Tag Archives: writers

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.”

Advertisements

Christopher Hitchens

was born 60 years ago today, in Portsmouth, England
a writer for The Nation from 1982 to 2002,
he continues his career as a contributor to Harper’s Magazine, Free Inquiry, etc.
“Why are we praised by godly men for surrendering our “godly gift” of reason when we cross their mental thresholds?”
“What can be asserted without proof can be dismissed without proof.”
“As I never tire of saying, heat is not the antithesis of light but rather the source of it.”


Elihu Palmer

was born 245 years ago today, in Connecticut, U.S.A.,
a lawyer, he was a writer & lecturer in favor of deism as well

“Another important doctrine of the Christian religion, is the atonement supposed to have been made by the death and sufferings of the pretended Saviour of the world; and this is grounded upon principles as regardless of justice as the doctrine of original sin. It exhibits a spectacle truly distressing to the feelings of the benevolent mind, it calls innocence and virtue into a scene of suffering, and reputed guilt, in order to destroy the injurious effects of real vice. It pretends to free the world from the fatal effects of a primary apostacy, by the sacrifice of an innocent being. Evil has already been introduced into the world, and in order to remove it, a fresh accumulation of crimes becomes necessary. In plain terms, to destroy one evil, another must be committed.”

“Deism declares, that the practice of a pure, natural, and uncorrupted virtue, is the essential duty, and constitutes the highest dignity of man; that the powers of man are competent to all the great purposes of human existence; that science, virtue, and happiness are the great objects which ought to awake the mental energies, and draw forth the moral affections of the human race.”


Gloria Steinem

turns 75 today, born in Toledo, Ohio, U.S.A. 
a journalist, and a feminist, she helped found Ms. Magazine

“Happy or unhappy, families are all mysterious. We are all mysterious. We have only to imagine how differently we would be described – and will be, after our deaths – by each of the family members who believe they know us.”

“We need to remember across generations that there is as much to learn as there is to teach.”

“It’s an incredible con job, when you think of it, to believe something now in exchange for life after death. Even corporations, with all their reward systems, don’t try to make it posthumous.”

“The future depends entirely on what each of us does every day; a movement is only people moving.”

“Hope is a very unruly emotion.”

“It is more rewarding to watch money change the world than watch it accumulate.”

“The authority of any governing institution must stop at its citizen’s skin.”


Charles Darwin

was born 200 years ago today (in Shrewsbury, England)

a writer, naturalist,  & conceiver of the idea of evolution

“In the long history of humankind (and animal kind, too) those who learned to collaborate and improvise most effectively have prevailed”