Quotes by Honoré de Balzac

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Virtue, my pet, is an abstract idea, varying in its manifestations with the surroundings. Virtue in Provence, in Constantinople, in London, and in Paris bears very different fruit, but is none the less virtue.

Excess of joy is harder to bear than any amount of sorrow.
To stroll is a science, it is the gastronomy of the eye. To walk is to vegetate, to stroll is to live ….
Death unites as well as separates; it silences all paltry feeling.
A mother’s life, you see, is one long succession of dramas, now soft and tender, now terrible. Not an hour but has its joys and fears.
The secret of a great success for which you are at a loss to account is a crime that has never been found out, because it was properly executed.
A flow of words is a sure sign of duplicity.