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Honoré De Balzac


Honoré De Balzac
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Honoré de Balzac (20 May 1799 – 18 August 1850) 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.

Due to his keen observation of detail and unfiltered representation of society, Balzac is regarded as one of the founders of realism in European literature. He is renowned for his multifaceted characters, who are complex, morally ambiguous and fully human. His writing influenced many subsequent novelists such as Marcel Proust, Émile Zola, Charles Dickens, Edgar Allan Poe, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Gustave Flaubert, ... more »

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  • ''A flow of words is a sure sign of duplicity.''
    Honoré De Balzac (1799-1850), French novelist. Don Felipe Hénarez to Don Fernand, in Letters of Two Brides (Mémoires de Deux Jeunes Mariées), in La Pr...
  • ''When law becomes despotic, morals are relaxed, and vice versa.''
    Honoré De Balzac (1799-1850), French novelist. Later appeared as part of Romans et contes philosophiques (1831), and part of the Etudes philosophiques...
  • ''Love may be or it may not, but where it is, it ought to reveal itself in its immensity.''
    Honoré De Balzac (1799-1850), French novelist. Louise de Chaulieu in a letter to Mme. De l'Estorade, in Letters of Two Brides (Mémoires de Deux Jeunes...
  • ''Courtesy is only a thin veneer on the general selfishness.''
    Honoré De Balzac (1799-1850), French novelist. Louise de Chaulieu in a letter to Renée de Maucombe, in Letters of Two Brides (Mémoires de Deux Jeunes ...
  • ''The man as he converses is the lover; silent, he is the husband.''
    Honoré De Balzac (1799-1850), French novelist. Louise de Chaulieu in a letter to Renée de Maucombe, in Letters of Two Brides (Mémoires de Deux Jeunes ...
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