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"Joyful Curmudgeon" An oxymoron?
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.


Thought for Today – 24 August 2008
By Mary T. Hoffman

“I believe that pity is a law like justice, and that kindness is a duty like uprightness.”
– Victor Hugo (1802–1885)
French poet, novelist, playwright, and essayist

Victor Hugo’s work is outstanding in quantity, quality, and variety. His understanding of human nature and his skill in language made him an important political leader of France, and he was a member of the French Senate from 1876 to 1878. He was a man of action as well as of words. Two of his books protested against capital punishment: The Last Day of a Man Condemned to Death and Claude Gueux. Perhaps his most famous novel is Les Miserables, which is considered a masterpiece of emotional and descriptive writing. Hugo also wrote several volumes of poems, and in 1841 he was elected a member of the French Academy, the highest honor a French writer can receive. He died in 1885 and was buried in Paris.

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