Tag Archives: France

Honore De Balzac

was born 210 years ago today, in France, a skeptic & prolific novelist,

“Vocations which we wanted to pursue, but didn’t, bleed, like colors, on the whole of our existence.”

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The Class

Original Title: Entre Les Murs

a 2008 film set in a classroom of young teenagers in Paris, France taught & supervised by the main character, François Marin, their French teacher, it focuses a lot on the local scene of the politics within that classroom, as well a little of it out on the playground

intriguing & contemplative, including bits & pieces of the many intertwined relationships between teachers, students, and parents, it also included the most wacked out explanation of the Pythagorean Theorem that I’ve ever heard


Margaret Knight

a freethinker, an author, she was born 105 years ago today

“Ethical teaching is weakened if it is tied up with the dogmas that will not bear examination.” (taken from Morals Without Religion)

“It is a terrible commentary on Christian civilisation that the longest period of slave-raiding known to history was initiated by the action of Spain and Portugal, France, Holland and Britain, after the Christian faith had for more than a thousand years been the establised religion of Europe.”

“Whenever we read the obscene stories, the voluptuous debaucheries, the cruel and torturous executions, the unrelenting vindictiveness with which more than half the Bible is filled, it would be more consistent that we called it the word of a demon than the word of God. It is a history of wickedness that has served to corrupt and brutalise mankind; and for my part, I sincerely detest it as I detest everything that is cruel”.


Denis Diderot

born 295 years ago today,
in Langres, Champagne, France, 
he put together his own encyclopedia

“Only passions, great passions, can elevate the soul to great things.”