We do not exist for ourselves. (Thomas Merton)
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Honore de Balzac


(1799 – 1850) A French novelist and playwright. He is regarded as one of the founders of realism in European literature. His writing influenced many subsequent novelists and philosophers. Many of his works have been made into or have inspired films, and they are a continuing source of inspiration for writers, filmmakers and critics.

A good husband is never the first to go to sleep at night or the last to awake in the morning.
A man is a poor creature compared to a woman.
All human power is a compound of time and patience.
Behind every great fortune lies a great crime.
Glory is the sun of the dead.
It is easy to sit up and take notice, What is difficult is getting up and taking action.
It is easier to be a lover than a husband for the simple reason that it is more difficult to be witty every day than to say pretty things from time to time.
It is the mark of a great man that he puts to flight all ordinary calculations. He is at once sublime and touching, childlike and of the race of giants.
It would be curious to know what leads a man to become a stationer rather than a baker, when he is no longer compelled, as among the Egyptians, to succeed to his father's craft.
Laws are spider webs through which the big flies pass and the little ones get caught.
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