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HONORE DE BALZAC
French novelist
(1799 - 1850)
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Today nobility is gone: there is only a peerage.
      - [Nobility]

Too great a display of delicacy can and does sometimes infringe upon de-cency.
      - [Decency]

Tradesmen regard an author with a mixed feeling of terror, compassion and curiosity.
      - [Authors]

True lovers know how trifling a thing is money yet how difficult to blend with love!
      - [Love : Money]

Vice is perhaps a desire to learn everything.
      - [Vice]

Virginity, like all monstrosities, possesses special riches and its own absorbing grandeur. Among the chaste, life forces are economized and thus gain in resistance and durability.
      - [Virginity]

Virtually all men of action incline to Fatality just as most thinkers incline to Providence.
      - [Inclination]

Virtue is always too much of a piece and too ignorant of those shades of feeling and of temperament that enable us to squint when we are placed in a false position.
      - [Virtue]

Virtue is not a thing you can have by halves; it is or it is not.
      - [Virtue]

Vivacity is the health of the spirit.
      - [Vivacity]

Vulgar souls look hastily and superficially at the sea and accuse it of monotony; other more privileged beings could spend a lifetime admiring it and discovering new and changing phenomena that delight them. So it is with love.
      - [Love]

We are scarcely apt to berate the source of enjoyment.
      - [Enjoyment]

We do not wish success yet we obtain it. Always we find what we are not looking for. These words are too true not to become a proverb some day.
      - [Success]

We exaggerate misfortune and happiness alike. We are never either so wretched or so happy as we say we are.
      - [Misfortune]

We must certainly acknowledge that solitude is a fine thing; but it is a pleasure to have some one who can answer, and to whom we can say, from time to time, that solitude is a fine thing.
      - [Solitude]

We must have books for recreation and entertainment, as well as books for instruction and for business; the former are agreeable, the latter useful, and the human mind requires both. The cannon law and the codes of Justinian shall have due honor, and reign at the universities; but Homer and Virgil need not therefore be banished. We will cultivate the olive and the vine, but without eradicating the myrtle and the rose.
      - [Novels]

What is art? Nature concentrated.
      - [Art]

What makes friendship indissolute and what doubles its charms is a feeling we find lacking in love: I mean certitude.
      - [Certainty]

What moralist can deny that well-bred and vicious people are much more agreeable than their virtuous counterparts? Having crimes to atone for, they provisionally solicit indulgence by showing leniency toward the defects of their judges. Thus they pass for excellent folk.
      - [Indulgence]

What patient can trust the knowledge of a physician without reputation or furniture, in a period when publicity is all-powerful and when the government gilds the lamp posts on the Place de la Concorde in order to dazzle the poor?
      - [Publicity : Reputation]

What saves the virtue of many a woman is that protecting god, the impossible.
      - [Circumstance]

When a woman starts talking about her duty, her regard for appearances, and her respect for religion, she raises so many bulwarks which she delights to see captured by storm.
      - [Women]

When a woman wants to betray her husband, her actions are almost invariably studied but they are never reasoned.
      - [Betrayal]

When an intelligent man reaches the point of inviting self-explanation and offers surrendering the key to his heart, he is assuredly riding a drunken horse.
      - [Self-explanation]

When attempted self-destruction does not cure a man of life, it cures him of voluntary death.
      - [Self-destruction]


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