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

Behind every great fortune lies a great crime.


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


A grocer is attracted to his business by a magnetic force as great as the repulsion which renders it odious to artists.


Great love affairs start with Champagne and end with tisane.


Ideas devour the ages as men are devoured by their passions. When man is cured, human nature will cure itself perhaps.


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.

    Topics: Funny Love

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


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.


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


Nature makes only dumb animals. We owe the fools to society.


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.


There is something great and terrible about suicide.


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.


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


When Religion and Royalty are swept away, the people will attack the great, and after the great, they will fall upon the rich.


Children, dear and loving children, can alone console a woman for the loss of her beauty.

    Topics: Children

Wisdom is that apprehension of heavenly things to which the spirit rises through love.


Those who spend too fast never grow rich.


Many men are deeply moved by the mere semblance of suffering in a woman; they take the look of pain for a sign of constancy or of love.


A mother's happiness is like a beacon, lighting up the future but reflected also on the past in the guise of fond memories.


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