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.
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.
Source: From 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
Robert J. Hanlon - Robert J. Hanlon is a political scientist and consultant whose research explores the links between corporate social responsibility and human security in emerging Asian economies. He submitted the quote above for a book published in 1980, "Murphy’s Law Book Two" : More Reasons Why Things Go Wrong, Compiled and Edited by Arthur Bloch, Quote Page 52, Price/Stern/Sloan Publishers Inc., Los Angeles, California (Similar statements have been expressed and recorded over the years)