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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.

“We can change. People say we can’t, but we do when the stakes or the pain is high enough. And when we do, life can change. It offers more of itself when we agree to give up our busyness.” Read more

Aung San Suu Kyi (Born in 1945) is a Myanmar's politician, diplomat, author, and a 1991 Nobel Peace Prize laureate who served as State Counselor of Myanmar and Minister of Foreign Affairs from 2016 to 2021. She played a vital role in Myanmar's transition from military junta to partial democracy in the 2010s.
SourceFrom her 1990 speech, "Freedom from Fear"

Will Rogers (1879 - 1935) Originally attributed to Will Rogers in 1935. The saying  has evolved over time to the form shown here which is now referred to, as the "20/40/60" rule. Over the years It has been attributed to others including Scottish actor Ewan McGregor, Jock Falkson, and Ann Landers. More information

In 1634, Rembrandt painted his wife, Saskia, as Flora — the Roman goddess of flowers and spring. One large bloom droops over her left ear from the wreath crowning her head, dwarfing the other blossoms in scale and splendor — a single tulip, its silken petals aflame with stripes of red and white.These tulips no longer exist.Read more

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