Honor de Balzac Quotes

Remorse is impotence, impotence which sins again. Repentance alone is powerful; it ends all.

Honor de Balzac

Clouds signify the veil of the Most High.

Honor de Balzac

The tiniest flower is a thought, a life which corresponds to certain lineaments of the Great Whole, of which they have a constant intuition.

Honor de Balzac

Man dies in despair while the Spirit dies in ecstasy.

Honor de Balzac

If we study Nature attentively in its great evolutions as in its minutest works, we cannot fail to recognize the possibility of enchantment giving to that word its exact significance. Man does not create forces; he employs the only force that exists and which includes all others, namely Motion, the breath incomprehensible of the sovereign Maker of the universe.

Honor de Balzac

Man is imperfect. He is at some times more or less hypocritical than at others, and then simpletons say that his morality is high or low.

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I am tormented by temptations. What kind? There is a cure for temptation. What? Yielding to it.

Honor de Balzac

The secret of great fortunes without apparent cause is a crime forgotten, for it was properly done.

Honor de Balzac

Mankind are not perfect, but one age is more or less hypocritical than another, and then simpletons say that its morality is high or low.

Honor de Balzac

"I shall succeed!" he said to himself. So says the gambler; so says the great captain; but the three words that have been the salvation of some few, have been the ruin of many more.

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Our heart is a treasury; if you pour out all its wealth at once, you are bankrupt. We show no more mercy to the affection that reveals its utmost extent than we do to another kind of prodigal who has not a penny left.

Honor de Balzac

The habits of life form the soul, and the soul forms the physical presence.

Honor de Balzac

Between persons who are perpetually in each other's company dislike or love increases daily; every moment brings reasons to love or hate each other more and more.

Honor de Balzac

Old maids who have never yielded in their habits of life or in their characters to other lives and other characters, as the fate of woman exacts, have, as a general thing, a mania for making others give way to them.

Honor de Balzac

Persons without minds are like weeds that delight in good earth; they want to be amused by others, all the more because they are dull within.

Honor de Balzac

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