Honore de Balzac

French realist novelist (1799 - 1850)

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All human power is a compound of time and patience.
All humanity is passion; without passion, religion, history, novels, art would be ineffectual.
Bureaucracy is a giant mechanism operated by pygmies.
Equality may perhaps be a right, but no power on earth can ever turn it into a fact.
Finance, like time, devours its own children.
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.
If we could but paint with the hand what we see with the eye.
Imagination helps bring out the realism of every detail and only sees the beauties of the work.
Modesty is the conscience of the body.
No man should marry before he has studied anatomy and dissected the body of a woman.
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.
The motto of chivalry is also the motto of wisdom; to serve all, but love only one.
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 like sharp-shooters.
To promote laughter without joining in it greatly heightens the effect.
You may imitate, but never counterfeit.

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