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French Novelist He developed the realistic novel describing French society in Comedie Humaine (1841). 1799-1850
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Bureaucracy is a giant mechanism operated by pygmies.
Conviction brings a silent, indefinable beauty into faces made of the commonest human clay; the devout worshiper at any shrine reflects something of its golden glow, even as the glory of a noble love shines like a sort of light from a woman's face
Count not thyself to have found true peace, if thou hast felt no grief; nor that then all is well if thou hast no adversary; nor that this is perfect, if all things fall out according to thy desire.
Cruelty and fear shake hands together
Despotism accomplishes great things illegally; liberty doesn't even go to the trouble of accomplishing small things legally.
Economized love is never real love
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.
First love is a kind of vaccination which saves a man from catching the complaint the second time.
First loveLove
Friendships last when each friend thinks he has a slight superiority over the other.
Genius is intensity
Great love affairs start with Champagne and end with tisane.
Hatred is a tonic, it makes one live, it inspires vengeance; but pity kills, it makes our weakness weaker.
Hatred is the vice of narrow souls; they feed it with all their littleness, and make it the pretext of base tyrannies.
He went to bed and slept the sleep of the good-for-nothing which, by an anachronism not a single songwriter has yet struck, is proven to be more sound than that of innocence
Hope is a light diet, but very stimulating.
I am laughing to think what risks you take to try to find money in a desk by night where the legal owner can never find any by day.
I do not regard a broker as a member of the human race.
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 all said people's faces what we say behind one another's backs, society would be impossible.
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