Honoré de Balzac Quotations


Behind every great fortune there is a crime.

Bureaucracy is a giant mechanism operated by pygmies.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

Power is not revealed by striking hard or often, but by striking true.

The duration of passion is proportionate with the original resistance of the woman.

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