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Quotes of the Day for 20 May 2003 – Honoré de Balzac

The prolific French novelist Honoré de Balzac was born at Tours, France on this day in 1799. His "La Comédie humaine" (The Human Comedy), which was meant to stand beside Dante's The Divine Comedy, ended up spanning ninety novels and novellas and included over 2,000 characters. And that was after a slow start. After college he worked at the law, but by age 20 had decided to write. By age 30 he had failed at two business ventures, and would stay in debt the rest of his life, despite leaving so much material to draw quotes from.

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The quotes:

In diving to the bottom of pleasure we bring up more gravel than pearls.

It is easier to be a lover than a husband for the simple reason that it is more difficult to be wiity every day than to say pretty things from time to time.

No man should marry until he has studied anatomy and dissected at least one woman.

Power is not revealed by striking hard or often, but by striking true.

The motto of chivalry is also the motto of wisdom; to serve all, but love only one.

First love is a kind of vaccination which saves a man from catching the complaint a second time.
     - All from Honoré de Balzac, 1799 - 1850

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