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Quotation by Willa Cather
It is scarcely exaggeration to say that if one is not a little mad about Balzac at twenty, one will never live; and if at forty one can still take Rastignac and Lucien de Rubempre at Balzac's own estimate, one has lived in vain.
Willa Cather (1873–1947), U.S. novelist. Originally published in Atlantic Monthly (Boston, 1933). "A Chance Meeting," repr. In Not Under Forty, Knopf (1936).
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