“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)
“Time is an illusion, lunchtime doubly so.” -Douglas Adams: “The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy” (1979)
“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.
“If you have nothing else to do, look about you and see if there isn’t something close at hand that you can improve! It may make you wealthy, though it is more likely that it will make you happy.” -George Matthew Adams
George Matthew Adams was born in 1878. He was an American newspaper columnist and founder of the George Matthew Adams Newspaper Service, which syndicated comic strips and columns to newspapers for five decades. His own writings were circulated widely to The Gettysburg Times and many other newspapers. George Matthew Adams passed on in 1962.
“A general dissolution of the principles and manners will more surely overthrow the liberties of America than the whole force of the common enemy . . . While the people are virtuous they cannot be subdued; but once they lose their virtue, they will be ready to surrender their liberties to the first external or internal invader . . . If virtue and knowledge are diffused among the people, they will never be enslaved. This will be their great security.” -John Adams
“As much as I converse with sages and heroes, they have very little of my love and admiration. I long for rural and domestic scene, for the warbling of birds and the prattling of my children.” -John Adams
“I read my eyes out and can’t read half enough. The more one reads the more one sees we have to read.” -John Adams
John Adams was born in 1735. He was married to Abigail Adams. He was a statesman, diplomat, and a leading advocate of American independence from Great Britain. He became a Vice President and later the second President of the United States of America. John Adams passed on in 1826.
“Courage and perseverance have a magical talisman, before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish into air.” -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.
“Some virtues are only seen in affliction and others only in prosperity.” -Joseph Addison
Joseph Addison was born on 1 May 1672 in Milston, Wiltshire, England as the eldest son of Reverend Lancelot Addison. He was an essayist, a dramatist, a poet, a politician, and co-founder with Richard Steele of “The Spectator” (1711 - 1712) magazine. Joseph Addison passed on at 47 years of age on 17 June 1719 in London, England.
“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.
“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 a pseudonym of Émile-Auguste Chartier, who was born in 1868. He was a French poet and philosopher. 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.
“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
“The power of finding beauty in the humblest things makes home happy and life lovely.” -Louisa May Alcott
Louisa May Alcott, also known by the pseudonym A. M. Barnard, was born on 29 November 1832 in Germantown, Pennsylvania, United States of America, as a daughter of Amos Bronson Alcott. She was a writer best known for her novel “Little Women” (1868 - 1869), followed by its sequels, “Good Wives,” “Little Men,” and “Jo’s Boys.” 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
“Above all be of single aim; have a legitimate and useful purpose, and devote yourself unreservedly to it.” -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 (William Penn Adair ‘Will’ Rogers (1879 - 1935)))
“He who has conquered doubt and fear has conquered failure. His every thought is allied with power, and all difficulties are bravely met and wisely overcome. Thought allied fearlessly to purpose becomes creative force.” -James Allen: “As a Man Thinketh” (1903)
“People do not attract that which they want, but that which they are.” -James Allen
“Work joyfully and peacefully, knowing that right thoughts and right efforts will inevitably bring about right results.” -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 first book was “From Poverty to Power, or, the Realization of Prosperity and Peace” (1901), but 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
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.
“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
“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.
“To succeed, you have to be open to problems. You have to be open to failure. And as you go up the ladder, you gain the right to get more problems.” -Dave Anderson
“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.”
“Even though circumstances may cause interruptions and delays, never lose sight of your goal. Instead, prepare yourself in every way you can by increasing your knowledge and adding to your experience, so that you can make the most of opportunity when it occurs.” -Mario Andretti
“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
“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” -Maya Angelou
“Music was my refuge. I could crawl into the space between the notes and curl my back to loneliness.” -Maya Angelou
“We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated.” -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, essayist, 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.
“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.
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 Neal A. Maxwell)
“No matter how busy you are, you must take time to make the other person feel important.” -Mary Kay Ash
Mary Kay Ash was born as Mary Kathlyn Wagner in 1918 in Hot Wells, Harris County, Texas. She was an American businesswoman and the founder of Mary Kay Cosmetics, Incorporated. Mary Kay Ash passed on in 2001.
“Being of good cheer makes it possible for us to turn all of our sunsets into sunrises.” -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
“The joys of happiness can only be realized by living lofty principles.” -Marvin J. Ashton
“True happiness is not made in getting something. True happiness is becoming something.” -Marvin J. Ashton
“What we do with what happens to us is more important than what happens to us.” -Marvin J. Ashton
Marvin Jeremy Ashton was born in 1915 in Salt Lake City, Utah, United States of America. He served a mission in Great Britain and worked in the lumber business as a young man. He worked as managing director of LDS Social Services and was a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from 1971 until his passing. Marvin Jeremy Ashton passed on in 1994.
“Everything I’ve ever done was out of fear of being mediocre.” -Chet Atkins
“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
“If you don’t run your own life, somebody else will.” -John Atkinson
“The best way to overcome undesirable or negative thoughts and feelings is to cultivate the positive ones.” -William Walker Atkinson
William Walker Atkinson, also known by the pseudonyms Theron Q. Dumont and Yogi Ramacharaka, was born on 5 December 1862. Mental, physical, and financial ruin led him to discover the theories and philosophies found in his works. William Walker Atkinson passed on at 69 years of age on 22 November 1932.
“Hear the other side.” [English translation]
“Audi partem alterum.” [original Latin]
-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 was born as Gaius Octavius on 23 September 63 B.C.E. in Rome, Roman Republic. He was the first Roman emperor, from 27 B.C.E. until his passing. Augustus passed on at 75 years of age on C.E. 19 August 14 in Nola, Italia, Roman Empire.
“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 on in 1817.
“Some days there won’t be a song in your heart. Sing anyway.” -Emory Austin