“A considerable number of persons are able to protect themselves against the outbreak of serious neurotic phenomena only through intense work.” -Karl Abraham
“Guard against the prestige of great names; see that your judgements are your own; and do not shrink from disagreement; no trusting without testing.” -John Dalberg Acton
“There is no error so monstrous that it fails to find defenders among the ablest men.” -John Dalberg Acton
John Dalberg Acton, also known as John Emerich Edward Dalberg-Acton, was born on 10 January 1834 in Naples, Kingdom of Naples. He became an English Roman Catholic historian and a writer. John Dalberg Acton passed on at 68 years of age on 19 June 1902 in Tegernsee, Bavaria, German Empire.
“A common mistake that people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools.” -Douglas Adams
“Nothing travels faster than light, with the possible exception of bad news, which follows its own rules.” -Douglas Adams
“There are some oddities in the perspective with which we see the world. The fact that we live at the bottom of a deep gravity well, on the surface of a gas covered planet going around a nuclear fireball 90 million miles away and think this to be normal is obviously some indication of how skewed our perspective tends to be, but we have done various things over intellectual history to slowly correct some of our misapprehensions.” -Douglas Noel Adams (1952 - 2001): speech (1998) at Digital Biota 2, Cambridge, United Kingdom
“When you blame others, you give up your power to change.” -Douglas Adams
“You are your greatest investment. The more you store in that mind of yours, the more you enrich your experience, the more people you meet, the more books you read, and the more places you visit, the greater is that investment in all that you are. Everything that you add to your peace of mind, and to your outlook upon life, is added capital that no one but yourself can dissipate.” -George Matthew Adams
George Matthew Adams was born on 23 August 1878 in Saline, Michigan, United States of America. He became a newspaper columnist and the 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 in “The Gettysburg Times” and in many other newspapers. George Matthew Adams passed away on 29 October 1962.
“Capitalism and communism stand at opposite poles. Their essential difference is this: The communist, seeing the rich man and his fine home, says: ‘No man should have so much.’ The capitalist, seeing the same thing, says: ‘All men should have as much.’” -Phelps Adams
“You’ve got to win in your mind before you win in your life.” -John Addison
“I value my garden more for being full of blackbirds than of cherries, and very frankly give them fruit for their songs.” -Joseph Addison (1672 - 1719)
Joseph Addison was born on 1 May 1672 in Milston, Wiltshire, England, as the eldest son of Reverend Lancelot Addison. He became 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.
“Appearances are a glimpse of the unseen.” -Aeschylus
Aeschylus was born in about 523 B.C.E. in Eleusis, Greece. He became 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 at about 67 years of age 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 to be the historian at Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park. He became a columnist for the “Atlanta Constitution” from 1948 until he passed away. As a humorist and speaker, he entertained and inspired audiences across the continental United States. Leo Aikman passed on in 1978.
“A man can do all things if he but wills them.” -Leon Battista Alberti
Leon Battista Alberti was born on 14 February 1404 in Genoa, Italy. He became a writer, an artist, an architect, a poet, a priest, a linguist, a philosopher, a cryptographer, and a general Renaissance polymath. Leon Battista Alberti passed on at 68 years of age on 25 April 1472 in Rome, Italy.
“Fine manners are the mantle of fair minds.” -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
“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 became a novelist. She is known for her book, “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
“When you say a situation or a person is hopeless, you are slamming the door in the face of God.” -Charles L. Allen
“Winning can be defined as the science of being totally prepared.” -George 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)
“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 became a writer. He is known for his inspirational books and poetry, and as 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.
“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
“The test of every religious, political, or educational system is the man that it forms.” -Henri Frederic Amiel
“To be always ready a man must be able to cut a knot, for not everything can be untied.” -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, also known as Henri Amiel, was born on 27 September 1821 in Geneva, Switzerland. He became a moral philosopher, a writer, a poet, and a critic. He is known for his book, “Journal Intime” (English: “Private Journal”) (1884). Henri-Frédéric Amiel passed on at 59 years of age on 11 May1881 in Geneva Switzerland.
“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
“Focus on the journey, not the destination. Joy is found not in finishing an activity but in doing it.” -Greg 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 an 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
“There is little good in filling churches with people who go out exactly the same as they came in; the call of the Church is not to fill churches but to fill Heaven.” -Father Andrew: “The Way of Victory”
Henry Ernest Hardy, also known as Father Andrew, was born on 7 January 1869 in Kasauli, India. He became an Anglican clergyman, a friar, a painter, and a poet. He is known as a co-founder of the Society of Divine Compassion, which worked for the poor in the East End of London, England. Henry Ernest Hardy passed on at 77 years of age on 31 March 1946 in the East End of London, England.
“A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.” -Maya Angelou
“This a wonderful day. I’ve never seen this one before.” -Maya Angelou
“We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated.” -Maya Angelou
“You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.” -Maya Angelou
Maya Angelou was born as Marguerite Ann Johnson on 4 April 1928 in Saint Louis, Missouri, United States of America. She became a poet, a memoirist, a dancer, a producer, a playwright, a director, a teacher, an essayist, a singer, and an actress. Maya Angelou passed on at 86 years of age on 28 May 2014 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, United States of America.
“Cautious, careful people, always casting about to preserve their reputation and social standing, never can bring about reform. Those who are really in earnest must be willing to be anything or nothing in the world’s estimation, and publicly and privately, in season and out, avow their sympathy with despised and persecuted ideas and their advocates, and bear the consequences.” -Susan B. Anthony
Susan Brownell Anthony, also known as Susan B. Anthony, was born on 15 February 1820. She became an advocate of women’s right to vote. Susan Brownell Anthony passed on at 86 years of age on 13 March 1906.
“The most useful piece of learning for the uses of life is to unlearn what is untrue.” -Antisthenes (about 444 B.C.E. - 365 about B.C.E.)
Antisthenes was born in about 444 B.C.E. in Athens, Greece. He became a philosopher and a rhetorician. Antisthenes passed on in about 365 B.C.E. in Athens, Greece.
“Better to illuminate than merely to shine, to deliver to others contemplated truths than merely to contemplate.” -Thomas Aquinas
“There is nothing on this Earth to be more prized than true friendship.” -Thomas Aquinas
Thomas Aquinas was born in 1225 in Roccasecca, Italy. He became a Roman Catholic Christian priest and friar, a philosopher, and a theologian. Thomas Aquinas passed on in 1274.
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 in Laleham, Staines, England. He was married to Frances Wightman in 1851. He became a Victorian poet, a literary critic, and a social reformer. Matthew Arnold passed on at 65 years of age on 15 April 1888 in Liverpool, England.
“First, religious and moral principles; secondly, gentlemanly conduct; thirdly, intellectual ability.” -Thomas Arnold (1795 - 1842)
Thomas Arnold was born in 1795. He was appointed headmaster of Rugby in 1828. Thomas Arnold passed on in 1842.
“Everyone wants to be appreciated, so if you appreciate someone, don’t keep it a secret.” -Mary Kay Ash
“Give yourself something to work toward - constantly.” -Mary Kay Ash
Mary Kay Ash was born as Mary Kathlyn Wagner in 1918 in Hot Wells, Texas, United States of America. She became a businesswoman, the founder of Mary Kay Cosmetics, Incorporated, and a writer. Mary Kay Ash passed on in 2001.
“Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.” -Arthur Ashe
“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
“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.
“Youth would be an ideal state if it came a little later in life.” -Herbert Henry Asquith (1852 - 1928)
Herbert Henry Asquith was born in 1852. He became a prime minster of Great Britain (1908 - 1916). Herbert Henry Asquith passed on in 1928.
“Everything I’ve ever done was out of fear of being mediocre.” -Chet Atkins
“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
“What if we had a chance to do it again and again, until we finally did get it right? Wouldn’t that be wonderful?” -Kate 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.
“All that we are not stares back at what we are.” -W. H. Auden
“No human being is innocent, but there is a class of innocent human actions called Games.” -W. H. Auden
“No opera plot can be sensible, for in sensible situations people do not sing.” -W. H. Auden
“Thousands have lived without love, not one without water.” -W. H. Auden
Wystan Hugh Auden, also known as W. H. Auden, was born on 21 February 1907 in York, England. He was married to Erika Mann in 1935. He became a writer and a poet. He traveled extensively in Europe, Iceland, and China during in the 1930’s. He fought in the Spanish Civil War. He became a naturalized American in 1938. Wystan Hugh Auden passed on at 66 years of age on 29 September 1973 in Vienna, Austria.
“God chooses us, not because we believe, but that we may believe.” -Augustine of Hippo
“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, was born as Aurelius Augustine on C.E. 13 November 354 in Thagaste, Numidia (now Souk Ahras, Algeria). He became a Christian theologian, a writer, and a bishop of Hippo in Roman Africa (396 - 430). He is known for his works, “The Confessions of Saint Augustine” and “The City of God.” Augustine of Hippo passed on at 75 years of age on C.E. 28 August 430 in Hippo Regius, Numidia (now Annaba, Algeria).
“Remember this, - that there is a proper dignity and proportion to be observed in the performance of every act of life.” -Marcus Aurelius
“The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts . . . take care that you entertain no notions unsuitable to virtue and reasonable nature.” -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
“Think of what you have rather than of what you lack. Of the things you have, select the best and then reflect how eagerly you would have sought them if you did not have them.” -Marcus Aurelius
“To expect bad men not to do wrong is madness . . .” -Marcus Aurelius: “Meditations”
“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
Marcus Aurelius, also known as Marcus Aurelius Antoninus Augustus, was born as M. Annius Verus on C.E. 26 April 121. He became an emperor (C.E. 161 - C.E. 180) of ancient Rome. He is known for his work on Stoic philosophy titled, “The Meditations” (C.E. 167). Marcus Aurelius passed on at 59 years of age on C.E. 17 March 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 never married. She became an English novelist. Jane Austen passed on in 1817.
“I have two planks for a bed, two stools, two cups and a basin. On my broken wall is a small card which says, ‘God hath chosen the weak things - I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.’ It is true I have passed through fire.” -Gladys Aylward: as quoted in Hannah Ward and Jennifer Wild, compilers: “The Lion Christian Quotation Collection” (1997)
Gladys Aylward was born in 1902. Gladys Aylward passed on in 1970.