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French novelist and dramatist
(1802 - 1870)
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A woman's heart is as intricate as a raveled skein of silk.
      - [Heart]

Antiquity is the aristocracy of history.
      - [Antiquity]

Art needs solitude or misery or passion. Lukewarm zephyrs wilt it. It is a rock-flower flourishing by stormy blasts in stony soil.
      - [Art]

Only a woman will believe in a man who has once been detected in fraud and falsehood.
      - [Forgiveness]

Pure love and suspicion cannot dwell together: at the door where the latter enters, the former makes its exit.
      - [Love]

Sell your confidence at a high price, if at all; to be strong, keep your own counsel.
      - [Secrecy]

The custom and fashion of to-day will be the awkwardness and outrage of to-morrow. So arbitrary are these transient laws.
      - [Custom]

The proper way to check slander is to despise it; attempt to overtake and refute it, and it will outrun you.
      - [Slander]

The wisdom of women comes to them by inspiration, their folly by meditation.
      - [Wisdom]

Those who have loved have little relish for friendship. The devotee of strong drink finds wine insipid.
      - [Love]

Truth is liable to be left-handed in history.
      - [History]

Women of society, as well as Hottentots, run naturally to ornaments and gewgaws.
      - [Ornament]

Nothing succeeds like success.
  [Fr., Rien ne reussit comme le succes.]
      - Ange Pitou (vol. I, p. 72)
        [Proverbs : Success]

Towards the end of the year 1340, on a cold but still beautiful Autumn night, a horseman was riding along the narrow road that follows the left bank of the Rhine. You might have thought, considering the lateness of the hour and the rapid pace at which he urged his horse, tired as it was with the long day's journey already done, that he was going to stop for a few hours in the little town of Oberwinter, which he had just reached. But nothing of the kind; without slackening his pace and like a man who is familiar with them, he plunged into the midst of narrow tortuous streets that might shorten his way by a few minutes, and soon reappeared on the other side of the town, going out by the opposite Gate to that by which he had come in.
  [Fr., Vers la fin de l'annee 1340, par une nuit froide, mais encore belle de l'automne, un cavalier suivant le chemin etroit qui cotoie la rive gauche du Rhin.]
      - Otho, the Archer (ch. 1),
        (also titled Othon l'Archer)
        [Books (First Lines)]

On the 20th of August, 1672, the city of the Hague, always so lively, so neat, and so trim that one might believe every day to be Sunday, with its shady park, with its tall trees, spreading over its Gothic houses, with its canals like large mirrors, in which its steeples and its almost Eastern cupolas are reflected,--the city of the Hague, the capital of the Seven Provinces, was swelling in all its arteries with a black and red stream of hurried, panting, and restless citizens, who, with their knives in their girdles, muskets on their shoulders, or sticks in their hands, were pushing on to the Buytenhof, a terrible prison, the grated windows of which are still shown, on the charge of attempted murder preferred against him by the surgeon Tyckelaer, Cornelius de Witt, the brother of the Grand Pensionary of Holland was confined.
      - The Black Tulip (ch. 1),
        (also titled La Tulipe Noire)
        [Books (First Lines)]

On the 22d of March, in the year of our Lord 1718, a young cavalier of high bearing, about twenty-six or twenty-eight years of age, mounted on a pure-bred Spanish charger, was waiting, towards eight o'clock in the morning, at that end of the Pont Neuf which abuts on the Quai de l'Ecole.
      - The Conspirators (ch. 1),
        (also titled Le Chevalier d'Harmental)
        [Books (First Lines)]

Oh! the good times when we were so unhappy.
  [Fr., Oh le bon temps ou etions si malheureux.]
      - The Conspirators (II, 318),
        (also titled Le Chevalier d'Harmental)

During the early part of the month of March, in the year 1841, I traveled in Corsica.
      - The Corsican Brothers (ch. I),
        (also titled Les Freres Corses)
        [Books (First Lines)]

On the 24th of February, 1810, the look-out at Notre-Dame de la Garde signalled the three-master, the Pharaon from Smyrna, Trieste, and Naples.
  As usual, a pilot put off immediately, and rounding the Chateau d'If, got on board the vessel between Cape Morgion and Rion island.
    Immediately, and according to custom, the ramparts of Fort Saint-Jean were covered with spectators; it is always an event at Marseilles for a ship to come into port, especially when this ship, like the Pharaon, has been built, rigged, and laden at the old Phocee docks, and belongs to an owner of the city.
      - The Count of Monte Cristo (ch. 1),
        (also titled Le Comte de Monte-Cristo)
        [Books (First Lines)]

On the 26th of October, in the year 1585, the barriers of the gate of Saint Antoine were still closed, contrary to the usual custom, at half-past ten in the morning.
      - The Forty-Five Guardsmen (ch. 1),
        (also titled Les Quarante-cinq) (G.F. Maine editor)
        [Books (First Lines)]

Since Aramis's singular transformation into a confessor of the order, Baisemeaux was no longer the same man. Up to that period, the place which Aramis had held in the worthy governor's estimation was that of a prelate whom he respected and a friend to whom he owed a debt of gratitude; but now he felt himself an inferior, and that Aramis was his master.
      - The Man in the Iron Mask (ch. I),
        (also titled L'Homme au Masque de Fer)
        [Books (First Lines)]

Find the woman.
  [Fr., Cherchez la femme.]
      - The Mohicans of Paris
         (vol. III, ch. X, and elsewhere),
        (also titled Les Mohicans de Paris}

The winter of 1784, that monster which devoured a sixth of France, we could not see, although he growled at the doors, while at the house of Monsieur de Richelieu, shut in as we were in that warm and comfortable dining-room.
      - The Queen's Necklace (ch. 1),
        (also titled Le Collier de al Reine)
        [Books (First Lines)]

It was the beginning of April, 1784, between twelve and one o'clock.
      - The Queen's Necklace (prologue),
        (also titled Le Collier de la Reine)
        [Books (First Lines)]

On the first Monday of the month of April, 1625, the market town of Meung, in which the author of Romance of the Rose was born, appeared to be in as perfect a state of revolution as if the Huguenots had just made a second La Rochelle of it. Many citizens, seeing the women flying toward the High Street, leaving their children crying at the open doors, hastened to don the cuirass, and supporting their somewhat uncertain courage with a musket or a partisan, directed their steps toward the hostelry of the Jolly Miller, before which was gathered, increasing every minute, a compact group, vociferous and full of curiosity.
      - The Three Musketeers,
        (also titled Les Trois Mousquetaires)
        [Books (First Lines)]

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