Talk:Honoré de Balzac

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  • Friendships last when each friend thinks he has a slight superiority over the other.


I think paternelle has been mistranslated.The article has "parental" but I think the correct word is "paternal". But it has been a very long time since I have had any French...


Old maids and watchdogs[edit]

Did Balzac actually say this or some variant thereof?

When there is an old maid in the house, a watch dog is unnecessary.

I noticed it as a footer "fortune" on Slashdot. --AnOddName 15:24, 22 July 2010 (UTC)