1799 - Born on the 20th of May in Tours, France.
1822 - The scandalous Vicaire des Ardennes, banned for its depiction of pseudo-incestuous.
1829 - Published collection Scènes de la vie privée (Scenes from Private Life).
1829 - Entered the mainstream as an author of full-length fiction.
1832 - Wrote novel in provincial settings Le curé de Tours (The Vicar of Tours).
1833 - Wrote Eugénie Grandet.
1835 - He wrote In Le Père Goriot (Old Father Goriot), his next big success.
1842 - Wrote the novel Ursule Mirouet.
1843 - His shorter pieces and novellas there followed notably Les Illusions perdues (Lost Illusions).
1844 - Honoré de Balzac wrote Modeste Mignon.
- Splendeurs et misères des courtisanes (The Harlot High and Low), Le Cousin Pons.
1850 - Married Eveline Hanska in Berdyczów and three months later, Balzac died on 18th of August.
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- "True love is eternal, infinite, and always like itself. It is equal and pure, without violent demonstrations: it is seen with white hairs and is always young in the heart."
- "When women love us, they forgive us everything, even our crimes;
when they do not love us, they give us credit for nothing, not even our virtues."
- "Behind every great fortune there is a crime."
- "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."
- "Count not thyself to have found true peace, if thou hast felt no grief; nor that then all is well if thou hast no adversary; nor that this is perfect, if all things fall out according to thy desire."