Joan of Arc - Maid of Heaven


"She was the bravest of the brave."
                        Andrew Lang comparing Joan to William Wallace and other brave leaders

"Foe only to the great blood guilty ones, The Masters and Murderers of Mankind."

                        Robert Southey-18th Century Poet

"Joan was a being so uplifted from the ordinary run of mankind that she finds no equal in a thousand years."
                        Winston Churchill-Legendary British Prime Minister in WWII

"Unconquerable courage, infinite compassion, the virtue of the simple, the wisdom of the just shone forth in her. She glorifies as she freed the soil from which she sprang. All soldiers should read her story and ponder on the words and deeds of the true warrior, who in one single year, though untaught in technical arts, reveals in every situation the key of victory."
                        Winston Churchill-Legendary British Prime Minister in WWII

"Consider this unique and imposing distinction. Since the writing of human history began, Joan of Arc is the only person, of either sex, who has ever held supreme command of the military forces of a nation at the age of seventeen."
                        Louis Kossuth-19th Century European Freedom Fighter

"A perfect woman, nobly plann'd, to warn, to comfort, and command;
And yet a spirit still, and bright with something of an angel light."

                        William Wordsworth-19th Century Poet

"The perfect woman, Divinely planned, to love, to comfort, and command;
And with a touch of angel light, to help us through the darkest night."

                        Ben D. Kennedy's re-write of Wordsworth

"The history of this woman brings us time and again to tears."
                        Jules Michelet-19th Century French Historian

"Jeanne d'Arc does not belong to France alone but also to all those whose thoughts are elevated enough to grasp the superior and beautiful among goodness."
                        Louis-Maurice Boutet de Monvel-19th Century French Painter

"The goodness of her life proves that Jeanne possesses the grace of God.... She goeth forth capturing towns and castles. She is the first captain of our host. Such power had not Hector or Achilles. But God, who leads her, does all."
                        Jacques Gélu, Archbishop of Embrun. 1429

" to the Christ, the highest spiritual being of whom we have any exact record upon this earth is the girl Jeanne"
                        Sir Arthur Conan Doyle-Famous Scottish author of Sherlock Holmes Fame.

"Jeanne’s mission was on the surface warlike, but it really had the effect of ending a century of war, and her love and charity were so broad, that they could only be matched by Him who prayed for His murderers."
                        Sir Arthur Conan Doyle-Famous Scottish author of Sherlock Holmes Fame.

"Joan of Arc was not stuck at the cross-roads, either by rejecting all the paths like Tolstoy, or by accepting them all like Nietzsche. She chose a path, and went down it like a thunderbolt. Yet Joan, when I came to think of her, had in her all that was true either in Tolstoy or Nietzsche, all that read the rest of this quote . .
                        G. K. Chesterton- English writer and philosopher

"She was perhaps the only entirely unselfish person whose name has a place in profane history."
                        Mark Twain-19th Century American Writer

"Love, Mercy, Charity, Fortitude, War, Peace, Poetry, Music--these may be symbolized as any shall prefer: by figures of either sex and of any age; but a slender girl in her first young bloom, with the martyr's crown upon her head, and in her hand the sword that severed her country's bonds--shall not this, and no other, stand for PATRIOTISM through all the ages until time shall end?"
                        Mark Twain Conclusion to Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc

"The artist should paint her spirit -- then he could not fail to paint her body aright. She would rise before us then, a vision to win us, not repel: a lithe young slender figure, instinct with "the unbought grace of youth," dear and bonny and lovable, the face beautiful, and transfigured with the light of that lustrous intellect and the fires of that unquenchable spirit."
                        From Mark Twain's Essay about Joan of Arc

"She was the consummation and ideal of two noble human efforts towards perfection. The peasant's daughter was the Flower of Chivalry, brave, gentle, merciful, courteous, kind, and loyal....She was the most perfect daughter of her Church....her conscience, by frequent confession, was kept fair and pure as the lilies of Paradise."
                        Andrew Lang-19th Century Scottish Writer and Historian

"...with her luminous testimony, St. Joan of Arc invites us to a lofty level of Christian life."
                        Pope Benedict XVI speaking about Joan on Jan 26, 2011.

"It is by virtue of this absolute submission to the Divine will that Joan of Arc attains to saintliness. Her wonderful patriotism is of a very peculiar and rare kind for she loved France in God ...It was in God that Joan loved France just as so many other saints have loved the poor in God. Indeed her passionate love for France resembles that love for the poor by which so many saints have been consumed ...And so she deserves ever to be regarded as the incarnation of all that is purest and most blameless in patriotism and of all that is most submissive to God and obedient to His call in saintliness."
                        Louis Petit de Julleville - French Scholar and Writer

"She was the bravest of the brave."
                        Andrew Lang comparing Joan to William Wallace and other brave leaders

"I spent six years attempting to give people a proper understanding of the incredible beauty of St. Joan of Arc as I have been blessed by God to have been able to see in what at most has been a brief glimpse. I now realize it is an impossible task due to the severe limits of human expression. "
                        Ben D. Kennedy-Author of Maid of Heaven and Creator of

"Oh Jeanne, without sepulchre and without portrait, you know that the hero's tomb is the heart of the living."
                        André Malraux former French Minister of Culture words on mounument in Rouen

Portrait of Saint Joan of Arc by Frank Dicksee

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