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James Bryce (1839 -1922) Irish-born academic, historian, jurist, Liberal politician and British Ambassador to the United States.

Source: From a 1909 speech before the Fifteenth Annual Conference on International Arbitration on the subject of "Allegiance to Humanity" held at Lake Mohonk, NY   

When I loved myself enough: 
I quit settling for too little.
I came to know my own goodness.
I began taking the gift of life seriously and gratefully.
I began to know I was in the right place at the right time and I could relax.
I felt compelled to slow down way down. And that has made all the difference.
I came to love being alone, surrounded by silence awed by its spell, listening to inner space.................

Poster's Note: These are selected Stanzas from Kim McMillen's book "When I Loved Myself Enough”  -  Published posthumously in English by her daughter Alison McMillen. The beautiful short writing underwent a couple of language translations by others and much of her writing has over time been copied, changed, and miss-attributed on the Internet to Charlie Chaplin. In addition to the numerous websites that reproduced this poem in full, while attributing it to Chaplin, parts of her poem have also been used to create share-worthy memes featuring the famous actor’s image. The book is still available in print and electronic form 

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

Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Though wise men at their end know dark is right,
Because their words had forked no lightning they
Do not go gentle into that good night.

Good men, the last wave by, crying how bright
Their frail deeds might have danced in a green bay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Wild men who caught and sang the sun in flight,
And learn, too late, they grieved it on its way,
Do not go gentle into that good night.

Grave men, near death, who see with blinding sight
Blind eyes could blaze like meteors and be gay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

And you, my father, there on the sad height,
Curse, bless, me now with your fierce tears, I pray.
Do not go gentle into that good night.
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Dylan Thomas (1914 - 1953) Welsh poet and writer. Photo from findagrave.com - added by Willism Bjornstad

Plato - (428 ~ 347 BC) Athenian philosopher during Ancient Greece's Classical period. He was the founder of the Platonist school of thought, and the Academy, the first institution of higher learning in the Western world.

William Faulkner (1897 - 1962) American writer and Nobel Prize laureate. Faulkner 's literary works included novels, poetry, short stories, essays, screen plays, and a play. This quote is from his novel Absalom, Absalom! published in 1936

Photo credit: Carl Van Vechten

“There is no insurmountable solitude. All paths lead to the same goal: to convey to others what we are. And we must pass through .......Read more

Hermann Hesse (1877-1962) German-born poet, novelist, and painter. Much of his writings explores the individual's search for authenticity, self-knowledge and spirituality. He received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1946.

Albert Einstein (March 14, 1879, - April 18, 1955) - Source: Walter Isaacson presented this less precise translation of Einstein’s remark in the epigraph of his biography. (Credit Quote Investigator website)

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