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HONORE DE BALZAC
French novelist
(1799 - 1850)
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Gentleness in the gait is what simplicity is in the dress. Violent gestures or quick movements inspire involuntary disrespect.
      - [Gentleness]

Genuine sorrows are very tranquil in appearance in the deep bed they have dug for themselves. But, seeming to slumber, they corrode the soul like that frightful acid which penetrates crystal.
      - [Sorrow]

Give to a wounded heart seclusion; consolation nor reason ever effected anything in such a case.
      - [Grief]

Glory and fame mean twelve thousand francs' worth of paid articles in the newspapers and five thousand crowns' worth of dinners.
      - [Fame : Glory]

Glory is a poison, good to be taken in small doses.
      - [Glory]

God is the poet; men are but the actors. The great dramas of earth were written in heaven.
      - [Life]

Grief ennobles the commonest people because it has its own essential grandeur. To shine with the luster of grief, a person need only be sincere.
      - [Grief]

Handsome widows, after a twelve-month, enjoy a latitude and longitude without limit.
      - [Widows]

Happiness lends poetic charms to woman, and dress adorns her like a delicate tinge of rouge.
      - [Women]

Hatred is the vice of narrow souls; they feed it with all their littlenesses, and make it the pretext of base tyrannies.
      - [Hatred]

Hatred like love feeds on the merest trifles. Everything adds to it. Just as the being we love can do no wrong, so the one we hate can do no right.
      - [Hatred]

He who best knows the world will love it least.
      - [World]

Heaven should be kind to stupid people, for no one else can be consistently.
      - [Stupidity]

Hope is a light diet, but very stimulating.
      - [Hope]

How can we explain the perpetuity of envy--a vice which yields no return?
      - [Envy]

How fondly swindlers coddle their dupes! No mother is as caressing or thoughtful towards her adored child as a merchant in hypocrisy toward his milch-cow.
      - [Thieves]

How natural it is to destroy what we cannot possess, to deny what we do not understand, and to insult what we envy!
      - [Emotion]

How sternly we reproach virtue for its failings, how indulgent we are to the better qualities of vice!
      - [Virtue]

If certain women walk straight into adultery, there are many others who cling to numerous hopes, and commit sin only after wandering through a maze of sorrows.
      - [Adultery]

If those who are the enemies of innocent amusements had the direction the world, they would take away the spring, and youth, the former from year, the latter from human life.
      - [Amusements]

If we could but paint with the hand as we see with the eye!
      - [Painting]

Imaginative, sanguine men will never recognize that in negotiations the most dangerous moment of all is when everything is moving according to their wishes.
      - [Negotiation]

In a world of hunchbacks, a fine figure becomes a monstrosity.
      - [Beauty : Dissimilarity]

In all lands, sailors form a race apart. They profess a congenital contempt for landlubbers. As for the tradesman, he understands nothing of sailors nor cares a fig about them. He is content to rob them if he can.
      - [Sailors]

In family life people almost always adjust themselves to misfortune. They make a bed of it and hope makes them accept that bed, however hard it is.
      - [Misfortune]


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