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HONORE DE BALZAC
French novelist
(1799 - 1850)
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Possibly the words materialism and spirituality express two sides of one and the same fact.
      - [Materiality : Spirituality]

Poverty is a divine stepmother who does for youths what their own mothers were unable to do. It introduces them to frugality, to the world and to life.
      - [Poverty]

Priests, magistrates and ladies never quite take off their gowns.
      - [Concealment]

Prostitution and robbery are two living protests, respectively female and male, made by the natural state against the social state.
      - [Protest]

Rare is the man who suffers no remorse as he passes from the state of confidant to that of rival.
      - [Remorse]

Religious ecstasy is a madness of thought freed of its bodily bonds, whereas in the ecstasy of love, the forces of twin natures unite, blend and embrace one another.
      - [Ecstasy]

Remorse is impotent; it will repeat its faults. Repentance only is a true force; it puts an end to everything.
      - [Remorse]

Reproach is usually honest, which is more than can be said of praise.
      - [Reproach]

Resignation is a daily suicide.
      - [Resignation]

Rich men are resolved to be astonished at nothing. When they see a masterpiece, they must needs at one glance recognize some flaw to dispense them from admiration, a vulgar emotion.
      - [Astonishment]

Rich women need not fear old age; their gold can always create about them any feelings necessary to their happiness.
      - [Money]

Sects differ more in name than tenets.
      - [Sects]

Self-interest is an ineffable feeling which shall follow us into God's very presence since they say there is a hierarchy even among the Holy Saints.
      - [Self-interest]

Self-love is as protective as the Deity; Disenchantment is as perspicacious as a surgeon; Experience is as provident as a mother. Such are the theologic virtues of marriage.
      - [Self-love]

Sensuality is the death of the soul.
      - [Sensuality]

Several sorts of memory exist in us; body and mind each possesses one peculiar to itself. Nostalgia, for instance, is a malady of the physical memory.
      - [Memory]

Show me the woman, however loyal, who does not seek to rouse desire.
      - [Desire]

Society is no more indulgent than was the God of Genesis.
      - [Indulgence : Society]

Society proceeds like the ocean. After a disaster, it resume its wonted level and rhythms; its devouring interests efface all traces of damage.
      - [Society]

Some one speaks admirably of "the welt-ripened fruit of sage delay."
      - [Delay]

Sometimes, one gesture comprises an entire drama, the accent of one word ruins an entire existence, and the indifference of one glance kills the happiest passion.
      - [Gestures]

Stupidity assumes two forms, it speaks or is silent. Mute stupidity is bearable.
      - [Stupidity]

Temperament is the thermometer of character.
      - [Temperament]

The best painters, as they progress in reputation and towards perfection, are found to dispense more and more with the technique of the art, for simpler methods. Simplicity never fails to charm.
      - [Simplicity]

The causes that govern the heart appear to be wholly alien to the results achieved. Are the forces that moved a desperate criminal the same that fill a martyr with pride, as both mount the scaffold?
      - [Feeling]


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