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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.

George Bernard Shaw (1856 – 1950), was an Irish playwright, critic, polemicist and political activist. His influence on Western theatre, culture and politics extended from the 1880s to his death and beyond. He wrote more than sixty plays, including major works such as Man and Superman (1902), Pygmalion (1913) and Saint Joan (1923). With a range incorporating both contemporary satire and historical allegory, Shaw became the leading dramatist of his generation, and in 1925 was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. Read more

Anna Eleanor Roosevelt (1884 – 1962) She was an American political figure, diplomat, and activist. She served as the first lady of the United States from 1933 to 1945, during her husband President Franklin D. Roosevelt's four terms in office.  Roosevelt served as United States Delegate to the United Nations General Assembly from 1945 to 1952.

Konstantinos Dimitriadis,  (1931 - 2020)  Greek poet, novelist, literary critic and scholar. Born in Thessaloniki, he was better known by his pen name Dinos Christianopoulos. His extensive work, published between 1947 and 1988 includes  "Age of Lean Cows", "Biography", Strangers' Knees", "Indefensible Yearning", "Suburbs", "Outcasts of the World", "Essays", "The Sculpture of Modern Thessaloniki", "Verse from the Army and  "With Art and Passion" He was awarded the 2011 National Grand Prix for Literature, but refused to pick it up. Photo Credit 

Henry Ward Beecher (1813 – 1887) was an American Congregationalist clergyman, social reformer, and speaker, known for his support of the abolition of slavery, his emphasis on God's love and a novel oratorical style in which he employed humor, dialect, and slang. He was thought to be the most famous preacher in the nation. Read more

The quote is from his "Proverbs from Plymouth Pulpit" (1887)

Khalil Gibran (1883 - 1931) Lebanese-American poet and writer. He was the author of The Prophet, The Broken Wings , Beloved, The Three Ants and many other works (His name is sometimes spelled Kahlil)

Quote source: From the poem "A Tear And A Smile"

Wayne W. Dyer (1940 - 2015) was an American motivational speaker as well as a self-help and spiritual author. He wrote dozens of books. His first book, "Your Erroneous Zones, sold over 100 million copies and is considered one of the best selling books of all times.
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Charlie Chaplin (1889-1977) - Sir Charles Spencer Chaplin Jr. was an English comic actor, filmmaker, and composer who rose to fame in the era of silent film and became a worldwide icon through his screen persona, the Tramp..,. Read more 

Edmund Burke ( 1729 – 1797)  British and Irish statesman, economist, and philosopher. Born in Dublin, Burke served as a member of parliament in the House of Commons of Great Britain with the Whig Party. He was a proponent of underpinning virtues with manners in society and of the importance of religious institutions for the moral stability and good of the state. Read more

Image: Studio of Sir Joshua Reynolds, (1771) Public domain

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