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Ray Cummings (1887 - 1957) American author of Science Fiction literature and comic books. He worked for 5 years with Thomas Edison as a personal assistant and technical writer. Cummings is regarded as one of the "founding fathers" of the science fiction genre. He authored the novel "The Girl in the Golden Atom" published in 1919 and a sequel, The People of the Golden Atom, published in 1920.. He also wrote numerous short Science fiction stories among them "The Fire People" and “The Man Who Could Work Miracles"

According to the Quote Investigator, the quote on this post was first seen on Cummins' "The Girl on the Golden Atom" but has been misattributed to Mark Twain, John A. Wheeler and Albert Einstein among others (

Martin Luther King Jr. - (1929 - 1968) American Christian minister, activist and leader in the Civil Rights Movement from 1955 until his assassination in 1968.

Helen Adams Keller (1880 – 1968) American author, disability rights advocate and political activist. She lost her sight and hearing after a bout of illness at the age of nineteen months. She then communicated primarily using home signs until the age of seven when she met her first teacher and life-long companion Anne Sullivan, who taught her language, including reading and writing. She attended Radcliffe College of Harvard University and became the first deafblind person to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree. She worked for the American Foundation for the Blind from 1924 until 1968, during which time she toured the United States and traveled to 35 countries advocating for those with vision loss. She wrote 14 books and hundreds of speeches and essays.
Quote Source:
"Optimism" an Essay by Helen Keller.

Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804 - 1864) - He was an American novelist, born in Salem, Massachusetts. His ancestors include John Hathorne, the only judge from the Salem witch trials who never repented his involvement. Hawthorne probably added the "w" to his surname in his early twenties, shortly after graduating from college, in an effort to dissociate himself from his notorious forebear. He published his first work in 1828, the novel Fanshawe. He published several short stories in periodicals, which he collected in 1837 as Twice-Told Tales.  The Scarlet Letter was published in 1850, followed by a succession of other novels. A political appointment as consul took Hawthorne and family to Europe before their return to Concord in1860. Much of Hawthorne's writing centers on New England, many works featuring moral metaphors with an anti-Puritan inspiration. His fiction works are considered part of the Romantic movement. His themes often center on the inherent evil and sin of humanity, and his works often have moral messages and deep psychological complexity.
This quote is from Hawthorne's book, "The Scarlett Letter"

Franklin Delano Roosevelt (1882 - 1945), often referred to by his initials FDR, was an American politician and attorney who served as the 32nd president of the United States.He won a record four presidential elections. Roosevelt directed the federal government during most of the Great depression, implementing his New Deal domestic agenda in response to the worst economic crisis in U.S. history. Read more

Voltaire - (1694-1778)  François-Marie Arouet, known by his nom de plume Voltaire. was a French Enlightenment writer, historian, and philosopher famous for his wit, his attacks on the established Catholic Church, and his advocacy of freedom of religion, freedom of speech, and separation of church and state. He was one of the greatest of all French writers.

Frederick Douglass (1817 - 1895) - Born Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey. He was an American abolitionist, social reformer, writer, orator and statesman. He escape from slavery in Maryland and became a national leader of the abolitionist movement. Known for his oratory and antislavery writings. He was described by abolitionists in his time as a living counterexample to slaveholders' arguments that slaves lacked the intellectual capacity to function as independent American citizens.
Douglass wrote three autobiographies, describing his experiences as a slave and later times of his life. Douglass also actively supported women's suffrage, and held several public offices.
Quote Source: Frederick Douglass: Autobiographies - On taking action about his own liberation and self-actualization.

Henry David Thoreau (1817 - 1862).  American naturalist, philosopher, poet, and essayist. He is best known for his book "Walden" or "Life in the woods", a reflection upon simple living in natural surroundings, and his essay "Civil Disobedience" (originally published as "Resistance to Civil Government"), an argument for disobedience to an unjust state.

Bertrand Russell (1872–1970) British philosopher, writer, mathematician, logician, historian, social critic, political activist, and Nobel Laureate.

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