I had youth, beauty, two advantages conferred by chance, and of which we are as proud as if they were hard-won.
Honore De Balzac
In looking forward to what remains to be done, my readers will perhaps echo what my publishers say, Please God to spare you! I only ask to be less tormented by men and things than I have hitherto been since I began this terrific labor.
There is no such thing as a great talent without great willpower.
I prefer thought to action, an idea to a transaction, contemplation to activity.
Though the human heart may have to pause for rest when climbing the heights of affection it rarely stops on the slippery slope of hatred.
A good husband is never the first to go to sleep at night or the last to awake in the morning.