Sunday, July 05, 2009
This is from Daily Celebrations - I thought it was kind of interesting - if I can say one thing for George - she was an irregular woman!
"There is only one happiness in life: to love and be loved." ~ George Sand (a woman)
Born on July 1st, independent woman George Sand (1804-1876), born Amandine Aurore Lucile Dupin to an aristocratic Parisian family, did the unthinkable in her time: she claimed her equality, took on a man's name, and left a loveless marriage to pursue her dreams to write.
"We cannot tear out a single page of our life," she observed, "but we can throw the whole book in the fire."
A bold and dynamic woman, she had open love affairs, famous ones with composer Frederic Chopin and poet Alfred de Musset. She cross-dressed, smoked a pipe, and said with brutal honesty, "Man. . . is only too glad to have woman hold strictly to the Christian principle of suffering in silence."
Biographer Rene Doumic called the courageous Sand "a genius...and daughter of Rousseau,"and celebrated Sand's spirit as "vibrating with every breath, electrified by every storm, she (Sand) looked up at every cloud behind which she fancied she saw a star shining."
An inspiration to writers Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Virginia Woolf, Victor Hugo, and others, Sand's prolific career included over 100 novels, plays, and essays, including her famous novel, Lelia (1833).
"It is a mistake to regard age as a downhill grade toward dissolution. The reverse is true. As one grows older one climbs with surprising strides," she remarked. "
Now, I'm not agreeing totally with the only happiness in life is love and being loved - although that is nice, but you have to admit she's a heck of a woman and trail blazer. . .