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HONORE DE BALZAC
French novelist
(1799 - 1850)
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The day will dawn when Europe will believe only in the man who tramples her underfoot.
      - [Conquest : Europe]

The duration of a couple's passion is in proportion to the woman's original resistance or to the obstacles that social hazards have placed in the way of her happiness.
      - [Passion]

The election of a deputy to the Legislature offers a noble and majestic spectacle comparable only to the delivery of a child. It involves the same efforts, the same impurities, the same laceration, and the same triumph.
      - [Elections]

The errors of women spring almost always from her faith in the good or her confidence in the true.
      - [Women]

The fashions we call English in Paris are French in London, and vice versa. Franco-British hostility vanishes when it comes to questions of words and clothing. God save the King is a tune composed by Lully for a chorus in a play by Racine.
      - [Fashion]

The first thing necessary to win the heart of a woman is opportunity.
      - [Wooing]

The glutton is much more than an animal and much less than a man.
      - [Gluttony]

The great secret of social alchemy is to profit best from each stage in our lives, to gather all its leaves in spring, all its flowers in summer, and all its fruits in autumn.
      - [Society]

The greater a man's talents, the more marked his idiosyncracies. Yet in the provinces originality is considered perilously close to lunacy.
      - [Originality : Talent]

The greatest joy a petty soul can taste is to dupe a great soul and catch it in a snare.
      - [Joy]

The greatest tyranny is to love I where we are not loved again.
      - [Love]

The habits of every animal are, at least in the eyes of man, constantly similar in all ages. But the habits, the clothes, the words and the dwelling of a prince, a banker, an artist, a bourgeois, a priest and a pauper, are wholly dissimilar and change at the will of civilizations.
      - [Habit]

The happier a man, the more apt he is to tremble. In hearts exclusively tender, anxiety and jealousy are in exact proportion to happiness.
      - [Happiness]

The heart of a mother is deep abyss at the bottom of which you will always discover forgiveness.
      - [Mothers]

The innocence of virgins is like milk which turns when exposed to a clap of thunder, to a tart smell, to a hot day, to the merest nothing.
      - [Innocence]

The key to all sciences is unquestionably the question mark. To the word How? we owe most of our greatest discoveries. Wisdom in life may perhaps consist in asking ourselves on all occasions: Why?
      - [Inquisitiveness]

The man whom fate employs to awaken love in the heart of a young girl is often unaware of his work and therefore leaves it uncompleted.
      - [Love]

The mistakes committed by women are almost always the result of her faith in the good and her confidence in the truth.
      - [Trust]

The monotony of provincial life attracts the attention of people to the kitchen. You do not dine as luxuriously in the provinces as in Paris, but you dine better, because the dishes serve you are the result of mediation and study.
      - [Dining]

The more illegal a profit, the more tenaciously a man clings to it.
      - [Illegality : Profit]

The more one judges, the less one loves.
      - [Judgment]

The more you judge, the less you love.
      - [Judgment]

The motto of chivalry is also the motto of wisdom; to serve all and love but one.
      - [Love]

The Parisan, sauntering the streets idly, is as often a man in despair as a lounger.
      - [Walking]

The pleasures of love proceed successively from a distich to a quatrain, from a quatrain to a sonnet, from a sonnet to a ballad, from a ballad to an ode, from an ode to a cantata, and from a cantata to a dithyramb. A husband who begins with the dithyramb is a fool.
      - [Love]


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