Quotes by Honore De Balzac

The smallest flower is a thought, a life answering to some feature of the Great Whole, of whom they have a persistent intuition.

When Religion and Royalty are swept away, the people will attack the great, and after the great, they will fall upon the rich.

A mother's happiness is like a beacon, lighting up the future but reflected also on the past in the guise of fond memories.

We exaggerate misfortune and happiness alike. We are never as bad off or as happy as we say we are.

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

All humanity is passion without passion, religion, history, novels, art would be ineffectual.

For passion, be it observed, brings insight with it it can give a sort of intelligence to simpletons, fools, and idiots, especially during youth.

Laws are spider webs through which the big flies pass and the little ones get caught.

A woman knows the face of the man she loves as a sailor knows the open sea.

The fact is that love is of two kinds, one which commands, and one which obeys. The two are quite distinct, and the passion to which the one gives rise is not the passion of the other.