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HONORE DE BALZAC
French novelist
(1799 - 1850)
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When chaste people need body or mind to resort to action or thought, they find steel in their muscles or knowledge in their intelligence. Theirs the diabolic vigor or the black magic of will power.
      - [Chastity]

When one of those skirt-bearing animals has set herself up above all by permitting herself to be deified, no power on earth can be as proud as she.
      - [Pride]

When passion is not fed, it changes to need. At this juncture, marriage becomes a fixed idea in the mind of the bourgeois, being the only means whereby he can win a woman and appropriate her to his uses.
      - [Marriage : Passion]

When she lives at his palace, the maiden niece of a bishop can pass for a respectable woman because, if she has a love affair, she is obliged to hoodwink her uncle.
      - [Respectability]

When tempted to be unfaithful, the intellectual woman will try to inspire her husband with indifference, the sentimental woman with hatred, and the passionate woman with disgust.
      - [Temptation]

When will conventional good manners become attractive? When will ladies of fashion exhibit their shoulders a little less and their affability and wit a little more?
      - [Manners]

When women love us they forgive everything.
      - [Forgiveness]

Whereas scoundrels become reconciled after knifing one another, lovers break up irrevocably over a mere glance or word.
      - [Lovers]

Who shall ever tell how much an unmerited disfavor crushes a shy person? Who can ever depict the misfortunes of timidity?
      - [Shyness]

With a woman, always make good use of a secret. She will be proportionally grateful to you, like a scoundrel who grants his respect to an honest man he has been unable to swindle.
      - [Secrecy]

With an old maid in the house, watchdogs are unnecessary.
      - [Temptation]

With every one, the expectation of a misfortune constitutes a dreadful, punishment. Suffering then assumes the proportions of the unknown, which is the soul's infinite.
      - [Anticipation]

With monuments as with men, position means everything.
      - [Monuments : Position]

Woman has this in common with angels, that suffering beings belong especially to her.
      - [Women]

Woman is a most charming creature, who changes her heart as easily as she does her gloves.
      - [Inconsistency]

Woman is closer to angels than man because she knows how to mingle an infinite tenderness with the most absolute compassion.
      - [Tenderness]

Woman is stronger by virtue of her feelings than man by virtue of his power.
      - [Women]

Women are as they are; they necessarily have the defects of their virtues.
      - [Women]

Women are ever the dupes or the victims of their extreme sensitiveness.
      - [Emotion]

Women are happy to possess a man whom all women covet.
      - [Possession]

Women see everything or nothing according to the inclination of their hearts. Love is their sole light.
      - [Love]

Women? In order to realize how far these charming creatures we idealize can carry their cruelty, we must see them among themselves!
      - [Cruelty : Women]

Would they could sell us experience, though at diamond prices, but then no one would use the article second-hand!
      - [Experience]

You cannot pluck love out of your heart as you would pull a tooth.
      - [Love]

You may imitate, but never counterfeit.
      - [Imitation]


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