Wednesday, February 11, 2009

A caffeine-focused mind

I was delighted today to discover that I am apparently not the only fan of the amazingly eloquent (but too seldom quoted) 19th century French playwright Honoré de Balzac. And imagine how happy I was to find that the other person who still remembered him was none other than my favorite gear-gritter. Here's one of my favorites:

"To kill a relative of whom you are tired is something. But to inherit his property afterwards, that is genuine pleasure."

I could go on. And on.

I won't.


  1. Stopping by. I being the helpless female that I am do not know who this person is although I will try to learn something about him. I did like the quote.

  2. I hadn't heard of that particular quote before, but it is just perfect..

  3. You don't need to look up Balzac anyone, just study the writer of this blog. There is an uncanny resemblance between the two characters. I often wonder if I believe in reincarnation.

  4. Oh that is brilliant. I never really thought about the stuff written by the naked dude from the Rodin sculpture. What a tragic error on my part!

  5. I like him very much. He wrote La Cousine Bette, didn't he? (Too lazy to go hunt in Wiki, but I think he did).

    Of course, to inherit the property of Balzac, that really would be a supreme pleasure!

  6. Ah Balzac. I need to go back and reread him. (In English this time - my French is no longer adequate to the task.)

  7. Stoped by via Ettarose.Any friend of hers must be absolutely nutty and kind of person.ok seriously,she paid me.

  8. I LOVE Honoré de Balzac and I don't have to look him up to know who he is.

  9. you should have went on and on, I would have enjoyed it. You yourself, said he wasn't quoted enough, why not make it up for the rest of us, who have never heard of him before. :)

  10. You have to be crafty, though, when you put these two together. Those damned detectives are always sleuthing out a murderer with a motive.

  11. I can't the number of people who know this guy! But I guess it figures the people who read this blog would know of him. Heh. We all think alike!

  12. @Ettarose - Helpless female. Right. Helpless like a piranha. :)

    @Candy - Hey Candy. I thought I sensed you were about. :)

    @Sage - Long time no see. Yes, this guy is worth reading. Hope you are doing ok. :)

    @A. - Reincarnation? But of course. :)

    @Blicky Kitty - Rodin's naked dude. Heh. Thanks for stopping by!

    @Lidian - I dunno. Prolly. Actually, I think he wrote to her more than once. :)

    @Janet - Yes, you should go back and read him in English if you can. Sadly I have lost my French adequacy as well. Ahem. Coff coff. French AND piano? You are amazing. :)

    @Kevin John - Thank you for stopping by! Even if she paid you. She has plenty of money. What with the sailors and all. :) Hope to see you again.

    @Stephanie - I believe it. You are very smart. Ummm... not sure that is the right word for a Balzac fan. You are though. :)

    @Chica - How about, "Put all your eggs in one basket and then watch that basket." Ah, no. Henry Ford, I think. Or Chicken Little. One of those guys. What have you been up to?

    @Bill - Hi, Bill. Yes, you do have to be VERY careful. It should be a surprise to you that you are in the will at all. :)



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