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Honore de Balzac

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Biography : French novelist and playwright.
Born: 1799 - Died: 1850
Period:
19th century
18th century
Place of birth: France
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We respect a man who respects himself.
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Power is not revealed by striking hard or often, but by striking true.
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And wisdom in life is perhaps to ask for anything, why?
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Life cannot go on without a great deal of forgetting.
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Love is not merely a sentiment, it is an art.
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Love is the poetry of the senses.
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People who want something strongly enough are almost always well served by chance.
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The mission of art is not to copy nature, but to express it!
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Kindness is not without its rocks ahead. People are apt to put it down to an easy temper, and seldom recognize it as the secret striving of a generous nature; whilst, on the other hand, the ill-natured get credit for all the evil they refrain from.
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Small natures require despotism to exercise their sinews, as great souls thirst for equality to give play to their heart.
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Finance, like time, devours its own children.
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For passion, be it observed, brings insight with it it can give a sort of intelligence to simpletons, fools, and idiots, especially during youth.
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The fact is that love is of two kinds, one which commands, and one which obeys. The two are quite distinct, and the passion to which the one gives rise is not the passion of the other.
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A grocer is attracted to his business by a magnetic force as great as the repulsion which renders it odious to artists.
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Great love affairs start with Champagne and end with tisane.
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The art of motherhood involves much silent, unobtrusive self-denial, an hourly devotion which finds no detail too minute.
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We exaggerate misfortune and happiness alike. We are never as bad off or as happy as we say we are.
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Society bristles with enigmas which look hard to solve. It is a perfect maze of intrigue.
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It is the mark of a great man that he puts to flight all ordinary calculations. He is at once sublime and touching, childlike and of the race of giants.
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It is only in the act of nursing that a woman realizes her motherhood in visible and tangible fashion it is a joy of every moment.
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Laws are spider webs through which the big flies pass and the little ones get caught.
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A mother who is really a mother is never free.
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A woman knows the face of the man she loves as a sailor knows the open sea.
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I do not regard a broker as a member of the human race.
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True love is eternal, infinite, and always like itself. It is equal and pure, without violent demonstrations: it is seen with white hairs and is always young in the heart.
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Equality may perhaps be a right, but no power on earth can ever turn it into a fact.
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Political liberty, the peace of a nation, and science itself are gifts for which Fate demands a heavy tax in blood!
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One should believe in marriage as in the immortality of the soul.
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Towns find it as hard as houses of business to rise again from ruin.
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The majority of husbands remind me of an orangutan trying to play the violin.
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