Honore de Balzac Quotes

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

Honore de Balzac

"He who best knows the world will love it least."

Honore de Balzac

"People who are in love suspect nothing or everything."

Honore de Balzac

"A great writer is nothing less than a martyr who does not die."

Honore de Balzac

"Talent is a flame, but genius is a fire."

Honore de Balzac

"The greatest tyranny is to love I where we are not loved again."

Honore de Balzac

"Temperament is the thermometer of character."

Honore de Balzac

"The press is like a woman: sublime when it lies, it will not let go until it has forced you to believe it. The public, like a foolish husband, always succumbs."

Honore de Balzac

"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."

Honore de Balzac

"A jealous husband doesn't doubt his wife, but himself."

Honore de Balzac

"Those who spend too fast never grow rich."

Honore de Balzac

"The heart of a mother is a deep abyss at the bottom of which you will always find forgiveness."

Honore de Balzac

"Noble hearts are neither jealous nor afraid because jealousy spells doubt and fear spells pettiness."

Honore de Balzac

"Love is the poetry of the senses."

Honore de Balzac

"A lover always thinks of his mistress first and himself second; with a husband it runs the other way."

Honore de Balzac

"People exaggerate both happiness and unhappiness; we are never so fortunate nor so unfortunate as people say we are."

Honore de Balzac

"In diving to the bottom of pleasure we bring up more gravel than pearls."

Honore de Balzac

"Hatred is the vice of narrow souls; they feed it with all their littleness, and make it the pretext of base tyrannies."

Honore de Balzac

"When you doubt your power, you give power to your doubt."

Honore de Balzac

"The more one judges, the less one loves."

Honore de Balzac

"Like hunger, physical love is a necessity. But man's appetite for amour is never so regular or so sustained as his appetite for the delights of the table."

Honore de Balzac

"In a world of hunchbacks, a fine figure becomes a monstrosity."

Honore de Balzac

"There are two histories : official history, lying, and then secret history, where you find the real causes of events."

Honore de Balzac

"Our heart is a treasury; if you pour out all its wealth at once, you are bankrupt."

Honore de Balzac

"Women are happy to possess a man whom all women covet."

Honore de Balzac

"A man is a poor creature compared to a woman."

Honore de Balzac

"Man is no match for woman where mischief reigns."

Honore de Balzac

"Love may be or it may not, but where it is, it ought to reveal itself in its immensity."

Honore de Balzac

"To live in the presence of great truths and eternal laws, to be led by permanent ideals - that is what keeps a man patient when the world ignores him, and calm and unspoiled when the world praises him."

Honore de Balzac

"Hope is a light diet, but very stimulating."

Honore de Balzac

"Our greatest fears lie in anticipation."

Honore de Balzac

"In diving to the bottom of pleasure we bring up more gravel than pearls."

Honore de Balzac

"What makes friendship in dissolute and what doubles its charms is a feeling we find lacking in love: I mean certitude."

Honore de Balzac

"A woman must be a genius to create a good husband."

Honore de Balzac

"A naked woman is less dangerous than one who spreads her skirt skilfully to cover and exhibit everything at once."

Honore de Balzac

"The good we do to others is spoilt unless we efface ourselves so completely that those we help have no sense of inferiority."

Honore de Balzac

"Cruelty and fear shake hands together."

Honore de Balzac

"To be happy, a man must love his wife as she chooses to be loved."

Honore de Balzac

"Old men are prone to invest the futures of young men with their own past sorrows."

Honore de Balzac

"Love is perhaps no more than gratitude for pleasure."

Honore de Balzac

"Every moment of happiness requires a great amount of Ignorance"

Honore de Balzac

"Women, when they have made a sheep of a man, always tell him that he is a lion with a will of iron."

Honore de Balzac

"Life cannot go on without much forgetting."

Honore de Balzac

"Nothing is a greater impediment to being on good terms with others than being ill at ease with yourself."

Honore de Balzac

"In intimate family life, there comes a moment when children, willingly or no, become the judges of their parents."

Honore de Balzac

"The first thing necessary to win the heart of a woman is opportunity."

Honore de Balzac

"There is no such thing as a great talent without great will power."

Honore de Balzac

"It is easy to sit up and take notice, What is difficult is getting up and taking action."

Honore de Balzac

"Where poverty ceases, avarice begins."

Honore de Balzac

"It is quite right what they say: the three most beautiful sights in the world are a ship in full sail, a galloping horse, and a woman dancing."

Honore de Balzac

"All human power is a compound of time and patience."

Honore de Balzac

"Bureaucracy is a giant mechanism operated by pygmies."

Honore de Balzac

"Some day you will find out that there is far more happiness in another's happiness than in your own."

Honore de Balzac

When women love us, they forgive us everything, even our crimes; when they do not love us, they give us credit for nothing, not even our virtues.

Honore de Balzac

"Do you know what is the hardest thing in life? To make a choice."

Honore de Balzac

"The victory always has a lot of parents but the defeat is always an orphan."

Honore de Balzac

"Forgetting is the great secret of strong and creative lives."

Honore de Balzac

"No man has ever yet discovered the way to give friendly advice to any woman, not even to his own wife."

Honore de Balzac

"Equality may be a right, but no power on earth can convert it into fact."

Honore de Balzac

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