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Père Goriot

Honoré de Balzac

Top 10 Best Quotes

“It is always assumed by the empty-headed, who chatter about themselves for want of something better, that people who do not discuss their affairs openly must have something to hide.”

“Women are always true, even in the midst of their greatest falsities, because they are always influenced by some natural feeling.”

“Some day you will find out that there is far more happiness in another's happiness than in your own.”

“Ah! What pleasure it must be to a woman to suffer for the one she loves!”

“I'm a great poet. I don't put my poems on paper: they consist of actions and feelings.”

“A letter is a soul, so faithful an echo of the speaking voice that to the sensitive it is among the richest treasures of love.”

“Who is to decide which is the grimmer sight: withered hearts, or empty skulls?”

“Perhaps it is only human nature to inflict suffering on anything that will endure suffering, whether by reason of its genuine humility, or indifference, or sheer helplessness.”

“Our heart is a treasury; if you pour out all its wealth at once, you are bankrupt.”

“However gross a man may be, the minute he expresses a strong and genuine affection, some inner secretion alters his features, animates his gestures, and colors his voice. The stupidest man will often, under the stress of passion, achieve heights of eloquence, in thought if not in language, and seem to move in some luminous sphere. Goriot's voice and gesture had at this moment the power of communication that characterizes the great actor. Are not our finer feelings the poems of the human will?”

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