Honor de Balzac Quotes

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

Honor de Balzac

Women are tenacious, and all of them should be tenacious of respect; without esteem they cannot exist; esteem is the first demand that they make of love.

Honor de Balzac

Excess of joy is harder to bear than any amount of sorrow.

Honor de Balzac

A mothers happiness is like a beacon, lighting up the future but reflected also on the past in the guise of fond memories.

Honor de Balzac

Thought is a key to all treasures; the misers gains are ours without his cares. Thus I have soared above this world, where my enjoyments have been intellectual joys.

Honor de Balzac

The more a man judges, the less he loves.

Honor de Balzac

It is easier to be a lover than a husband, for the same reason that it is more difficult to be witty every day, than to say bright things from time to time.

Honor de Balzac

I prefer thought to action, an idea to a transaction, contemplation to activity.

Honor de Balzac

Love has its own instinct, finding the way to the heart, as the feeblest insect finds the way to its flower, with a will which nothing can dismay nor turn aside.

Honor de Balzac

Ideas consume the ages as passions consume men. When man is cured, humanity may possibly cure itself.

Honor de Balzac

Death unites as well as separates; it silences all paltry feeling.

Honor de Balzac

The passion of love is essentially selfish, while motherhood widens the circle of our feelings.

Honor de Balzac

A mother, who is really a mother, is never free.

Honor de Balzac

The fact is that love is of two kinds one which commands, and one which obeys. The two are quite distinct, and the passion to which the one gives rise is not the passion of the other.

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Courtesy is only a thin veneer on the general selfishness.

Honor de Balzac

The man whose action habitually bears the stamp of his mind is a genius, but the greatest genius is not always equal to himself, or he would cease to be human.

Honor de Balzac

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