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Honoré de Balzac Quote: “One can imagine the look the two lovers exchanged; it was like a flame, for virtuous lovers have not a shred of hypocrisy.”
Honoré de Balzac Quote: “To promote laughter without joining in it greatly heightens the effect.”
Honoré de Balzac Quote: “Passions are no more forgiving than human laws and they reason more justly. Are they not based on a conscience of their own, infallible as an instinct?”
Honoré de Balzac Quote: “Conscience is a cudgel which all men pick up in order to thwack their neighbors instead of applying it to their own shoulders.”
Honoré de Balzac Quote: “Love and work have the virtues of making a man pretty indifferent to anything else.”
Honoré de Balzac Quote: “When a woman starts talking about her duty, her regard for appearances, and her respect for religion, she raises so many bulwarks which she delights to see captured by storm.”
Honoré de Balzac Quote: “Noble passions are like vices: the more they are satisfied, the greater they grow, Mothers and gamblers are insatiable.”
Honoré de Balzac Quote: “A woman filled with faith in the one she loves is the creation of a novelist’s imagination.”
Honoré de Balzac Quote: “What moralist can deny that well-bred and vicious people are much more agreeable than their virtuous counterparts? Having crimes to atone for, they provisionally solicit indulgence by showing leniency toward the defects of their judges. Thus they pass for excellent folk.”
Honoré de Balzac Quote: “We have long struggles with ourself, of which the outcome is one of our actions; they are, as it were, the inner side of human nature. This inner side is God’s; the outer side belongs to men.”
Honoré de Balzac Quote: “He who best knows the world will love it least.”
Honoré de Balzac Quote: “Love endows us with a sort of personal religion; we respect another live within ourselves.”
Honoré de Balzac Quote: “Let us leave the cure of public evils to those quacks, the statesmen.”
Honoré de Balzac Quote: “A man wastes his time going to hear some of our eloquent modern preachers; they may change his opinions, but never his conduct.”
Honoré de Balzac Quote: “Un mari, comme un gouvernement, ne doit jamais avouer de faute. A husband, like a government, never needs to admit a fault.”
Honoré de Balzac Quote: “A grocer is attracted to his business by a magnetic force as great as the repulsion which renders it odious to artists.”
Honoré de Balzac Quote: “Remorse is impotent; it will repeat its faults. Repentance only is a true force; it puts an end to everything.”
Honoré de Balzac Quote: “Life is simply what out feelings do to us.”
Honoré de Balzac Quote: “Girls are apt to imagine noble and enchanting and totally imaginary figures in their own minds; they have fanciful extravagant ideas about men, and sentiment, and life; and then they innocently endow somebody or other with all the perfections for their daydreams, and put their trust in him.”
Honoré de Balzac Quote: “Virtue, my pet, is an abstract idea, varying in its manifestations with the surroundings. Virtue in Provence, in Constantinople, in London, and in Paris bears very different fruit, but is none the less virtue.”
Honoré de Balzac Quote: “Most geometricians, chemists, mathematicians, and great scientists submit religion to reason only to discover a problem as unsolvable as that of squaring a circle.”
Honoré de Balzac Quote: “Genuine sorrows are very tranquil in appearance in the deep bed they have dug for themselves. But, seeming to slumber, they corrode the soul like that frightful acid which penetrates crystal.”
Honoré de Balzac Quote: “Emulation admires and strives to imitate great actions; envy is only moved to malice.”
Honoré de Balzac Quote: “To have one’s mother-in-law in the country when one lives in Paris, and vice versa, is one of those strokes of luck that one encounters only too rarely.”
Honoré de Balzac Quote: “Marriage must perforce fight against the all-devouring monster of habit.”
Honoré de Balzac Quote: “One of the glories of society is to have created woman where Nature had made only a female; to have created a continuity of desire where Nature thought only of perpetuating the species; and, in fine, to have invented love.”
Honoré de Balzac Quote: “A man who stops at nothing short of the law is very clever indeed!”
Honoré de Balzac Quote: “No woman allows her lover to descend from his pedestal. Even a god is not forgiven the slightest pettiness.”
Honoré de Balzac Quote: “The greatest joy a petty soul can taste is to dupe a great soul and catch it in a snare.”
Honoré de Balzac Quote: “Imagination helps bring out the realism of every detail and only sees the beauties of the work.”
Honoré de Balzac Quote: “Several sorts of memory exist in us; body and mind each possesses one peculiar to itself. Nostalgia, for instance, is a malady of the physical memory.”
Honoré de Balzac Quote: “Women are happy to possess a man whom all women covet.”
Honoré de Balzac Quote: “Rich men are resolved to be astonished at nothing. When they see a masterpiece, they must needs at one glance recognize some flaw to dispense them from admiration, a vulgar emotion.”
Honoré de Balzac Quote: “Nature endows woman alternately with a particular strength which helps her to suffer and a weakness which counsels her to be resigned.”
Honoré de Balzac Quote: “With every one, the expectation of a misfortune constitutes a dreadful, punishment. Suffering then assumes the proportions of the unknown, which is the soul’s infinite.”
Honoré de Balzac Quote: “True love is mixed up with birdlike squabbles, in which the disputants wound each other to the quick; but a quarrel without animus is, on the contrary, apiece of flattery to the dupe’s conceit.”
Honoré de Balzac Quote: “The monotony of provincial life attracts the attention of people to the kitchen. You do not dine as luxuriously in the provinces as in Paris, but you dine better, because the dishes serve you are the result of mediation and study.”
Honoré de Balzac Quote: “Among even the happiest married couples there are always moments of regret.”
Honoré de Balzac Quote: “There is something great and terrible about suicide.”
Honoré de Balzac Quote: “A husband who submits to his wife’s yoke is justly held an object of ridicule. A woman’s influence ought to be entirely concealed.”
Honoré de Balzac Quote: “Hatred like love feeds on the merest trifles.”
Honoré de Balzac Quote: “A man may and ought to pride himself more on his will than on his talent.”
Honoré de Balzac Quote: “To have fame follow us is well, but it is not a desirable avant-courier.”
Honoré de Balzac Quote: “We are scarcely apt to berate the source of enjoyment.”
Honoré de Balzac Quote: “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.”
Honoré de Balzac Quote: “The greatest tyranny is to love I where we are not loved again.”
Honoré de Balzac Quote: “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.”
Honoré de Balzac Quote: “For certain people, misfortune is a beacon that lights up the dark and baser sides of social life.”
Honoré de Balzac Quote: “The weakest being on earth can accomplish feats of strength. The frailest urchin will ring every doorbell on the street in arctic weather or hoist himself aloft to inscribe his name on a virgin monument.”
Honoré de Balzac Quote: “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.”
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