Quotes by Honore De Balzac

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Honore de Balzac (May 20, 1799 - August 18, 1850), born Honore Balzac, was a nineteenth-century French novelist and playwright. His work, much of which is a sequence (or Roman-fleuve) of almost 100 novels and plays collectively entitled La Comedie humaine, is a broad, often satirical panorama of French society, particularly the Petit bourgeoisie, in the years after the fall of Napoleon Bonaparte in 1815-namely the period of the Restoration (1815-1830) and the July Monarchy (1830-1848).

Along with Gustave Flaubert (whose work he influenced), Balzac is generally regarded as a founding father of realism in European literature. Balzac's novels, most of which are farcical comedies, feature a large cast of well-defined characters, and descriptions in exquisite detail of the scene of action.

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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.
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 out virtues.
Nothing is a greater impediment to being on good terms with others than being ill at ease with yourself.
All humanity is passion; without passion, religion, history, novels, art would be ineffectual.
A mother who is really a mother is never free.
Nothing so fortifies a friendship as a belief on the part of one friend that he is superior to the other.
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.
Nature makes only dumb animals. We owe the fools to society.
Equality may perhaps be a right, but no power on earth can ever turn it into a fact.
Modesty is the conscience of the body.
Passion is universal humanity. Without it religion, history, romance and art would be useless.
Power is not revealed by striking hard or often, but by striking true.
To promote laughter without joining in it greatly heightens the effect.
Manners are the hypocrisy of a nation.
A woman must be a genius to create a good husband.
Finance, like time, devours its own children.
If we could but paint with the hand what we see with the eye.
In diving to the bottom of pleasure we bring up more gravel than pearls.
I do not regard a broker as a member of the human race.
To kill a relative of whom you are tired is something. But to inherit his property afterwards, that is genuine pleasure.
You may imitate, but never counterfeit.
Hatred is the vice of narrow souls; they feed it with all their littleness, and make it the pretext of base tyrannies.
Bureaucracy is a giant mechanism operated by pygmies.
Behind every great fortune there is a crime.
We exaggerate misfortune and happiness alike. We are never as bad off or as happy as we say we are.
If those who are the enemies of innocent amusements had the direction of the world, they would take away the spring, and youth, the former from the year, the latter from human life.
Most people of action are inclined to fatalism and most of thought believe in providence.
Vocations which we wanted to pursue, but didn't, bleed, like colors, on the whole of our existence.
Equality may perhaps be a right, but no power on earth can ever turn it into a fact.

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