Honoré de Balzac

Balzac – a man who drank brutally heroic amounts of coffee.

‘Coffee glides into one’s stomach and sets all of one’s mental processes in motion. One’s ideas advance in column of route like battalions of the Grande Armée. Memories come up at the double, bearing the standards which will lead the troops into battle. The light cavalry deploys at the gallop. The artillery of logic thunders along with its supply wagons and shells. Brilliant notions join in the combat as sharpshooters. The characters don their costumes, the paper is covered with ink, the battle has started, and ends with an outpouring of black fluid like a real battlefield enveloped in swaths of black smoke from the expended gunpowder. Were it not for coffee one could not write, which is to say one could not live.’


4 thoughts on “Honoré de Balzac

  1. You’ve made my morning! Thanks for this. The outpouring of black fluid will be extra good this morning… (Oh and hi!)


  2. Chere Carley, with you, the “Like” button doesn’t do you justice. I say this as I suffer the pangs of coffee withdrawal. Unfortunately, it is on the list of NO, do not consume, post-operatively. One more month to go… will I make it? Agony! 🙂 Of course this also means no wine, cheese…


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