Honoré de Balzac

Honoré de Balzac

French writer

Lived from: 1799-1850

Category: Writers (Contemporary)

Quotes: Honoré de Balzac

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    Finance, like time, devours its own children.
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    A mother who is really a mother is never free.
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    A woman must be a genius to create a good husband.
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    All humanity is passion; without passion, religion, history, novels, art would be ineffectual.
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    Behind every great fortune there is a crime.
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    Bureaucracy is a giant mechanism operated by pygmies.
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    Equality may perhaps be a right, but no power on earth can ever turn it into a fact.
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    Hatred is the vice of narrow souls; they feed it with all their littleness, and make it the pretext of base tyrannies.
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    I do not regard a broker as a member of the human race.
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    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.
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    If we could but paint with the hand what we see with the eye.
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    In diving to the bottom of pleasure we bring up more gravel than pearls.
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    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.
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    Manners are the hypocrisy of a nation.
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    Modesty is the conscience of the body.
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