Archive for February, 2011

He who does not have the courage to speak up for his rights cannot earn the respect of others….

February 18, 2011

Rene G. Torres


What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters, compared to what lies within us…

February 17, 2011

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Ralph Waldo Emerson (May 25, 1803 – April 27, 1882) was an American lecturer, essayist, and poet, best remembered for leading the Transcendentalist movement of the mid-19th century. He was seen as a champion of individualism and a prescient critic of the countervailing pressures of society, and he disseminated his thoughts through dozens of published essays and more than 1,500 public lectures across the United States.

If you’re too busy worrying about the competition, you don’t focus enough on what you’re doing…

February 15, 2011

Katie Couric

Katherine Anne “Katie” Couric (born January 7, 1957) is an American journalist, currently the anchor and managing editor of the CBS Evening News, a correspondent for 60 Minutes, and host of @katiecouric (her twitter handle), a webshow on She is the first solo female anchor of a weekday evening news program on one of the three traditional U.S. broadcast networks. Before CBS, she was a co-host of NBC’s Today, a position she held from 1991 until 2006.

Loving is not just looking at each other, it’s looking in the same direction.

February 14, 2011

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Wind, Sand, and Stars, 1939

French aviator and writer, real life hero who looked at adventure and danger with poet’s eyes – sometimes from the viewpoint of a child. Saint-Exupéry’s most famous w

ork is The Little Prince (1943), which he also illustrated. It has become one of the classics of children’s literature of the 20th century. During World War II Saint-Exupéry served as a pilot. He was shot down on a mission over France in 1944.

Art will remain the most astonishing activity of mankind, born out of struggle between wisdom and madness, between dream and reality, in our mind…

February 13, 2011

Magdalena Abakanowicz

Abakan Red (1969).

Magdalena Abakanowicz was born in Poland, near Warsaw, to a family that traced its heritage back to Genghis Khan. Her home life was disturbed by the occupation of Poland by Germany and then Russia. She stayed in Poland through the years of Communist rule and then through the changes under the Solidarity movement and afterwards. Her sculpture often reflects the emotional heritage of her political environment.

Magdalena Abakanowicz studied at the Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts, 1950-55. Honorary doctorates from the Royal College of Art in London and the Academy of Fine Arts in Lodz, Poland.

Magdalena Abakanowicz began working as a painter, as a weaver and as a sculptor working in the fiber arts, as a weaver, and moved to other media including clay, wood, and sacking. She is noted for groups of large figures which she has called “Abakans.” Her work is in many major public museums.

Magdalena Abakanowicz taught at the State College of Arts in Poznan, 1979-1990, and she was appointed a professor in 1979. She has been a visiting professor in the US.

In the 1990s Magdalena Abakanowicz designed a model of an ecologically-oriented city. She has also choreographed dance.

If you are not welcome, you shouldn’t go…

February 12, 2011


No one ever went broke by saying no too often.

February 10, 2011

Harvey Mackay

Harvey Mackay is the author of the New York Times #1 bestsellers Swim With The Sharks Without Being Eaten Alive and Beware the Naked Man Who Offers You His Shirt. Both books are among the top 15 inspirational business books of all time, according to the New York Times. In total, Harvey’s books have sold 10 million copies worldwide, been translated into 37 languages and sold in 80 countries.

Most great people have attained their greatest success just one step beyond their greatest failure…

February 9, 2011

Napolean Hill

Napoleon Hill (October 26, 1883 – November 8, 1970) was an American author who was one of the earliest producers of the modern genre of personal-success literature. He is widely considered to be one of the great writers on success. His most famous work, Think and Grow Rich, is one of the best-selling books of all time. Hill’s works examined the power of personal beliefs, and the role they play in personal success. He became an advisor to President Franklin D. Roosevelt from 1933-36. “What the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve” is one of Hill’s hallmark expressions. How achievement actually occurs, and a formula for it that puts success in reach for the average person, were the focal points of Hill’s books.

I am an idealist. I don’t know where I’m going but I’m on the way…

February 8, 2011

Carl Sandburg

Author-poet Carl Sandburg was born in the three-room cottage at 313 East Third Street in Galesburg on January 6, 1878. The modest house, which is maintained by the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, reflects the typical living conditions of a late nineteenth century working-class family. Many of the furnishings once belonged to the Sandburg family. Behind the home stands a small wooded park. There, beneath Remembrance Rock, lie the ashes of Carl Sandburg, who died in 1967.

You cannot climb the ladder of success dressed in the costume of failure…

February 7, 2011

Zig Ziglar

Hilary Hinton “Zig” Ziglar (born 6 November 1926) is an American author, salesperson, and motivational speaker. He has published over 48 works, including the 2007 book titled God’s Way Is Still the Best Way.