Honore de Balzac Quotes

It is easy to sit up and take notice, What is difficult is getting up and taking action.

When you doubt your power, you give power to your doubt.

How natural it is to destroy what we cannot possess, to deny what we do not understand, and to insult what we envy!

The more one judges, the less one loves.

Some day you will find out that there is far more happiness in another’s happiness than in your own.

Every moment of happiness requires a great amount of Ignorance

Do you know what is the hardest thing in life? To make a choice.

There are two histories : official history, lying, and then secret history, where you find the real causes of events.

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.

Great love affairs start with Champagne and end with tisane.

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

Talent is a flame, but genius is a fire.

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

The secret of great fortunes without apparent cause is a crime forgotten, for it was properly done.

The victory always has a lot of parents but the defeat is always an orphan.

He who best knows the world will love it least.

True love is eternal, infinite, and always like itself. It is equal and pure.

Bureaucracy is a giant mechanism operated by pygmies.

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

A man wastes his time going to hear some of our eloquent modern preachers; they may change his opinions, but never his conduct.

The press is like a woman: sublime when it lies, it will not let go until it has forced you to believe it. The public, like a foolish husband, always succumbs.

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

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

Woman is closer to angels than man because she knows how to mingle an infinite tenderness with the most absolute compassion.

Where poverty ceases, avarice begins.