Quotes by Honore de Balzac

A good marriage would be between a blind wife and a deaf husband.
– 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
A mother who is really a mother is never free.
– Honore de Balzac
A woman knows the face of the man she loves as a sailor knows the open sea.
– Honore de Balzac
All humanity is passion; without passion, religion, history, novels, art would be ineffectual.
– Honore de Balzac
An unfulfilled vocation drains the color from a man's entire existence.
– Honore de Balzac
Behind every great fortune lies a great crime.
– Honore de Balzac
Equality may perhaps be a right, but no power on earth can ever turn it into a fact.
– Honore de Balzac
Finance, like time, devours its own children.
– Honore de Balzac
Great love affairs start with Champagne and end with tisane.
– Honore de Balzac
I do not regard a broker as a member of the human race.
– Honore de Balzac
If those who are the enemies of innocent amusements had the direction of the world, they would take away the spring, and youth, the former from the year, the latter from human life.
– Honore de Balzac
If we could but paint with the hand what we see with the eye.
– Honore de Balzac
In diving to the bottom of pleasure we bring up more gravel than pearls.
– Honore de Balzac
It is easier to be a lover than a husband for the simple reason that it is more difficult to be witty every day than to say pretty things from time to time.
– Honore de Balzac
It is easy to sit up and take notice, What is difficult is getting up and taking action.
– 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
Nature makes only dumb animals. We owe the fools to society.
– Honore de Balzac
No man should marry until he has studied anatomy and dissected at least one woman.
– Honore de Balzac