THE PURPOSE OF THIS WRITING is to remind us that some wonderful people can see more than water when looking at the ocean. They did it so profoundly that ~decades, centuries, and even millenniums after they left this world~ they still pass on their shrewdness to those with a well-oiled brain that makes it to the top floor and want to satiate their thirst for knowledge and wisdom.
If you are one of them, you may read ~not as entertainment or to kill time~ but with intent to assimilate the insightfulness that comes with knowledge and wisdom that you can apply to your life. Immediately below, you will find their names, their thoughts, highlights of their lives, and who they were.
...and now, as I found in the Bible, "Acquire wisdom
that puts a crown on your head to last forever."
» Voltaire -- French. Born November 21st. 1694 as François-Marie Arouet. Nom de Plume is 'Voltaire' and known as an Enlightenment Writer and recognized as Pioneer of Civil Liberties as well as an outspoken advocate of both freedoms of religion and speech. His attacks on the Catholic Church, his opposition to corruption in religions, and his conviction that there is no reason for any religion to exist if all people wants is to believe in God sent Voltaire to jail; and eventually, to exile. Despite all the controversy, Voltaire's intelligence, wit, and writing style made Voltaire one of the greatest men and writers that France ever produced. Voltaire died in 1778 at age 84. These are wonderful thoughts he left us with:
» Winston Churchill -- British. Born November 30th. 1874 in Woodstock, Oxfordshire, U.K. Prime Minister of the United Kingdom 1940-45 and 1951-55. He was officer of the British Army, a non-academic historian, and a writer. He was granted the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1953 for his lifetime body of work. In 1963, he was the first of eight people to be made an Honorary Citizen of the United States. Sir Winston Churchill died January 24th., 1965 at age 90 in Kensington, London, UK. This was his deepest conviction:
"Never... Never Ever... give up or surrender !
Except to convictions of correctness and honorableness."
» Confucius -- Chinese. Born 551 B.C. in Qufu in the feudal state of Lu. It is today known as the Shandong Province. Chinese most respected Philosopher. His interests included Moral & Social Ethics and his notable ideas included the Golden Rule. Confucius died on 479 B.C. at age 72. This is what he wanted us to remember:
» Diogenes Laërtius -- Greek. Unknown dates of birth and death. His work is mostly known for his writing 'Lives and Opinions of Eminent Philosophers' where he gives an account of the lives of the great Greek Philosophers. In other words, Diogenes was mostly known as a biographer of Greek Philosophers. This is his wisdom:
"The foundation of a Nation is determined on how they raise their youngsters."
» Socrates -- Greek. Born in 469 B.C. in Athens, Greece. He was credited as founder of first university in Europe and the first Moral Philosopher. Socrates did not write. He is known through writings made by classical writers during his lifetime particularly his student Plato. Some historians assert that Socrates is hidden behind his disciples. Socrates died in 399 B. C. in Athens, Greece at age 71. This is a sample of his erudition:
» Simon Sinek -- British-American. Born October 9th., 1973 in Wimbledon, England. He is an inspirational speaker and writer. He lived in Johannesburg, London, and Hong Kong. He settled in the United States where resides today. Simon is convinced that...
"Champions are neither athletes nor race winners. Champions are
the ones who get themselves out there and fight for what is right."
» Simone de Beauvoir -- French. Born January 9th., 1908 in Paris, France as Simone Lucie Ernestine Marie Bertrand de Beauvoir. She was a writer, fervent feminist, and a member of intellectual fellowship of Philosophers & Writers who extensively wrote about Existentialism. When she was 21, Simone met Jean-Paul Sartre ~who was also a writer~ and they became romantically involved. Simone died April 14th. 1986 in Paris, France. Her wisdom left us with these thoughts:
"One is not born a woman. One becomes a woman. But not ever one woman
became genuine if she mimicks and imitates men."
"Change your life today. Do not gamble with tomorrow. Act now without delay."
"To catch a good husband is an art in itself, but to keep him is a real job."
» Audrey Hepburn -- British. Born May 4th., 1929 in Brussels, Belgium. Fashion model and well-known for her elegance, refined taste, and for being humanitarian. First film actress to win Academy Award. Named by Empire magazine as 'The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time.' She died on January 20th., 1993 in Vaud, Switzerland at age 64. The trail she left behind includes these thoughts:
"For beautiful eyes, look for what is good in others. For beautiful lips, speak only
words of kindness. For poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone."
» Lillian Smith -- American. Born December 12th., 1897 into a prosperous family in Florida, U. S. A. Lillian was a Social Analyst, the early voice for civil rights in the American South, and one of the primary white southerners to censure racial segregation. She worked against the entrenched and bloodthirsty concept of segregation which she called The Spiritual Lynching. Lillian died September 28th., 1966 in Atlanta, Georgia, U. S. A.
"Education is a matter between a person and the world of human qualities.
Education has nothing to do with school or college.
"When you stop learning and asking new questions, then, it is time to die."
what you just read was not intended to be complete.
it is immense the thoughts that wonderful people
left behind for the wiser to learn from them.
as time goes by, we will incorporate
some of the most meaningful.