Archive for June, 2010

Unless you try to do something beyond what you have already mastered, you will never grow.

June 30, 2010

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Ralph Waldo Emerson, whose original profession and calling was as a Unitarian minister, left the ministry to pursue a career in writing and public speaking. Emerson became one of America’s best known and best loved 19th century figures.

Use what talent you possess: the woods would be very silent if no birds sang except those that sang best.

June 29, 2010

Henry Van Dyke

Henry van Dyke was born on November 10, 1852 in Germantown, Pennsylvania in the United States. He graduated from Princeton University in 1873 and from Princeton Theological Seminary, 1877 and served as a professor of English literature at Princeton between 1899 and 1923. In 1908-09 Dr. van Dyke was an American lecturer at the University of Paris. By appointment of President Wilson he became Minister to the Netherlands and Luxembourg in 1913. He was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters and received many other honors.

He chaired the committee that wrote the first Presbyterian printed liturgy, The Book of Common Worship of 1906. Among his popular writings are the two Christmas stories The Other Wise Man (1896) and The First Christmas Tree (1897). Various religious themes of his work are also expressed in his poetry, hymns and the essays collected in Little Rivers (1895) and Fisherman’s Luck (1899). He wrote the lyrics to the popular hymn, “Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee” (1907), sung to the tune of Beethoven’s Ode to Joy. He compiled several short stories in The Blue Flower (1902) named after the key symbol of Romanticism introduced first by Novalis. He also contributed a chapter to the collaborative novel, The Whole Family (1908). Among his poems is Katrina’s Sundial, the inspiration for the song Time Is by the group It’s a Beautiful Day on their eponymous 1969 debut album.

We cannot rely on it that good painting will be made one day.We, have to take the matter in hand ourselves…

June 28, 2010

Sigmar Polke

Sigmar Polke, Autofahren

Autofahren 2002

Sigmar Polke (13 February 1941 – 10 June 2010) was a German painter and photographer.

To be able to look back upon one’s past life with satisfaction is to live twice.

June 27, 2010

Lord Acton

John Emerich Edward Dalberg-Acton, 1st Baron Acton, KCVO, DL (10 January 1834 – 19 June 1902), known as Sir John Dalberg-Acton, 8th Bt from 1837 to 1869 and usually referred to simply as Lord Acton, was an English historian, the only son of Sir Ferdinand Dalberg-Acton, 7th Baronet and grandson of the Neapolitan admiral, Sir John Acton, 6th Baronet. He was born in Naples.,_1st_Baron_Acton

Words may show a man’s wit but actions his meaning.

June 26, 2010

Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin was born in Boston on January 17, 1706. He was the tenth son of soap maker, Josiah Franklin. Benjamin’s mother was Abiah Folger, the second wife of Josiah. In all, Josiah would father 17 children.

Josiah intended for Benjamin to enter into the clergy. However, Josiah could only afford to send his son to school for one year and clergymen needed years of schooling. But, as young Benjamin loved to read he had him apprenticed to his brother James, who was a printer. After helping James compose pamphlets and set type which was grueling work, 12-year-old Benjamin would sell their products in the streets.

Don’t drink by the water’s edge. / Throw yourself in. Become the water. / Only then will your thirst end.

June 25, 2010

Jeanette Berson

Don’t settle for yourself at your mediocre level.

June 23, 2010

Irwin Greenberg

Simplicity, symmetry and creating interest dimensionally across the picture plane are the trademarks of a Greenberg painting. Irwin Greenberg was born in Brooklyn in 1922. His watercolors have been widely exhibited in private and public shows, as well as in magazine and books. “Back at the beginning of time, when I was just a kid growing up, the area where I lived near Coney Island, was still open fields and farms with dirt roads. He was the youngest of the three sons of Phillip and Blanch Greenberg. By the time he was eleven years old, Phillip passed away and his mother was “a mother and father rolled into one body, who didn’t allow any fooling around.” He rarely got out of line as he had his mother and brothers to answer too. He loves his work because of “the feelings that art stirs in his mind as well as my heart”. His first sale was a drawing of his mother. He was able to get her to model for him in the kitchen and entered it in a school exhibition. It was purchased by one of his teachers, for about $35 dollars. It was about this time he decided to endeavor into the world of color. He had the thoughts that it would be “as easy as snapping my fingers”. But, upon trying it, found out it was more than he could handle at the time. He became disgusted and gave up because he was unsure of how much talent he really had.

A life spent chasing other people’s approval is a life spent on a pointless roller coaster of emotional highs and lows, without ever knowing yourself.

June 22, 2010

Rinatta Paries

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Faith that the thing can be done is essential to any great achievement.

June 21, 2010

Thomas N. Carruthers

Success is not final, failure is not fatal. It’s the courage to continue that counts.

June 20, 2010

Winston Churchill

Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill, KG, OM, CH, TD, PC, FRS (30 November 1874 – 24 January 1965) was a British politician known chiefly for his leadership of the United Kingdom during World War II. He is widely regarded as one of the great wartime leaders. He served as Prime Minister from 1940 to 1945 and again from 1951 to 1955. A noted statesman and orator, Churchill was also an officer in the British Army, a historian, writer and artist. To date, he is the only British Prime Minister to have received the Nobel Prize in Literature, and the first person to be recognised as an honorary citizen of the United States.

During his army career, Churchill saw military action in India, the Sudan and the Second Boer War. He gained fame and notoriety as a war correspondent and through contemporary books he wrote describing the campaigns. He also served briefly in the British Army on the Western Front in World War I, commanding the 6th Battalion of the Royal Scots Fusiliers.

At the forefront of the political scene for almost fifty years, he held many political and cabinet positions. Before the First World War, he served as President of the Board of Trade, Home Secretary and First Lord of the Admiralty as part of the Asquith Liberal government. During the war he continued as First Lord of the Admiralty until the disastrous Gallipoli Campaign caused his departure from government. He returned as Minister of Munitions, Secretary of State for War and Secretary of State for Air. In the interwar years, he served as Chancellor of the Exchequer in the Conservative government.

After the outbreak of the Second World War, Churchill was again appointed First Lord of the Admiralty. Following the resignation of Neville Chamberlain on 10 May 1940, he became Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and led Britain to victory against the Axis powers. Churchill was always noted for his speeches, which became a great inspiration to the British people and to the embattled Allied forces.

After losing the 1945 election, he became Leader of the Opposition. In 1951 he again became Prime Minister, before finally retiring in 1955. Upon his death, the Queen granted him the honour of a state funeral, which saw one of the largest assemblies of statesmen in the world.