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HONORE DE BALZAC
French novelist
(1799 - 1850)
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Your modest savant smiles as he says to his admirers: What have I done? Nothing. Man does not invent a force, he directs it.
      - [Action]

Your women of fashion ceases to be a woman. She is neither mother, nor wife, nor lover. She is, medically speaking, sex on the brain.
      - [Fashion]

One day, about the middle of July 1838, one of the carriages, lately introduced to Paris cabstands, and known as Milords, was driving down the Rue de l'Universite, conveying a stout man of middle height in the uniform of a captain of the National Guard.
      - Cousin Betty (pt. 1),
        (James Waring translation)
        [Books (First Lines)]

There are houses in certain provincial towns whose aspect inspires melancholy, akin to that called forth by sombre cloisters, dreary moorlands, or the desolation of ruins. Within these houses there is, perhaps, the silence of the cloister, the barrenness of moors, the skeleton of ruins; life and movement are so stagnant there that a stranger might think them uninhabited, were it not that he encounters suddenly the pale, cold glance of a motionless person, whose half-monastic face peers beyond the window-casing at the sound of an unaccustomed step.
      - Eugenie Grandet (ch. I),
        (Katharine Prescott Wormeley translation)
        [Books (First Lines)]

Mme. Vauquer (nee de Conflans) is an elderly person, who for the past forty years has kept a lodging-house in the Rue Nueve-Sainte-Genevieve, in the district that lies between the Latin Quarter and the Faubourg Saint-Marcel. Her house (known in the neighborhood as the Maison Vauquer) receives men and women, old and young, and no word has ever been breathed against her respectable establishment; but, at the same time, it must be said that as a matter of fact no young woman has been under her roof for thirty years, and that if a young man stays there for any length of time it is a sure sign that his allowance must be allowance must be of the slenderest. In 1819, however, the time when this drama opens, there was an almost penniless young girl among Mme. Vauquer's boarders.
      - Pere Goriot (ch. I),
        (Ellen Marriage translation)
        [Books (First Lines)]

Does anyone know where these gondolas of Paris come from?
  [Fr., Ne sait on pas ou viennent ces gondoles Parisiennes?]
      - Physiologie du Mariage
         (N.Q.S. 5, IV, 499, V, 195) [Livery]

God is the author, men are only the players. These grand pieces which are played upon earth have been composed in heaven.
  [Fr., Dieu est le poete, les hommes ne sont que les acteurs. Ces grandes pieces qui se jouent sur la terre ont ete composees dans le ciel.]
      - Socrate Chretien [World]


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