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Honoré de Balzac Quote: “Little minds find satisfaction for their feelings, good or bad, in little things.”
Honoré de Balzac Quote: “When passion is not fed, it changes to need. At this juncture, marriage becomes a fixed idea in the mind of the bourgeois, being the only means whereby he can win a woman and appropriate her to his uses.”
Honoré de Balzac Quote: “In the medical profession a horse and carriage are more necessary than any scientific knowledge.”
Honoré de Balzac Quote: “The virtues we acquire, which develop slowly within us, are the invisible links that bind each one of our existences to the others – existences which the spirit alone remembers, for Matter has no memory for spiritual things.”
Honoré de Balzac Quote: “Love is the only way on which even the dim-witted reaches certain heights.”
Honoré de Balzac Quote: “Does not any limit imposed upon one inspire a desire to go beyond it? Does not our keenest suffering arise when our free will is crossed?”
Honoré de Balzac Quote: “One exits with one’s husband – one lives with one’s lover.”
Honoré de Balzac Quote: “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.”
Honoré de Balzac Quote: “The fame of surgeons resembles the fame of actors, who live only during their lifetime and whose talent is no longer appreciable once they have disappeared.”
Honoré de Balzac Quote: “Chance, my dear, is the sovereign deity in child-bearing.”
Honoré de Balzac Quote: “Let passion reach a catastrophe and it submits us to an intoxicating force far more powerful than the niggardly irritation of wine or of opium. The lucidity our ideas then achieve, and the delicacy of our overly exalted sensations, produce the strangest and most unexpected effects.”
Honoré de Balzac Quote: “Poetry is only born after painful journeys into the vast regions of thought.”
Honoré de Balzac Quote: “The world will avenge itself upon all happiness in which it has no share.”
Honoré de Balzac Quote: “Gratitude is a fool’s word; we find it in the dictionary, but it is not in the heart of man.”
Honoré de Balzac Quote: “We are never either so wretched or so happy as we say we are.”
Honoré de Balzac Quote: “Who shall ever tell how much an unmerited disfavor crushes a shy person? Who can ever depict the misfortunes of timidity?”
Honoré de Balzac Quote: “Six weeks with a fever is an eternity.”
Honoré de Balzac Quote: “The best painters, as they progress in reputation and towards perfection, are found to dispense more and more with the technique of the art, for simpler methods. Simplicity never fails to charm.”
Honoré de Balzac Quote: “All men can bear a familiar, definite misfortune better than the cruel alternations of a fate which, from one moment to another, brings excessive joy or sorrow.”
Honoré de Balzac Quote: “For young people always begin by loving exaggeration, that infirmity of noble minds.”
Honoré de Balzac Quote: “An ounce of courage will go farther with women than a pound of timidity.”
Honoré de Balzac Quote: “Clothes are like a gloss that sets off everything; dresser were invented more to enhance physical advantages than to veil physical defects.”
Honoré de Balzac Quote: “It’s catastrophies which turn wise and strong people into philosophers.”
Honoré de Balzac Quote: “A grass blade believes that men build palaces for it to grow in. Grass wedges its way between the closest blocks of marble and it brings them down. This power of feeble life which can creep in anywhere is greater than that of the mighty behind their cannons.”
Honoré de Balzac Quote: “When she lives at his palace, the maiden niece of a bishop can pass for a respectable woman because, if she has a love affair, she is obliged to hoodwink her uncle.”
Honoré de Balzac Quote: “Can you find a man who loves the occupation that provides him with a livelihood? Professions are like marriages; we end by feeling only their inconveniences.”
Honoré de Balzac Quote: “To forget is the great secret of strong creative natures; to forget is the way nature herself who knows no past and who at every hour begins the mysteries of her untiring labors afresh.”
Honoré de Balzac Quote: “Modern reformers offer nebulous theories or write philanthropic novels. But your thief acts! He is as clear as a fact and as logical as a punch on the nose! And what a style he has!”
Honoré de Balzac Quote: “Whereas scoundrels become reconciled after knifing one another, lovers break up irrevocably over a mere glance or word.”
Honoré de Balzac Quote: “Foppery, being the chronic condition of women, is not so much noticed as it is when it breaks out on the person of the male bird.”
Honoré de Balzac Quote: “When will conventional good manners become attractive? When will ladies of fashion exhibit their shoulders a little less and their affability and wit a little more?”
Honoré de Balzac Quote: “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.”
Honoré de Balzac Quote: “The greater a man’s talents, the more marked his idiosyncracies. Yet in the provinces originality is considered perilously close to lunacy.”
Honoré de Balzac Quote: “A woman, even a prude, is not long at a loss, however dire her plight. She would seen always to have in hand the fig leaf our Mother Eve bequeathed to her.”
Honoré de Balzac Quote: “When one has no particular talent for anything, one takes to the pen.”
Honoré de Balzac Quote: “Are not poets men who fulfill their hopes prematurely?”
Honoré de Balzac Quote: “Virtue is not a thing you can have by halves; it is or it is not.”
Honoré de Balzac Quote: “The wounds of self-love turn incurable when the oxide of self-love gets into them.”
Honoré de Balzac Quote: “No woman has ever existed who did not know perfectly well in her heart what to expect from the superiority or inferiority of a rival.”
Honoré de Balzac Quote: “Old maids, having never bent their temper or their lives to other lives and other tempers, as woman’s destiny requires, have for the most part a mania for making everything about them bend to them.”
Honoré de Balzac Quote: “The great secret of social alchemy is to profit best from each stage in our lives, to gather all its leaves in spring, all its flowers in summer, and all its fruits in autumn.”
Honoré de Balzac Quote: “But does not happiness come from the soul within?”
Honoré de Balzac Quote: “Study lends a kind of enchantment to all our surroundings.”
Honoré de Balzac Quote: “Too great a display of delicacy can and does sometimes infringe upon de-cency.”
Honoré de Balzac Quote: “You cannot pluck love out of your heart as you would pull a tooth.”
Honoré de Balzac Quote: “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.”
Honoré de Balzac Quote: “The secret of the nobility and beauty of great ladies lies in the art with which they can shed their veils. In such situations, they become like ancient statues. If they kept the merest scarf on, they would be lewd. Your bourgeois woman will always try to cover her nakedness.”
Honoré de Balzac Quote: “How sternly we reproach virtue for its failings, how indulgent we are to the better qualities of vice!”
Honoré de Balzac Quote: “Lovers have a way of using this word, nothing, which implies exactly the opposite.”
Honoré de Balzac Quote: “In all lands, sailors form a race apart. They profess a congenital contempt for landlubbers. As for the tradesman, he understands nothing of sailors nor cares a fig about them. He is content to rob them if he can.”
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