23 February 2006

Commonplace: Balzac

"To pass from conception to execution, to produce, to bring the idea to birth, to raise the child laboriously from infancy, to put it nightly to sleep surfeited, to kiss it in the mornings with the hungry heart of a mother, to clean it, to clothe it fifty times over in new garments which it tears and casts away, and yet not revolt against the trials of this agitated life--this unwearying maternal love, this habit of creation--this is execution and its toils."
--Balzac

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