Honor de Balzac Quotes

Ah! how much a mother learns from her child! The constant protection of a helpless being forces us to so strict an alliance with virtue, that a woman never shows to full advantage except as a mother. Then alone can her character expand in the fulfillment of all lifes duties and the enjoyment of all its pleasures.

Honor de Balzac

Chance, my dear, is the sovereign deity in child-bearing.

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Love may be the fairest gem which Society has filched from Nature; but what is motherhood save Nature in her most gladsome mood? A smile has dried my tears.

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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.

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Love may be or it may not, but where it is, it ought to reveal itself in its immensity.

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It is the mark of a great man that he puts to flight all ordinary calculations. He is at once sublime and touching, childlike and of the race of giants.

Honor de Balzac

A husband who submits to his wifes yoke is justly held an object of ridicule. A womans influence ought to be entirely concealed.

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A flow of words is a sure sign of duplicity.

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Society bristles with enigmas which look hard to solve. It is a perfect maze of intrigue.

Honor de Balzac

Sufferings predispose the mind to devotion, and nearly all young girls, impelled by instinctive tenderness, are inclined to mysticism, the deepest aspect of religion.

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It is as difficult for towns and cities as it is for commercial houses to recover from ruin.

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The provinces are provinces; they are only ridiculous when they mimic Paris.

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No man would have torn himself from the comfort of a morning nap to listen to a minstrel in a jacket; none but a maid awakes to songs of love.

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A man is a poor creature compared to a woman.

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Lovers have a way of using this word "nothing" which implies exactly the opposite.

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Suicide, moreover, was at that time in vogue in Paris: what more suitable key to the mystery of life for a skeptical society?

Honor de Balzac

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