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No man should marry until he has studied anatomy and
by Honore de Balzac

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

Related topics: Marriage

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

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

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

 

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

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

I do not regard a broker as a member of the human race.
- Honore de Balzac

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If we could but paint with the hand what we see with the eye.
- Honore de Balzac

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

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

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

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

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

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

Love is the poetry of the senses.
- Honore de Balzac

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

Ideas devour the ages as men are devoured by their passions.
When man is cured, human nature will cure itself perhaps.
- Honore de Balzac

Nature makes only dumb animals.
We owe the fools to society.
- Honore de Balzac

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

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

Conscience is our unerring judge until we finally stifle it.
- Honore de Balzac

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

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.
- Honore de Balzac

Behind every great fortune lies a great crime.
- Honore de Balzac

Society bristles with enigmas which look hard to solve.
It is a perfect maze of intrigue.
- Honore de Balzac

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

Nothing is a greater impediment to being on good terms
with others than being ill at ease with yourself.
- Honore de Balzac

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

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

But reason always cuts a poor figure beside sentiment;
the one being essentially restricted,
like everything that is positive, while the other is infinite.
- Honore de Balzac

Thought is a key to all treasures; the miser's gains
are ours without his cares.
Thus I have soared above this world,
where my enjoyment have been intellectual joys.
- Honore de Balzac

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

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

Virtue, perhaps, is nothing more than politeness of soul.
- Honore de Balzac

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

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

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

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

To those who have exhausted politics,
nothing remains but abstract thought.
- Honore de Balzac

When law becomes despotic, morals are relaxed,
and vice versa.
- Honore de Balzac

It would be curious to know what leads a man to become
a stationer rather than a baker,
when he is no longer compelled, as among the Egyptians,
to succeed to his father's craft.
- Honore de Balzac

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

To kill a relative of whom you are tired is something.
But to inherit his property afterwards,
that is genuine pleasure.
- Honore de Balzac

Power is not revealed by striking hard or often,
but by striking true.
- Honore de Balzac

Manners are the hypocrisy of a nation.
- Honore de Balzac

The duration of passion is proportionate with the original resistance of the woman.
- Honore de Balzac

An unfulfilled vocation drains the color from a man's entire existence.
- Honore de Balzac

Love is a game in which one always cheats.
- Honore de Balzac

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

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

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

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

All humanity is passion; without passion,
religion, history, novels, art would be ineffectual.
- Honore de Balzac

When Religion and Royalty are swept away,
the people will attack the great, and after the great,
they will fall upon the rich.
- Honore de Balzac

Finance, like time, devours its own children.
- Honore de Balzac

Lovers have a way of using this word,
nothing, which implies exactly the opposite.
- Honore de Balzac

Study lends a kind of enchantment to all our surroundings.
- Honore de Balzac

Solitude is fine, but you need someone to tell you that solitude is fine.
- Honore de Balzac

The country is provincial; it becomes ridiculous when it tries to ape Paris.
- Honore de Balzac

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

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

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

What is art? Nature concentrated.
- Honore de Balzac

Marriage must incessantly contend with a monster that devours everything:
familiarity.
- Honore de Balzac

Modesty is the conscience of the body.
- Honore de Balzac

Chance, my dear, is the sovereign deity in child-bearing.
- Honore de Balzac

It is the mark of a great man that he puts to flight
all ordinary calculations.
He is at once sublime and touching, childlike and of the race of giants.
- Honore de Balzac

Towns find it as hard as houses of business to rise again from ruin.
- Honore de Balzac

It is as absurd to say that a man can't love one woman
all the time as it is to say that a violinist needs
several violins to play the same piece of music.
- Honore de Balzac

Vocations which we wanted to pursue,
but didn't,
bleed, like colors, on the whole of our existence.
- Honore de Balzac

Small natures require despotism to exercise their sinews,
as great souls thirst for equality to give play to their heart.
- Honore de Balzac


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