March 2, 1904 - September 24, 1991
Don't cry because it's over. Smile because it happened.
A person's a person, no matter how small.
Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple.
Theodor "Dr. Seuss" Geisel is a famed children's book author. His books are woven into the upbringings of multiple generations. It is important to note that his first book, And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street, was rejected by every publisher he showed it to! Remaining diligent, he was able to solidify a book deal after randomly running into an old friend who worked for a publishing company. Just think if Geisel would have giving up after the numerous rejections he received we would have none of the classics that so many love and admire.
Our Favorite Seuss Books:
544 BC - 496 BC
He who knows when he can fight and when he cannot, will be victorious.
If you are far from the enemy, make him believe you are near.
Do not engage an enemy more powerful than you. And if it is unavoidable and you do have to engage, then make sure you engage it on your terms, not on your enemy’s terms.
Sun Tzu is an ancient Chinese philosopher and war strategist. His most famous piece of literature, The Art of War, was renown for ages in early Chinese culture due to its unique mix of strategic war tactics and Taoism spirit. Renderings such as leaders needing to be "serene and inscrutable" brings a harmonious feel to actions that are certainly more ruinous. Although Tzu's teachings are thousands of years old, the tenor of his message has allowed his message to thrive.
Our Favorite Tzu Books:
April 4, 1928 - May 28, 2014
If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude.
When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time.
I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.
Maya Angelou was born in an era of depression and segregation. Although her adolescence was tumultuous, it became the foundation and structure for her later life. Angelou accomplished extraordinary feats in her life including becoming the first African-American to work as a San Francisco cable car operator, a professor at the University of Ghana, and a world traveler. She not only worked along side Malcolm X until his assassination, but also Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. until his death. In 1970 her memoir, I Know Why A Caged Bird Sings, became a national and international bestseller. For some time in her youth, Angelou was consciously mute. As life progressed, her voice became so influential to others and for others. Her words touched the souls of individuals across the planet.
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Edgar Allan Poe
January 19, 1809 - October 7, 1849
We loved with a love that was more than love.
I wish I could write as mysterious as a cat.
Beauty of whatever kind, in its supreme development, invariably excites the sensitive soul to tears.
Edgar Allan Poe is widely regarded as the father of detective fiction storytelling. His dark storytelling and keen sense of mystery allowed Poe to experiment with various styles. His literature is vivid and his language imploring. Poe is a legendary figure in American literature. His work has inspired generations and genres of the mysterious.
Our Favorite Poe Books:
August 24. 1947
Be brave. Take risks. Nothing can substitute experience.
When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too.
You have to take risks. We will only understand the miracle of life fully when we allow the unexpected to happen.
Paulo Coelho is a world renown author from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Two words that best describe Coelho are resilient and diligent. He spent much of his youth and early adulthood finding himself. This journey and self-expression period allowed him to tap into his divine creative nature. Coelho wrote songs in a Brazilian musical group as well as attended and dropped out of a law school. But Coelho remained steadfast in his journey. His first successful novel was not published until he was 37 years. One year later he release The Alchemist, and few months later it was one of the best selling books in France. The Alchemist has since been translated into over 150 languages.
Our Favorite Coelho Books:
February 15, 1564 - January 8, 1642
I have never met a man so ignorant that I couldn't learn something from him.
All truths are easy to understand once they are discovered; the point is to discover them.
The sun, with all those planets revolving around it and dependent on it, can still ripen a bunch of grapes as if it had nothing else in the universe to do.
Galileo is commonly referred to as the 'Father of Modern Science'. He was a famed 17th century astronomer and scientist. He incorporated theory into science and backed it with mathematics. During this era of science his methods were unheard of. Galileo illustrated that you cannot just think something is true, you have to prove it. He dared to dream past the clouds; and this allowed him to become the best astronomer in modern history. A telescope he designed was larger than any other at the time and it allowed him to have a clear look into the beyond. Galileo exceeded his contemporaries exponentially.
Our Favorite Galileo Books:
- Two New Sciences
- Galileo on the World Systems: A New Abridged Translation and Guide
- Selected Writings (Oxford World's Classics)
John C. Maxwell
February 20, 1947
People buy into the leader before they buy into the vision.
A dream is something you really want to do, but a calling is something you have to do.
Each day is an unrepeatable miracle. Today will never happen again, so we must make it count.
John C. Maxwell is a world renown leadership expert and pastor. His books and wisdom have made him an international superstar over the past 35 years. Maxwell has produced a book for any individual that is seeking the skills to become comfortable within themselves as well as guiding others. Maxwell teaches honesty, sincerity, humility, and respectability. Each of these attributes are essential to the make up of an effective leader. Maxwell has authored books that have sold over $18 million worldwide.
Our Favorite Maxwell Books:
- How Successful People Think: Change Your Thinking, Change Your Life
- Good Leaders Ask Great Questions: Your Foundation for Successful Leadership
- Failing Forward: Turning Mistakes into Stepping Stones for Success
September 13, 1916 - November 23, 1990
A little nonsense now and then, is relished by the wisest men
Those who don't believe in magic will never find it
Grown ups are complicated creatures, full of quirks and secrets
Roald Dahl was one of the most popular authors of the 20th century. His children's books are so cherished and beloved, that many of them have been adapted into classic films. Dahl's books are engrained into childhood's of so many. Dahl the author is a legend; Dahl the man was just as mystical. He fought in World War II as a fighter pilot in the British Air Force. He was also 6 feet, 6 inches tall and exceptionally athletic in his youth. Dahl was an extraordinary gentleman and a great author.
Our Favorite Dahl Books:
August 19, 1944
Successful people know that if you are willing to pay the price in the beginning, you can reap the benefits for the rest of your life.
History has demonstrated that the most notable winners usually encountered heartbreaking obstacles before they triumphed.
What others think about you is none of your business.
Canfield is widely recognized as "America's #1 Success Coach". Many of Canfield's ideals are steeped in knowledge and confidence in one's self. Once those elements are obtained individuals have the full ability to experience success in anything they desire. Canfield values education paramount. He is a graduate of Harvard, UMASS and the University of Santa Monica. He in-turn became an educator at the high school, college and graduate school levels. But it has been as an author where Canfield has illustrated a great name for his principles.
Our Favorite Canfield Books:
- The Success Principles - How to Get from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be
- Chicken Soup for the Soul
- The 30-Day Sobriety Solution: How to Cut Back or Quit Drinking in the Privacy of Your Own Home
February 1, 1902 - May 22, 1967
I swear to the Lord, I still can't see, why Democracy means, everybody but me.
Humor is laughing at what you haven't got when you ought to have it.
I have discovered in life that there are ways of getting almost anywhere you want to go, if you really want to go
Langston Hughes by many accounts is one of the greatest African-American writers of the 20th Century. His literary work has become timeless staples in African-American and American cultures. Hughes was an only child with divorced parents. So much of his adolescent youth was spent solely with books. That solace crafted a deep passion of storytelling within Hughes. Poems such as "I, Too America" were grand looks into a neglected and belittled class of people, which Hughes so deliberately studied. Hughes came to fame in a time of Renaissance for African-Americans, and he was foremost in shaping what strong and confident Black figures should look like starting in the 1920s.
Our Favorite Hughes Books:
August 14, 1947
Sometimes, if you aren't sure about something, you just have to jump off the bridge and grow your wings on the way down.
Maybe some people just aren't meant to be in our lives forever. Maybe some people are just passing through. It's like some people just come through our lives to bring us something: a gift, a blessing, a lesson we need to learn. And that's why they're here. You'll have that gift forever.
I try to give people hope. Even though life is bleak, there's hope out there.
Danielle Steel is the fourth bestselling author of all time. Her romance novels are renown across the globe. Steel has sold more than 800 million copies of her books, and has spent over 400 consecutive weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. Quite the accomplishment for someone who didn't experience much commercial success for her first half decade writing. Steel established a deep love for writing in her youth splitting time between France and New York with her father. Fostering that passion early on in her life, then writing poetry, has become why her novels are so appealing to her readers. Not only are the stories romanticized, but each word, paragraph, and page are beautiful examples of Steel's love for the art form.
Our Favorite Steel Books:
September 24, 1896 - December 21, 1940
Show me a hero and I will write you a tragedy.
Never confuse a single defeat with a final defeat.
Let us learn to show our friendship for a man when he is alive and not after he is dead
Each individual on Earth, who did not experience it first hand from here until eternity will learn of the Roarin' 1920s through the literary words of F. Scott Fitzgerald. His classic "The Great Gatsby" stands atop as a primary novel in modern literature. With his ink pen and paper the only medium, Fitzgerald vividly enthralls readers into the bustling era. The sights, sounds, tastes, and smells of the American epicenter, New York City, are felt throughout "The Great Gatsby" and it is to that personification why so many allure a familiarity to the time period. Fitzgerald, the man, was a member of the "Lost Generation", the young people who experienced adolescence during the first World War. Fitzgerald learned to scrap and work for everything he wanted early on. This included his family, his finances, and most famously his writing. His desire and zeal for his novels are so clearly defined in his literary style. He is now recalled as one of the greatest American writers.
Our Favorite Fitzgerald Books:
August 2, 1924 - December 1, 1987
I love America more than any other country in this world, and, exactly for this reason, I insist on the right to criticize her perpetually.
Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.
To be a Negro in this country and to be relatively conscious is to be in a rage almost all the time.
Along with being one of the most renown authors of the 20th century, James Baldwin was one of the Earth's exemplary citizens. Baldwin was constantly chastised in his youth for being uglier than others, blacker than others, and far more intellectual than others. From the beginning Baldwin was different. He used his uniqueness to tell stories of his environment like no other. Being a black man in America has never been easy, especially in the 1930s and 40s. This was the time when Baldwin was thoroughly analyzing the region of life that he called home: New York City and the center of Black American life at that time, Harlem. Tired of the ridicule, self-hate, and overt racism, Baldwin moved to France in 1948. There, away from the turmoils of American racism and segregation, he was able to critic the society back in the States with a healthy distance and clear mind. Some of his greatest literary works came from his time living in Paris. For the remainder of his adult life, Baldwin shared his time in both places. Along with being one of the symbols of the American Civil Rights Movement, he became a profound surrogate for Same Sex rights as he was a proud gay man. Baldwin became a legend in both endeavors and through the plights of being different, he never lost his love of people and life.
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