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Honoré de Balzac

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Honoré de Balzac

Honoré de Balzac (20 May 1799 – 18 August 1850) was a French novelist and playwright. His magnum opus was a sequence of short stories and novels collectively entitled La Comédie humaine, which presents a panorama of French life in the years after the 1815 fall of Napoleon Bonaparte.
Due to his keen observation of detail and unfiltered representation of society, Balzac is regarded as one of the founders of realism in European literature. He is renowned for his multifaceted characters, who are morally ambiguous. His writing influenced many subsequent novelists such as Marcel Proust, Émile Zola, Charles Dickens, Edgar Allan Poe, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Gustave Flaubert, Benito Pérez Galdós, Marie Corelli, Henry James, William Faulkner, Jack Kerouac, and Italo Calvino, and philosophers such as Friedrich Engels and Karl Marx. Many of Balzac’s works have been made into or have inspired films, and they are a continuing source of inspiration for writers, filmmakers and critics.





1. THE MORE ONE JUDGES, THE LESS ONE LOVES.
2. A WOMAN KNOWS THE FACE OF THE MAN SHE LOVES AS A SAILOR KNOWS THE OPEN SEA.
3. A GOOD HUSBAND IS NEVER THE FIRST TO GO TO SLEEP AT NIGHT OR THE LAST TO AWAKE IN THE MORNING.
4. A MOTHER WHO IS REALLY A MOTHER IS NEVER FREE.
5. NO MAN SHOULD MARRY UNTIL HE HAS STUDIED ANATOMY AND DISSECTED AT LEAST ONE WOMAN.
6. A MOTHER’S HAPPINESS IS LIKE A BEACON, LIGHTING UP THE FUTURE BUT REFLECTED ALSO ON THE PAST IN THE GUISE OF FOND MEMORIES.
7. IT IS EASY TO SIT UP AND TAKE NOTICE, WHAT IS DIFFICULT IS GETTING UP AND TAKING ACTION.
8. THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS A GREAT TALENT WITHOUT GREAT WILL POWER.
9. BEHIND EVERY GREAT FORTUNE LIES A GREAT CRIME.
10. LOVE MAY BE OR IT MAY NOT, BUT WHERE IT IS, IT OUGHT TO REVEAL ITSELF IN ITS IMMENSITY.
11. LAWS ARE SPIDER WEBS THROUGH WHICH THE BIG FLIES PASS AND THE LITTLE ONES GET CAUGHT.
12. THE MOTTO OF CHIVALRY IS ALSO THE MOTTO OF WISDOM; TO SERVE ALL, BUT LOVE ONLY ONE.
13. LOVE IS THE POETRY OF THE SENSES.
14. IF WE COULD BUT PAINT WITH THE HAND WHAT WE SEE WITH THE EYE.
15. COURTESY IS ONLY A THIN VENEER ON THE GENERAL SELFISHNESS.

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