The Algerian born French writer and philosopher, Albert Camus, was the second youngest recipient of the Nobel Prize for Literature, the first being Rudyard Kipling. Camus is often associated with existentialism although he rejected the term, preferring to be known only as an author and a thinker. His life was made challenging […]Continue Reading →
Known for his frugal and unpretentious lifestyle, Warren Buffet was named by Forbes Magazine as the richest person in the world on March 8th, 2008. He has an estimated net worth of approximately 62 billion dollars. As CEO and the main stockholder of the investment firm Berkshire Hathaway, he only makes a […]Continue Reading →
Lawrence “Yogi” Berra is a former Major League Baseball player and manager, whose fractured use of the English language gave rise to the term, ‘yogism’. He quit school in the eighth grade, and has simultaneously denied and confirmed his reputation for malapropisms by stating, “I never said half the things I […]Continue Reading →
Ingrid Bergman was born in Stockholm, Sweden and had a childhood filled with the tragedy of her mother’s death when she was 3 and her father’s death at her age of 13. At age 17 she began acting in theater in Stockholm with the Royal Dramatic Theatre of Stockholm and soon after began […]Continue Reading →
Tony Bennett, who is widely considered to be one of the best singers of the past two centuries, is an American icon who saw his career decline in the 70’s with the advent of rock and roll. Keeping true to his repertoire of popular and jazz standards, however, Bennett staged a successful […]Continue Reading →
Bonne and I have had my brother Greg’s Diane Arbus book of photographic portraits, An Aperture Monograph, in our possession for many years now. We really ought to give it back to him. Greg wrote his name and the date he acquired the book, May 20th 1974, in the inside cover. […]Continue Reading →
A three-time Academy Award-winning American film writer and director, actor, jazz musician, fiction writer and essayist, comedian, and playwright, Woody Allen is the quintessential auteur, serving as director, screenwriter and star of most of his films. His large body of work, which mixes humor, wit, and cerebral satire, has made him […]Continue Reading →
An important figure in the American Civil Rights Movement, Maya Angelou is also an author, actress and playwright. Her autobiography, ‘I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings,’ gave her critical and international acclaim. In the late seventies, she became a friend and mentor to Oprah Winfrey.
“Courage is the […]Continue Reading →
Scott Adams, the cartoonist whose social commentary largely focuses on the world of corporate management, is best known as the creator of the comic strip “Dilbert.” Adams is no stranger to the business world. He earned a four-year degree in economics from Hartwick College and an MBA business management degree from the […]Continue Reading →
Oprah Winfrey is a huge force in teaching the principles of successful living as well as the promotion of world peace through her TV show and her work with girls and young woman in Africa.
“The big secret in life is that there is no big secret. Whatever your goal, you can get […]Continue Reading →
The third President of the United States, Thomas Jefferson was the principal author of the Declaration of Independence in 1776. He also owned and managed a large estate.
“Never spend your money before you have it.”
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Igor Stravinsky was financially successful as a composer, conductor and performer of his music. He was named by Time magazine as one of the most influential people of the twentieth century. Even so, Igor and his wife, Vera Stravinsky, often had money woes, partially due to providing substantial unending financial support to his adult children.
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“Character is an essential tendency. It can be covered up, it can be messed with, it can be screwed around with, but it can’t be ultimately changed. It’s the structure of our bones, the blood that runs through our veins.”
– Sam Shepard (1943- )Continue Reading →
Stewart Brand is an author and creator of ‘The Whole Earth Catalog.’ He was one of the ‘futurists’ consulted for the planning of the movie ‘Minority Report’, starring Tom Cruise.
“Once a new technology rolls over you, if you’re not part of the steamroller, you’re part of the road.”
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Linus Pauling was an American quantum chemist and biochemist who won the Nobel Prize for chemistry in 1954 and also the Nobel Peace Prize in 1963 for his campaign against above-ground nuclear testing.
“The best way to have a good idea is to have lots of ideas”.
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Descartes, famous for his statement, ‘Cogito Ergo Sum’, or ‘I think, therefore I am,’ is known as the ‘Father of Modern Philosophy’.
“Each problem that I solved became a rule which served afterwards to solve other problems.”
Rene Descartes (1596-1650)Continue Reading →
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