Honore de Balzac

1799 - 1850

A Quote by Honoré de Balzac on art, history, humanity, passion, religion, and romance

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

Honore de Balzac (1799 - 1850)

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A Quote by Honoré de Balzac on eternity, idealism, laws, patience, and world

To live in the presence of great truths and eternal laws, to be led by permanent ideals-that is what keeps a man patient when the world ignores him, and calm and unspoiled when the world praises him.

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A Quote by Honoré de Balzac on power

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Power is not revealed by striking hard or often, but by striking true.

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A Quote by Honoré de Balzac on day, difficulty, husbands, reason, simplicity, and time

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.

Honore de Balzac (1799 - 1850)

Source: The Physiology of Marriage, 1829

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A Quote by Honoré de Balzac on needs and solitude

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

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A Quote by Honoré de Balzac on cruelty and fear

Cruelty and fear shake hands together.

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A Quote by Honoré de Balzac on crime and fortune

Behind every great fortune there is a crime.

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A Quote by Honoré de Balzac on silence

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The house is turned entirely upside down when the hen crows and the cock is silent.

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A Quote by Honoré de Balzac on judgment and love

The more one judges, the less one loves.

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A Quote by Honoré de Balzac on mankind

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Numbers are intellectual witnesses that belong only to mankind.

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