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Famous People – Oscar Wilde

Posted by quotes on April 23, 2007

Famous People – Oscar Wilde

The public have an insatiable curiosity to know everything, except what is worth knowing. Journalism, conscious of this, and having tradesman-like habits, supplies their demands.

– Oscar Wilde –  The Soul of Man Under Socialism


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Famous People – Arthur Ashe

Posted by quotes on April 19, 2007

Famous People – Arthur Ashe

From what we get we can make a living. What we give however makes a life.

– Arthur Ashe

Arthur Ashe

Famous Tennis Player

Arthur Ashe was a tennis star of the 1960s and 1970s and also an African-American pioneer: he was the first black man to win at the U.S. Open and Wimbledon. He scored many other firsts in his career, including becoming the first African-American on the U.S. Davis Cup team in 1963. Ashe played tennis at UCLA and was national collegiate champion in 1965. He won three major tournaments in his career: the U.S. Open (1968), the Australian Open (1970) and Wimbledon (1975). Ashe retired in 1980 and was elected to the Tennis Hall of Fame in 1985. In 1988 he discovered he had AIDS, probably having gotten the HIV virus from a blood transfusion during heart surgery in 1983. Ashe made the news public at a 1992 press conference and died the next year.

More here:  http://www.who2.com/arthurashe.html

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Famous People – Norman Mailer

Posted by quotes on April 19, 2007

Famous People – Norman Mailer

“There was that law of life, so cruel and so just, that one must grow or else pay more for remaining the same.”
— Norman Mailer

Famous Quotes 

Norman Mailer
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Norman Mailer, Norman Kingsley Mailer (born January 31, 1923) is an American novelist, journalist, playwright, screenwriter and film director. Along with Truman Capote, Joan Didion and Tom Wolfe, Mailer is considered an innovator of creative nonfiction, a genre sometimes called New Journalism, but which covers the essay to the nonfiction novel. He has been awarded the Pulitzer Prize twice and the National Book Award once. In 2005, he won the Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters from The National Book Foundation.

Mailer was born to a Jewish family in Long Branch, New Jersey. He was brought up in Brooklyn, New York, graduated from Boys’ High School and attended Harvard University in 1939, where he studied aeronautical engineering. He is a former member of the Harvard Advocate. At the university, he became interested in writing and published his first story when he was 18. Mailer was drafted into the Army in World War II and served in the South Pacific. In 1948, just before enrolling in the Sorbonne in Paris, he wrote a book that made him world-famous: The Naked and the Dead, based on his personal experiences during World War II. It was hailed by many as one of the best American novels to come out of the war years and named one of the “100 best novels in English language” by the Modern Library.

More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Norman_Mailer

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Famous People – Eleanor Roosevelt

Posted by quotes on April 19, 2007

Famous People – Eleanor Roosevelt

You gain strength courage and confidence by every experience by which you really stop to look fear in the face . You are able to say to yourself “I have lived through this horror, I can take the next thing that comes along.”

– Eleanor Roosevelt

Famous Person: Eleanor Roosevelt

Grade Level: 4-6

Author: Belinda Olsen 

Eleanor Roosevelt was born in New York City on October 11, 1884. Her parents were Elliott Roosevelt and Anna Hall Roosevelt, descendants of prominent Dutch ancestry. She was a niece of President Theodore Roosevelt. Eleanor’s parents both died when she was very young, her mother when she was eight and her father when she was ten. She then lived with her grandmother, a strict disciplinarian, until she was fifteen. At this time she was sent to a boarding school in Europe. Eleanor was a bit of a backwards girl, she was quite serious and full of fears and overly solemn for her young age. However, her schooling in Europe was like a new beginning for her. Here her personality began to show itself, she was “shocked” into thinking. Eleanor discovered the courage to voice her thoughts and opinions, traits that would be essential to her future accomplishments.


Eleanor was very important to the political success of her husband. Due to his illness, he used Eleanor many times as his “eyes and ears.” He would send her on tours and inspections and then have her report back to him about the conditions. She became known as a first lady who cared about people and their problems. Franklin became President of the United States in 1932, during the Great Depression, and Eleanor continued to assist him and became very influential in his administration. She visited all over the country reporting on the people. She became a powerful advocate for the weak and disadvantaged in America. She was very outspoken in her quest for racial equality and in one famous incident resigned from the Daughters of the American Revolution in 1939 when the black singer Marian Anderson was denied the use of their facilities.

She was also instrumental in the creation of the National Youth Administration in 1934 which helped high school and college students stay in school. During World War II she visited American soldiers around the world, and promoted desegregation of the armed forces. She also acted as a good will ambassador and visited areas such as England, Australia, and the South Pacific Islands during 1943.

More Here:  http://teacherlink.ed.usu.edu/tlresources/units/Byrnes-famous/Roosevel.htm

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Famous People – Winston Churchill

Posted by quotes on April 10, 2007

It is no use saying, “We are doing our best.”  You have got to succeed in doing what is necessary.

 – Winston Churchill

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