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Quotations From HONORÉ DE BALZAC

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  • 21.
    Chance, my dear, is the sovereign deity in child-bearing.
    Honoré De Balzac (1799-1850), French novelist. Renée de l'Estorade in a letter to Louise de Macumer, in Letters of Two Brides (Mémoires de Deux Jeunes Mariées), in La Presse (1841-1842), Souverain (1842), included in the Scènes de la Vie Privée in the Comédie humaine (1845, trans. by George Saintsbury, 1971).

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  • 22.
    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.
    Honoré De Balzac (1799-1850), French novelist. Renée in a letter to Louise, in Letters of Two Brides (Mémoires de Deux Jeunes Mariées), in La Presse (1841-1842), Souverain (1842), included in the Scènes de la Vie Privée in the Comédie humaine (1845, trans. by George Saintsbury, 1971).

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  • 23.
    The art of motherhood involves much silent, unobtrusive self-denial, an hourly devotion which finds no detail too minute.
    Honoré De Balzac (1799-1850), French novelist. Renée in a letter to Louise, in Letters of Two Brides (Mémoires de Deux Jeunes Mariées), in La Presse (1841-1842), Souverain (1842), included in the Scènes de la Vie Privée in the Comédie humaine (1845, trans. by George Saintsbury, 1971).
  • 24.
    Nature knows nothing but solid bodies; your science deals only with combinations of surfaces. And so nature constantly gives the lie to all your laws; can you name one to which no fact makes an exception?
    Honoré De Balzac (1799-1850), French novelist. It later entered the Comédie humaine (1845, trans. by George Saintsbury, 1971). Seraphita, chapter III, First published as part of Romans et contes philosophiques (1831), then the Etudes philosophiques (1835). Discussion of Swedenborg's philosophy.

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  • 25.
    The smallest flower is a thought, a life answering to some feature of the Great Whole, of whom they have a persistent intuition.
    Honoré De Balzac (1799-1850), French novelist. It later entered the Comédie humaine (1845, trans. by George Saintsbury, 1971). Seraphita, chapter III, First published as part of Romans et contes philosophiques (1831), then the Etudes philosophiques (1835). Explanation of Swedenborg's philosophy.

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  • 26.
    Power is action; the electoral principle is discussion. No political action is possible when discussion is permanently established.
    Honoré De Balzac (1799-1850), French novelist. (1846, trans. by George Saintsbury, 1971). About Catherine of Medici, Introduction, First published in book form as Catherine de Medici expliquée, Souverain (1843), It was subsequently included in the Conte et romans philosophiques, in the Etudes philsophique, and finally in the Comédie humaine. Balzac's thoughts on power.

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  • 27.
    A year at the breast is quite enough; children who are suckled longer are said to grow stupid, and I am all for popular sayings.
    Honoré De Balzac (1799-1850), French novelist. The Vicomtesse de l'Estorade in a letter to the Baronne de Macumer, in Letters of Two Brides (Mémoires de Deux Jeunes Mariées), in La Presse (1841-1842), Souverain (1842), included in the Scènes de la Vie Privée in the Comédie humaine (1845, trans. by George Saintsbury, 1971).

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  • 28.
    Our most bitter enemies are our own kith and kin.... Kings have no brothers, no sons, no mother!
    Honoré De Balzac (1799-1850), French novelist. (1846, trans. by George Saintsbury, 1971). About Catherine of Medici, First published in book form as Catherine de Medici expliquée, Souverain (1843), It was subsequently included in the Conte et romans philosophiques, in the Etudes philsophique, and finally in the Comédie humaine. King Charles IX says he quotes Coligny.

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  • 29.
    Political liberty, the peace of a nation, and science itself are gifts for which Fate demands a heavy tax in blood!
    Honoré De Balzac (1799-1850), French novelist. (1846, trans. by George Saintsbury, 1971). About Catherine of Medici, First published in book form as Catherine de Medici expliquée, Souverain (1843), It was subsequently included in the Conte et romans philosophiques, in the Etudes philsophique, and finally in the Comédie humaine. Catherine de' Medici.

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  • 30.
    Virtue in women is perhaps a question of temperament.
    Honoré De Balzac (1799-1850), French novelist. The Physiology of Marriage, Meditation Number IV, Canel (1829). Balzac's generalizations about virtuous women.

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