Louisa May Alcott (November 29, 1832 – March 6, 1888) was an American author best known for her classic novel Little Women.
Alcott’s family was very poor so she and her sisters were forced to start working at an early age. Louisa struggled with her family’s financial status and vowed that someday she would become rich and famous. She confronted a society that offered little opportunity to women and did everything she could to help her “dear ones.” For many years Louisa worked whatever job she could find.
Alcott had a rich imagination and writing was an early passion for her. She began with poetry and short stories, and always depicted women as strong and self-reliant.
She wrote her most famous novel Little Women based on recollections of her own childhood. Although she had to write it under pressure, due to her family’s needs, the book was an instant success and has never been out of print since.
Known for being a feminist and an abolitionist, Alcott worked as a Civil War nurse, fought against slavery, and even went door-to-door in Massachusetts to encourage women to vote.
Hare are 20 Louisa May Alcott quotes that will encourage you to achieve your highest aspirations.
Honoré de Balzac (May 20, 1799—August 18, 1850) was a French author, generally considered to be one of the greatest novelists of all time.
After his birth, Balzac was sent to be raised by a wet-nurse, although his mother had the time and resources to nurse him. This fact along with his father’s distant attitude had a negative emotional impact on young Honore, so he sought refuge in reading everything he could get his hands on, even dictionaries.
Once his studies were completed, Balzac worked in a law office for several years, but soon realized that the profession didn’t suit him. He decided to become a full-time writer, much to his father’s disapproval.
Balzac’s lifework (excluding his theatrical plays and humorous tales), consists of a series of over ninety novels and short stories collected under the title La Comédie Humaine (“The Human Comedy”).
Balzac is regarded as one of the founders of realism in Europe and his contribution to literature is huge. Aside from producing a vast number of novels and short stories, Balzac helped to establish the traditional form of the novel.
Here are 22 Honore de Balzac quotes on life, love, and human weakness.
George Eliot (the pen name for Mary Ann Evans) was an English Victorian novelist and journalist who often explored aspects of human psychology in her works.
In 1850, Eliot began contributing to the Westminster Review, and later became its editor. While working there, she met many notable literary figures. One of them was George Henry Lewes, a brilliant philosopher and literary critic with whom she began a long-lasting relationship.
Lewes encouraged Eliot to write more, and in 1859 she published her first novel Adam Bede. Although Evans was already a respected writer, she chose to publish the novel pseudonymously to ensure her works were taken seriously in an era when female authors were unheard or ridiculed.
She continued to write under the pen name George Eliot, mostly using her own experiences as material for her prose. Although she was most famous for her novels, the author also produced two volumes of poetry.
The various film and television adaptations of Eliot’s works have re-introduced her to book lovers and in 2015, Middlemarch was named the greatest British novel of all time by the BBC.
Here are 25 inspiring George Eliot quotes any realist can relate to.
We first met Ricky Gervais as David Brent back in 2001, in one of the most popular mockumentaries ever made: the original, UK-made The Office. Ever since, Gervais has built himself a massive fan base by making everyone laugh while tearing apart taboo topics.
Gervais grew up in a poor neighborhood. His dad was a laborer and his mother a housewife. But even though he didn’t have much as a child, Ricky didn’t really need more. He always believed that a man is successful when he is able to do exactly what he wants to, when he wants to, and money making wasn’t part of that success.
Gervais worked initially in the music industry, but eventually turned to comedy. After all, he couldn’t let all the wit and humor go to waste.
While his comments and remarks on life and everything in between might be perceived as harsh, he is trying to make the world a better place. A good sense of humor can be your salvation when the going gets tough.
Gervais’ latest black comedy series, After Life, was released on Netflix in March 2019, with another season on the way.
Here are 20 Ricky Gervais quotes for laughing your way through life.
Born on February 26, 1802, Victor Hugo is a celebrated French author, best known for his novels Notre-Dame de Paris and Les Misérables. A leading figure of the Romantic Movement, Hugo was also a poet and dramatist.
Although he obtained a law degree, Hugo was much more interested in writing. Encouraged by his mother to follow his passion, young Victor founded a review, the Conservateur Littéraire, in which he published his work and the work of his friends.
Hugo was only 20 years old when his first volume of poetry Odes et Poésies Diverses, established his reputation as a poet and earned him a royal pension.
After the Revolution of 1848, when Napoleon III came into power, Hugo was banished from his country as he did not share the same political views. He remained in exile for nearly 19 years -– this was the most productive period of his life, in which he wrote some of his best work (including Les Misérables).
Hugo’s writings showcase emotion, love, beauty, and his deep humanitarian beliefs. He was among the most important cultural figures of his time and continues to be one in the modern world.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (August 28, 1749 – March 22, 1832) was a German poet, playwright, novelist and scientist. He is considered one of the greatest literary figures of his age, and not only.
In 1765, Goethe left home to study law, as his father wished, but due to his illness (probably tuberculosis), he returned home without a degree. However, while at the university, Goethe was much more absorbed with writing, but he presumably burned some of his works as he considered them unworthy.
Often regarded as Germany’s Shakespeare, Goethe achieved fame at the age of 25 after the release of his novel The Sorrows of Young Werther. It is said that the novel had such an influence on men of sensibility, that it has made suicide fashionable for them.
But Faust remains Goethe’s masterpiece. He started the two-part poetic drama around the age of 23 and finished it only months before his death. The legend of the erudite who sells his soul to the Devil for unlimited knowledge and worldly pleasures has been the basis for many other artistic works.
Here are 25 Johann Wolfgang von Goethe quotes that will change the way you see yourself and others.
Born on December 31, 1937, Sir Anthony Hopkins is one of Hollywood’s most distinguished actors and a living legend.
Hopkins started working in the film industry in the late 60’s. Before that, he pursued a stage career, which he hated. He felt like he was working without a point and he knew he could do so much more.
There are so many movie titles linked to Hopkins’ remarkable acting style, but the actor gained critical acclaim due to his game-changing performance as Hannibal Lector in Silence of The Lambs. In fact, he was so convincing that he kind of scared his co-star Jodie Foster. She later admitted that she avoided Hopkins as much as she could during the filming of the thriller.
Hopkins has consistently proven his immense versatility and due to such a lengthy list of achievements and awards, he was knighted in 1993.
His skills and talent are undeniable, but the actor owes his success to hard work. He still rehearses every line more than 200 times – that’s how first-class portrayals are delivered.
Here are 21 Anthony Hopkins quotes on living a happy and worry-free life.
An icon in the world of mysteries, thrillers, and crime novels, Agatha Christie is one of the best-selling authors of all time.
Agatha was destined to become a great writer. She enjoyed writing and creating characters ever since she was a little girl but who would’ve thought that only the Bible and Shakespeare would be more widely read than her novels?
During her life time, Christie wrote 66 detective novels and 14 short story collections. Although murder mysteries were her forte, Christie was also noted for her romantic books and plays – including The Mousetrap (the world’s longest running theatrical play in London).
But writing didn’t come easily to Christie. As a young aspiring writer she produced a number of short stories that were all rejected by various publishers and literary magazines.
In 1920 she finally published her first novel, The Mysterious Affair at Styles, which introduced the iconic detective Hercule Poirot. Her other well-known character, Miss Marple, was introduced in The Murder at the Vicarage.
Nearly all of Agatha Christie’s works have been adapted into movies, TV shows, or plays, and most of them were a success both with critics and at the box office.
Here are 20 Agatha Christie quotes that will help solve some of life’s mysteries.
Alexander Graham Bell (March 3, 1847 – August 2, 1922), the inventor of the telephone, was a distinguished scientist and innovator.
His father taught elocution to the deaf and young Bell became almost obsessed with the science of sound, especially after his mother began to lose her hearing.
Bell followed his father’s footsteps and began a career in teaching people how to speak, but while pursuing his teaching profession, he got this “outrageous” idea that he could invent a machine that would send the human voice over wires.
He experimented with a telegraph that could send more than one message at once by using different sound frequencies. He did not have much success with his invention until in 1874 when he met Thomas Watson, an electrical engineer who helped him with his work.
On March 10, 1876, Bell got his telephone to work! This date marks the day when Bell successfully made the first phone call in history. Needless to say that after a few demonstrations, thousands of people wanted one.
But the telephone isn’t Bell’s single invention – he held 18 patents in his name alone and shared another 12 with collaborators.
Here are 18 Alexander Graham Bell quotes on the role of perseverance in achieving success.
Seneca the Younger (in full Lucius Annaeus Seneca) was a Roman Stoic philosopher, statesman, orator, and tragedian. Known as one of Rome’s leading intellectual figures, Seneca was also a tutor and advisor to emperor Nero.
As a boy, Seneca was taken to Rome by an aunt, where he was trained as an orator and educated in philosophy. He grew up to be a successful senator and orator. In fact, emperor Caligula became so jealous of Seneca’s remarkable gift for oratory that he ordered his execution. Seneca only escaped because of his poor health and Caligula was told that he doesn’t have many days to live anyway.
Although he survived Caligula’s reign, Seneca was forced to live in exile, as the next emperor’s wife accused him of committing adultery. It was then that he wrote the Consolations, which contain the essence of his Stoic teachings.
The philosopher was later recalled to Rome by Agrippina, to tutor her son, Nero – the future emperor that would later order Seneca to kill himself. All of this due to a misunderstanding.
Seneca’s work inspired playwrights such as Shakespeare, and his masterpiece Oedipus, was held in high esteem in Elizabethan England, as the standard for tragedies.
Here are 30 Seneca quotes to help you live a fulfilling and worthwhile life.