The moment Germany rises as a great power, France gains a new importance as a cultural power.
(Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900), German philosopher, classical scholar, critic of culture. Friedrich Nietzsche, Sämtliche Werke: Kritische Studienausgabe, vol. 6, p. 106, eds. Giorgio Colli and Mazzino Montinari, Berlin, de Gruyter (1980); Twilight of the Idols and The Anti-Christ, p. 63, trans. by R.J. Hollingdale, Baltimore, Penguin Books (1968). Twilight of the Idols, "What the Germans Lack," section 4 (prepared for publication 1888, published 1889).)
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).)