Joyeux Anniversaire, François Arnaud! (b. July 5th, 1985)

“As an actor, as much as I’m interested in how you make movies and TV shows, even as a kid, I’ve always hated making of featurettes and special features on DVDs.  I think it breaks the spell. I don’t think they should do that, but I know everyone does now. I’m just being honest. You definitely shouldn’t watch the special features before you watch the actual series.”

Your voice sounds completely different in different languages. It alters your personality somehow. I don’t think people get the same feeling from you. The rhythm changes. Because the rhythm of the language is different, it changes your inner rhythm and that changes how you process everything.

When I hear myself speak French, I look at myself differently. Certain aspects will feel closer to the way I feel or the way I am and others won’t. I like that—to tour different sides of yourself. I often find when looking at people who are comfortable in many languages, they’re more comfortable talking about emotional stuff in a certain language or political stuff in another and that’s really interesting, how people relate to those languages.
—  Francois Arnaud for Interview Magazine

Cesare had inherited none of that streak of piety which ran through his family. Alexander was a devotee of the Virgin Mary while Lucrezia developed a deep sense of religion over the years. — But there is little to suggest that Cesare cared anything for God or religion. As a man of the Renessaince, he believed in an egocentric world, taking as his role model his namesake, Caesar. — Indeed, everything about Cesare pointed to a career other than the one chosen for him. [Sarah Bradford]


This Lord is truly splendid and magnificent, and in war there is no enterprise so great that it does not appear small to him; in the pursuit of glory and lands he never rests nor recognizes fatigue or danger. He arrives in one place before it is known that he has left another; he is popular with his soldiers and he has collected the best men in Italy, these things make him victorious and formidable, particularly when added to perpetual good fortune.

Niccolò Machiavelli, letter to the Florentine Signoria x }

Cesare Borgia in “The Prince” asked by anonymous