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Romain Rolland 25 April 2008
One of the greatest of modern French writers, Romain Rolland was
born 29 January 1866. Novels, plays, biographies, criticisms and
histories of art and music, as well as political essays, are among his
works. He also taught at the Sorbonne.
Between 1904 and 1913, Rolland published the twelve-volume
Jean-Christophe series of novels for which he was awarded the
Nobel Prize for Literature in 1915. He died 30 December 1944.
The following is a quotation by Romain Roland:
To a man whose mind is free there is something even more
intolerable in the sufferings of animals than in the suffering of man.
For with the latter it is at least admitted that suffering is evil and
that the man who causes it is a criminal. But thousands [now millions]
of animals are uselessly butchered every day without a shadow of
remorse. If any man were to refer to it, he would be thought
ridiculous. And that is the unpardonable crime.
For a large collection of fascinating quotations, visit:
No! I see all the beauty of God's creation and I'm joyful. At the
same time, I see all the suffering and corruption going on in the
world, and feel called to help expose and end it so that we may have true
peace and compassion.
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