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Probably best known for the famous lines, “Tis better to have loved and lost – Than never to have loved at all“, Alfred Lord Tennyson was Poet Laureate of Great Britain and Ireland during much of Queen Victoria’s reign. The ninth most frequently quoted writer in The Oxford Dictionary of Quotations was born into the middle class and started writing poetry in his teens along with his two brothers and a collection of their poetry was published when Alfred was just 17. He attended Trinity College, Cambridge, where he was awarded the Chancellor’s Gold Medal for Timbuctoo... (Read More ...)

Best known for his theory of relativity and the mass–energy equivalence formula E = mc2, Albert Einstein was a German-born theoretical physicist who received the 1921 Nobel Prize in Physics for his discovery of the law of  photoelectric effect. He left Germany, where he had been a professor at the Berlin Academy of Sciences in 1933, when Adolf Hitler came to power and settled in the United States. Warning President Franklin D. Roosevelt in a letter that Germany might be developing an atomic weapon, he recommended that the U.S. begin similar research. Although he denounced nuclear fission as... (Read More ...)

Roberto Jorge Canessa Urta is one of the 16 survivors of the Uruguayan Air Force Flight 571, which crashed in the Andes mountains on October 13, 1972. The doomed flight carried 45 people, including the rugby team, Old Christians Club, that Roberto played for. While twenty-nine souls survived the crash another eight perished in an avalanche that smothered their fusalage shelter and several succumbed to the bitter cold. Their story, chronicled in 1993 movie, Alive: Miracle in The Andes in which Josh Hamilton portrayed Roberto, is best known for how these brave souls survived, feeding off the deceased... (Read More ...)

Adopted as an infant through Catholic Charities of Alexandria, make-up guru Kevyn Aucoin realized he was gay at a very early age. He would practise applying make up on his sister photographing the results with a Polaroid camera — a habit he maintained throughout his career. Teased in grade school, after bullying incidents in high school, he dropped out to attend beauty school as a student but ended up teaching the class. He eventually moved to New York where he was discovered by Vogue, shooting nine covers in a row as well as seven Cosmopolitan covers. At 31, Revlon hired Kevyn Aucoin as Creative... (Read More ...)

Born in Lorain, Ohio, Toni Morrison is an American novelist, editor, and professor whose best known novels are The Bluest Eye, Sula, Song of Solomon and Beloved. She won the Pulitzer Prize in 1988 for Beloved and the Nobel Prize in 1993 as well as the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Baptized with the name “Anthony” which led to her nickname, “Toni”, Morrison received a B.A. in English entered from Howard University and a Master of Arts degree in English from Cornell University. She became an English instructor at Texas Southern University then returned to Howard to teach... (Read More ...)

William James, brother of famous novelist Henry James and diarist Alice James, and godson of Ralph Wlado Emerson, surrounded himself with literary and intellectual giants such as Bertrand Russell, Mark Twain and Sigmund Freud. As an American philosopher and psychologist who had trained as a physician, James wrote books on pragmatism, psychology, educational psychology, the psychology of religious experience, and mysticism. This particular William James quote has much meaning for us a Modern Day Mastery because we believe every person has the ability to change the world and leave the world a legacy.... (Read More ...)

Zen is a school of Mahāyāna Buddhism notable for its emphasis on practice and experiential wisdom. Enjoy today’s mastery quote: Student says: “I am very discouraged. What should I do?” Master says: “Encourage others.” ~Zen saying  (Read More ...)