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Honore de Balzac

Honoré de Balzac (Flaubert, he is generally regarded as a founding father of realism in European literature.
Found 117 thoughts of Honore de Balzac

Power is not revealed by striking hard or often, but by striking true.

Honore de Balzac

A mother who is really a mother is never free.

Honore de Balzac

We exaggerate misfortune and happiness alike. We are never as bad off or as happy as we say we are.

Honore de Balzac

Behind every great fortune there is a crime.

Honore de Balzac

The duration of passion is proportionate with the original resistance of the woman.

Honore de Balzac

First love is a kind of vaccination which saves a man from catching the complaint a second time.

Honore de Balzac

I am a galley slave to pen and ink.

Honore de Balzac

Imagination helps bring out the realism of every detail and only sees the beauties of the work.

Honore De Balzac

Count not thyself to have found true peace, if thou hast felt no grief; nor that then all is well if thou hast no adversary; nor that this is perfect, if all things fall out according to thy desire.

Honore de Balzac

Society bristles with enigmas which look hard to solve. It is a perfect maze of intrigue.

Honore de Balzac

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

Passion is univeral humanity. Without it religion, history, art, and romance would be useless.

Honore de Balzac

What is art? Nature concentrated.

Honore de Balzac

Man is neither good nor bad; he is born with instincts and abilities

Honore de Balzac

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

To kill a relative of whom you are tired is something. But to inherit his property afterwards, that is genuine pleasure.

Honore de Balzac

A woman knows the face of the man she loves like a sailor knows the open sea.

Honore de Balzac

I do not regard a broker as a member of the human race.

Honore de Balzac

One should believe in marriage as in the immortality of the soul.

Honore de Balzac

All humanity is passion; without passion, religion, history, novels, art would be ineffectual.

Honore de Balzac

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

Honore de Balzac

The motto of chivalry is also the motto of wisdom; to serve all, but love only one.

Honore de Balzac

Equality may perhaps be a right, but no power on earth can ever turn it into a fact.

Honore de Balzac

Equality may perhaps be a right, but no power on earth can ever turn it into a fact

Honore de Balzac

If we all said people's faces what we say behind one another's backs, society would be impossible.

Honore de Balzac
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