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Honore De Balzac Quotes

(1799-1850), French Novelist

Most people of action are inclined to fatalism and most of thought believe in providence.

Category: Action

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.

Category: Amusement

All humanity is passion; without passion, religion, history, novels, art would be ineffectual.

Category: Emotions

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

Category: Equality

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

Category: Exaggeration

Nature makes only dumb animals. We owe the fools to society.

Category: Fools And Foolishness

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

Category: Forgiveness

Behind every great fortune there is a crime.

Category: Fortune

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

Category: Friends And Friendship

Bureaucracy is a giant mechanism operated by pygmies.

Category: Government

Hatred is the vice of narrow souls; they feed it with all their littleness, and make it the pretext of base tyrannies.

Category: Hatred

You may imitate, but never counterfeit.

Category: Imitation

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

Category: Inheritance

I do not regard a broker as a member of the human race.

Category: Investments

To promote laughter without joining in it greatly heightens the effect.

Category: Laughter