Honore de Balzac

Honoré de Balzac (/ˈbɔːlzæk, ˈbæl-/; French: [ɔ.nɔ.ʁe d(ə) bal.zak], born Honoré Balzac, 20 May 1799 – 18 August 1850) was a French novelist and playwright. His magnum opus was a sequence of short stories and novels collectively entitled La Comédie Humaine, which presents a panorama of French life in the years after the 1815 Fall of Napoleon Bonaparte. Owing to his keen observation of detail and unfiltered representation of society, Balzac is regarded as one of the founders of realism in European literature. He is renowned for his multi-faceted characters; even his lesser characters are complex, morally ambiguous and fully human. Inanimate objects are imbued with character as well; the city of Paris, a backdrop for much of his writing, takes on many human qualities. His writing influenced many famous writers, including the novelists Émile Zola, Charles Dickens, Gustave Flaubert, Jack ... More

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Honore de Balzac Quotes

Honore de Balzac #Alone #Beauty

Children, dear and loving children, can alone console a woman for the loss of her beauty.
Honore de Balzac #Anniversary #Marriage

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

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

The art of motherhood involves much silent, unobtrusive self-denial, an hourly devotion which finds no detail too minute.
Honore de Balzac #Art #Nature

What is art? Nature concentrated.
Honore de Balzac #Business

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

The life of a man who deliberately runs through his fortune often becomes a business speculation his friends, his pleasures, patrons, and acquaintances are his capital.
Honore de Balzac #Death

Death unites as well as separates it silences all paltry feeling.
Honore de Balzac #Equality #Power

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

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

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

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

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

Nothing so fortifies a friendship as a belief on the part of one friend that he is superior to the other.
Honore de Balzac #Future #Happiness #Mother's Day

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 #God

Clouds symbolize the veils that shroud God.
Honore de Balzac #Great

Behind every great fortune lies a great crime.
Honore de Balzac #Great #Power

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

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

There is something great and terrible about suicide.
Honore de Balzac #Great

The smallest flower is a thought, a life answering to some feature of the Great Whole, of whom they have a persistent intuition.
Honore de Balzac #Happiness

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

For passion, be it observed, brings insight with it it can give a sort of intelligence to simpletons, fools, and idiots, especially during youth.
Honore de Balzac #Love

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

Love is the poetry of the senses.