Honoré De Balzac


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  • ''The sanctity of womanhood is incompatible with social liberty and social claims; and for a woman emancipation means corruption.''
    Honoré De Balzac (1799-1850), French novelist. Narrator, in A Woman of Thirty, in The Works of Honoré de Balzac, vol. V, trans. by George Saintsbury (1971).
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  • ''But reason always cuts a poor figure beside sentiment; the one being essentially restricted, like everything that is positive, while the other is infinite.''
    Honoré De Balzac (1799-1850), French novelist. Narrator, in A Woman of Thirty, The Works of Honoré de Balzac, vol. V, trans. by George Saintsbury (1971).
  • ''A young bride is like a plucked flower; but a guilty wife is like a flower that had been walked over.''
    Honoré De Balzac (1799-1850), French novelist. Narrator, in Honorine, appeared in the Comédie humaine and the Scènes de la Vie Privée (1845, trans. by George Saintsbury, 1971), also appeared in La Presse (1843), later appeared in Vie de Province.
  • ''Death unites as well as separates; it silences all paltry feeling.''
    Honoré De Balzac (1799-1850), French novelist. Narrator, 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).
  • ''Small natures require despotism to exercise their sinews, as great souls thirst for equality to give play to their heart.''
    Honoré De Balzac (1799-1850), French novelist. In The Works of Honoré de Balzac, vol. IV, trans. by George Saintsbury (1971). Narrator, in Pierrette, originally named Pierrette Lorrain, in Le Siècle (1840); included in the Comédie humaine as a Scène de la Vie de Province (1843).
  • ''Like many other widows, she had an unwholesome wish to marry again.''
    Honoré De Balzac (1799-1850), French novelist. In The Works of Honoré de Balzac, vol. IV, trans. by George Saintsbury (1971). Narrator, in Pierrette, originally named Pierrette Lorrain, in Le Siècle (1840); included in the Comédie humaine as a Scène de la Vie de Province (1843).
  • ''Towns find it as hard as houses of business to rise again from ruin.''
    Honoré De Balzac (1799-1850), French novelist. In The Works of Honoré de Balzac, vol. IV, trans. by George Saintsbury (1971). Narrator, in Pierrette, originally named Pierrette Lorrain, in Le Siècle (1840); included in the Comédie humaine as a Scène de la Vie de Province (1843).
  • ''None but a maid is roused by a love song. And this was a maid, an old maid.''
    Honoré De Balzac (1799-1850), French novelist. In The Works of Honoré de Balzac, vol. IV, trans. by George Saintsbury (1971). Narrator, in Pierrette, originally named Pierrette Lorrain, in Le Siècle (1840); included in the Comédie humaine as a Scène de la Vie de Province (1843).
  • ''The country is provincial; it becomes ridiculous when it tries to ape Paris.''
    Honoré De Balzac (1799-1850), French novelist. In The Works of Honoré de Balzac, vol. IV, trans. by George Saintsbury (1971). Narrator, in Pierrette, originally named Pierrette Lorrain, in Le Siècle (1840); included in the Comédie humaine as a Scène de la Vie de Province (1843).
  • ''Suffering predisposes the mind to devoutness; and most young girls, prompted by instinctive tenderness, lean towards mysticism, the obscurer side of religion.''
    Honoré De Balzac (1799-1850), French novelist. In The Works of Honoré de Balzac, vol. IV, trans. by George Saintsbury (1971). Narrator, in Pierrette, originally named Pierrette Lorrain, in Le Siècle (1840); included in the Comédie humaine as a Scène de la Vie de Province (1843).

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