Quotes by Honoré de Balzac

Friendships last when each friend thinks he has a slight superiority over the other.
– Honoré de Balzac

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

To provoke laughter without joining in it greatly heightens the effect.
– Honoré de Balzac

Behind every great fortune there is a crime.
– Honoré de Balzac

Women are always true, even in the midst of their greatest falsities, because they are always influenced by some natural feeling.
– Honoré de Balzac

Passion is universal humanity. Without it religion history art and romance would be useless.
– Honoré de Balzac

Love is a game in which one always cheats.
– Honoré de Balzac

Great love affairs start with Champagne and end with tisane.
– Honoré de Balzac

Cruelty and fear shake hands together.
– Honore de Balzac

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

I believe in the incomprehensibility of God.
– Honoré de Balzac

Vocations which we wanted to pursue, but didn’t, bleed, like colors, on the whole of our existence.
– Honoré de Balzac

Women themselves are so happy, and so beautiful, when they’re strong, that they naturally choose powerful men, even if that power’s so enormous there’s a real risk it could shatter them.
– Honoré de Balzac

Love is the reduction of the universe to the single being, and the expansion of a single being, even to God.
– Honoré de Balzac

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.
– Honoré de Balzac

Our worst misfortunes never happen, and most miseries lie in anticipation.
– Honoré de Balzac

First love is a kind of vaccination which saves a man from catching the complaint a second time.
– Honoré de Balzac

An unfulfilled vocation drains the color from a man’s entire existence.
– Honoré de Balzac

Ah! What pleasure it must be to a woman to suffer for the one she loves!
― Honoré de Balzac

It is absurd to pretend that one cannot love the same woman always, as to pretend that a good artist needs several violins to execute a piece of music.
– Honoré de Balzac

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