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All Quotes by author - Honore de Balzac
" 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. "
" A grocer is attracted to his business by a magnetic force as great as the repulsion which renders it odious to artists. "
" 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. "
" All humanity is passion; without passion, religion, history, novels, art would be ineffectual. "
" 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'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 mother who is really a mother is never free. "
" An unfulfilled vocation drains the color from a man's entire existence. "
" At fifteen, beauty and talent do not exist; there can only be promise of the coming woman. "
" A woman knows the face of the man she loves as a sailor knows the open sea. "
" A young bride is like a plucked flower; but a guilty wife is like a flower that had been walked over. "
" Behind every great fortune lies a great crime. "
" Between the daylight gambler and the player at night there is the same difference that lies between a careless husband and the lover swooning under his lady's window. "
" Bureaucracy is a giant mechanism operated by pygmies. "
" But reason always cuts a poor figure beside sentiment; the one being essentially restricted, like everything that is positive, while the other is infinite. "
" Chance, my dear, is the sovereign deity in child-bearing. "
" Children, dear and loving children, can alone console a woman for the loss of her beauty. "
" Clouds symbolize the veils that shroud God. "
" Conscience is our unerring judge until we finally stifle it. "
" Courtesy is only a thin veneer on the general selfishness. "
" Death unites as well as separates; it silences all paltry feeling. "
" Equality may perhaps be a right, but no power on earth can ever turn it into a fact. "
" Excess of joy is harder to bear than any amount of sorrow. "
" Finance, like time, devours its own children. "
" First love is a kind of vaccination which saves a man from catching the complaint the second time. "
" For passion, be it observed, brings insight with it; it can give a sort of intelligence to simpletons, fools, and idiots, especially during youth. "
" Great love affairs start with Champagne and end with tisane. "
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