(March 14, 1879 – April 18, 1955)
German-born theoretical physicist who developed the theory of general
relativity, effecting a revolution in physics. For this achievement, Einstein
is often regarded as the father of modern physics and one of the most
prolific intellects in human history. He received the 1921 Nobel Prize
in Physics. Near the beginning of his career, Einstein thought that Newtonian
mechanics was no longer enough to reconcile the laws of classical mechanics
with the laws of the electromagnetic field. This led to the development
of his special theory of relativity. His great intelligence and originality
have made the word "Einstein" synonymous with genius. Read
"Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life's coming
“The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking.
It cannot be changed without changing our thinking.”
"A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist
sees the opportunity in every difficulty.”
"Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also
what it takes to sit down and listen.”
"The price of greatness is responsibility."
"Continuous efforts - not strength or intelligence - is the key to
unlocking our potential."
"The only reason for time is so that everything doesn't happen at
Professional football coach Vince Lombardi became a national symbol of single-minded
determination to win. In nine seasons as the head coach of the previously
moribund Green Bay Packers, Lombardi led the team to five NFL championships
and to victory in the first two Super Bowls. At Fordham University, Lombardi
played guard on the famous line known as the "Seven Blocks of Granite".
He studied law at Fordham and had a brief career as a minor league football
player before becoming a high school coach in 1939. After serving as an
assistant coach in college and in the pros, he was hired as head coach and
general manager of the Green Bay Packers in 1959. His Spartan training regimen
and personal drive turned the Green Bay Packers from a team accustomed to
defeat to the paragon of victory. He went on to become head coach, general
manager and part owner of the Washington Redskins before dying of cancer
in 1970. Read
(June 11, 1913 – September 3, 1970)
"It's not whether you get knocked down, it's whether
you get up."
"Winning is not a sometime thing; it's an all time thing. You don't
win once in a while, you don't do things right once in a while, you do them
right all the time. Winning is a habit. Unfortunately, so is losing."
(June 11, 1913 – September 3, 1970)
Herman "Babe" Ruth (February 6, 1895 – August 16, 1948)
was an American professional baseball player whose career in Major League
Baseball (MLB) spanned 22 seasons, from 1914 through 1935. Nicknamed The
Bambino and The Sultan of Swat, he began his MLB career as a stellar left-handed
pitcher for the Boston Red Sox, but achieved his greatest fame as a slugging
outfielder for the New York Yankees. Ruth established many MLB batting
(and some pitching) records, including career home runs (714), runs batted
in (RBIs) (2,213), bases on balls (2,062), slugging percentage (.6897),
and on-base plus slugging (OPS) (1.164); the latter two still stand today.
Ruth is regarded as one of the greatest sports heroes in American culture
and is considered by many to be the greatest baseball player of all time.
"The way a team plays as a whole determines its success. You may have
the greatest bunch of individual stars in the world, but if they don't
play together, the club won't be worth a dime.”
(December 5, 1901 – December 15, 1966)
Walt Disney, the pioneer of animated cartoon films, displayed his creative
talents at an early age. His interest in art let him to study cartooning
through a correspondence school, and he later took classes at the Kansas
City Art Institute and School of Design. In the late 1920s, Disney recognized
the potential for sound in cartoon films. He produced "Steamboat Willie,"
a cartoon short equipped with voices and music, and the character of Mickey
Mouse was introduced to the public. During the economic hard times of
the 1930s, Disney's cartoons captivated his audiences. His body of work
firmly established him as the unparalleled master of feature-length animated
films. Walt Disney was the recipient of 48 Academy Awards and seven Emmys.
His creativity, ingenuity and ability to bring his fantasies to fruition
continue to enchant all ages. Read
"It's kind of fun to do the impossible."
"If you dream it, you can do it."
"Get a good idea and stay with it. Dog it, and work at it until it's done,
and done right."
(February 12, 1809 – April 15, 1865)
Abraham Lincoln was the 16th President of the
United States, serving from March 1861 until his assassination in April
1865. He successfully led his country through a great constitutional,
military and moral crisis – the American Civil War – preserving the Union,
while ending slavery, and promoting economic and financial modernization.
Lincoln secured the Republican nomination and was elected president in
1860. His Gettysburg Address of 1863 became the most quoted speech in
American history. Six days after the surrender of Confederate commanding
general Robert E. Lee, Lincoln was assassinated by actor and Confederate
sympathizer John Wilkes Booth at Ford's Theatre while watching the play
Our American Cousin. Read
"I do the best I know how, the very best I can; and I mean to
keep on doing it to the end. If the end brings me out all right, what
is said against me will not amount to anything. If the end brings me out
all wrong, ten angels swearing I was right would make no difference."
"Most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to
"Leave nothing for tomorrow which can be done today."
“It is better to keep one's mouth shut and be thought a fool than to open
it and remove all doubt.”
(October 16, 1854 – November 30, 1900)
Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde was an Irish writer and poet.
After writing in different forms throughout the 1880s, he became one of
London's most popular playwrights in the early 1890s. Today he is remembered
for his epigrams, plays and the circumstances of his imprisonment, followed
by his early death.
Wilde's parents were successful Dublin intellectuals. Their son became
fluent in French and German early in life. At university Wilde read Greats;
he proved himself to be an outstanding classicist, first at Dublin, then
at Oxford. He became known for his involvement in the rising philosophy
of aestheticism, led by two of his tutors, Walter Pater and John Ruskin.
After university, Wilde moved to London into fashionable cultural and
social circles. As a spokesman for aestheticism, he tried his hand at
various literary activities: he published a book of poems, lectured in
the United States of America and Canada on the new "English Renaissance
in Art", and then returned to London where he worked prolifically
as a journalist. Known for his biting wit, flamboyant dress, and glittering
conversation, Wilde had become one of the most well-known personalities
of his day.
"Marriage is nature's way of keeping us from fighting with strangers”
Sir Winston Churchill - author, orator and statesman - led Great Britain
from the brink of defeat to victory as wartime prime minister. Born
in Oxfordshire England, in 1874, Churchill began serving his country as
a military leader in World War I. As a member of Parliament, his repeated
warnings of the menace of Hitler's Germany, combined with this aggressive
and convincing oratory skills, resulted in his appointment to prime minister
in 1939. He joined Franklin D. Roosevelt and Joseph Stalin in 1940 to shape
Allied strategy in World War II. An intense patriot and romantic believer
in his country's greatness, Churchill gave his people the strong leadership
and devotion that ultimately led to Britain's military salvation. He was
awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1953 for his book, The Second
World War, and also was knighted the same year. Read
(November 30, 1874 – January 24, 1965)
"A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity;
an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty."
"Never give in, never give in, never; never; never; never - in nothing,
great or small, large or petty - never give in except to convictions of
honor and good sense"
"Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what
it takes to sit down and listen.”
"The price of greatness is responsibility."
"Continuous efforts - not strength or intelligence - is the key to
unlocking our potential."
(born January 6, 1937)
Leo "Lou" Holtz is a retired American football coach, and active
sportscaster, author, and motivational speaker. He served as the head
football coach at The College of William & Mary (1969–1971), North
Carolina State University (1972–1975), the University of Arkansas (1977–1983),
the University of Minnesota (1984–1985), the University of Notre Dame
(1986–1996), and the University of South Carolina (1999–2004), compiling
a career record of 249–132–7. Holtz's 1988 Notre Dame team went 12–0 with
a victory in the Fiesta Bowl and was the consensus national champion.
Holtz is the only college football coach to lead six different programs
to bowl games and the only coach to guide four different programs to the
final top 20 rankings. Holtz also coached the New York Jets of the NFL
during the 1976 season.
Over the years, the slender, bespectacled Holtz
has become known for his quick wit and ability to inspire players. He
is often found as a guest on the popular Richmond, Virginia based Kain
Road Radio. In 2005, Holtz joined ESPN as a college football analyst.
On May 1, 2008, Holtz was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame.
is ten percent what happens to you and ninety percent how you respond
is what you're capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude
determines how well you do it."
me someone who has done something worthwhile, and I'll show you someone
who has overcome adversity.”
(November 30, 1835 – April 21, 1910)
Langhorne Clemens 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".
Twain grew up in Hannibal, Missouri, which provided the setting for Huckleberry
Finn and Tom Sawyer. After an apprenticeship with a printer, he worked
as a typesetter and contributed articles to the newspaper of his older
brother, Orion Clemens. He later became a riverboat pilot on the Mississippi
River before heading west to join Orion in Nevada. He referred humorously
to his singular lack of success at mining, turning to journalism for the
Virginia City Territorial Enterprise. In 1865, his humorous story,
"The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County", was published,
based on a story he heard at Angels Hotel in Angels Camp, California,
where he had spent some time as a miner. The short story brought international
attention, and was even translated into classic Greek. His wit and
satire, in prose and in speech, earned praise from critics and peers,
and he was a friend to presidents, artists, industrialists, and European
"The two most important days in your life are the day you are
born and the day you find out why."
and mathematician in Classical Greece. He is widely considered the most
pivotal figure in the development of philosophy, especially the Western
tradition. Along with his teacher, Socrates, and his most famous student,
Aristotle, Plato laid the very foundations of Western philosophy and science.
"Wise men talk because they have something to say; fools, because
they have to say something."
Calbert Robinson Jr. (born May 18, 1937) is an American former professional
baseball player. He played his entire 23-year major league career for
the Baltimore Orioles (1955–1977), which still stands as the record
for the longest career spent with a single team in major league history.
He batted and threw right-handed, though he was a natural left-hander.
Nicknamed "The Human Vacuum Cleaner" or "Mr. Hoover",
he is considered one of the greatest defensive third basemen in major
league history. He won 16 consecutive Gold Glove Awards during his career,
tied with pitcher Jim Kaat for the second-most all-time for any player
at any position. Robinson was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in
"It's a pretty sure thing that the player's bat is what speaks
loudest when it's contract time, but there are moments when the glove
has the last word."
"If your're not practicing, somebody else is, somewhere, and
he'll be ready to take your job."
"I'll play out the string and leave baseball without a tear.
A man can't play games his whole life." Read
William Shankly (2 September 1913 – 29 September 1981) was a Scottish
football player and manager, who is best known for his time as manager
of Liverpool. Shankly laid foundations at Liverpool upon which his successors
Bob Paisley and Joe Fagan were able to build by winning an unprecedented
seven league titles and four European Cups in the ten seasons after Shankly
retired in 1974.
Shankly came from a small Scottish mining community and was one of five
brothers who played football professionally. He played as a ball-winning
right-half and was capped twelve times for Scotland, including seven wartime
“Some people believe football is a matter of life and death.
I am very disappointed with that attitude. I can assure you it is much,
much more important than that.” Read
Chinese philosopher whose ideas and sayings were collected after his
death and became the basis of a philosophical doctrine known a Confucianism
(circa 551-478 BC)
This philosopher lived nearly 2500 years ago in China Confucius quotes
are still of high topicality. Confucius quotes are with their wisdom and
intelligence full of advice that can be followed easily.
"If you shoot for the stars and hit the moon, it's OK. But you've
got to shoot for something. A lot of people don't even shoot."
"A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step"
“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but
Aristotle was a Greek philosopher born in Stagirus, northern Greece, in
384 BCE. His father, Nicomachus, died when Aristotle was a child, whereafter
he lived under a guardian's care. At eighteen, he joined Plato’s Academy
in Athens and remained there until the age of thirty-seven. His writings
cover many subjects – including physics, biology, zoology, metaphysics,
logic, ethics, aesthetics, poetry, theater, music, rhetoric, linguistics,
politics and government – and constitute the first comprehensive system
of Western philosophy. Shortly after Plato died, Aristotle left Athens
and, at the request of Philip of Macedonia, tutored Alexander the Great
between 356 and 323 BCE. According to the Encyclopædia Britannica,
“Aristotle was the first genuine scientist in history. ... Every scientist
is in his debt.”
Oliver Wendell Holmes
“The greatest thing in this world is not so much where we are, but
in what direction we are moving.”
"If at first you don't succeed, try, try again. Then quit. There's
no use being a damn fool about it."
"You are the people who are shaping a better world. One of the
secrets of inner peace is the practice of compassion."
"For what is Mysticism? It is not the attempt to draw near to
God, not by rites or ceremonies, but by inward disposition? Is it not
merely a hard word for 'The Kingdom of Heaven is within'? Heaven is neither
a place nor a time."
"When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often
we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has
been opened for us."
"The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen,
nor touched...but are felt in the heart."
John F. Kennedy was elected the 35th president
of the United States
at the age of 43 - the youngest man and first Roman Catholic ever elected.
Kennedy graduated from Harvard University
in 1936 and joined the U.S. Navy shortly before World War II. While
on active duty in the Pacific, the Japanese destroyed the boat under his
command, PT 109. Despite a back injury, Kennedy showed great heroism
in rescuing his crew.
After holding seats in both the House and Senate,
Kennedy was elected president in 1960. His style, charisma and oratory
won him admiration at home and abroad, but his life was tragically cut
short by an assassin's bullet in 1963. His major accomplishments
include the formation of the Peace Corps and his deft handling of the
Cuban Missile Crisis. His book, Profiles in Courage, won
the Pulitzer Prize in 1957.
"We must seek, above all, a world of
peace; a world in which people dwell together in mutual respect and work
together in mutual regard."
Andrew Carnegie stands as the embodiment of
entrepreneurial success and civic responsibility. He believed in
hard work and put that belief into motion at an early age. He came
to America with his family from Scotland in
1848 and started work at age 13 as a bobbin boy in a cotton factory for
$1.25 a week. Carnegie never stopped working and soon moved on to
the telegraph office for the railroad.
Recognizing the needs of the growing railroad
industry, Carnegie borrowed money and invested his small salary in both
oil and steel. The return on these investments would culminate in
the formation of the mammoth Carnegie Steel Company.
The sale of his steel company made Carnegie one
of the wealthiest individuals of his time. He used his huge fortune
to lead the way in establishing many cultural, educational and scientific
institutions. The Carnegie Corporation, founded in 1911, sponsored
the creation of thousands of public libraries throughout the world.
"There is no use whatever trying to help
people who do not help themselves. You cannot push anyone up a ladder
unless he is willing to climb himself."
"As I grow older I pay less attention to
what men say. I just watch what they do."
Stephen R. Covey
Author, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
“But until a person can say deeply and honestly, "I am what I am
today because of the choices I made yesterday," that person cannot
say, "I choose otherwise.”
“To touch the soul of another human being is to walk on holy ground.”
“Seek first to understand, then to be understood.”
“Start with the end in mind. ”
“We are free to choose our actions, . . . but we are not free to choose
the consequences of these actions.”
“Trust is the glue of life. It's the most essential ingredient in effective
communication. It's the foundational principle that holds all relationships.”
“I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions.”
"Most people fail in life because they major in minor things."
"A real decision is measured by the fact that you've taken a new
action. If there's no action, you haven't truly decided.”
"All personal breakthroughs begin with a change in beliefs.”
"Success is doing what you want to do, when you want, where you want,
with whom you want, as much as you want.”
"Everything happens for a reason and a purpose, and it serves you.”
"Quality questions create a quality life. Successful people ask better
questions, and as a result, they get better answers."
"If you want to be successful, find someone who has achieved the
results you want and copy what they do and you'll achieve the same results."
Soldier, statesman, writer and explorer, Theodore
Roosevelt became the 26th president of the United States. His enormous
energy and zest for life made him one of America's most flamboyant leaders.
Roosevelt served as assistant secretary of the
Navy before resigning in 1898 to fight in Cuba. Returning as something
of a war hero, he easily was elected governor of New York. He then served as vice president
of the United States
and took office after President William McKinley's assassination in 1901.
expanded the powers of the presidency and of the federal government on
the side of public interest in conflicts between big business and big
labor. He won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1906 for mediating the end
of the Russo-Japanese War and promoted the construction of the Panama
Canal. A devout naturalist, Roosevelt was responsible
for setting aside thousands of acres of land to preserve what are today
our national parks and forests.
"Speak softly and carry a big stick; you
will go far."
As founder of the McDonald's Corporation, Ray
A. Kroc largely is responsible for revolutionizing the restaurant industry.
His persistence, diligence and faithfulness set the standard for modern
Kroc's opportunity for success came in the form
of a small restaurant in San
run by the McDonald brothers. Their assembly-line method of serving
hamburgers, French fries and milk shakes was simple but efficient.
Kroc knew that this concept would have a great appeal to consumers.
The first of Kroc's McDonald's was opened April
15, 1955. Kroc continued to expand by introducing a unique franchise
system. His methods and ideas about customer service have served
as models for many different industries.
Kroc's steadfast devotion to an idea brought
him personal success and also allowed him to set up several charities
and educational organizations.
"You're only as good as the people you
"When you're green, you're growing; and
when you're ripe, you start to rot."
"Before everything else, getting ready
is the secret of success."
“GOD has a plan for me. It is hidden within
me, just as the oak is hidden within the acorn, or the rose within the
bud. As I yield myself more fully to God, His Plan expresses itself more
perfectly through me. I can tell when I am in tune with it, for then my
mind and my heart are filled with a deep inner peace. This peace fills
me with a sense of security, with joy, and a desire to take the steps
that are a part of the Plan.
God's Plan for me is a perfect part of a larger
Plan. It is designed for the good of all and not for me alone. It is a
many-sided Plan and reaches out through all the people I meet. All the
events and people who come into my life are instruments of the unfolding
of this Plan.
God has chosen those people He wants me to know,
to love and to serve. We are continually being drawn to one another in
ways that are not coincidental. I pray that I may become a better instrument
to love and to serve and that I may become more worthy to receive the
love and service of others.
I ask the Father within me for only those things
which He wants me to have. I know that these benefits will come to me
at the right time and in the right way. This inner knowing frees my mind
and heart from all fear, greed, jealousy, anger and resentment. It gives
me courage and faith to do those things which I feel
are mine to do. I no longer look with envy at what others are receiving.
Therefore, I do not cut myself off from God, the giver of all good things.
God's gifts to me can be many times greater than
I am now receiving. I pray that I may increase my capacity to give, for
I can give only as I receive, and receive only as I give.
I believe that when I cannot do those things
I desire to do, it is because God has closed
one door only to leave ajar a better and larger door. If I do not see
the door just ahead, it is because I have not seen, heard, or obeyed God's
guidance. It is then that God uses the trouble of seeming failure which
may result to help me face myself, and see the new opportunity before
The real purpose of my life is to find God within
my own mind and heart, and to help my fellowmen. I thank my Father for
each experience which helps me to surrender my will to His Will. For only
as I lose myself in the consciousness of His Great Presence can His Plan
for my life be fulfilled."
"Genius is one percent inspiration,
and ninety-nine percent perspiration."
"If we were humble nothing would change
us - neither praise nor discouragement. If someone were to criticize
us, we would not feel discouraged. If someone were to praise us,
we also would not feel proud."
"I am not the smartest or most talented
person in the world, but I succeeded because I keep going, and going,
"The reward of a thing well done is
to have done it."
Golda Meir was a founder of the State of Israel
and served as its fourth prime minister (1969-74). Born in Kiev, the Ukraine,
in 1898, she emigrated to Wisconsin in 1906. Her political activity
began as a leader in the Milwaukee Labor Zionist Party.
After emigrating to
Palestine in 1921, she
held key posts in the Jewish Agency and in the World Zionist Organization.
proclaimed its independence in 1948, she served as minister of labor and
then foreign minister. She was appointed prime minister in 1969.
During her administration, she worked for a peace
settlement in the Middle East using diplomatic
means. Her efforts at forging peace were halted by the outbreak
of the fourth Arab-Israeli War. She resigned her post in 1974 but
remained an important political figure. Her true strength and spirit
were emphasized when, after her death in 1978, it was revealed that she
had suffered from leukemia for 12 years.
"You cannot shake hands with a clenched
"A leader who doesn't hesitate before he
sends his nation into battle is not fit to be a leader."
"Old age is like a plane flying through
a storm. Once you're aboard, there's nothing you can do."
Luther King, Jr.
Martin Luther King, Jr. used his strong personality
and eloquent oratory to spearhead the civil rights movement in the United
States during the 1950s and 1960s.
A Baptist minister, King began his civil rights activities in 1955 with
the successful boycott of the segregated bus system in Montgomery,
He founded the Southern Christian Leadership
Conference in 1957 in an effort to mobilize the nonviolent struggle against
racism and discrimination. On August 28, 1963, the massive "March
culminated in 200,000 Americans of all races gathering at the Lincoln
Memorial to hear King speak.
The movement won a major victory in 1964 when
Congress passed the Civil Rights Act, and King became the youngest man
ever to receive the Nobel Peace Prize. The world lost a towering
symbol of liberty and justice when an assassin's bullet claimed his life
"If a man hasn't discovered something
that he will die for, he isn't fit to live."
"The work praises the man."