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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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The smallest flower is a thought, a life answering to some feature of the Great Whole, of whom they have a persistent intuition.
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Nothing so fortifies a friendship as a belief on the part of one friend that he is superior to the other.
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Ideas devour the ages as men are devoured by their passions. When man is cured, human nature will cure itself perhaps.
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All humanity is passion without passion, religion, history, novels, art would be ineffectual.
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The heart of a mother is a deep abyss at the bottom of which you will always find forgiveness.
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Passion is universal humanity. Without it religion, history, romance and art would be useless.
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Behind every great fortune lies a great crime.
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Death unites as well as separates it silences all paltry feeling.
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There is no such thing as a great talent without great will power.
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Nobody loves a woman because she is handsome or ugly, stupid or intelligent. We love because we love.
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The life of a man who deliberately runs through his fortune often becomes a business speculation his friends, his pleasures, patrons, and acquaintances are his capital.
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At fifteen, beauty and talent do not exist there can only be promise of the coming woman.
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Nature makes only dumb animals. We owe the fools to society.
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Many men are deeply moved by the mere semblance of suffering in a woman they take the look of pain for a sign of constancy or of love.
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A mother's happiness is like a beacon, lighting up the future but reflected also on the past in the guise of fond memories.
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It is easier to be a lover than a husband for the simple reason that it is more difficult to be witty every day than to say pretty things from time to time.
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Clouds symbolize the veils that shroud God.
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The motto of chivalry is also the motto of wisdom to serve all, but love only one.
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Love may be or it may not, but where it is, it ought to reveal itself in its immensity.
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Wisdom is that apprehension of heavenly things to which the spirit rises through love.
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When women love us, they forgive us everything, even our crimes when they do not love us, they give us credit for nothing, not even our virtues.
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A good husband is never the first to go to sleep at night or the last to awake in the morning.
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What is art? Nature concentrated.
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But reason always cuts a poor figure beside sentiment the one being essentially restricted, like everything that is positive, while the other is infinite.
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The most virtuous women have something within them, something that is never chaste.
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When Religion and Royalty are swept away, the people will attack the great, and after the great, they will fall upon the rich.
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If we could but paint with the hand what we see with the eye.
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Marriage must incessantly contend with a monster that devours everything: familiarity.
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Men die in despair, while spirits die in ecstasy.
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First love is a kind of vaccination which saves a man from catching the complaint the second time.
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