Honore de Balzac Quotes

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Born: May 20, 1799, Tours, Indre-et-Loire, France
Birth Country: France
Died: Paris, France, August 18, 1850
Occupation: Author

1.
A good husband is never the first to go to sleep at night or the last to awake in the morning.
- Honore de Balzac

2.
A grocer is attracted to his business by a magnetic force as great as the repulsion which renders it odious to artists.
- Honore de Balzac

3.
A mother who is really a mother is never free.
- Honore de Balzac

4.
A mother's happiness is like a beacon, lighting up the future but reflected also on the past in the guise of fond memories.
- Honore de Balzac

5.
A woman knows the face of the man she loves as a sailor knows the open sea.
- Honore de Balzac

6.
A young bride is like a plucked flower but a guilty wife is like a flower that had been walked over.
- Honore de Balzac

7.
All humanity is passion without passion, religion, history, novels, art would be ineffectual.
- Honore de Balzac

8.
At fifteen, beauty and talent do not exist there can only be promise of the coming woman.
- Honore de Balzac

9.
Behind every great fortune lies a great crime.
- Honore de Balzac

10.
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

11.
Children, dear and loving children, can alone console a woman for the loss of her beauty.
- Honore de Balzac

12.
Clouds symbolize the veils that shroud God.
- Honore de Balzac

13.
Death unites as well as separates it silences all paltry feeling.
- Honore de Balzac

14.
Equality may perhaps be a right, but no power on earth can ever turn it into a fact.
- Honore de Balzac

15.
Finance, like time, devours its own children.
- Honore de Balzac

16.
First love is a kind of vaccination which saves a man from catching the complaint the second time.
- Honore de Balzac

17.
For passion, be it observed, brings insight with it it can give a sort of intelligence to simpletons, fools, and idiots, especially during youth.
- Honore de Balzac

18.
Great love affairs start with Champagne and end with tisane.
- Honore de Balzac

19.
I do not regard a broker as a member of the human race.
- Honore de Balzac

20.
Ideas devour the ages as men are devoured by their passions. When man is cured, human nature will cure itself perhaps.
- Honore de Balzac

21.
If we could but paint with the hand what we see with the eye.
- Honore de Balzac

22.
It is as absurd to say that a man can't love one woman all the time as it is to say that a violinist needs several violins to play the same piece of music.
- Honore de Balzac

23.
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

24.
It is only in the act of nursing that a woman realizes her motherhood in visible and tangible fashion it is a joy of every moment.
- Honore de Balzac

25.
It is the mark of a great man that he puts to flight all ordinary calculations. He is at once sublime and touching, childlike and of the race of giants.
- Honore de Balzac

26.
Laws are spider webs through which the big flies pass and the little ones get caught.
- Honore de Balzac

27.
Love is the poetry of the senses.
- Honore de Balzac

28.
Love may be or it may not, but where it is, it ought to reveal itself in its immensity.
- Honore de Balzac

29.
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

30.
Marriage must incessantly contend with a monster that devours everything: familiarity.
- Honore de Balzac

31.
Men die in despair, while spirits die in ecstasy.
- Honore de Balzac

32.
Nature makes only dumb animals. We owe the fools to society.
- Honore de Balzac

33.
No man should marry until he has studied anatomy and dissected at least one woman.
- Honore de Balzac

34.
Nobody loves a woman because she is handsome or ugly, stupid or intelligent. We love because we love.
- Honore de Balzac

35.
Nothing so fortifies a friendship as a belief on the part of one friend that he is superior to the other.
- Honore de Balzac

36.
One should believe in marriage as in the immortality of the soul.
- Honore de Balzac

37.
Passion is universal humanity. Without it religion, history, romance and art would be useless.
- Honore de Balzac

38.
Political liberty, the peace of a nation, and science itself are gifts for which Fate demands a heavy tax in blood!
- Honore de Balzac

39.
Power is action the electoral principle is discussion. No political action is possible when discussion is permanently established.
- Honore de Balzac

40.
Power is not revealed by striking hard or often, but by striking true.
- Honore de Balzac

41.
Small natures require despotism to exercise their sinews, as great souls thirst for equality to give play to their heart.
- Honore de Balzac

42.
Society bristles with enigmas which look hard to solve. It is a perfect maze of intrigue.
- Honore de Balzac

43.
Suicide, moreover, was at the time in vogue in Paris: what more suitable key to the mystery of life for a skeptical society?
- Honore de Balzac

44.
The art of motherhood involves much silent, unobtrusive self-denial, an hourly devotion which finds no detail too minute.
- Honore de Balzac

45.
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

46.
The heart of a mother is a deep abyss at the bottom of which you will always find forgiveness.
- Honore de Balzac

47.
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

48.
The majority of husbands remind me of an orangutan trying to play the violin.
- Honore de Balzac

49.
The most virtuous women have something within them, something that is never chaste.
- Honore de Balzac

50.
The motto of chivalry is also the motto of wisdom to serve all, but love only one.
- Honore de Balzac

51.
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

52.
There are some women whose pregnancy would make some sly bachelor smile.
- Honore de Balzac

53.
There is no such thing as a great talent without great will power.
- Honore de Balzac

54.
There is something great and terrible about suicide.
- Honore de Balzac

55.
To those who have exhausted politics, nothing remains but abstract thought.
- Honore de Balzac

56.
Towns find it as hard as houses of business to rise again from ruin.
- Honore de Balzac

57.
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

58.
We exaggerate misfortune and happiness alike. We are never as bad off or as happy as we say we are.
- Honore de Balzac

59.
What is art? Nature concentrated.
- Honore de Balzac

60.
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

61.
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

62.
Wisdom is that apprehension of heavenly things to which the spirit rises through love.
- Honore de Balzac

63.
Women are tenacious, and all of them should be tenacious of respect without esteem they cannot exist esteem is the first demand that they make of love.
- Honore de Balzac

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