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


Honore de Balzac

896

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


Honore de Balzac

896

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


Honore de Balzac

896

There is no such thing as a great talent without great will power.


Honore de Balzac

896

Power is action the electoral principle is discussion. No political action is possible when discussion is permanently established.


Honore de Balzac

896

But reason always cuts a poor figure beside sentiment the one being essentially restricted, like everything that is positive, while the other is infinite.


Honore de Balzac

896

To those who have exhausted politics, nothing remains but abstract thought.


Honore de Balzac

896

Love is the poetry of the senses.


Honore de Balzac

896

Political liberty, the peace of a nation, and science itself are gifts for which Fate demands a heavy tax in blood!


Honore de Balzac

896

A mother who is really a mother is never free.


Honore de Balzac

896

Ideas devour the ages as men are devoured by their passions. When man is cured, human nature will cure itself perhaps.


Honore de Balzac

896

What is art? Nature concentrated.


Honore de Balzac

896

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


Honore de Balzac

896

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.


Honore de Balzac

896

A good husband is never the first to go to sleep at night or the last to awake in the morning.


Honore de Balzac

896

The life of a man who deliberately runs through his fortune often becomes a business speculation his friends, his pleasures, patrons, and acquaintances are his capital.


Honore de Balzac

896

A grocer is attracted to his business by a magnetic force as great as the repulsion which renders it odious to artists.


Honore de Balzac

896

Towns find it as hard as houses of business to rise again from ruin.


Honore de Balzac

896

Children, dear and loving children, can alone console a woman for the loss of her beauty.


Honore de Balzac

896

At fifteen, beauty and talent do not exist there can only be promise of the coming woman.


Honore de Balzac

896

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