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

The motto of chivalry is also the motto of wisdom; to serve all, but love only one.


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


Men die in despair, while spirits die in ecstasy.


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


Bureaucracy is a giant mechanism operated by pygmies.


What is a child, monsieur, but the image of two beings, the fruit of two sentiments spontaneously blended?


Clouds symbolize the veils that shroud God.


Love is the poetry of the senses.

    Topics: Love

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

    Topics: Friendship

Lovers have a way of using this word, nothing, which implies exactly the opposite.


One should believe in marriage as in the immortality of the soul.

    Topics: Marriage

Small natures require despotism to exercise their sinews, as great souls thirst for equality to give play to their heart.


Old maids, having never bent their temper or their lives to other lives and other tempers, as woman's destiny requires, have for the most part a mania for making everything about them bend to them.


Passion is universal humanity. Without it religion, history, romance and art would be useless.


It is the mark of a great man that he puts to flight all ordinary calculations. He is at once sublime and touching, childlike and of the race of giants.


First love is a kind of vaccination which saves a man from catching the complaint the second time.

    Topics: Funny Love

A young bride is like a plucked flower; but a guilty wife is like a flower that had been walked over.


At fifteen, beauty and talent do not exist; there can only be promise of the coming woman.


We exaggerate misfortune and happiness alike. We are never as bad off or as happy as we say we are.


A mother who is really a mother is never free.


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