Honore de Balzac Quotes

A city (Paris) where great ideas perish, done to death by a witticism.

A woman who has made fun of her husband can love him no more.

In a husband there is only a man; in a married woman there is a man, a father, and mother, and a woman.

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 produce the occasional bon mot.

Cruelty and fear shake hands together.

He’s got his dog trained so that it only does it on newspapers. The trouble is it does it when he’s reading the blasted things.

Gratitude is a useless word. You will find it in the dictionary but not in life.

Behind every great fortune there is a crime.

This coffee plunges into the stomach… the mind is aroused, and ideas pour forth like the battalions of the Grand Army on the field of battle… Memories charge at full gallop… the light cavalry of comparisons deploys itself magnificently; the artillery of logic hurry in with their train of ammunition; flashes of wit pop up […]

I should like one of these days to be so well known, so popular, so celebrated, so famous, that it would permit me… to break wind in society, and society would think it a most natural thing.