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American funnyman, actor and author, Bill Cosby, started his brilliant career as a stand-up comic in San Francisco before landing a starring role in the 1960s action show, I Spy. He had a major role on the children’s television series The Electric Company during its first two seasons, and created the educational cartoon comedy series Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids. He is probably best known as the producer and star of the 1980’s The Cosby Show,about a well-to-do African American family, which ran from 1984 to 1992. Cosby went on to produce a spin-off sitcom, A Different World, which... (Read More ...)

World peace advocate, Norman Cousins, began his literary career as a staffer on the New York Evening Post and rose to the position of managing editor. He promoted liberal causes such as nuclear disarmament and world peace through his writings. In 1945, he wrote he felt “the deepest guilt” over the dropping of the Hiroshima nuclear bomb and that editorial was later expanded into a book. In the 1960’s he started the American-Soviet Dartmouth Conferences for peace process and served as chairman of the Committee for Sane Nuclear Policy, which warned that the world was bound for nuclear... (Read More ...)

François-Marie Arouet, known by his nom de plume, Voltaire, was a French Enlightenment writer known for his attacks on the established Catholic Church. An advocate of freedom of religion, freedom of expression, and separation of church and state, he was a prolofic writer creating works in the form of plays, poems, novels, essays, and historical and scientific works, penning some 2,000 books and pamphlets and over 20,000 letters, many heavily criticizing injustice and intolerance in French institutions of the early 1700’s. As a result he was imprisoned on many occasions during his life. Prior... (Read More ...)

John Maxwell is an evangelical New York Times Best Seller Christian author of more than 60 books including The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership and The 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader: Becoming the Person Others Will Want to Follow. He received his Master of Divinity degree at Azusa Pacific University and a Doctor of Ministry degree at Fuller Theological Seminary serving as a pastor in Indiana, Ohio, California, and Florida including preaching at the famous Crystal Cathedral, the church of Maxwell’s mentor, Robert H. Schuller. He also founded INJOY, Maximum Impact, ISS and EQUIP,... (Read More ...)

American decathlete and Olympic gold medal winner in 1996, Dan OBrien, grew up as an adopted child in an Irish-American family in Klamath Falls, Oregon. After first flunking out of the University of Idaho, where he competed in track and field, he eventually returned to the school to compete for the Vandal track team and complete his bachelor’s degree. As the favorite going into the 1992 Olympic trials, O’Brien had a disastrous result in the pole vault competition and did not compete in Barcelona. He won a gold medal in the next Olympics in Atlanta as well as four gold medals in World... (Read More ...)

Former wife of one of the most famous movie directors, Martin Scorsese, Julia Cameron is probably best known for her book, The Artist’s Way. Born in 1948, she has written non-fiction works, short stories, and essays, as well as novels, plays, musicals, and screenplays. She also taught filmmaking, creative unblocking, and writing at The Smithsonian, Esalen, the Omega Institute for Holistic Studies, the New York Open Center and was writer in residence for film at Northwestern University. Her website offers a video course based on The Artist’s Way. Enjoy today’s inspirational quotation... (Read More ...)

Christian philosopher, Blaise Pascal, was a French mathematician, physicist, inventor and writer. During his life of 39 years, he strongly influenced the development of modern economics and social science. As did Galileo and Torricelli, he refuted Aristotle’s teaching that nature abhors a vacuum causing many disputes before being accepted. Famous author, T. S. Eliot, described Pascal as “a man of the world among ascetics, and an ascetic among men of the world.” The Université Blaise Pascal, one of the Universities of Clermont-Ferrand, France, was named in his honor and The University... (Read More ...)

The quotations of William Arthur Ward, author of Fountains of Faith, are among the most popular quotes on the Internet. Having written over 100 articles published in such publications as Reader’s Digest, This Week and The Upper Room, Ward was born and raised in Louisiana and enlisted in the United States Army, rising to the rank of captain, and was posted in the Phillipines during World War II. He received his master’s degree at Oklahoma State University and worked toward a doctorate at the University of Texas and North Texas State University. Ward received an honory Doctor of Laws... (Read More ...)

Known for his stark oppostion to totalitarianism and commitment to democratic socialism, Eric Arthur Blair, or, George Orwell, was one of the most influential writers of the 20th century. His two most popular novels, Nineteen Eighty-Four and Animal Farm have sold more copies than any two books by any other 20th-century author. The term Orwellian is now a part of the English language as are terms he coined including Cold War, Big Brother, thought police, Room 101, doublethink, and thoughtcrime. Enjoy today’s inspirational quotation by George Orwell: In a time of universal deceit, telling... (Read More ...)

Gilbert Keith Chesterton, better known as G.K. Chesterton, is often referred to as the “prince of paradox.” The English writer, lay theologian, poet, dramatist, journalist, orator, literary/art critic and biographer referred to himself as an “orthodox” Christian, eventually converting to Roman Catholicism from High Church Anglicanism. Well known for his reasoned apologetics, Time Magazine commented on his writing style, “Whenever possible Chesterton made his points with popular sayings, proverbs, allegories—first carefully turning them inside out.” His friend,... (Read More ...)