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Acceptance
Engrave this Quote Nothing is a greater impediment to being on good terms with others than being ill at ease with yourself.
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-Honore de Balzac
Action(s)
Engrave this Quote Most people of action are inclined to fatalism and most of thought believe in providence.
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-Honore de Balzac
Art
Engrave this Quote If we could but paint with the hand what we see with the eye.
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Engrave this Quote The man who can but sketch his purpose beforehand in words is regarded as a wonder, and every artist and writer possesses that faculty. But gestation, fruition, the laborious rearing of the offspring, putting it to bed every night full fed with milk, embracing it anew every morning with the inexhaustible affection of a mother's heart, licking it clean, dressing it a hundred times in the richest garb only to be instantly destroyed; then never to be cast down at the convulsions of this headlong life till the living masterpiece is perfected which in sculpture speaks to every eye, in literature to every intellect, in painting to every memory, in music to every heart! --this is the task of execution. The hand must be ready at every moment to work in obedience to the mind.
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-Honore de Balzac, Cousin Bette
Career, Vocation
Engrave this Quote Vocations which we wanted to pursue, but didn't, bleed, like colors, on the whole of our existence.
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Coffee (or Tea)
Engrave this Quote Coffee falls into the stomach ... ideas begin to move, things remembered arrive at full gallop ... the shafts of wit start up like sharp-shooters, similes arise, the paper is covered with ink...
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Engrave this Quote Many people claim coffee inspires them, but, as everybody knows, coffee only makes boring people even more boring.
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-Honore de Balzac, Treatise on Modern Stimulants
Crime
Engrave this Quote The secret of a great success for which you are at a loss to account is a crime that has never been found out, because it was properly executed.
paraphrased as: Behind every great fortune there is a crime
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-Honore de Balzac, Father Goriot
Eating
Engrave this Quote Like hunger, physical love is a necessity. But man's appetite for amour is never so regular or so sustained as his appetite for the delights of the table.
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-Honore de Balzac
Emotions
Engrave this Quote All humanity is passion; without passion, religion, history, novels, art would be ineffectual.
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Equality
Engrave this Quote Equality may perhaps be a right, but no power on earth can ever turn it into a fact.
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-Honore de Balzac
Exaggeration
Engrave this Quote We exaggerate misfortune and happiness alike. We are never as bad off or as happy as we say we are.
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-Honore de Balzac
Fools, Foolishness
Engrave this Quote Nature makes only dumb animals. We owe the fools to society.
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-Honore de Balzac
Fortune
Engrave this Quote Behind every great fortune there is a crime.
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Friends
Engrave this Quote Nothing so fortifies a friendship as a belief on the part of one friend that he is superior to the other.
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Government
Engrave this Quote Bureaucracy is a giant mechanism operated by pygmies.
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Hate
Engrave this Quote Hatred is the vice of narrow souls; they feed it with all their littleness, and make it the pretext of base tyrannies.
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Humility
Engrave this Quote Modesty is the conscience of the body.
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-Honore de Balzac
Imitation
Engrave this Quote You may imitate, but never counterfeit.
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Inheritance
Engrave this Quote To kill a relative of whom you are tired is something. But to inherit his property afterwards, that is genuine pleasure.
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Investment
Engrave this Quote I do not regard a broker as a member of the human race.
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Laughter
Engrave this Quote To promote laughter without joining in it greatly heightens the effect.
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Love
Engrave this Quote The motto of chivalry is also the motto of wisdom; to serve all, but love only one.
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Manners
Engrave this Quote Manners are the hypocrisy of a nation.
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Marriage
Engrave this Quote A woman must be a genius to create a good husband.
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