Quotes by Honoré de Balzac

"Solitude is fine but you need someone to tell that solitude is fine."
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"Reading brings us unknown friends"
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"The more one judges, the less one loves."
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"All happiness depends on courage and work."
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"Laws are spider webs through which the big flies pass and the little ones get caught."
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Books by Honoré de Balzac

  • Père Goriot
  • 47,629 ratings
  • December 17th 1997 by W. W. Norton & Company

    (first published 1835)

  • Father Goriot
  • 47,627 ratings
  • December 4th 2020 by Independently Published
  • Eugenie Grandet
  • 18,744 ratings
  • May 16th 2017 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
  • Eugénie Grandet
  • 18,742 ratings
  • August 28th 2003 by Oxford University Press

    (first published 1833)

Honoré de Balzac
  • Honoré de Balzac

  • Date of birth: May 20, 1799
  • Died: August 18, 1850
  • Born: in Tours, France.

  • Description: Honoré de Balzac was a nineteenth-century French novelist and playwright. His magnum opus was a sequence of almost 100 novels and plays collectively entitled La Comédie humaine, which presents a panorama of French life in the years after the fall of Napoléon Bonaparte in 1815.

    Due to his keen observation of fine detail and unfiltered representation of society, Balzac is regarded as one of the founders of realism in European literature. He is renowned for his multi-faceted characters; even his lesser characters are complex, morally ambiguous and fully human. Inanimate objects are imbued with character as well; the city of Paris, a backdrop for much of his writing, takes on many human qualities. His writing influenced many famous authors, including the novelists Marcel Proust, Émile Zola, Charles Dickens, Gustave Flaubert, Henry James and Jack Kerouac, as well as important philosophers such as Friedrich Engels. Many of Balzac's works have been made into films, and they continue to inspire other writers.

    An enthusiastic reader and independent thinker as a child, Balzac had trouble adapting himself to the teaching style of his grammar school. His willful nature caused trouble throughout his life, and frustrated his ambitions to succeed in the world of business. When he finished school, Balzac was apprenticed as a legal clerk, but he turned his back on law after wearying of its inhumanity and banal routine. Before and during his career as a writer, he attempted to be a publisher, printer, businessman, critic, and politician. He failed in all of these efforts. La Comédie Humaine reflects his real-life difficulties, and includes scenes from his own experience.

    Balzac suffered from health problems throughout his life, possibly due to his intense writing schedule. His relationship with his family was often strained by financial and personal drama, and he lost more than one friend over critical reviews. In 1850, he married Ewelina Hańska, his longtime paramour; he passed away five months later.

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