Honoré de Balzac

Honoré de

French Novelist, Playwright, Poet and Short Story Writer

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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.

Great love affairs start with Champagne and end with tisane.

Love is a game in which one always cheats.

Our most bitter enemies are our own kith and kin. Kings have no brothers, no sons, no mother!

The habits of life form the soul, and the soul forms the countenance.

To provoke laughter without joining in it greatly heightens the effect.

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.

A husband who submits to his wife's yoke is justly held an object of ridicule. A woman's influence ought to be entirely concealed.

Bureaucracy is a giant mechanism operated by pygmies.

Hope is a light diet, but very stimulating.

Love is the poetry of the senses.

Our worst misfortunes never happen, and most miseries lie in anticipation.

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

To those who have exhausted politics, nothing remains but abstract thought.

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

But reason always cuts a poor figure beside sentiment; the one being essentially restricted, like everything that is positive, while the other is infinite.

I believe in the incomprehensibility of God.

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

Political liberty, the peace of a nation, and science itself are gifts for which Fate demands a heavy tax in blood!

The life of a man who deliberately runs through his fortune often becomes a business speculation; his friends, his pleasures, patrons, and acquaintances are his capital.

Towns find it as hard as houses of business to rise again from ruin.

A man is a poor creature compared to a woman.

Chance, my dear, is the sovereign deity in child-bearing.

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

Love or hatred must constantly increase between two persons who are always together; every moment fresh reasons are found for loving or hating better.

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French Novelist, Playwright, Poet and Short Story Writer