"First love is a kind of vaccination which saves a man from catching the complaint the second time." - Honore de Balzac

"We exaggerate misfortune and happiness alike. We are never either so wretched or so happy as we say we are." - Honore de Balzac

"If we could but paint with the hand as we see with the eye!" - Honore de Balzac

"Necessity is often the spur to genius." - Honore de Balzac

"Some troubles, like a protested note of a solvent debtor, bear interest." - Honore de Balzac

"A mother who is really a mother is never free." - Honore de Balzac

"The heart of a mother is a deep abyss at the bottom of which you will always find forgiveness." - Honore de Balzac

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

"The majority of husbands remind me of an orangutan trying to play the violin." - Honore de Balzac

"Modesty is the conscience of the body." - Honore de Balzac

"Our worst misfortunes never happen, and most miseries lie in anticipation." - Honore de Balzac

"Emulation admires and strives to imitate great actions; envy is only moved to malice." - Honore de Balzac

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