I’m pretty much all for poetry in public places – poetry on buses, poetry on subways, on billboards, on cereal boxes. Billy Collins
William James “Billy” Collins (born March 22, 1941) is an American poet, appointed as Poet Laureate of the United States from 2001 to 2003. He is a Distinguished Professor at Lehman College of the City University of New York and is the Senior Distinguished Fellow of the Winter Park Institute, Florida. Collins was recognized as a Literary Lion of the New York Public Library (1992) and selected as the New York State Poet for 2004 through 2006. As of 2015, he is a teacher in the MFA program at Stony Brook Southampton.
The Bible contains more true sublimity, more exquisite beauty, more pure morality, more important history, and finer strains of poetry and eloquence than can be collected from all other books, in whatever age or language they may have been written. William James
Another person whom I had no idea who he was so, I did very little research and found the following:
William James (January 11, 1842 – August 26, 1910) was an American philosopher and psychologist who had trained as a physician. He was the first educator to offer a psychology course in the United States.
He took up medical studies at Harvard Medical School in 1864. He took a break in the spring of 1865 to join naturalist Louis Agassiz on a scientific expedition up the Amazon River, but aborted his trip after eight months, as he suffered bouts of severe seasickness and mild smallpox. He finally earned his M.D. degree in June 1869, but never practiced medicine. James spent almost his entire academic career at Harvard as a teacher.
James interacted with a wide array of writers and scholars throughout his life, including his godfather Ralph Waldo Emerson, Mark Twain, Horatio Alger, Jr., and Sigmund Freud.