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HONORE DE BALZAC
French novelist
(1799 - 1850)
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Life in clubs is no paltry sign of the times we live in. Here gentlemen gamble with others whom they would not dream of inviting to their homes.
      - [Socializing]

Life is simply what our feelings do to us.
      - [Feeling : Life]

Like evil, sublimity is also contagious.
      - [Sublimity]

Like hunger, physical love is a necessity. But man's appetite for amour is never so regular or so sustained as his appetite for the delights of the table.
      - [Appetite : Love]

Lofty souls are always inclined to make a virtue of misfortune.
      - [Misfortune]

Love and work have the virtues of making a man pretty indifferent to anything else.
      - [Love : Work]

Love based upon money and vanity forms the most stubborn of passions.
      - [Love]

Love endows us with a sort of personal religion; we respect another live within ourselves.
      - [Love]

Love is not only a feeling, it is also an art. A simple word, a sensitive precaution, a mere nothing reveal to a woman the sublime artist who can touch her heart without withering it.
      - [Love]

Love is perhaps no more than gratitude for pleasure.
      - [Love]

Love is precisely to the moral nature what the sun is to the earth.
      - [Love]

Love is the only passion which suffers neither past nor future.
      - [Love]

Love knows nothing of modesty.
      - [Love : Modesty]

Love, according to our contemporary poets, is a privilege which two beings confer upon one another, whereby they may mutually cause one another much sorrow over absolutely nothing.
      - [Love]

Loyalty in time of need is possibly one of the noblest of victories a courtier can win over himself.
      - [Loyalty]

Man is no match for woman where mischief reigns.
      - [Mischief]

Man's condition is horrible because, no matter what form his happiness may take, it arises from some species of ignorance.
      - [Ignorance]

Many men nourish a pride which urges them to conceal their struggles and show themselves only as conquerors.
      - [Pride]

Many of us marvel at the icy insensitivity with which women snuff out their armours. But if they did not blot out the past in this manner, life for them would lose all dignity and they could never resist the fatal familiarities to which they once submitted.
      - [Lovers]

Marriage is a fight to the death. Before contracting it, the two parties concerned implore the benediction of Heaven because to promise to love each other forever is the rashest of enterprises.
      - [Marriage]

Marriage is a science; never begin marriage by a rape.
      - [Marriage]

Marriage is an institution necessary to the maintenance of society but contrary to the laws of nature.
      - [Marriage]

Marriage must perforce fight against the all-devouring monster of habit.
      - [Marriage]

Marriage should combat without respite or mercy that monster which devours everything,--habit.
      - [Habit]

Materialism and spirituality are two pretty racquets with which charlatans in cap and gown make the same ball fly.
      - [Spirituality]


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