Honor De Balzac Quotes

Power does not consist in striking with force or with frequency, but in striking true.

Honor de Balzac

A man ought not to marry without having studied anatomy, and dissected at least one woman.

Honor de Balzac

The most virtuous women have in them something that is never chaste.

Honor de Balzac

The virtue of women is perhaps a question of temperament.

Honor de Balzac

Manners are the hypocrisy of nations.

Honor de Balzac

There are certain wives whose confinement makes sarcastic celibates smile.

Honor de Balzac

Marriage is a fight to the death, before which the wedded couple ask a blessing from heaven, because it is the rashest of all undertakings to swear eternal love; the fight at once commences and victory, that is to say liberty, remains in the hands of the cleverer of the two.

Honor de Balzac

I should like one of these days to be so well known, so popular, so celebrated, so famous, that it would permit me to break wind in society, and society would think it a most natural thing.

Honor de Balzac

To kill a relative of whom you are tired, is something; but to inherit his property afterwards that is a real pleasure!

Honor de Balzac

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

Honor de Balzac

People exaggerate both happiness and unhappiness; we are never so fortunate nor so unfortunate as people say we are.

Honor de Balzac

When women love, they forgive everything, even our crimes; when they do not love, they cannot forgive anything, not even our virtues.

Honor de Balzac

The winters are to fashionable women what a campaign once was to the soldiers of the Empire.

Honor de Balzac

What is Art, monsieur, but Nature concentrated?

Honor de Balzac

Music is of two kinds: one petty, poor, second-rate, never varying, its base the hundred or so phrasings which all musicians understand, a babbling which is more or less pleasant, the life that most composers live.

Honor de Balzac

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