Love is the most melodious of all harmonies and the sentiment of love is innate. Woman is a delightful instrument of pleasure, but it is necessary to know its trembling strings, to study the position of them, the timid keyboard, the fingering so changeful and capricious which befits it.

Honore De Balzac

Honore De Balzac

Profession: Novelist
Nationality: French


Love is the most melodious of all harmonies and the sentiment of love is innate. Woman is a delightf.. Honore De Balzac

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