Helen Keller: Dark and light
I would rather walk with a friend in the dark, than alone in the light.
Helen Adams Keller (Tuscumbia, AL, June 27, 1880 - Westport, CT, June 1, 1968) was an American author, political activist, and lecturer. At the age of 19 months, she suffered a serious illness that caused the total loss of vision and hearing.She was the first deafblind person to earn a bachelor of arts degree. The story of how Keller's teacher, Anne Sullivan, broke through the isolation imposed by a near complete lack of language, allowing the girl to blossom as she learned to communicate, has become widely known through the dramatic depictions of the play and film The Miracle Worker. Her birthday on June 27 is commemorated as Helen Keller Day in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania and was authorized at the federal level by presidential proclamation by President Jimmy Carter in 1980, the 100th anniversary of her birth. A prolific author, Keller was well-travelled and outspoken in her convictions. A member of the Socialist Party of America and the Industrial Workers of the World, she campaigned for women's suffrage, labor rights, socialism, and other radical left causes. She was inducted into the Alabama Women's Hall of Fame in 1971
Bob Marley: Music and pain
One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain.
Robert Nesta Marley Booker, OM (Nine Miles, 6 February 1945 - Miami, 11 May 1981) was a Jamaican singer-songwriter and musician best known for his Reggae records. He was one of the principal providers of the breakthrough of reggae outside Jamaica.He was the rhythm guitarist and lead singer for the ska, rocksteady and reggae bands The Wailers (1963-1974) and Bob Marley & The Wailers (1974-1981).
Thich Nhat Hanh: Love and presence
If you love someone but rarely make yourself available to him or her, that is not true love.
Thich Nhat Hanh (born October 11, 1926) is a Vietnamese Zen Buddhist monk, teacher, author, poet and peace activist. (Thich is a title that means "Reverend".) He lives in the Plum Village Monastery in the Dordogne region in the South of France, travelling internationally to give retreats and talks. He coined the term Engaged Buddhism in his book Vietnam: Lotus in a Sea of Fire. A long-term exile, he was given permission to make his first return trip to Vietnam in 2005. Nhat Hanh has published more than 100 books, including more than 40 in English. Nhat Hanh is active in the peace movement, promoting non-violent solutions to conflict and he is also refraining from animal product consumption as means of non-violence towards non-human animals.
Mark Twain: Where are you?
Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.
Samuel Langhorne Clemens (Florida, MO November 30, 1835 - Redding CT,April 21, 1910), better known by his pen name Mark Twain, was an American author and humorist. He wrote The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876) and its sequel, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1885), the latter often called "the Great American Novel."
Mahatma Gandhi about life
There is more to life than simply increasing its speed.
Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi ( Porbandar, British India, 2 October 1869 - New Delhi, 30 January 1948), commonly known as Mahatma Gandhi or Bapu (Father of Nation), was an Indian lawyer, thinker and politician. He was the preeminent leader of Indian nationalism in British-ruled India. Employing non-violent civil disobedience, Gandhi led India to independence and inspired movements for non-violence, civil rights, and freedom across the world.