Honore de Balzac Quotes

If we all said to people’s faces what we say behind one another’s backs, society would be impossible.

He went to bed and slept the sleep of the good-for-nothing which, by an anachronism not a single songwriter has yet struck, is proven to be more sound than that of innocence.

In diving to the bottom of pleasure we bring up more gravel than pearls.

Reason is not pleasure, and pleasure is certainly not a reason.

All human power is a compound of time and patience.

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

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

What is art? Nature concentrated.

Inspiration in matters of taste will not come twice.

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