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"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." Make picture quote!
"Society bristles with enigmas which look hard to solve. It is a perfect maze of intrigue." Make picture quote!
"Solitude is fine, but you need someone to tell you that solitude is fine." Make picture quote!
"Study lends a kind of enchantment to all our surroundings." Make picture quote!
"Suicide, moreover, was at the time in vogue in Paris: what more suitable key to the mystery of life for a skeptical society?" Make picture quote!
"The art of motherhood involves much silent, unobtrusive self-denial, an hourly devotion which finds no detail too minute." Make picture quote!
"The duration of passion is proportionate with the original resistance of the woman." Make picture quote!
"Political liberty, the peace of a nation, and science itself are gifts for which Fate demands a heavy tax in blood!" Make picture quote!
"The habits of life form the soul, and the soul forms the countenance." Make picture quote!
"The heart of a mother is a deep abyss at the bottom of which you will always find forgiveness." Make picture quote!
"The life of a man who deliberately runs through his fortune often becomes a business speculation; his friends, his pleasures, patrons, and acquaintances are his capital." Make picture quote!
"The country is provincial; it becomes ridiculous when it tries to ape Paris." Make picture quote!
"Small natures require despotism to exercise their sinews, as great souls thirst for equality to give play to their heart." Make picture quote!
"Power is action; the electoral principle is discussion. No political action is possible when discussion is permanently established." Make picture quote!
"The more one judges, the less one loves." Make picture quote!
"Passion is universal humanity. Without it religion, history, romance and art would be useless." Make picture quote!
"Our most bitter enemies are our own kith and kin. Kings have no brothers, no sons, no mother!" Make picture quote!
"One should believe in marriage as in the immortality of the soul." Make picture quote!
"Old maids, having never bent their temper or their lives to other lives and other tempers, as woman's destiny requires, have for the most part a mania for making everything about them bend to them." Make picture quote!
"Nothing so fortifies a friendship as a belief on the part of one friend that he is superior to the other." Make picture quote!
"Nothing is a greater impediment to being on good terms with others than being ill at ease with yourself." Make picture quote!
"Nobody loves a woman because she is handsome or ugly, stupid or intelligent. We love because we love." Make picture quote!
"No man should marry until he has studied anatomy and dissected at least one woman." Make picture quote!
"Nature makes only dumb animals. We owe the fools to society." Make picture quote!
"Power is not revealed by striking hard or often, but by striking true." Make picture quote!
"To those who have exhausted politics, nothing remains but abstract thought." Make picture quote!
"For passion, be it observed, brings insight with it; it can give a sort of intelligence to simpletons, fools, and idiots, especially during youth." Make picture quote!
"When women love us, they forgive us everything, even our crimes; when they do not love us, they give us credit for nothing, not even our virtues." Make picture quote!
"When Religion and Royalty are swept away, the people will attack the great, and after the great, they will fall upon the rich." Make picture quote!
"When law becomes despotic, morals are relaxed, and vice versa." Make picture quote!
"What is a child, monsieur, but the image of two beings, the fruit of two sentiments spontaneously blended?" Make picture quote!
"We exaggerate misfortune and happiness alike. We are never as bad off or as happy as we say we are." Make picture quote!
"Vocations which we wanted to pursue, but didn't, bleed, like colors, on the whole of our existence." Make picture quote!
"Virtue, perhaps, is nothing more than politeness of soul." Make picture quote!
"Unintelligent persons are like weeds that thrive in good ground; they love to be amused in proportion to the degree in which they weary themselves." Make picture quote!
"The man as he converses is the lover; silent, he is the husband." Make picture quote!
"Towns find it as hard as houses of business to rise again from ruin." Make picture quote!
"The majority of husbands remind me of an orangutan trying to play the violin." Make picture quote!
"To kill a relative of whom you are tired is something. But to inherit his property afterwards, that is genuine pleasure." Make picture quote!
"Thought is a key to all treasures; the miser's gains are ours without his cares. Thus I have soared above this world, where my enjoyment have been intellectual joys." Make picture quote!
"Those who spend too fast never grow rich." Make picture quote!
"There is something great and terrible about suicide." Make picture quote!
"There is no such thing as a great talent without great will power." Make picture quote!
"There are some women whose pregnancy would make some sly bachelor smile." Make picture quote!
"The smallest flower is a thought, a life answering to some feature of the Great Whole, of whom they have a persistent intuition." Make picture quote!
"The motto of chivalry is also the motto of wisdom; to serve all, but love only one." Make picture quote!
"The most virtuous women have something within them, something that is never chaste." Make picture quote!
"Modesty is the conscience of the body." Make picture quote!
"The man whose action habitually bears the stamp of his mind is a genius, but the greatest genius is not always equal to himself, or he would cease to be human." Make picture quote!
"True love is eternal, infinite, and always like itself. It is equal and pure, without violent demonstrations: it is seen with white hairs and is always young in the heart." Make picture quote!
"All humanity is passion; without passion, religion, history, novels, art would be ineffectual." Make picture quote!
"Death unites as well as separates; it silences all paltry feeling." Make picture quote!
"Courtesy is only a thin veneer on the general selfishness." Make picture quote!
"Conscience is our unerring judge until we finally stifle it." Make picture quote!
"Clouds symbolize the veils that shroud God." Make picture quote!
"Children, dear and loving children, can alone console a woman for the loss of her beauty." Make picture quote!
"Men die in despair, while spirits die in ecstasy." Make picture quote!
"But reason always cuts a poor figure beside sentiment; the one being essentially restricted, like everything that is positive, while the other is infinite." Make picture quote!
"I do not regard a broker as a member of the human race." Make picture quote!
"Between the daylight gambler and the player at night there is the same difference that lies between a careless husband and the lover swooning under his lady's window." Make picture quote!
"Behind every great fortune lies a great crime." Make picture quote!
"Equality may perhaps be a right, but no power on earth can ever turn it into a fact." Make picture quote!
"An unfulfilled vocation drains the color from a man's entire existence." Make picture quote!
"Chance, my dear, is the sovereign deity in child-bearing." Make picture quote!
"A young bride is like a plucked flower; but a guilty wife is like a flower that had been walked over." Make picture quote!
"A woman knows the face of the man she loves as a sailor knows the open sea." Make picture quote!
"A mother's life, you see, is one long succession of dramas, now soft and tender, now terrible. Not an hour but has its joys and fears." Make picture quote!
"A mother's happiness is like a beacon, lighting up the future but reflected also on the past in the guise of fond memories." Make picture quote!
"A mother who is really a mother is never free." Make picture quote!
"A man is a poor creature compared to a woman." Make picture quote!
"A lover always thinks of his mistress first and himself second; with a husband it runs the other way." Make picture quote!
"A husband who submits to his wife's yoke is justly held an object of ridicule. A woman's influence ought to be entirely concealed." Make picture quote!
"A grocer is attracted to his business by a magnetic force as great as the repulsion which renders it odious to artists." Make picture quote!
"A good husband is never the first to go to sleep at night or the last to awake in the morning." Make picture quote!
"A flow of words is a sure sign of duplicity." Make picture quote!
"At fifteen, beauty and talent do not exist; there can only be promise of the coming woman." Make picture quote!
"Love may be or it may not, but where it is, it ought to reveal itself in its immensity." Make picture quote!
"Marriage must incessantly contend with a monster that devours everything: familiarity." Make picture quote!
"Many men are deeply moved by the mere semblance of suffering in a woman; they take the look of pain for a sign of constancy or of love." Make picture quote!
"Manners are the hypocrisy of a nation." Make picture quote!
"Bureaucracy is a giant mechanism operated by pygmies." Make picture quote!
"Love or hatred must constantly increase between two persons who are always together; every moment fresh reasons are found for loving or hating better." Make picture quote!
"Excess of joy is harder to bear than any amount of sorrow." Make picture quote!
"Love is the poetry of the senses." Make picture quote!
"Love is a game in which one always cheats." Make picture quote!
"Love has its own instinct, finding the way to the heart, as the feeblest insect finds the way to its flower, with a will which nothing can dismay nor turn aside." Make picture quote!
"Laws are spider webs through which the big flies pass and the little ones get caught." Make picture quote!
"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." Make picture quote!
"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." Make picture quote!
"Finance, like time, devours its own children." Make picture quote!
"Lovers have a way of using this word, nothing, which implies exactly the opposite." Make picture quote!
"It is only in the act of nursing that a woman realizes her motherhood in visible and tangible fashion; it is a joy of every moment." Make picture quote!
"First love is a kind of vaccination which saves a man from catching the complaint the second time." Make picture quote!
"Great love affairs start with Champagne and end with tisane." Make picture quote!
"Ideas devour the ages as men are devoured by their passions. When man is cured, human nature will cure itself perhaps." Make picture quote!
"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." Make picture quote!
"If we could but paint with the hand what we see with the eye." Make picture quote!
"In diving to the bottom of pleasure we bring up more gravel than pearls." Make picture quote!
"It is as absurd to say that a man can't love one woman all the time as it is to say that a violinist needs several violins to play the same piece of music." Make picture quote!
"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." Make picture quote!
"It is easy to sit up and take notice, What is difficult is getting up and taking action." Make picture quote!
"Wisdom is that apprehension of heavenly things to which the spirit rises through love." Make picture quote!
"Women are tenacious, and all of them should be tenacious of respect; without esteem they cannot exist; esteem is the first demand that they make of love." Make picture quote!
"Behind every great fortune there is a crime." Make picture quote!
"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." Make picture quote!
"Everything is bilateral in the domain of thought. Ideas are binary. Janus is the myth of criticism and the symbol of genius. Only God is triangular!" Make picture quote!
"To live in the presence of great truths and eternal laws, to be led by permanent ideals that is what keeps a man patient when the world ignores him, and calm and unspoiled when the world praises him. " Make picture quote!




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