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Honore de Balzac
May 20, 1799 - August 18, 1850
Nationality: French
Category: Novelist
Subcategory: French Novelist

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


A good marriage would be between a blind wife and a deaf husband.

    Topics: Funny Love, Marriage

Laws are spider webs through which the big flies pass and the little ones get caught.


Manners are the hypocrisy of a nation.


The country is provincial; it becomes ridiculous when it tries to ape Paris.


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


Love has its own instinct, finding the way to the heart, as the feeblest insect finds the way to its flower, with a will which nothing can dismay nor turn aside.

    Topics: Love

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


It is as absurd to say that a man can't love one woman all the time as it is to say that a violinist needs several violins to play the same piece of music.


The more one judges, the less one loves.


The majority of husbands remind me of an orangutan trying to play the violin.


It is only in the act of nursing that a woman realizes her motherhood in visible and tangible fashion; it is a joy of every moment.


An unfulfilled vocation drains the color from a man's entire existence.


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


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


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


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.


What is art? Nature concentrated.

    Topics: Art

Nobody loves a woman because she is handsome or ugly, stupid or intelligent. We love because we love.

    Topics: Love

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


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