You've Seen many great Antique Wisdoms by now, so let me introduce you to the Quotererers (I made up that word).  If you click on their name, you'll find all the quotes we used as well as the products and teams that have their name listed.

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Quotererer History

Aaron Hill 1685 - 1750

Aaron Hill was one of the most lively cultural patrons and brokers on the London literary scene, and was an early champion of women poets.

Abraham Lincoln 1806 – 1865

American statesman and lawyer who served as the 16th president of the United States. Lincoln led the nation through its greatest moral, constitutional, and political crisis in the American Civil War.

Adam Smith  1723 - 1790

Adam Smith was a Scottish economist and philosopher who was a pioneer of political economy and key figure during the Scottish Enlightenment.

Aesop  621 BC - 564 BC

Aesop was a Legendary Greek fabulist and creator of numerous short tales about animals, all illustrating human virtues and failings. 

Alexander Hamilton  1757 - 1804

Alexander Hamilton was a founding father of the United States, who fought in the American Revolutionary War, helped draft the Constitution, and served as the first secretary of the treasury. He was the founder and chief architect of the American financial system.

Alexander Pope  1688 - 1744

Alexander Pope is regarded as one of the greatest English poets, and the foremost poet of the early eighteenth century. He is best known for his satirical and discursive poetry, including an Essay on Criticism, as well as for his translation of Homer.

Alexander Smith  1830 - 1867

Alexander Smith was a Scottish poet who is best remembered for his first volume of poems, A Life Drama and other Poems (1853), brought him fame and led to him being appointed Secretary of Edinburgh University in 1854.

Alexandre Dumas   1802 - 1870

Alexandre Dumas was a French writer of Afro-Haitian descent, his works have been translated into many languages, and he is one of the most widely read French authors. His works include The Count of Monte Cristo, The Three Musketeers and The Man in the Iron Mask.

Alfred Lord Tennyson  1809 - 1892

Alfred Tennyson was an English poet and the Poet Laureate during much of Queen Victoria's reign and remains one of the most popular British poets.

Ambrose Bierce  1842 - 1914

Ambrose Gwinnett Bierce was an American short story writer, journalist, poet, and Civil War veteran. His book "Tales of Soldiers and Civilians" was described as one of "The 100 Greatest of American Literature"

Amos Bronson Alcott  1799 - 1888

Amos Bronson Alcott was an American teacher, writer, philosopher, and reformer. As an educator, Alcott pioneered new ways of interacting with young students, focusing on a conversational style, and avoided traditional punishment. 

Andrew Carnegie  1835 - 1919

Andrew Carnegie was a Scottish-American industrialist, and philanthropist that led the expansion of the steel industry and became one of the richest Americans in history.

Andrew Jackson  1767 - 1845

Andrew Jackson was an American lawyer, general, and statesman who served as the seventh president of the United States from 1829 to 1837.

Anton Chekhov  1860 - 1904

Anton Pavlovich Chekhov was a Russian playwright and short-story writer who is considered to be among the greatest writers of short fiction in history.

Aristotle 384 BC - 322 BC

Aristotle was a Greek philosopher and polymath during the Classical period in Ancient Greece. Taught by Plato, he was the founder of the Lyceum, the Peripatetic school of philosophy, and the Aristotelian tradition. 

Arthur Helps  1813 - 1875

Sir Arthur was an English writer and dean of the Privy Council. He was a Cambridge Apostle and an early advocate of animal rights.

Arthur Rimbaud  1854 - 1891

Arthur Rimbaud was a French poet and adventurer who won renown in the Symbolist movement and markedly influenced modern poetry.

Arthur Schopenhauer  1788 - 1860

Arthur Schopenhauer was a German philosopher. He is best known for his 1818 work "The World as Will and Representation", which characterizes the phenomenal world as the product of a blind noumenal will.

Auguste Comte  1838 - 1857

Auguste Comte was a French philosopher and writer who formulated the doctrine of positivism. He is often regarded as the first philosopher of science in the modern sense of the term and is considered founder of sociology.

Auguste Rodin  1840 - 1917

François Auguste René Rodin was a French sculptor generally considered the founder of modern sculpture. He was schooled traditionally and took a craftsman-like approach to his work.

Baltasar Gracian  1601 - 1658

Baltasar Gracian was a Spanish Jesuit Priest, counselor to kings, philosopher and author of “The Hero” and “The Pocket Oracle and Art of Prudence”.  

Baruch Spinoza  1632 - 1677

Baruch Spinoza was a Dutch philosopher of Portuguese Jewish origin. One of the foremost exponents of 17th-century Rationalism and one of the early and seminal thinkers of the Enlightenment.

Ben Jonson  1572 - 1637

Benjamin Jonson was an English playwright and poet, whose artistry exerted a lasting impact upon English poetry and stage comedy.

Benjamin Banneker  1731 - 1806

Benjamin Banneker was a free African-American almanac author, surveyor, landowner and farmer with extensive knowledge of mathematics and natural history.

Benjamin Disraeli  1804 - 1881

Benjamin Disraeli was a British politician of the Conservative Party who twice served as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.

Benjamin Franklin 1706 - 1790

Benjamin Franklin was one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. Franklin was a printer, postmaster, inventor, civic activist, statesman and diplomat.

Benjamin Harrison  1833 - 1901

Benjamin Harrison was the 23rd president of the United States from 1889 to 1893. He was a grandson of the ninth president, William Henry Harrison, creating the only grandfather–grandson duo to hold the office.

Benjamin Rush  1745 - 1813

Benjamin Rush was a Founding Father of the United States who signed the United States Declaration of Independence, and a civic leader in Philadelphia, where he was a physician, politician, social reformer, humanitarian, educator, and the founder of Dickinson College.

Blaise Pascal  1623 - 1662

Blaise Pascal was a French mathematician, physicist, inventor, writer and Catholic theologian. He was a child prodigy who was educated by his father.

Booker T. Washington  1856 - 1915

Booker Taliaferro Washington was an American educator, author, orator, and adviser to multiple presidents of the United States. He was a leader in the African American community.

Brigham Young  1801 - 1877

Brigham Young was an American religious leader, politician, and settler. He was the second president of The Mormon Church.

Buddha  567 BC - 484 BC

The Buddha was a  philosopher and spiritual teacher born in India.  As the founder of Buddhism, he taught a spiritual path of ethical training and meditative practices.

Camillo di Cavour   1810 - 1861

Camillo di Cavour was an Italian statesman and a leading figure in the movement towards Italian unification and was the first Prime Minister of Italy.

Cardinal Richelieu  1585 - 1642

Cardinal Richelieu was a French clergyman, nobleman, and statesman, serving as King Louis XIII's Chief Minister from 1624. He sought to consolidate royal power and strengthen France's international position.

Catherine II  1729 - 1796

Sophie of Anhalt-Zerbst (aka: Catherine the Great) reigned over Russia for 34 years. As empress, Catherine westernized Russia. She led her country into full participation in the political and cultural life of Europe.

Charles Baudelaire  1821 - 1867

Charles Pierre Baudelaire was a French poet who also produced notable work as an essayist, art critic, and one of the first translators of Edgar Allan Poe.

Charles Buxton  1823 - 1871

Charles Buxton was an English brewer, philanthropist, writer and member of Parliament.  As an Anti-Slavery Advocate he wrote, Slavery and Freedom in the British West Indies, published in 1860.

Charles deSecondat  1689 - 1755

Charles Louis de Secondat was a French judge, man of letters, historian, and political philosopher. He is the principal source of the theory of separation of powers, which is implemented in many constitutions throughout the world. 

Charles Dickens 1812 – 1870

Charles Dickens was an English writer and social critic. He created some of the world's best-known fictional characters and is regarded by many as the greatest novelist of the Victorian era.

Charles Lamb  1775 - 1834

Charles Lamb was an English essayist, poet, and antiquarian, best known for his Essays of Elia and for the children's book Tales from Shakespeare, co-authored with his sister, Mary Lamb.

Charles Peguy  1873 - 1914

Charles Pierre Péguy was a French poet, essayist, and editor. His two main philosophies were socialism and nationalism, but by 1908 he had become a believing but non-practicing Roman Catholic.

Christopher Marlowe  1564 - 1593

Christopher Marlowe was an Elizabethan poet and William Shakespeare 's most important predecessor in English drama. 

Clara Barton  1821 - 1912

Clarissa Harlowe Barton was a pioneering American nurse who founded the American Red Cross. She was a hospital nurse in the American Civil War, a teacher, and a patent clerk.

Confucius  551 BC - 479 BC

Confucius was a Chinese politician and philosopher that emphasized personal and governmental morality, correctness of social relationships, justice, kindness and sincerity.

Daniel D. Palmer  1845 - 1918

Daniel David Palmer is called the founder of the  science of chiropractic which was based on his extensive study of anatomy and physiology.

Daniel Drew  1797 - 1879

Daniel Drew was an American businessman, steamship and railroad developer, and financier.  He had a long and successful career but lost his fortune and died a broken man.

Dante Alighieri  1265 - 1321

Dante's Divine Comedy, a landmark in Italian literature and among the greatest works of all medieval European literature, is a profound Christian vision of humankind's temporal and eternal destiny.

David Garrick  1717 - 1779

David Garrick was an English actor, playwright, theatre manager and producer who influenced nearly all aspects of theatrical practice throughout the 18th century.

David Hume  1711 - 1776

David Hume was a Scottish Enlightenment philosopher, historian, economist, librarian and essayist, who is best known today for his highly influential system of philosophical empiricism, skepticism, and naturalism.

Davy Crockett  1786 - 1836

Davy Crockett was a frontiersman, soldier, politician, congressman and prolific storyteller.  His adventures, both real and fictitious, earned him American folk hero status.

Delphine de Girardin  1804 - 1855

Madame Girardin exercised considerable personal influence in contemporary literary society, and in her drawing-room were often to be found Théophile Gautier, Honoré de Balzac, Alfred de Musset and Victor Hugo.

Denis Diderot  1713 - 1784

Denis Diderot was a French philosopher, art critic, and writer, best known for serving as co-founder, chief editor, and contributor to the Encyclopédie. He was a prominent figure during the Age of Enlightenment.

Desiderius Erasmus  1466 - 1536

Desiderius Erasmus was a Dutch philosopher and Christian scholar who is widely considered to have been one of the greatest scholars of the northern Renaissance.

Edmund Burke  1729 - 1797

Edmund Burke was an Irish statesman, philosopher and proponent of manners in society and the importance of religious institutions for moral stability.

Edward Bulwer-Lytton  1831 - 1891

Edward Robert Lytton Bulwer-Lytton was an English statesman, Conservative politician, and poet (who used the pseudonym Owen Meredith). He served as Viceroy of India between 1876 and 1880.

Edward Gibbon  1737 - 1794

Edward Gibbon  was an English Member of Parliament, historian and writer known for the quality and irony of its prose and criticism of organized religion.

Elbert Hubbard  1856 - 1915

Elbert Green Hubbard was an American writer, publisher, artist, and philosopher. Hubbard is known best as the founder of the Roycroft artisan community in East Aurora, New York, an influential exponent of the Arts and Crafts Movement.

Elizabeth Stanton  1815 - 1902

Elizabeth Stanton was an American suffragist, social activist, abolitionist, and leading figure of the early women's rights movement. 

Emile Zola  1840 - 1902

Émile Édouard Charles Antoine Zola was a French novelist, journalist, playwright, the best-known practitioner of the literary school of naturalism, and an important contributor to the development of theatrical naturalism.

Emily Bronte  1818 - 1848

Emily Jane Brontë was an English novelist and poet who is best known for her only novel, Wuthering Heights, now considered a classic of English literature.

Emily Dickinson 1830 -1886

Dickinson's poems have had a remarkable influence in American literature. Using original wordplay, unexpected rhymes, and abrupt line breaks demonstrating a formal poetic structure even as she seems to defy its restrictions.

Emma Lazarus  1849 - 1887

Emma Lazarus was an American author of poetry and prose as well as an activist for Jewish causes. She wrote the sonnet "The New Colossus" inscribed on the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty.

Epictetus  55 AD - 135 AD

Epictetus was a Greek Stoic philosopher. Epictetus taught that philosophy is a way of life and not simply a theoretical discipline. To Epictetus, all external events are beyond our control, however individuals are responsible for their own actions.

Euripides  480 BC – 406 BC

Euripides was a Greek playwright whom Aristotle called the most tragic of the Greek poets. He is certainly the most revolutionary Greek tragedian known in modern times.

Francis Bacon  1561  –  1626

Francis Bacon was an English philosopher and statesman who served as Attorney General and as Lord Chancellor of England. His works are credited with developing the scientific method and remained influential through the scientific revolution.

Francois Rabelais  1494 - 1553

François Rabelais was a French Renaissance physician, monk, Greek scholar and a highly regarded writer of satirical jokes and songs.

Franz Liszt  1811 - 1886

Franz Liszt was a Hungarian composer, virtuoso pianist, conductor, music teacher, arranger, and organist of the Romantic era. He is widely regarded to be one of the greatest pianists of all time.

Frederick Douglass  1818 - 1895

Frederick Douglass was an American ex-slave, social reformer, writer, and statesman. He became a national leader of the abolitionist movement.

Friedrich Nietzsche   1844 - 1900

Friedrich Nietzsche was a German philosopher, essayist, and cultural critic. He claimed that human beings must craft their own identity through self-realization and do so without relying on anything transcending that life—such as God or a soul.

Galileo Galilei  1564 - 1642

Galileo di Vincenzo Bonaulti de Galilei was an Italian astronomer, physicist and engineer, sometimes described as the "father of observational astronomy" and the "father of modern science".

Georg Hegel  1770 - 1831

Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel was a German philosopher. He is considered one of the most important figures in German idealism and one of the founding figures of modern Western philosophy.

George Bancroft  1800 - 1891

George Bancroft was an American historian whose comprehensive 10-volume study of the origins and development of the United States caused him to be referred to as the “Father of American history.”

George Crabbe  1754 - 1832

George Crabbe was an English poet, surgeon and clergyman. He is best known for his early use of the realistic narrative form and his descriptions of middle and working-class life and people. In the 1770s.

George Eliot  1819 - 1880

Mary Ann Evans, known by her pen name George Eliot, was an English novelist, poet, journalist, translator and one of the leading writers of the Victorian era.

George Gissing   1857 - 1903

George Robert Gissing was an English novelist, who published 23 novels between 1880 and 1903. His best-known works include The Nether World, New Grub Street and The Odd Women.

George Herbert  1593 - 1633

George Herbert was a Welsh-born poet, orator, and priest of the Church of England. His poetry is associated with the writings of the metaphysical poets, and he is recognised as "one of the foremost British devotional lyricists.

George Meredith  1828 - 1909

George Meredith was an English novelist and poet of the Victorian era. He was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature seven times.

George Washington  -  1732 - 1799

George Washington was an American political leader, military general, statesman, and founding father who served as the first president of the United States. Previously, he led Patriot forces to victory in the nation's War for Independence.

Giovanni  Boccaccio  1313 - 1375

Giovanni Boccaccio was an Italian poet, writer, and scholar. His most famous and influential work is the Decameron, completed by 1353, in which his ten characters present 100 tales of everyday life.

Gustave Flaubert  1821 - 1880

Gustave Flaubert was a French novelist regarded as the prime mover of the realist school of French literature and best known for his masterpiece, Madame Bovary published in 1857.

Hannah More  1745 - 1833

Hannah More was an English religious writer and philanthropist, remembered as a poet and playwright in the circle of Johnson, Reynolds and Garrick, as a writer on moral and religious subjects.

Harriet Beecher Stowe  1811 - 1896

Harriet Elisabeth Beecher Stowe was an American author and abolitionist. She became best known for her novel Uncle Tom's Cabin, which depicts the harsh conditions experienced by enslaved African Americans.

Harriet Jacobs  -  1813 - 1897

Harriet Jacobs was an African-American writer, whose autobiography, Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, published in 1861 under the pseudonym Linda Brent, is now considered an "American classic". 

Harriet Tubman  1822  –  1913

Harriet Tubman was an American abolitionist and political activist. Born into slavery, she escaped and made 13 missions to rescue family and friends, using the network of antislavery Underground Railroad.

Heinrich Heine  1797 - 1856

German poet Heinrich Heine is known for his use of satire and sharp wit, considered among the best in German literature.

Henri Frederic Amiel  1821 - 1881

Henri Frédéric Amiel was a Swiss moral philosopher, poet, and critic. In addition to the Journal Intime ("Private Journal"), which, published after his death,, he produced several volumes of poetry.

Henri Poincare  1854 - 1912

Jules Henri Poincaré was a French mathematician, theoretical physicist, engineer, and philosopher of science.

Henrik Ibsen  1828 - 1906

Henrik Johan Ibsen was a Norwegian playwright and theatre director. As one of the founders of modernism in theatre, Ibsen is often referred to as "the father of realism" and one of the most influential playwrights of his time. 

Henry David Thoreau  1817 - 1862

Henry David Thoreau was an American poet, and philosopher. He is best known for his book "Walden" about simple living in natural surroundings, and his essay "Civil Disobedience" an argument for disobedience to an unjust state.

Henry Ellis  1721 - 1806

Henry Ellis was an Irish explorer and author who served as the governor of the colonies of Georgia and Nova Scotia.

Henry George Bohn  1796 - 1884

Henry George Bohn was a British publisher. He is principally remembered for the Bohn's Libraries which targeted the mass market, and comprised editions dealing with history, science, classics, theology and archaeology. 

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow  1807 - 1882

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was an American poet and educator whose works include "Paul Revere's Ride", The Song of Hiawatha, and Evangeline. 

Henry Ward Beecher 1813 - 1887

Henry Ward Beecher was an American Congregationalist clergyman, social reformer, and speaker, known for his support of the abolition of slavery.

Heraclitus 545 BC - 485 BC

Greek philosopher, Heraclitus is the first Western philosopher to go beyond physical theory in search of metaphysical foundations and moral applications.

Herbert Spencer  1820 - 1903

Herbert Spencer was an English philosopher, biologist, anthropologist, and sociologist known for his infamous theory of Social Darwinism throughout contemporary history.

Herman Melville  1819 - 1891

Herman Melville was an American novelist, short story writer, and poet of the American Renaissance period. Among his best-known works are Moby-Dick and Billy Budd.

Herodotus  484 BC - 424 BC

Herodotus has been called the “father of history.” An engaging narrator with a deep interest in the customs of the people he described, he remains the leading source of original historical information not only for Greece but also for much of western Asia and Egypt at that time.

Hippocrates  460 BC - 370 BC

Hippocrates of Kos was a Greek physician of the Age of Pericles (Classical Greece), who is considered one of the most outstanding figures in the history of medicine. He is often referred to as the "Father of Medicine".

Homer  484 BC - 425 BC

Homer is famous for the epic poems The Iliad and The Odyssey, which have had an enormous effect on Western culture.

Horace  65 BC - 8 BC

Quintus Horatius Flaccus, known as Horace, was one of the leading poets of Rome during the time when the emperor Augustus came to power.

Horace Greeley  1811 - 1872

Horace Greeley was an American newspaper editor and publisher who was the founder and editor of the New-York Tribune, known especially for his vigorous articulation of the North's antislavery sentiments during the 1850s

Horace Mann  1796 - 1859

Horace Mann was an American educator, and great advocate of public education who believed that, in a democratic society, education should be free and universal, nonsectarian, democratic in method, and reliant on well-trained professional teachers.

Horace Smith  1779 - 1893

Horace (born Horatio) Smith was an English poet, novelist and sucessful stockbroker.  One of his books, "The Rejected Addresses" still stands the most widely popular parodies ever published in the country.

Hosea Ballou  1771 - 1852

Hosea Ballou was an American Universalist clergyman and theological writer. Originally a Baptist, he converted to Universalism. He wrote a number of influential theological works and has been called one of the fathers of American Universalism.

Isaac Newton  1643 - 1727

Sir Isaac Newton was an English physicist and mathematician, who was the culminating figure of the Scientific Revolution of the 17th century.

Izaak Walton  1593 - 1683

Izaak Walton was an English writer. Best known as the author of The Compleat Angler, he also wrote a number of short biographies including one of his friend John Donne.

James A. Garfield  1831 - 1881

James Abram Garfield was a mathematician, lawyer, legislator and the 20th president of the United States, serving from March to September 1881.  He was shot by an assassin four months into his presidency and died two months later.

James Buchanan  1791 - 1868

James Buchanan Jr. was an American lawyer and politician who served as the 15th president of the United States from 1857 to 1861. He is most famous for being the last president before the start of the Civil War. 

James Huneker  1857 - 1921

James Gibbons Huneker was an American art, book, music, and theater critic.  Known as a colorful individual and an ambitious writer, his mission was to educate Americans about the best cultural achievements. 

James Madison  1751 - 1836

James Madison was a founding father of the United States and the fourth American president, serving in office from 1809 to 1817. Prior to becoming President he served as Secretary of State and oversaw the Louisiana Purchase from the French in 1803.

James Otis  1725 - 1783

James Otis Jr. was an American lawyer, political activist, pamphleteer, and legislator in Boston. His well-known catchphrase "Taxation without Representation is tyranny" became the basic Patriot position.

Jane Austen  1775 - 1817

Jane Austen was an English novelist known for her six novels, which interpret, critique and comment upon Wealthy British families at the end of the 18th century.

Jean Paul  1763 - 1825

Jean Paul was a German Romantic writer, best known for his humorous novels and stories. He was  influenced by satirists Jonathan Swift and Laurence Sterne.

Jean-Jacques Rousseau  1712 - 1778

Jean-Jacques Rousseau was a Genevan philosopher, writer and composer. His political philosophy influenced the progress of modern political, economic and educational thought.

John Bright  1811 - 1889

John Bright was a British Radical and Liberal statesman and orator. He saw himself as a spokesman for the middle class and strongly opposed the privileges of the landed aristocracy.

John Burroughs  1837 - 1921

John Burroughs was an American naturalist and nature essayist, active in the U.S. conservation movement.  Friends included Walt Whitman and Theodore Roosevelt.

John Donne  1572 - 1631

John Donne was an English poet, scholar, soldier and cleric in the Church of England. He is considered the preeminent representative of the metaphysical poets.

John Fletcher  1579 - 1625

John Fletcher was a  playwright and among the most prolific and influential dramatists of his day; during his lifetime and in the early Restoration, his fame rivalled Shakespeare's.

John Locke  1632 - 1704

John Locke was an English philosopher and physician, widely regarded as one of the most influential of Enlightenment thinkers and commonly known as the "Father of Liberalism."

John Lubbock  1834 - 1913

John Lubbock was an English banker, Liberal politician, philanthropist, scientist and polymath. Lubbock worked as a banker but made significant contributions in archaeology, ethnography, and several branches of biology.

John Ray  1627 - 1705

John Ray was an English naturalist widely regarded as one of the leading 17th-century English naturalist and botanist who contributed significantly to progress in taxonomy with the establishment of species as the ultimate unit of taxonomy.

John Ruskin  1819 - 1900

John Ruskin was a Scotch-English writer, philosopher, art critic and polymath of the Victorian era. He wrote on subjects as varied as geology, architecture, myth, ornithology, literature, education, botany and political economy. 

John Wanamaker  1838 - 1922

John Wanamaker was an American merchant and religious, civic and political figure, considered by some to be a proponent of advertising and a "pioneer in marketing"

Jose Marti  1853 - 1895

José Julián Martí Pérez was a Cuban nationalist, poet, philosopher, essayist, journalist, translator, professor, and publisher, who is considered a Cuban national hero because of his role in the liberation of his country from Spain.

Joseph Addison  1672 - 1719

Joseph Addison was an English essayist, poet, playwright and politician.  His simple prose style marked the end of the mannerisms and conventional classical images of the 17th century.

Joseph Joubert  1754 - 1824

Joseph Joubert was a French moralist and essayist, remembered largely for his collection of comments on theology and philosophy.

Josh Billings  1818  –  1885

Josh Billings was the pen name of 19th-century American humorist Henry Wheeler Shaw. He was a famous humor writer and lecturer in the United States during the latter half of the 19th century. He is often compared to Mark Twain.

Jules Michelet  1798 - 1874

Jules Michelet was a French historian and an author whose major work was a history of France and its culture called  Histoire de France.

Julius Caesar  100 BC - 44 BC

Gaius Julius Caesar was a Roman general and statesman. Caesar led the Roman armies in the Gallic Wars before defeating his political rival Pompey in a civil war, and subsequently became dictator of Rome from 49 BC until his assassination in 44 BC. 

Kierkegaard  1813 - 1855

Søren Aabye Kierkegaard was a Danish theologian, philosopher, poet, social critic, and religious author who is widely considered to be the first existentialist philosopher. 

Lao Tzu  601 BC - 531 BC

Lao-Tzu was a Chinese scholar, writer and philosophical founder of Taoism, a traditional Chinese religion  which emphasizes living in harmony.

Leonardo da Vinci  1452 - 1519

Leonardo da Vinci, was an Italian Renaissance Man famous for his inventions, drawing, painting, sculpture, science, engineering, botany, paleontology, and cartography.

Lord Byron  1788 - 1824

George Gordon Byron, known simply as Lord Byron, was an English poet, peer and politician who became a revolutionary in the Greek War of Independence, and is considered one of the leading figures of the Romantic movement. 

Lord Chesterfield  1694 - 1773

Philip Dormer Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield was a British statesman, diplomat, man of letters, and an acclaimed wit of his time.

Louis Pasteur  1822 - 1895

Louis Pasteur was a French biologist and chemist famous for his remarkable breakthroughs in the causes and prevention of diseases, which saved many lives.

Luc de Clapier  1715 - 1747

Luc de Clapiers, marquis de Vauvenargues was a French writer and moralist.  His collection of essays  were encouraged by his friend Voltaire. 

Marcus Aurelius  121 AD - 180 AD

Marcus Aurelius was a Roman emperor from 161 to 180 and a Stoic philosopher. He was the last of the rulers known as the Five Good Emperors, and the last emperor of the Pax Romana.

Margaret Fuller  1810 - 1850

Sarah Margaret Fuller Ossoli was an American journalist, editor, critic, translator, and women's rights advocate associated with the American transcendentalism movement. She was the first American female war correspondent.

Marguerite Gardiner  1789 - 1849

Marguerite Gardiner was a self-educated Irish writer, who rose from poverty.  Known for her charm and wit, as well for her generosity and extravagant tastes.

Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach  1830 - 1916

Countess Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach was an Austrian writer. Noted for her excellent psychological novels written in German during the late 19th century.

Mark Twain  1835 - 1910

Samuel Langhorne Clemens, known to most by his pen name Mark Twain, was an American writer, humorist, entrepreneur, publisher and lecturer.

Marshall Field  1834 - 1906

Marshall Field was an American entrepreneur and the founder of Marshall Field and Company, the Chicago-based department stores. His business was renowned for its then-exceptional level of quality and customer service.

Martin Luther  1483 - 1546

Martin Luther was a German theologian, professor, pastor, and church reformer.  Luther began the Protestant Reformation with the publication of his Ninety-Five Theses on October 31, 1517.

Mary Baker Eddy  1821 - 1910

Mary Baker Eddy was an American religious leader and author who founded The Church of Christ, Scientist, in New England. As an author and teacher, she helped promote healings through mental and spiritual teachings.

Matthew Henry  1662 - 1714

Matthew Henry was a nonconformist minister and author, born in Wales but spent much of his life in England. He is best known for the six-volume biblical commentary Exposition of the Old and New Testaments.

Michel de Montaigne  1533 - 1592

Michel Eyquem de Montaigne was one of the most significant philosophers of the French Renaissance. He is known for popularizing the essay as a literary genre, noted for its merging of casual anecdotes and autobiography with intellectual insight. 

Michelangelo  1475 - 1564

Michelangelo, was an Italian sculptor, painter, architect and poet of the High Renaissance, who exerted an unparalleled influence on  Western art.

Moliere  1622 - 1673

Jean-Baptiste Poquelin, known by his stage name Molière, was a French playwright, actor and poet, widely regarded as one of the greatest writers in the French language and universal literature.

Napoleon Bonaparte  1769 - 1821

Napoleon Bonaparte  also known as Napoleon I, was a French artillery commander during the French Revolution and emperor who conquered much of Europe in the early 19th century.

Nathaniel Hawthorne  1804 - 1864

Nathaniel Hawthorne was an American novelist, dark romantic, and short story writer. His works often focus on history, morality, and religion.

Niccolo Machiavelli  1469 - 1527

Niccolò di Bernardo dei Machiavelli was an Italian diplomat, author, philosopher, and historian who lived during the Renaissance. He is best known for his political treatise "The Prince " published five years after his death.

Nicolas Chamfort  1741 - 1794

Nicolas Chamfort was a French writer, best known for his witty epigrams and aphorisms. He was secretary to the French King Louis XVI's sister.

Nicolas Despreaux  1636 - 1711

Nicolas Boileau-Despréaux, poet and leading literary critic in his day, known for his influence in upholding Classical standards in both French and English literature.

Oliver Cromwell  1599 - 1658

Oliver Cromwell was an English general and statesman who, led armies of the Parliament of England against King Charles I during the English Civil War, subsequently ruling the British Isles from 1653 until his death in 1658.

Oscar Wilde  1854 - 1900

Oscar Wilde was an Irish poet and playwright that became one of the most popular playwrights in London.  Famous for writing the “Importance of Being Earnest”.

Ouida  1839 - 1908

Ouida was the pseudonym of the English novelist Maria Louise Ramé. During her career, Ouida wrote more than 40 novels, as well as short stories, children's books and essays. Moderately successful, she lived a life of luxury, entertaining many of the literary figures of the day.

Percy Shelley  1792 - 1822

Percy Bysshe Shelley was one of the major English Romantic poets, widely regarded as one of the greatest lyric and philosophical poets in the English language.

Petrarch  1304 - 1374

Francesco Petrarca was an Italian scholar and poet during the early Italian Renaissance who was one of the earliest humanists. Petrarch's rediscovery of Cicero's letters is often credited with initiating the 14th-century Italian Renaissance and the founding of Renaissance humanism.

Phoebe Cary  1822 - 1871

Phoebe Cary was a self-educated American poet and champion of women's rights,  known for her liberal and reformist political and religious views.

Pierre Corneille  1606 - 1684

Pierre Corneille was a French tragedian. He is generally considered one of the three great seventeenth-century French dramatists, along with Molière and Racine. 

Plato  428 BC - 348 BC

Plato was an Athenian philosopher during the Classical period in Ancient Greece. He Founded the first institution of higher learning in the Western world, called the Academy.

Plautus  255 BC - 185 BC

Titus Maccius Plautus commonly known as Plautus, was a Roman playwright of the Old Latin period. His comedies are the earliest Latin literary works to have survived in their entirety.

Publilius Syrus  85 BC - 45 BC

The Latin writer Publilius Syrus, who was born in Syria 85 BC, is reputed to have coined the old saying that “anyone can hold the helm when the sea is calm”.

Ralph Waldo Emerson  1803 - 1882

Ralph Waldo Emerson was an American essayist, lecturer, philosopher, and poet who led the transcendentalist movement of the mid-19th century. 

Rene Descartes  1596 - 1650

René Descartes was a French philosopher, mathematician, scientist who invented analytic geometry, linking the previously separate fields of geometry and algebra. 

Richard Sheridan  1751 - 1816

Richard Brinsley Butler Sheridan was an Irish satirist, a playwright, poet, and long-term owner of the London Theatre Royal, Drury Lane. He is known for his plays such as The Rivals and The School for Scandal.

Robert Bulwer-Lytton  1831 - 1891

Edward Robert Lytton Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Earl of Lytton, was an English statesman, Conservative politician, and poet. He served as Viceroy of India between 1876 and 1880.

Robert G. Ingersoll  1857 - 1899

Robert Green Ingersoll was an American writer and orator during the Golden Age of Free Thought, who campaigned in defense of agnosticism. 

Rosa Luxemburg  1871 - 1919

Rosa Luxemburg was a Polish-German philosopher, economist and revolutionary socialist anti-war activist that formed the "Spartacus League" which later became the German Communist Party. 

Samuel Butler  1835 - 1902

Samuel Butler was the iconoclastic English author of the Utopian satirical novel "Erewhon" and the semi-autobiographical "The Way of All Flesh", published posthumously in 1903.

Samuel Foote  1720 - 1777

Samuel Foote was a British dramatist, actor and theatre manager from Cornwall. He was known for his comedic acting and writing, and for turning the loss of a leg in a riding accident in 1766 to comedic opportunity.

Samuel Johnson  1709 - 1784

Samuel Johnson, often called Dr Johnson, was an English writer who made lasting contributions as a poet, playwright, essayist, moralist, critic, biographer, editor and lexicographer. 

Sarah Breedlove  1867 - 1919

Sarah Breedlove (aka: Madam C. J. Walker) was an American entrepreneur, philanthropist, and political and social activist. She is recorded as the first female self-made millionaire in America.

Socrates  470 BC - 399 BC

Socrates  470–399 BC was a Greek philosopher from Athens who is credited as a founder of Western philosophy and the first moral philosopher of the Western ethical tradition of thought.

Sojourner Truth  1797 - 1883

Sojourner Truth was an American abolitionist and women's rights activist. Truth was born into slavery in Swartekill, New York, but escaped with her infant daughter to freedom in 1826.

St. Jerome  347 AD - 420 AD

St. Jerome was a Latin priest and historian, known for his translation of the Bible into Latin, and his commentaries on the Gospels.

Sun Tzu  545 BC - 496 BC

Sun Tzu was a Chinese general, philosopher and author of The Art of War, which focused more on alternatives to battle, influencing both Eastern and Western militaries.

Susan B. Anthony  1820 - 1906

Susan Brownell Anthony was an American social reformer and women's rights activist who played a pivotal role in the women's suffrage movement.

Theodore Roosevelt  1858 - 1919

Theodore Roosevelt Jr. was an American statesman, politician, conservationist, naturalist, and writer who served as the 26th president of the United States from 1901 to 1909.

Thomas Carlyle  1795 - 1881

Thomas Carlyle was a Scottish cultural critic, essayist, historian, lecturer, mathematician, philosopher and translator. Known as the Sage of Chelsea, he became "the undoubted head of English letters" in the 19th century.

Thomas Fuller  1608 - 1661

Thomas Fuller was an English churchman and historian. He is now remembered for his writings, particularly his Worthies of England, published in 1662 after his death.

Thomas Gray  1716 - 1771

Thomas Gray was an English poet, letter-writer, classical scholar, and professor at Pembroke College, Cambridge. He was very popular, but extremely self-critical writer who published only 13 poems in his lifetime.

Thomas Hood  1799 - 1845

Thomas Hood was an English poet, author and humorist, best known for poems such as "The Bridge of Sighs" and "The Song of the Shirt". 

Thomas Huxley  1825 - 1895

Thomas Henry Huxley was an English biologist and anthropologist specialising in comparative anatomy. He has become known as "Darwin's Bulldog" for his advocacy of Charles Darwin's theory of evolution.

Thomas Jefferson  1743 - 1826

Thomas Jefferson was an American statesman, diplomat, lawyer, architect, philosopher, plantation-owner and Founding Father who served as the third President of the United States.

Thomas Moore  1779 - 1852

Thomas Moore was an Irish poet, singer, songwriter, and entertainer. As Lord Byron's named literary executor, Moore was responsible for burning Lord Byron's memoirs after his death.

Thomas Paine  1737 - 1809

Thomas Paine was an English-born American political activist, philosopher, political theorist, and revolutionary. He inspired the patriots in 1776 to declare independence from Great Britain.

Titus Maccius Plautus  254 BC - 185 BC

Titus Maccius Plautus, commonly known as Plautus, was a Roman playwright of the Old Latin period. His comedies are the earliest Latin literary works to have survived in their entirety.

Victor Hugo  1802 – 1885

Victor Marie Hugo was a French poet, playwright, statesman and human rights activist. His most famous works were Les Misérables and The Hunchback of Notre Dame. 

Vincent Van Gogh  1853 - 1890

Vincent Willem van Gogh was a Dutch Post-Impressionist painter who posthumously became one of the most famous and influential figures in Western art history.

Virgil  70 BC - 19 BC

Publius Vergilius Maro, known as Virgil, was an Italian poet best known for his epic poem, “The Aeneid” and was regarded by Romans as a national treasure. His work reflects the relief he felt as civil war ended and the rule of Augustus began.

Voltaire  1694 - 1778

Voltaire, was a French writer, historian, and philosopher famous for his wit, advocacy of freedom of speech and separation of church and state.

Walt Whitman  1819 - 1892

Walt Whitman was an American poet, essayist, journalist and humanist,  He was an influential poet, often called the father of free verse.

William C. Bryant  1794 - 1878

William Cullen Bryant was an American romantic poet, journalist, and long-time editor of the New York Evening Post. He started his career as a lawyer but showed an interest in poetry and relocated to New York and took up work as an editor at various newspapers.

William Cowper  1731 - 1800

William Cowper was an English poet and hymnodist. One of the most popular poets of his time. In many ways, he was one of the forerunners of Romantic poetry. 

William E. Gladstone  1809 - 1898

William Ewart Gladstone was a British statesman and Liberal politician. In a career lasting over 60 years, he served for 12 years as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, spread over four terms beginning in 1868 and ending in 1894.

William James  1842 - 1910

William James was an American philosopher, psychologist and the first educator to offer a psychology course in the United States. James is considered to be  the "Father of American psychology".

William Samuel Johnson  1727 - 1819

William Samuel Johnson was an early American statesman who was notable for signing the United States Constitution, for representing Connecticut in the United States Senate.

William Shakespeare  1564 - 1616

William Shakespeare was an English playwright, poet, and actor, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world's greatest dramatist. He is often called England's national poet and the "Bard of Avon" (or simply "the Bard").

William Thackeray  1811 - 1863

William Makepeace Thackeray was a British novelist, author and illustrator born in India. He is known for his satirical works about British society.

William Wordsworth  1770 - 1850

William Wordsworth was an English Romantic poet who, with Samuel Taylor Coleridge, helped to launch the Romantic Age in English literature with their joint publication Lyrical Ballads

Willie Keeler  1872 - 1923

William Henry Keeler nicknamed "Wee Willie", was an American right fielder in Major League Baseball player from 1892 to 1910.  Keeler has the highest career at bats-per-strikeout ratio in MLB history.

Xenophon  431 BC - 354 BC

Xenophon was an Athenian historian, philosopher, and soldier that became commander of the Ten Thousand by age 30.  A student of Socrates, Xenophon is known for his writings and recording the history of his time.