“Esteeming others merely for their agreement with us in religion, opinion, and manner of living is only a less offensive kind of self-adoration.” -Thomas Adam: “Private Thoughts on Religion” (1824) diary entry
Thomas Adam was born in 1701. He was a Church of England clergyman and a religious writer. Thomas Adam passed on in 1784.
“I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be.” -Douglas Adams: “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” (1979)
“Life doesn’t necessarily happen in chronological order.” -Douglas Adams
“You live and learn. Or at any rate, you live.” -Douglas Adams
Douglas Adams was born on 11 March 1952 in Cambridge, England. He was a comic radio dramatist and a writer. Douglas Adams passed on at 49 years of age on 11 May 2001.
“We cannot waste time. We can only waste ourselves.” -George M. Adams
George Matthew Adams was born on 23 August 1878 in Saline, Michigan, United States of America. He was a newspaper columnist and the founder of the George Matthew Adams Newspaper Service, which syndicated comic strips and columns to newspapers for five decades. George Matthew Adams passed away on 29 October 1962.
“Courage and perseverance have a magical talisman, before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish into air.” -John Quincy Adams
“Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passions, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.” -John Quincy Adams
John Quincy Adams was born on 11 July 1767. He was married to Louisa Catherine Johnson. He was the sixth President of the United States of America (4 March 1825 - 3 March 1829). John Quincy Adams passed on at 80 years of age on 23 February 1848.
“A thick skin is a gift from God.” -Konrad Adenauer: as quoted in the “New York Times” (30 December 1959) newspaper
Konrad Adenauer was born in 1876. He was a German statesman. Konrad Adenauer passed on in 1967.
“Appearances are a glimpse of the unseen.” -Aeschylus
Aeschylus was born in about 525 B.C.E. in Eleusis, Greece. He was a poet and a tragic dramatist. Among other plays, he wrote “Persians” (472 B.C.E.), “The Suppliants” (463 B.C.E.), “Seven Against Thebes” (467 B.C.E.), and “Oresteia” (458 B.C.E.). Aeschylus passed on in about 456 B.C.E. in Gela, Sicily, Italy.
“The Spartans do not enquire how many the enemy are, but where they are.” -Agis II (427 B.C.E.)
“Music I heard with you was more than music, and bread I broke with you was more than bread . . .” -Conrad Aiken
“You can tell more about a person by what he says about others than you can by what others say about him.” -Leo Aikman
Leo Aikman was born on 22 December 1908 in Dana, Indiana, United States of America. He worked with the National Parks Service in Washington, District of Columbia, for several years before transferring to Marietta, Georgia in 1941 as historian at Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park. He was a columnist for the “Atlanta Constitution” from 1948 until he passed on. As a humorist and speaker, he entertained and inspired audiences across the continental United States. Leo Aikman passed on in 1978.
“Nothing is more dangerous than an idea, when you have only one idea.” -Alain: “Propos sur le Religion” (1938), number 74
Alain is the pseudonym of Émile-Auguste Chartier, who was born in 1868. He was a French poet and philosopher. Alain (pseudonym of Émile-Auguste Chartier) passed on in 1951.
“A man can do all things if he but wills them.” -Leon Battista Alberti
Leon Battista Alberti was born on 18 February 1404. He was an Italian writer, artist, architect, poet, priest, linguist, philosopher, cryptographer, and a general Renaissance polymath. Leon Battista Alberti passed on at 68 years of age on 20 April 1472.
“Don’t let the sun go down upon your anger; forgive each other, help each other, and begin again tomorrow.” -Louisa May Alcott
“I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning how to sail my ship.” -Louisa May Alcott: “Little Women” (1868 - 1869)
“Life is my college. May I graduate well, and earn some honors.” -Louisa May Alcott
“‘Stay’ is a charming word in a friend’s vocabulary.” -Louisa May Alcott
Louisa May Alcott was born on 29 November 1832 in Germantown, Pennsylvania, United States of America, as a daughter of Amos Bronson Alcott. She was a novelist best known for her book “Little Women” (1868 - 1869). Louisa May Alcott passed on at 55 years of age on 6 March 1888 in Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America.
“It’s not so much the journey that’s important; as is the way that we treat those we encounter and those around us, along the way.” -Jeremy Aldana
“A person is limited only by the thoughts that he chooses.” -James Allen
“All that a man achieves and all that he fails to achieve is the direct result of his own thoughts.” -James Allen
“Dream lofty dreams and as you dream so shall you become . . .” -James Allen
“Dreams are the seedlings of realities.” -James Allen
“Even if you are on the right track, you’ll get run over if you sit there.” -James Allen (similar quotation attributed to Will Rogers)
“He who has conquered doubt and fear has conquered failure.” -James Allen: “As a Man Thinketh” (1903)
“Our life is what our thoughts make it. A man will find that as he alters his thoughts toward things and other people, things and other people will alter towards him.” -James Allen
“People do not attract that which they want, but that which they are.” -James Allen
“To the degree that you believe, you will achieve.” -James Allen
“Work joyfully and peacefully, knowing that right thoughts and right efforts will inevitable bring about right results.” -James Allen
“You are today where your thoughts have brought you. You will be tomorrow where your thoughts take you.” -James Allen
“You will become as small as your controlling desire; as great as your dominant aspiration.” -James Allen: “As a Man Thinketh” (1903)
James Allen was born in Leicester, Leicestershire, England on 28 November 1864. He was a writer remembered for his inspirational books and poetry, and was a pioneer in the self-help movement. His best-known work is “As a Man Thinketh” (1903). James Allen passed on at 47 years of age on 24 January 1912 in Ilfracombe, Devon, England.
“The vision that you glorify in your mind, the ideal that you enthrone in your heart, this you will build your life by, and this you will become.” -James Lane Allen
“You will never do anything in this world without courage. It is the greatest quality of the mind next to honor.” -James Lane Allen
James Lane Allen was born on 21 December 1849 near Lexington, Kentucky, United States of America. He was an American novelist and short story writer. James Lane Allen passed on at 75 years of age on 18 February 1925 in New York City, New York, United States of America.
“The bad news is time flies. The good news is you’re the pilot.” -Michael Altshuler
“Live your life with purpose. Focus on your blessings, not your misfortunes. Focus on your strengths, not your weaknesses. Be yourself and don’t wait for the approval of others. But most importantly, have a positive and humble mindset no matter what situation you are in. Count your blessings, not your problems, and you will realize how beautiful your life truly is.” -Troy Amdahl
“Life is short and we have never too much time for gladdening the hearts of those who are traveling the dark journey with us. Oh be swift to love, make haste to be kind.” -Henri-Frédéric Amiel
“The man who insists upon seeing with perfect clearness before he decides, never decides. Accept life, and you must accept regret.” -Henri-Frédéric Amiel
“Work while you have the light. You are responsible for the talent that has been entrusted to you.” -Henri-Frédéric Amiel
Henri-Frédéric Amiel was born on 27 September 1821. He was a Swiss philosopher, writer, poet, and critic. Henri-Frédéric Amiel passed on in 1881.
“It takes great courage to faithfully follow what we know to be true.” -Sara E. Anderson
“Bad things do happen; how I respond to them defines my character and the quality of my life. I can choose to sit in perpetual sadness, immobilized by the gravity of my loss, or I can choose to rise from the pain and treasure the most precious gift I have - life itself.” -Walter Anderson
“Our lives improve only when we take chances - and the first and most difficult risk we can take is to be honest with ourselves.” -Walter Anderson
“Smile. Have you ever noticed how easily puppies make human friends? Yet all they do is wag their tails and fall over.” -Walter Anderson: “The Confidence Course” (1997)
Walter Anderson was born on 31 August 1944. He is an American newspaperman and editor, and has served as the Chief Executive Officer of “Parade Magazine.”
“Love what you do. Believe in your instincts. And you’d better be able to pick yourself up and brush yourself off every day.” -Mario Andretti
“A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.” -Maya Angelou
“Music was my refuge. I could crawl into the space between the notes and curl my back to loneliness.” -Maya Angelou
“Nothing will work unless you do.” - Maya Angelou
“One isn’t necessarily born with courage, but one is born with potential. Without courage, we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We can’t be kind, true, merciful, generous, or honest.” -Maya Angelou
“Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.” -Maya Angelou
“The most called-upon prerequisite of a friend is an accessible ear.” -Maya Angelou
Maya Angelou was born as Marguerite Ann Johnson on 4 April 1928 in Saint Louis, Missouri, United States of America. She was a poet, memoirist, dancer, producer, playwright, director, author, singer, and actress. Maya Angelou passed on at 86 years of age on 28 May 2014 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, United States of America.
“Live as though it were your last day on Earth. Someday you will be right.” -Robert Anthony
Robert Anthony. Doctor - M.D. or Ph.D.?
“The most useful piece of learning for the uses of life is to unlearn what is untrue.” -Antisthenes
Antisthenes was born in about 444 B.C.E. He was a Greek philosopher. Antisthenes passed on in about 365 B.C.E.
“Now and then it’s good to pause in our pursuit of happiness and just be happy.” -Guillaume Apollinaire
Guillaume Apollinaire was born as Wilhelm Apollinaris de Dostrowitsky in 1880. He was a French-Italian-Polish poet. Guillaume Apollinaire passed on in 1918.
“Beware of the man of one book.” [English translation]
“Timeo hominem unius libri.” [original Latin]
-attributed to Thomas Aquinas
Thomas Aquinas was born in 1225. He was a Christian philosopher and theologian. Thomas Aquinas passed on in 1274.
“This is the precept by which I have lived: Prepare for the worst; expect the best; and take what comes.” -Hannah Arendt
Johanna ‘Hannah’ Arendt was born on 14 October 1906 in Linden, German Empire (now Hanover, Germany). She was a German-born American political scientist and philosopher. Johanna ‘Hannah’ Arendt passed on at 69 years of age on 4 December 1975 in New York City, New York, United States of America.
Is it so small a thing,
To have enjoyed the sun,
To have lived light in the spring,
To have loved, to have thought, to have done?
-Matthew Arnold: “Empedocles on Etna”
Matthew Arnold was born on 24 December 1822. He was an English Victorian poet and a literary and social critic. Matthew Arnold passed on at 65 years of age on 15 April 1888.
“Give yourself something to work toward - constantly.” -Mary Kay Ash
“God does not ask your ability or your inability. He asks only your availability.” -Mary Kay Ash (similar quotation attributed to Neil A. Maxwell)
“No matter how busy you are, you must take time to make the other person feel important.” -Mary Kay Ash
“One of the secrets of success is to refuse to let temporary setbacks defeat us.” -Mary Kay Ash
Mary Kay Ash was born in 1918. She was a businesswoman and founder of the cosmetics concern Mary Kay Incorporated. Mary Kay Ash passed on in 2001.
“A truly wise person will constantly move forward, striving for self-improvement . . . The joys of happiness can only be realized by living lofty principles.” -Marvin J. Ashton
“Greatness is best measured by how well an individual responds to the happenings in life that appear to be totally unfair, unreasonable, and undeserved.” -Marvin J. Ashton: as quoted in “Ensign” (November 1984) magazine, page 22
“True happiness is not made in getting something. True happiness is becoming something.” -Marvin J. Ashton
“We should teach, particularly ourselves, that nobody is a nobody. We are someone, and with God’s help we can accomplish all things.” -Marvin. J. Ashton: ‘It’s No Fun Being Poor,’ in “Ensign” (September 1982) magazine, page 74
“What we do with what happens to us is more important than what happens to us.” -Marvin J. Ashton
“It has been my philosophy of life that difficulties vanish when faced boldly.” -Isaac Asimov
Isaac Asimov was born in 1920. He was a Russian-born American biochemist and science fiction writer. Isaac Asimov passed on in 1992.
“Everything I’ve ever done was out of fear of being mediocre.” -Chet Atkins
“Don’t be condescending to unskilled labor. Try it for half a day first.” -Brooks Atkinson
“Our nation was built . . . by pioneers who were not afraid of failure, scientists who were not afraid of the truth, thinkers who were not afraid of progress, and dreamers who were not afraid of action.” -Brooks Atkinson
Justin Brooks ‘Brooks’ Atkinson was born on 28 November 1894 in Melrose, Massachusetts, United States of America. After working for a few smaller newspapers, he worked for “The New York Times” as an editor of book reviews (1922 - 1925), a theater critic (1925 - 1941) and a war correspondent (1941 - 1947), and again as a theater critic ( 1947- 1960), finally retiring from the paper in 1960. Justin Brooks ‘Brooks’ Atkinson passed on at 89 years of age on 14 January 1984 in Huntsville, Alabama, United States of America.
“Procrastination and worry are the twin thieves that will try to rob you of your brilliance - but even the smallest action will drive them from your camp.” -Gil Atkinson
“The best way to overcome undesirable or negative thoughts and feelings is to cultivate the positive ones.” -William Walker Atkinson
“We were put on this Earth to make things.” -W. H. Auden
Wystan Hugh Auden was born on 21 February 1907 in York, England. He was an English-born American poet, writer, and man of letters. Wystan Hugh Auden passed on at 66 years of age on 29 September 1973 in Vienna, Austria.
“Lost time is never found again.” -John H. Aughey
“Being heard is so close to being loved that for the average person they are almost indistinguishable.” -David Augsburger
“Hear the other side.” [English translation]
“Audi partem alterum.” [original Latin]
-Augustine of Hippo
“He who is filled with love is filled with God himself.” -Augustine of Hippo
“If we live good lives, the times are also good. As we are, such are the times.” -Augustine of Hippo
Augustine of Hippo, also known as Aurelius Augustinus Hipponensis, or Saint Augustine, was born as Aurelius Augustine on C.E. 13 November 354 in Thagaste, Numidia (now Souk Ahras, Algeria). He was a Roman philosopher, a Christian theologian, a writer, and a Christian bishop of Hippo in Roman Africa (396 - 430). Augustine of Hippo passed on at 75 years of age on C.E. 28 August 430 in Hippo Regius, Numidia (now Annaba, Algeria).
“Make haste slowly.” -Augustus: as quoted in Gaius Suetonius Tranquillus: “Lives of the Caesars” (about C.E. 121)
Augustus (Gaius Octavius) was born in 63 B.C.E. He was the first Roman emperor. Augustus (Gaius Octavius) passed on in C.E. 14.
“Consider how much more you often suffer from your anger and grief, than from those very things for which you are angry and grieved.” -Marcus Aurelius
“Do every act of your life as if it were your last.” -Marcus Aurelius
“How much time he gains who does not look to see what his neighbor says or does or thinks, but only at what he does himself, to make it just and holy.” -Marcus Aurelius: “The Meditations” (1964 translation by Maxwell Staniforth)
“If we begin with certainties, we shall end in doubts; if we begin with doubts, and are patient, we shall end in certainties.” -Marcus Aurelius
“Look well into thyself; there is a source of strength which will always spring up if thou wilt always look there.” -Marcus Aurelius
“The object of life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane.” -Marcus Aurelius
“Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking.” -Marcus Aurelius
“Waste no more time talking about great souls and how they should be. Become one yourself!” -Marcus Aurelius
“When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive - to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.” -Marcus Aurelius
“Your time has a limit set to it. Use it, then to advance your enlightenment; or it will be gone and never in your power again.” -Marcus Aurelius: “The Meditations” (C.E. 167)
Marcus Aurelius, also known as Marcus Aurelius Antoninus, was born as M. Annius Verus on C.E. 26 April 121. He was a Roman emperor, known for his work on Stoic philosophy titled “The Meditations” (C.E. 167). Marcus Aurelius passed on at about 59 years of age in C.E. 180.
“She was not a woman of many words, for, unlike people in general, she proportioned them to the number of her ideas.” -Jane Austen: “Sense and Sensibility” (1811), volume 2, chapter 12
Jane Austen was born in 1775. She was an English writer. Jane Austen passed in 1817.
“Some days there won’t be a song in your heart. Sing anyway.” -Emory Austin
“If I am not for myself, who will be?” -Pirke Avoth