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Honore de Balzac
Honore de Balzac
(1799 - 1850)
French novelist and playwright.
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Bureaucracy is a giant mechanism operated by pygmies.
- Honore de Balzac | Government and Rule Quotes
The majority of husbands remind me of an orangutan trying to play the violin.
- Honore de Balzac | Marriage Quotes
A mother who is really a mother is never free.
- Honore de Balzac | Parenthood Quotes
Manners are the hypocrisy of a nation.
- Honore de Balzac | Politeness and Manners Quotes
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.
- Honore de Balzac | Will and Determination Quotes
There are moments in life when all that we can bear is the sense that our friend is near us; our wounds would wince at consoling words that would reveal the depths of our pain.
- Honore de Balzac | Friendship in Bad Times Quotes
All happiness depends on courage and work.
- Honore de Balzac | Happiness Quotes
We are never either so wretched or so happy as we say we are.
- Honore de Balzac | Forgiveness Quotes
Some troubles, like a protested note of a solvent debtor, bear interest.
- Honore de Balzac | Forgiveness Quotes
Envy is the most stupid of vices, for there is no single advantage to be gained from it.
- Honore de Balzac | Other Side Quotes
I believe in the incomprehensibility of God.
- Honore de Balzac | God Quotes
Nothing is a greater impediment to being on good terms with others than being ill at ease with yourself.
- Honore de Balzac | Self-Confidence Quotes
We exaggerate misfortune and happiness alike. We are never either so wretched or so happy as we say we are.
- Honore de Balzac | Positive Quotes
Hope is a light diet, but very stimulating.
- Honore de Balzac | Hope Quotes
Emulation admires and strives to imitate great actions; envy is only moved to malice.
- Honore de Balzac | Role Models Quotes
Our worst misfortunes never happen, and most miseries lie in anticipation.
- Honore de Balzac | Worry Quotes
All happiness depends on courage and work.
- Honore de Balzac | Courage Quotes
Necessity is often the spur to genius.
- Honore de Balzac | Adversity Quotes
We exaggerate misfortune and happiness alike. We are never either so wretched or so happy as we say we are.
- Honore de Balzac | Events Quotes
First love is a kind of vaccination which saves a man from catching the complaint the second time.
- Honore de Balzac | Beginnings Quotes
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 | True Love Quotes
A good husband is never the first to go to sleep at night or the last to awake in the morning.
- Honore de Balzac | Husbands Quotes
To provoke laughter without joining in it greatly heightens the effect.
- Honore de Balzac | Laughter Quotes
A woman must be a genius to create a good husband.
- Honore de Balzac | Marriage Quotes
Modesty is the conscience of the body.
- Honore de Balzac | Modesty Quotes
Necessity is often the spur to genius.
- Honore de Balzac | Necessity Quotes
If we could but paint with the hand as we see with the eye!
- Honore de Balzac | Painting Quotes
Passion is universal humanity. Without it religion, history, romance and art would be useless.
- Honore de Balzac | Passion Quotes
Believe everything you hear said of the world; nothing is too impossibly bad.
- Honore de Balzac | World Quotes


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