Honore de Balzac

+ 187 Whoever does not visit Paris regularly will never really be elegant. - Honore de Balzac


+ 242 A woman knows the face of the man she loves as a sailor knows the open sea. Honore de Balzac


+ 278 The more one judges, the less one loves. Honore de Balzac


+ 301 Love is the poetry of the senses. Honore de Balzac


+ 303 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. Honore de Balzac


+ 244 A woman knows the face of the man she loves as a sailor knows the open sea. Honore de Balzac


+ 223 The more one judges, the less one loves. Honore de Balzac


+ 221 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. Honore de Balzac


+ 189 A good husband is never the first to go to sleep at night or the last to awake in the morning. Honore de Balzac


+ 203 Love may be or it may not, but where it is, it ought to reveal itself in its immensity. Honore de Balzac


+ 201 There is no such thing as a great talent without great will power. Honore de Balzac


+ 245 Great love affairs start with Champagne and end with tisane. Honore de Balzac


+ 186 A young bride is like a plucked flower; but a guilty wife is like a flower that had been walked over. Honore de Balzac


+ 196 Laws are spider webs through which the big flies pass and the little ones get caught. Honore de Balzac


+ 218 The motto of chivalry is also the motto of wisdom; to serve all, but love only one. Honore de Balzac


+ 204 A mother's happiness is like a beacon, lighting up the future but reflected also on the past in the guise of fond memories. Honore de Balzac


+ 190 The most virtuous women have something within them, something that is never chaste. Honore de Balzac


+ 181 No man should marry until he has studied anatomy and dissected at least one woman. Honore de Balzac


+ 189 The heart of a mother is a deep abyss at the bottom of which you will always find forgiveness. Honore de Balzac


+ 224 Love is the poetry of the senses. Honore de Balzac


+ 181 Behind every great fortune lies a great crime. Honore de Balzac


+ 176 Courtesy is only a thin veneer on the general selfishness. Honore de Balzac


+ 176 It is easy to sit up and take notice, What is difficult is getting up and taking action. Honore de Balzac


+ 199 Old maids, having never bent their temper or their lives to other lives and other tempers, as woman's destiny requires, have for the most part a mania for making everything about them bend to them. Honore de Balzac


+ 248 Nobody loves a woman because she is handsome or ugly, stupid or intelligent. We love because we love. Honore de Balzac


+ 233 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. Honore de Balzac


+ 186 One should believe in marriage as in the immortality of the soul. Honore de Balzac


+ 208 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. Honore de Balzac


+ 177 Manners are the hypocrisy of a nation. Honore de Balzac


+ 232 A lover always thinks of his mistress first and himself second; with a husband it runs the other way. Honore de Balzac


+ 233 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. Honore de Balzac


+ 194 The majority of husbands remind me of an orangutan trying to play the violin. Honore de Balzac


+ 194 We exaggerate misfortune and happiness alike. We are never as bad off or as happy as we say we are. Honore de Balzac


+ 189 Our most bitter enemies are our own kith and kin. Kings have no brothers, no sons, no mother! Honore de Balzac


+ 181 There are some women whose pregnancy would make some sly bachelor smile. Honore de Balzac


+ 189 There is something great and terrible about suicide. Honore de Balzac


+ 207 In diving to the bottom of pleasure we bring up more gravel than pearls. Honore de Balzac


+ 174 A man is a poor creature compared to a woman. Honore de Balzac


+ 244 Unintelligent persons are like weeds that thrive in good ground; they love to be amused in proportion to the degree in which they weary themselves. Honore de Balzac


+ 198 The smallest flower is a thought, a life answering to some feature of the Great Whole, of whom they have a persistent intuition. Honore de Balzac


+ 219 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. Honore de Balzac


+ 192 At fifteen, beauty and talent do not exist; there can only be promise of the coming woman. Honore de Balzac


+ 192 The man whose action habitually bears the stamp of his mind is a genius, but the greatest genius is not always equal to himself, or he would cease to be human. Honore de Balzac


+ 240 Equality may perhaps be a right, but no power on earth can ever turn it into a fact. Honore de Balzac


+ 140 Bureaucracy is a giant mechanism operated by pygmies. Honore de Balzac


+ 239 Love has its own instinct, finding the way to the heart, as the feeblest insect finds the way to its flower, with a will which nothing can dismay nor turn aside. Honore de Balzac


+ 202 A mother who is really a mother is never free. Honore de Balzac


+ 221 Passion is universal humanity. Without it religion, history, romance and art would be useless. Honore de Balzac


+ 212 Nothing so fortifies a friendship as a belief on the part of one friend that he is superior to the other. Honore de Balzac


+ 231 Wisdom is that apprehension of heavenly things to which the spirit rises through love. Honore de Balzac