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Honoré de Balzac Quote: “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.”
Honoré de Balzac Quote: “From the manner in which a woman draws her thread at every stitch of her needlework, any other woman can surmise her thoughts.”
Honoré de Balzac Quote: “Time is the only capital of those who just have their inteligence as fortune.”
Honoré de Balzac Quote: “An ugly woman, married to King Henry VIII, would have defied the axe and daunted her husband’s infidelities.”
Honoré de Balzac Quote: “In Paris, the greatest expression of personal satisfaction known to man is the smirk on the face of a male, highly pleased with himself as he leaves the boudoir of a lady.”
Honoré de Balzac Quote: “We flew back home like swallows. ‘Is it happiness that makes us so light?’ Agathe asked.”
Honoré de Balzac Quote: “First love is a kind of vaccination which saves a man from catching the complaint the second time.”
Honoré de Balzac Quote: “Women are always true, even in the midst of their greatest falsities, because they are always influenced by some natural feeling.”
Honoré de Balzac Quote: “People exaggerate both happiness and unhappiness; we are never so fortunate nor so unfortunate as people say we are.”
Honoré de Balzac Quote: “In a world of hunchbacks, a fine figure becomes a monstrosity.”
Honoré de Balzac Quote: “Above all do not ask that justice be just: It is just, because it is justice. The idea of a just justice could have originated only in the brain of an anarchist.”
Honoré de Balzac Quote: “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.”
Honoré de Balzac Quote: “How natural it is to destroy what we cannot possess, to deny what we do not understand, and to insult what we envy!”
Honoré de Balzac Quote: “Love is precisely to the moral nature what the sun is to the earth.”
Honoré de Balzac Quote: “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!”
Honoré de Balzac Quote: “A woman in love has full intelligence of her power; the more virtuous she is, the more effective her coquetry.”
Honoré de Balzac Quote: “There are moments in life when all we can bear is the sense that our friend is near us; our wounds would wince at the touch of consoling words, that would reveal the depths of our pain.”
Honoré de Balzac Quote: “Yes, I can understand that a man might go to a gambling table when he sees that all that lies between him and death is his last crown.”
Honoré de Balzac Quote: “Death unites as well as separates; it silences all paltry feeling.”
Honoré de Balzac Quote: “In Paris every man must have had a love affair. What woman wants something that no other woman ever wanted.”
Honoré de Balzac Quote: “For pain is perhaps but a violent pleasure? Who could determine the point where pleasure becomes pain, where pain is still a pleasure? Is not the utmost brightness of the ideal world soothing to us, while the lightest shadows of the physical world annoy?”
Honoré de Balzac Quote: “The events of human life, whether public or private, are so intimately linked to architecture that most observers can reconstruct nations or individuals in all the truth of their habits from the remains of their monuments or from their domestic relics.”
Honoré de Balzac Quote: “It is not hope but despair that gives us the measure of our ambitions. We may yield secretly to beautiful poems of hope but grief looms start and stripped of all veils.”
Honoré de Balzac Quote: “You’re a fine fastidious young man, as proud as a lion, as gentle as a girl. You’d make a good catch for the devil.”
Honoré de Balzac Quote: “If youth were not ignorant and timid, civilization would be impossible.”
Honoré de Balzac Quote: “The glutton is much more than an animal and much less than a man.”
Honoré de Balzac Quote: “Conscience is our unerring judge until we finally stifle it.”
Honoré de Balzac Quote: “Glory is a poison, good to be taken in small doses.”
Honoré de Balzac Quote: “A Creole woman is like a child, she wants to possess everything immediately; like a child, she would set fire to a house in order to fry an egg. In her languor, she thinks of nothing; when passionately aroused, she thinks of any act possible or impossible.”
Honoré de Balzac Quote: “Even beauty cannot always palliate eccentricity.”
Honoré de Balzac Quote: “A man’s own vanity is a swindler that never lacks for a dupe.”
Honoré de Balzac Quote: “Believe everything you hear said of the world; nothing is too impossibly bad.”
Honoré de Balzac Quote: “You may imitate, but never counterfeit.”
Honoré de Balzac Quote: “A woman must be a genius to create a good husband.”
Honoré de Balzac Quote: “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.”
Honoré de Balzac Quote: “It is easier for a woman to be a good wife than a good mother. A widow has two duties with contrary obligations: she is a mother and she must exercise paternal authority. Few woman are strong enough to understand and to play this role.”
Honoré de Balzac Quote: “Those sweetly smiling angels with pensive looks, innocent faces, and cash-boxes for hearts.”
Honoré de Balzac Quote: “Kindness steers no easy course. Attributing it to character, we seldom recognize the secret efforts of a noble heart, whereas we reward really wicked people for the evil they refrain from committing.”
Honoré de Balzac Quote: “White hair often covers the head, but the heart that holds it is ever young.”
Honoré de Balzac Quote: “Creole women take after Europe in their intelligence, after the Tropics in the illogical violence of their passions, and after the Indies in the apathetic indolence with which they commit or suffer good and evil.”
Honoré de Balzac Quote: “A careful observation of Nature will disclose pleasantries of superb irony. She has for instance placed toads close to flowers.”
Honoré de Balzac Quote: “The victory always has a lot of parents but the defeat is always an orphan.”
Honoré de Balzac Quote: “When Religion and Royalty are swept away, the people will attack the great, and after the great, they will fall upon the rich.”
Honoré de Balzac Quote: “The Police and the Society of Jesus posses in common the virtue of never forsaking their enemies as friends.”
Honoré de Balzac Quote: “Manners are the hypocrisy of a nation.”
Honoré de Balzac Quote: “As soon as man seeks to penetrate the secrets of Nature – in which nothing is secret and it is but a question of seeing – he realizes that the simple produces the supernatural.”
Honoré de Balzac Quote: “A monster which devours everything – that is familiarity.”
Honoré de Balzac Quote: “Vulgar souls look hastily and superficially at the sea and accuse it of monotony; other more privileged beings could spend a lifetime admiring it and discovering new and changing phenomena that delight them. So it is with love.”
Honoré de Balzac Quote: “What patient can trust the knowledge of a physician without reputation or furniture, in a period when publicity is all-powerful and when the government gilds the lamp posts on the Place de la Concorde in order to dazzle the poor?”
Honoré de Balzac Quote: “In intimate family life, there comes a moment when children, willingly or no, become the judges of their parents.”
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