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Honoré de Balzac Quote: “No man has ever yet discovered the way to give friendly advice to any woman, not even to his own wife.”
Honoré de Balzac Quote: “If the human heart sometimes finds moments of pause as it ascends the slopes of affection, it rarely halts on the way down.”
Honoré de Balzac Quote: “But woman brings disorder into society through passion.”
Honoré de Balzac Quote: “Forgetting is the great secret of strong and creative lives.”
Honoré de Balzac Quote: “Men who pay their tailors never amount to anything, they never even become Cabinet ministers.”
Honoré de Balzac Quote: “A wife is property that one acquires by contract, she is transferable, because possession of her requires title; in fact, woman is, so to speak, only man’s appendage; consequently, slice, cut, clip her, you have all rights to her.”
Honoré de Balzac Quote: “Heaven should be kind to stupid people, for no one else can be consistently.”
Honoré de Balzac Quote: “We do not wish success yet we obtain it. Always we find what we are not looking for. These words are too true not to become a proverb some day.”
Honoré de Balzac Quote: “Nothing is irredeemably ugly but sin.”
Honoré de Balzac Quote: “Unintelligent persons are like weeds that thrive in good ground; they love to be amused in proportion to the degree in which they weary themselves.”
Honoré de Balzac Quote: “A naked woman is less dangerous than one who spreads her skirt skillfully to cover and exhibit everything at once.”
Honoré de Balzac Quote: “To man, faith; to woman, doubt. She bears the heavier burden. Does not woman invariably suffer for two?”
Honoré de Balzac Quote: “Old men are prone to invest the futures of young men with their own past sorrows.”
Honoré de Balzac Quote: “Misfortune, no less than happiness, inspires us to dream.”
Honoré de Balzac Quote: “When an intelligent man reaches the point of inviting self-explanation and offers surrendering the key to his heart, he is assuredly riding a drunken horse.”
Honoré de Balzac Quote: “Life in clubs is no paltry sign of the times we live in. Here gentlemen gamble with others whom they would not dream of inviting to their homes.”
Honoré de Balzac Quote: “A woman’s sentimental monkeyshines will always deceive her lover, who invariably waxes ecstatic where her husband necessarily shrugs his shoulders.”
Honoré de Balzac Quote: “While seeking out the dead, I see nothing but the living.”
Honoré de Balzac Quote: “Give to a wounded heart seclusion; consolation nor reason ever effected anything in such a case.”
Honoré de Balzac Quote: “All genuinely noble women prefer truth to falsehood. As the Russians with their Czar, they are unwilling to see their idol degraded; they want to be proud of the domination they accept.”
Honoré de Balzac Quote: “What is motherhood save Nature in her most gladsome mood?”
Honoré de Balzac Quote: “How can we explain the perpetuity of envy – a vice which yields no return?”
Honoré de Balzac Quote: “Passion is universal humanity. Without it religion, history, romance and art would be useless.”
Honoré de Balzac Quote: “Charity is not one of the virtues practiced on the stock market. The heart of a bank is but one of many viscera.”
Honoré de Balzac Quote: “Hatred like love feeds on the merest trifles. Everything adds to it. Just as the being we love can do no wrong, so the one we hate can do no right.”
Honoré de Balzac Quote: “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.”
Honoré de Balzac Quote: “But reason always cuts a poor figure beside sentiment; the one being essentially restricted, like everything that is positive, while the other is infinite.”
Honoré de Balzac Quote: “Tradesmen regard an author with a mixed feeling of terror, compassion and curiosity.”
Honoré de Balzac Quote: “Society proceeds like the ocean. After a disaster, it resume its wonted level and rhythms; its devouring interests efface all traces of damage.”
Honoré de Balzac Quote: “Many of us marvel at the icy insensitivity with which women snuff out their armours. But if they did not blot out the past in this manner, life for them would lose all dignity and they could never resist the fatal familiarities to which they once submitted.”
Honoré de Balzac Quote: “Journalists grow accustomed to seeing evil and they let it pass; they proceed to approve it, and they end by committing it themselves.”
Honoré de Balzac Quote: “Love or hatred must constantly increase between two persons who are always together; every moment fresh reasons are found for loving or hating better.”
Honoré de Balzac Quote: “Let nothing dupe you! Such is the horrible maxim that acts as a solvent upon every noble feeling man experiences.”
Honoré de Balzac Quote: “There are words which cut like steel.”
Honoré de Balzac Quote: “Misfortune makes of certain souls a vast desert through which rings the voice of God.”
Honoré de Balzac Quote: “Women, perhaps even require a little hypocrisy.”
Honoré de Balzac Quote: “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.”
Honoré de Balzac Quote: “One day, about the middle of July 1838, one of the carriages, lately introduced to Paris cabstands, and known as Milords, was driving down the Rue de l’Universite, conveying a stout man of middle height in the uniform of a captain of the National Guard.”
Honoré de Balzac Quote: “Among fifty percent of your married couples, the husband worries very little about what his wife is doing, provided she is doing all he wishes.”
Honoré de Balzac Quote: “Art’s greatest efforts are invariably a timid counterfeit of Nature.”
Honoré de Balzac Quote: “All we are is in the soul.”
Honoré de Balzac Quote: “A woman questions the man who loves exactly as a judge questions a criminal. This being so, a flash of the eye, a mere word, an inflection of the voice or a moment’s hesitation suffice to expose the fact, betrayal or crime he is attempting to conceal.”
Honoré de Balzac Quote: “Old maids claw as cats do. They not only inflict wounds but experience pleasure in doing so. Nor will they fail to remind their victims of the blood drawn.”
Honoré de Balzac Quote: “There are some women whose pregnancy would make some sly bachelor smile.”
Honoré de Balzac Quote: “A great love is a credit opened in favor of a power so consuming that the moment of bankruptcy must inevitably occur.”
Honoré de Balzac Quote: “To kill a relative of whom you are tired is something. But to inherit his property afterwards, that is genuine pleasure.”
Honoré de Balzac Quote: “A knowledge of mankind and of things that surround us gives us that second education which proves far move valuable than our first because it alone turns out a truly accomplished man.”
Honoré de Balzac Quote: “Your modest savant smiles as he says to his admirers: What have I done? Nothing. Man does not invent a force, he directs it.”
Honoré de Balzac Quote: “I yield to your wishes. It is the privilege of the women whom we love more than they love us to make the men who love them ignore the ordinary rules of common-sense.”
Honoré de Balzac Quote: “Virginity, like all monstrosities, possesses special riches and its own absorbing grandeur. Among the chaste, life forces are economized and thus gain in resistance and durability.”
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