marriage

White hair often covers the head, but the heart that holds it is ever young.

HONORE DE BALZAC, The Lily of the Valley

A girl's coquetry is of the simplest, she thinks that all is said when the veil is laid aside; a woman's coquetry is endless, she shrouds herself in veil after veil, she satisfies every demand of man's vanity, the novice responds but to one.

HONORE DE BALZAC, A Woman of Thirty

Ah! What pleasure it must be to a woman to suffer for the one she loves!

HONORE DE BALZAC, Père Goriot

A flow of words is a sure sign of duplicity.

HONORE DE BALZAC, Letters of Two Brides

What a thing of fantasy a woman may become after dusk.

HONORE DE BALZAC, Ferragus, chef des Dévorants

Those who spend too fast never grow rich.

HONORE DE BALZAC, At the Sign of the Cat and Racket

The more one judges, the less one loves.

HONORE DE BALZAC, Physiology of Marriage

The secret of great fortunes without apparent cause is a crime forgotten, for it was properly done.

HONORE DE BALZAC, Père Goriot

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, A Woman of Thirty

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, Père Goriot

There is a cure for temptation. What? Yielding to it.

HONORE DE BALZAC, Père Goriot

Little minds need to practise despotism to relieve their nerves, just as great souls thirst for equality in friendship to exercise their hearts.

HONORE DE BALZAC, Pierrette

Who is to decide which is the grimmer sight: withered hearts, or empty skulls?

HONORE DE BALZAC, Père Goriot

Love is the most melodious of all harmonies.

HONORE DE BALZAC, Physiology of Marriage

Courtesy is only a thin veneer on the general selfishness.

HONORE DE BALZAC, Letters of Two Brides

People exaggerate both happiness and unhappiness; we are never so fortunate nor so unfortunate as people say we are.

HONORE DE BALZAC, Modeste Mignon

What is Art, monsieur, but Nature concentrated?

HONORE DE BALZAC, Lost Illusions

Remorse is impotence, impotence which sins again. Repentance alone is powerful; it ends all.

HONORE DE BALZAC, Seraphita

A man ought not to marry without having studied anatomy, and dissected at least one woman.

HONORE DE BALZAC, Physiology of Marriage

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

HONORE DE BALZAC, Letters of Two Brides

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, Père Goriot

Where poverty ceases, avarice begins.

HONORE DE BALZAC, Lost Illusions

What is a child, monsieur, but the image of two beings, the fruit of two sentiments spontaneously blended?

HONORE DE BALZAC, A Woman of Thirty

Such is life. It is no cleaner than a kitchen; it reeks like a kitchen; and if you mean to cook your dinner, you must expect to soil your hands; the real art is in getting them clean again, and therein lies the whole morality of our epoch.

HONORE DE BALZAC, Père Goriot

The habits of life form the soul, and the soul forms the physical presence.

HONORE DE BALZAC, The Vicar of Tours

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, A Woman of Thirty

Women are always true, even in the midst of their greatest falsities, because they are always influenced by some natural feeling.

HONORE DE BALZAC, Père Goriot

what is motherhood save Nature in her most gladsome mood?

HONORE DE BALZAC, Letters of Two Brides

My further advice on your relations to women is based upon that other motto of chivalry, "Serve all, love one."

HONORE DE BALZAC, The Lily of the Valley

She who is really a wife, one in heart, flesh, and bone, must follow wherever he leads, in whom her life, her strength, her pride, and happiness are centered.

HONORE DE BALZAC, The Magic Skin

Love is a religion, and its rituals cost more than those of other religions. It goes by quickly and, like a street urchin, it likes to mark its passage by a trail of devastation.

HONORE DE BALZAC, Père Goriot

Balzac - an essay by John Cowper Powys.


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