34. "What did these frogs ever contribute to the world anyway?"

     Apart from the fact that the basic conceptions of freedom; liberty, human rights, and government by the people received their greatest impetus from the French writers and thinkers of the period called the Enlightenment, " these frogs" have made contributions to history, literature, science, art, philosophy and political ideas which make one of the proudest and most brilliant records in the civilization of mankind.

     The record of France can stand beside that of any other nation in the world, and in many fields stands well above any other nation. Here are some of the French names which any literate person regards with respect:

Writers

Villon		de Maupassant
Rabelais	Anatole France
Corneille	Daudet
La Fontaine	Romain Rolland
Molliere	Rostand
Racine		Jules Verne
Voltaire	Mme de Stael
Rousseau	Stendhal
Baizac		Gautier
Victor Hugo	de Goncourt
Dumas		Lamartine
Georges Sand	Sue
de Musset	Loti
Merimee		Mme de Sevigne
Prevost		Proust
Ronsard		Le Sage	
Sardou		Jules Romains
Flaubert	Verlaine
Zola		Andre Malraux

Explorers

Cartier
Champlain
La Salle
Marquette


Scientists and Inventors

Pascal	  Laennec	Toucanta
Pasteur	  Cuvier	Bourdon
Curie	  Levassor	Cliardonnet
Buffon	  Braille	Heroult
Berthelot Hailer	Saruvage
Ampere	  Lavoisier	Sauria
Daguerre  Montgolfier	Le Blanc


Musicians

Bizet		Favre (*sic*)
Gounod		Debussy
Berlioz		Lalo
Saint Saens	Ravel
Massenet

Painters and Sculptors

Cezanne		Meissonier
Corot		Millet
Degas		Poussin
Delacroix	Prudhon
David		Renoir
Dore'		Rodin
Forain		Rousseau, P. E. T.
Gerome		Rouault
Houdon		Toulouse-Lautrec
Ingres		Seurat
Lebrun
Matisse


Philosophers

Chateaubriand	Descartes
Charron 	Montaigne
Calvin	 	Pascal
Montesquieu	Comte
Abelard	 	Bergson
La Bruyere	Maritain
Diderot 	Poincare
Condorcet	Rochefoucauld
Cousin		Renan
		Rousseau
		
Historians

de Tocqueville
Guizot
Thiers
Taine
Thierry
Saint-Simon
Quinet