Monthly Archive: February 2011

Feb 28

February 28: Michel de Montaigne

Michel de Montaigne

Montaigne was a Deist, but refrained from candor about his beliefs due to the mutual slaughter between Catholics and French Huguenots of the time. “It is setting a high value upon our opinions,” he wrote, “to roast men and women alive on account of them.”

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Feb 27

February 27: Ernest Renan

Ernest Renan

Ernest Renan, who did not believe in a future life, once said, “I know that when I am dead nothing of me will remain.” He remained a Pantheist throughout his life.

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Feb 27

February 27: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807) It was on this date, February 27, 1807, that the first American professional poet, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, was born in coastal Portland, Maine. Although his father steered him toward a legal career, Henry was too in love with language to turn down the newly founded chair in modern languages at Bowdoin …

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