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Daemon
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No man should marry until he has studied anatomy and dissected at least one woman.

Honore de Balzac (1799-1850)
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Eeeeew ! Gross !

So Flaubert was just following Balzac's advice and got blindsided by a typo. Who'd a' thunk it ?
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Daemon wrote:
No man should marry until he has studied anatomy and dissected at least one woman.

Honore de Balzac (1799-1850)

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Well, if that's the case,
I think I'll pass.
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LOL! Priceless!

Honoré de Balzac is one of the funniest men France ever produced! Though I laughed pretty damn hard while reading Voltaire's Candide, ou l'Optimisme too. (A weekend read, at most, by the way.)

Vive la France! They were indispensable allies in making our freedom possible during the War of Independence. What's more, they kept Jerry Lewis alive!
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It looks it had been said in some special reference, where it might stand valid.

Otherwise, lemme think.
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excaelis wrote:
Eeeeew ! Gross !

So Flaubert was just following Balzac's advice and got blindsided by a typo. Who'd a' thunk it ?


I'm curious what you mean by this. I've read good things about Flaubert, but I'm not familiar with his work.
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No man should marry until he has studied anatomy and dissected at least one woman.

Honore de Balzac (1799-1850)


Given his predilection for prostitutes and street boys this would seem to be a genuine expression of distaste for human sexuality. If there is humour concealed in the remark, I confess it eludes me.
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Was this in jest?? because if not it is perfectly revolting
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Ok I see, it was in jest, then I agree, dark humour but clever, by the way can we have word 'predilection' for the dictionary, I haven't heard it before?
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It might have been subjective.
Surfeit of women had, must have become abhorrent and galling, which would then be vented the way the quote has been found.
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pedro wrote:
Given his predilection for prostitutes and street boys this would seem to be a genuine expression of distaste for human sexuality. If there is humour concealed in the remark, I confess it eludes me.


Pfft. And it would also "seem to be" that you are a humorless netizen.
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No man should marry until he has studied anatomy and dissected at least one woman.
Honore de Balzac (1799-1850)

I agree with Chevegas. I don't think Balzac meant this statement to be taken seriously, but wants the (male) readers to understand, generally, women, for most men, are a 'mystery'. And that without taking the time, or or putting forth the effort, or having an interest in doing so, a man will find himself in the woods on a murky path, forever lost, caught in the bog of a woman's psyche. For without an understanding of women sexually, emotionally, mentally and physically, marriage can be a disastrous mistake. I think Balzac is emphasizing this bit of 'sage advise' with his rather 'twisted' sense of humor.
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All men should study women's anatomy in a different way! Having a good look at their bodies, dissecting them with their eyes and hands. This is what Honore de Balzac meant.
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He was speaking metaphorically... or he was nuts
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Daemon wrote:
No man should marry until he has studied anatomy and dissected at least one woman.

Honore de Balzac (1799-1850)
Balzac saw disillusionment not as a predicament for marriage but as a precondition. It's interesting, how many men took his advice and how many of them it actually helped?
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I'm afraid I still inwardly cringe at the notion of my girl friend frankly speaking regarding feminine hygienic issues.

While I understand in modern times its just the facts of life and simple biology, I just want to place my hands over my ears and utter senseless "Lalalalalalalas".

Perhaps a female anatomy class with "hands on" instruction would make me less prone to be so aversive and more sympathetic to the ovulation cycle and, well...other things I'd rather not mention.
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Speaking as a married man who has studied anatomy and dissected at least one woman, I can confidently say it doesn't help. I'm still lost.
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Chevegas wrote:
excaelis wrote:
Eeeeew ! Gross !

So Flaubert was just following Balzac's advice and got blindsided by a typo. Who'd a' thunk it ?


I'm curious what you mean by this. I've read good things about Flaubert, but I'm not familiar with his work.






I'm suggesting that the original title of his greatest work was, perhaps, Madame's Ovary...Angel
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This quote is from the Balzac's book "The Physiology of Marriage" (La Comédie Humaine)that brought him his first fame as a writer and introduced his now familiar worldview in which passion is held in check by social advantage and blind innocence is the greatest danger to well-being.As forgotten today as Stendhal's much more ardent On Love is renown, The Physiology of Marriage coolly examines the economics and power relationships of seduction and love. Balzac proposes that marriage and the selection of a wife be treated as a science, and examines topics ranging from moral education to methods for foiling adulterous relationships. For all of its apparent misogyny, the Physiology is surprisingly evenhanded in its rough treatment of both men and women (and is said to have been written with the collaboration of two women). Though addressed to a male audience, the book's lively attack on the stale institution of marriage made it most popular with women readers of its day.

"'Policy' in marriage consists of taking advantage of all opportunities offered by the laws, by the system of our morals, by force, and by cunning, for preventing your wife from doing the three things that practically constitute the life of love: writing to her lover, seeing him, and speaking to him."--from The Physiology of Marriage(less)

http://www.gutenberg.org/files/16205/16205-h/16205-h.htm#link2H_4_0006

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/296555.The_Physiology_of_Marriage
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Although off the wall, or spilling just outside of the box, I too will pass...
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Daemon wrote:
No man should marry until he has studied anatomy and dissected at least one woman.

Honore de Balzac (1799-1850)


This would prevent many a young male from seeking to place a woman on a pedestal, unless, of course, he is handy at making wire frames to hold her together...Whistle Careful where you leave the sharp loose ends!
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markm wrote:
Speaking as a married man who has studied anatomy and dissected at least one woman, I can confidently say it doesn't help. I'm still lost.




Hahaha! I take no offense. I don't know if I will forever be in a battle for equality among the sexes but I admit that this is quite funny.
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Daemon wrote:
No man should marry until he has studied anatomy and dissected at least one woman.

Honore de Balzac (1799-1850)

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Is it me or is he wearing a straightjacket?
Cause if he is, I would take it he's giving his advice quite literally.
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LoL
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Daemon wrote:
No man should marry until he has studied anatomy and dissected at least one woman.

Honore de Balzac (1799-1850)


But do it mindful of too much familiarity, there is time enough to become familiar after the marriage.

"Marriage must incessantly contend with a monster that devours everything: familiarity". Honore de Balzac

Read more: http://quoteworld.org/quotes/954#ixzz32UIHXsia
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I think Mr. de Balzac actually viewed himself as a ladies man and with his comment about anatomy, he was trying to say how important it is to know the anatomy of a women to assist in pleasing her, but I don't think this knowledge helped him much in life, lol......
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No man should marry until he has studied how to live within affordable means.
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