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Honoré de Balzac
French novelist

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Le secret des grandes fortunes sans cause apparente est un crime oublié, parce qu’il a été proprement fait.
The secret of a great fortune made without apparent cause is a crime that has never been found out, because it was properly executed.
-- Le père Goriot (1834)
This quote is often cited in a simplified form:
Behind every great fortune is a forgotten crime.
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The selection of the above quotes and the writing of the accompanying notes was performed by the author David Paul Wagner.

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