Honoré De Balzac Quotes

Honoré De Balzac Quotes

The more one judges, the less one loves.

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

All happiness depends on courage and work.

A letter is a soul, so faithful an echo of the speaking voice that to the sensitive it is among the richest treasures of love.

Marriage must fight constantly against a monster which devours everything: routine.

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

-Хүү минь, чи надад ямар ч өргүй гэж бодож явах эрхийг би чамд олголоо.

Who is to decide which is the grimmer sight: withered hearts, or empty skulls?

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

And he, like many jaded people, had few pleasures left in life save good food and drink.

If the human heart sometimes finds moments of pause as it ascends the slopes of affection, it rarely halts on the way down.

Death is as unexpected in his caprice as a courtesan in her disdain; but death is truer – Death has never forsaken any man

Glory is the sunshine of the dead

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

Love is the poetry of the senses!

Happy?" asked Aquilina, with dreadful look, and a smile full of pity and terror. "Ah, you do not know what it is to be condemned to a life of pleasure.

Вера в себя способна творить такие же чудеса, как вера в Господа Бога.

The viscountess had raised the forefinger of her right hand and made a pretty gesture toward a stool at her feet. There was such intense tyrannical passion in the gesture that the marquis relinquished the doorknob and came back.

Love is the most melodious of all harmonies and the sentiment of love is innate. Woman is a delightful instrument of pleasure, but it is necessary to know its trembling strings, to study the position of them, the timid keyboard, the fingering so changeful and capricious which befits it.

No man should marry until he has studied anatomy and dissected at least one woman.

Cruelty and fear shake hands together. An unfulfilled vocation drains the color from a man's entire existence.

There's nothing so fearsome as the revolt of a sheep," said de Marsay.

Reading brings us unknown friends

Happiness is the inner poetry of women, just as fine clothes are the mask of beauty

Kaunis ei ole sen arvoista kuin kestävä, ja kestävä, se olen minä!

Though the human heart may have to pause for rest when climbing the heights of affection it rarely stops on the slippery slope of hatred.

If we could but paint with the hand what we see with the eye.

La femme mariée est une esclave qu'il faut savoir mettre sur un trône.

Hortense was a wife; Valerie a mistress.
Many men desire to have these two editions of the same work, although it is proof of deep inferiority in a man if he cannot make his wife his mistress. Seeking variety is a sign of impotence.

Solitude is fine but you need someone to tell that solitude is fine.

Journalism, look you, is the religion of modern society.

Is there any instinct more deeply implanted in the heart of man than the pride of protection, a protection which is constantly exerted for a fragile and defenceless creature?

Doing his utmost, deploying all his energy, a young man setting out from zero can wind up after ten years somewhere below where he started.

It is always assumed by the empty-headed, who chatter about themselves for want of something better, that people who do not discuss their affairs openly must have something to hide.

He looked like some plant bleached by darkness.

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