Sunday, March 6, 2011

Who Am I (1)

This is a feature that will be posted twice weekly on Mondays and Thursdays.  The idea is to spotlight authors from all genres and to possibly introduce you to new authors.

Can you guess who I am?

--I was born into nobility
--My family home still contains our library with over 20,000 books
--I served in the military
--I did not marry until I was 34
--I fathered 12 children with my wife, who I was married to for 48 years
--I was excommunicated from the Roman Catholic Church
--Believed in non-violence and peace

Quotes by me:
                “I cannot recall those years without horror, loathing, and heart-rending pain. I killed people in war, challenged men to duels with the purpose of killing them, and lost at cards; I squandered the fruits of the peasants' toil and then had them executed; I was a fornicator and a cheat. Lying, stealing, promiscuity of every kind, drunkenness, violence, murder — there was not a crime I did not commit... Thus I lived for ten years.”

                “One thing only is needful: the knowledge of the simple and clear truth which finds place in every soul that is not stupefied by religious and scientific superstitions — the truth that for our life one law is valid — the law of love, which brings the highest happiness to every individual as well as to all mankind.”

                “History is the life of nations and of humanity. To seize and put into words, to describe directly the life of humanity or even of a single nation, appears impossible.”

                “The strongest of all warriors are these two — Time and Patience.”

                “Love is life. All, everything that I understand, I understand only because I love...”

Who Am I?

Tune in Thursday to find out....

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