Honoré De Balzac


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  • ''Men die in despair, while spirits die in ecstasy.''
    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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  • ''A wife is property that one acquires by contract, she is transferable, because possession of her requires title; in fact, woman is, so to speak, only man's appendage; consequently, slice, cut, clip her, you have all rights to her.''
    Honoré De Balzac (1799-1850), French novelist. Meditation Number XII, Canel (1829). Balzac's generalizations about wives.
  • ''Ideas devour the ages as men are devoured by their passions. When man is cured, human nature will cure itself perhaps.''
    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. Balzac's judgement.
  • ''Thought is a key to all treasures; the miser's gains are ours without his cares. Thus I have soared above this world, where my enjoyment have been intellectual joys.''
    Honoré De Balzac (1799-1850), French novelist. Later appeared as part of Romans et contes philosophiques (1831), and part of the Etudes philosophiques (1831). It then entered the Comédie humaine (1845, trans. by George Saintsbury, 1971). The antique merchant, in The Wild Ass's Skin (La Peau de chagrin), which was first published by Gosselin (1831).
  • ''Peter the Hermit, Calvin, and Robespierre, sons of the same soil, at intervals of three centuries were, in a political sense, the levers of Archimedes. Each in turn was an embodied idea finding its fulcrum in the interests of man.''
    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.
  • ''What is a child, monsieur, but the image of two beings, the fruit of two sentiments spontaneously blended?''
    Honoré De Balzac (1799-1850), French novelist. The Marquise d'Aiglemont, in A Woman of Thirty, in The Works of Honoré de Balzac, vol. V, trans. by George Saintsbury (1971).
  • ''The questioning spirit is the rebellious spirit. A rebellion is always either a cloak to hide a prince, or the swaddling wrapper of a new rule.''
    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. Balzac's judgement on Catherine de Medici.
  • ''The most virtuous women have something within them, something that is never chaste.''
    Honoré De Balzac (1799-1850), French novelist. The Physiology of Marriage, Meditation Number IV, Canel (1829). Balzac's generalizations about virtuous women.
  • ''There are some women whose pregnancy would make some sly bachelor smile.''
    Honoré De Balzac (1799-1850), French novelist. The Physiology of Marriage, Meditation Number II, Canel (1829). Balzac's generalizations about marriage.
  • ''Marriage is a fierce battle before which the two partners ask heaven for its blessing, because loving each other is the most audacious of enterprises; the battle is not slow to start, and victory, that is to say freedom, goes to the cleverest.''
    Honoré De Balzac (1799-1850), French novelist. The Physiology of Marriage, Meditation Number I, Canel (1829). Balzac's generalizations about marriage.

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