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Honore De Balzac Quotes


A French novelist. Along with Flaubert, he is generally regarded as a founding father of realism in European literature.
(1799 - 1850)

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A councilor ought not to sleep the whole night through - a man to whom the populace is entrusted, and who has many responsibilities.
 

A decent boldness ever meets with friends.
 

A flow of words is a sure sign of duplicity.
 

A good husband is never the first to go to sleep at night or the last to awake in the morning.
[Husbands]
 

A good marriage would be between a blind wife and a deaf husband.
[Marriage]
 

A grocer is attracted to his business by a magnetic force as great as the repulsion which renders it odious to artists.
 

A heap of ill-chosen erudition is but the luggage of antiquity.
[Learning]
 

A husband who submits to his wife's yoke is justly held an object of ridicule. A woman's influence ought to be entirely concealed.
 

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

A man is a poor creature compared to a woman.
 

A mother who is really a mother is never free.
[Parenthood]
 

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

A mother's life, you see, is one long succession of dramas, now soft and tender, now terrible. Not an hour but has its joys and fears.
 

A sympathetic friend can be quite dear as a brother.
 

A woman has this quality in common with the angels, that those who suffer belong to her.
 

A woman knows the face of the man she loves as a sailor knows the open sea.
[Love]
 

A woman must be a genius to create a good husband.
[Marriage]
 

A young bride is like a plucked flower; but a guilty wife is like a flower that had been walked over.
 

After all, our worst misfortunes never happen, and most miseries lie in anticipation.
[Misfortune]
 

All happiness depends on courage and work. I have had many periods of wretchedness, but with energy and above all with illusions, I pulled through them all.
[Courage]
 


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