Honore de Balzac Love Quotes and Sayings
2. The more one judges, the less one loves.
3. Solitude is fine but you need someone to tell that solitude is fine.
4. 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.
5. A lover always thinks of his mistress first and himself second; with a husband it runs the other way.
6. A good marriage would be between a blind wife and a deaf husband.
7. The motto of chivalry is also the motto of wisdom; to serve all, but love only one.
8. Love is a game in which one always cheats.
9. Love is the poetry of the senses.
10. For a woman knows the face of the man she loves like a sailor knows the open sea.
11. 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.
12. A good husband is never the first to go to sleep at night or the last to awake in the morning.
13. In a husband there is only a man; in a married woman there is a man, a father, and mother, and a woman.
14. Marriage must fight constantly against a monster which devours everything: routine.
15. The heart of a mother is a deep abyss at the bottom of which you will always find forgiveness.
16. Ah! What pleasure it must be to a woman to suffer for the one she loves!
17. Man can start with aversion and end with love, but if he begins with love and comes round to aversion he will never get back to love.
18. 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.
19. First love is a kind of vaccination which saves a man from catching the complaint a second time.
20. Love is the reduction of the universe to the single being, and the expansion of a single being, even to God.
21. Our heart is a treasury; if you pour out all its wealth at once, you are bankrupt.
22. If the human heart sometimes finds moments of pause as it ascends the slopes of affection, it rarely halts on the way down.
23. I yield to your wishes. It is the privilege of the women whom we love more than they love us to make the men who love them ignore the ordinary rules of common-sense.
24. One can imagine the look the two lovers exchanged; it was like a flame, for virtuous lovers have not a shred of hypocrisy.
25. Love may be or it may not, but where it is, it ought to reveal itself in its immensity.
Due 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 authors, including the novelists Marcel Proust, Émile Zola, Charles Dickens, Gustave Flaubert, Marie Corelli, Henry James, Jack Kerouac, and Italo Calvino as well as important philosophers such as Friedrich Engels. Many of Balzac’s works have been made into films, and they continue to inspire other writers.
Sayings by Honore de Balzac
1. All happiness depends on courage and work.
2. There is no such thing as a great talent without great will power.
3. Power is not revealed by striking hard or often, but by striking true.
4. The duration of passion is proportionate with the original resistance of the woman.
5. Passion is universal humanity. Without it religion, history, romance and art would be useless.
6. Women are always true, even in the midst of their greatest falsities, because they are always influenced by some natural feeling.
7. A mother’s happiness is like a beacon, lighting up the future but reflected also on the past in the guise of fond memories.
8. Every moment of happiness requires a great amount of Ignorance.
9. Nothing so fortifies a friendship as a belief on the part of one friend that he is superior to the other.
10. It is always assumed by the empty-headed, who chatter about themselves for want of something better, that people who do not discuss their affairs openly must have something to hide.
11. We exaggerate misfortune and happiness alike. We are never as bad off or as happy as we say we are.
12. All humanity is passion; without passion, religion, history, novels, art would be ineffectual.
13. Our greatest fears lie in anticipation.
14. Some day you will find out that there is far more happiness in another’s happiness than in your own.
15. Life is simply what our feelings do to us.
16. A mother who is really a mother is never free.
17. Our worst misfortunes never happen, and most miseries lie in anticipation.