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

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


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.


Love is a game in which one always cheats.


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


A flow of words is a sure sign of duplicity.


Power is action; the electoral principle is discussion. No political action is possible when discussion is permanently established.


Excess of joy is harder to bear than any amount of sorrow.


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


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


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


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


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


Finance, like time, devours its own children.


Thought is a key to all treasures; the miser's gains are ours without his cares. Thus I have soared above this world, where my enjoyment have been intellectual joys.


It would be curious to know what leads a man to become a stationer rather than a baker, when he is no longer compelled, as among the Egyptians, to succeed to his father's craft.


A man is a poor creature compared to a woman.


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


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


When law becomes despotic, morals are relaxed, and vice versa.


Conscience is our unerring judge until we finally stifle it.


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