Honore de Balzac Quotes (392 quotes)




Honore de Balzac
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The Wild Ass's Skin [La Peau de chagrin] (1831). Variant: "'Yes, but I owe my tailor and my landlady.' / 'Pay your tailor? You'll never get on in the world—you won't even become a minister."
Honore de Balzac
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In French: "Le mot de la chevalerie est aussi le mot de la sagesse : les servir toutes, n'en aimer qu'une" - Les femmes (published in 1856), p. 19
Honore de Balzac
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In French: "Ce café tombe dans votre estomac... Dès lors, tout s'agite : les idées s'ébranlent... Les souvenirs arrivent au pas de charge, enseignes déployées... les traits d'esprit arrivent en tirailleurs ; les figures se dressent ; le papier se couvre d'encre" - Traité des excitants modernes (1839)
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Physiology of Marriage [Physiologie du Mariage] (1829). Variant translation: "Marriage must incessantly contend with a monster which devours everything, that is, familiarity."


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Born: May 20, 1799

Died: August 18, 1850 (aged 51)

Nationality: French

Occupation: Novelist

Bio: Honoré de Balzac 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.

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