Honore de Balzac (1799-1850) French novelist

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All humanity is passion; without passion, religion, history, novels, art would be ineffectual. - Honore de Balzac

There are no little events with the heart. It magnifies everything; it places in the same scales the fall of an empire of fourteen years and the dropping of a woman's glove, and almost always the glove weighs more than the empire. - Honore de Balzac

Love is to the moral nature what the sun is to the earth. - Honore de Balzac

Hope is a light diet, but very stimulating. - Honore de Balzac

Solitude is fine, but you need someone to tell you that solitude is fine. - Honore de Balzac

All happiness depends on courage and work. - Honore de Balzac

Most people of action are inclined to fatalism and most of thought believe in providence. - Honore de Balzac

Virtue, perhaps, is nothing more than politeness of soul. - Honore de Balzac

True love is eternal, infinite, and always like itself. It is equal and pure, without violent demonstrations: it is seen with white hairs and is always young in the heart. - Honore de Balzac