Quotation by Honoré De Balzac

At this moment, who would not remain persuaded that these women were virtuous? Are they not the flower of the country? Are they all not fresh, ravishing, intoxicating with beauty, youth, life and love? To believe in their virtue is a kind of social religion; because they are the world's ornament and the glory of France.
Honoré De Balzac (1799–1850), French novelist. The Physiology of Marriage, Meditation Number II, Canel (1829).

Balzac's generalizations about married women.
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