Rosa Parks Born February 4, 1913 | Died October 24, 2005 African-American civil rights activist Famous Quotes: "I'm tired of being treated like a second-class citizen." "I would like to be remembered as a person who wanted to be free... so other people would be also free." "Whatever my individual desires were to be free, I was not alone. There were many others who felt the same way." "I have learned over the years that when one's mind is made up, this diminishes fear; knowing what must be done does away with fear."
Thomas Merton Born January 31, 1915 | Died December 10, 1968 Anglo-American Catholic writer Famous Quotes: "Love is our true destiny. We do not find the meaning of life by ourselves alone-we find it with another." "Perhaps I am stronger than I think." "The beginning of love is to let those we love be perfectly themselves, and not to twist them to fit our own image. Otherwise we love only the reflection of ourselves we find in them." "The very contradictions in my life are in some ways signs of God's mercy to me." "The whole idea of compassion is based on a keen awareness of the interdependence of all these living beings, which are all part of one another, and all involved in one another." "We are so obsessed with doing that we have no time and no imagination left for being.As a result, men are valued not for what they are but for what they do or what they have - for their usefulness."
Lao Te Tsu Lived during the Zhou dynasty Mystic philosopher of ancient China Famous Quotes: "A good traveler has no fixed plans,and is not intent on arriving." "Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage." "Govern a great nation as you would cook a small fish. Do not over do it." "He who knows others is wise.He who knows himself is enlightened." "He who knows, does not speak.He who speaks, does not know." "I have just three things to teach: simplicity, patience, compassion. These three are your greatest treasures." "If you realize that all things change, there is nothing you will try to hold on to. If you are not afraid of dying, there is nothing you cannot achieve." "The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step."
Ralph Waldo Emerson Born May 25, 1803 | Died April 27, 1882 American transcendentalist essayist, poet and lecturer Famous Quotes: :Always do what you are afraid to do." "As a cure for worrying, work is better than whiskey." "Beauty without grace is the hook without the bait." "Every man supposes himself not to be fully understood or appreciated." "Fear defeats more people than any other one thing in the world." "For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind." "Great men or men of great gifts you shall easily find, but symmetrical men never." "Hitch your wagon to a star." "Make the most of yourself, for that is all there is of you." "Once you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen." "The only way to have a friend is to be one."