Apathy is a sort of living oblivion. Horace Greeley
Born February 3, 1811 – Died November 29, 1872, was an American newspaper editor, a founder of the Liberal Republican Party, a reformer, a politician, and an outspoken opponent of slavery. The New York Tribune (which he founded and edited) was the most influential U.S. newspaper from the 1840s to the 1870s and “established Greeley’s reputation as the greatest editor of his day.” Greeley used it to promote the Whig and Republican parties, as well as opposition to slavery and a host of reforms ranging from vegetarianism to socialism.
A little trivia: Places named after him include: Greeley, Pennsylvania, Greeley, Colorado, Greeley, Texas, Greeley, Kansas, Greeley County, Kansas (where there is also a city of Horace, and the county seat is Tribune), and Greeley County, Nebraska (which also has a town named Horace). Horace Greeley High School in Chappaqua, New York, where his house is located, is also named after him.
I like the hat.
Do not judge me by my successes, judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again. Nelson Mandela 1918-2013
Mandela was a South African anti-apartheid revolutionary, politician, activist, lawyer, and philanthropist who served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999. He was South Africa’s first black chief executive, and the first elected in a fully representative democratic election. His government focused on dismantling the legacy of apartheid through tackling institutionalised racism, poverty and inequality, and fostering racial reconciliation.
Of course a character that truly exemplifies this sprit is one who keeps going and going and going with no loss of enthusiasm and no success at all.
Wile E. Coyote
The movie: The Legend of Bagger Vance
The story: A down-and-out golfer attempts to recover his game and his life with help from a mystical caddy.
The actor giving the speech: Will Smith
The Writer: Steven Pressfield
Bagger Vance: Yep… Inside each and every one of us is one true authentic swing… Somethin’ we was born with… Somethin’ that’s ours and ours alone… Somethin’ that can’t be taught to ya or learned… Somethin’ that got to be remembered… Over time the world can, rob us of that swing… It get buried inside us under all our wouldas and couldas and shouldas… Some folk even forget what their swing was like…
The Youtube Clip, at 1:40 or so the speech begins.
Will Smith an incredible guy, I heard an interview with him once and the question was “If you had to choose between movies, music and television which would you do? Will Smith’s answer, music because it is the hardest.
Not a big one, just added one more name to the people that have influenced me. If you have never looked over the Influenced By take a gander, the person I listed once cut up his mother’s green coat and that was his big break.