Sometimes you might feel down, or just a lack of motivation. Whenever you do, simply read these inspirational quotes and be emboldened to do and to be. These are words of meaning and power, the power to change and control our own destiny.
Albert Einstein was a German-born theoretical physicist who developed the theory of relativity (a pillar of modern physics alongside quantum mechanics).
His formula - E = mc2 is considered to be "the world's most famous equation." Winner of the 1921 Nobel Prize in Physics "for his services to theoretical physics and for his discovery of the law of the photoelectric effect."
Wayne Douglas Gretzky, a Canadian former professional ice-hockey player and head coach. He received the nickname "The Great One" and has been called "the greatest hockey player ever" by many, including the NHL itself.
The leading point-scorer in NHL history, he also has more assists than any other player has points and is the only NHL player to score over 200 points in a season – which he managed to do 4 times. To this day, he still holds 60 NHL records.
Amelia Mary Earhart was an American aviation pioneer. She was the first female aviator to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean and received the U.S. Distinguished Flying Cross for this record.
Earhart set many other records and wrote best-selling books about her flying experiences and was instrumental in the formation of the organization for female pilots. A member of the National Woman's Party, she was an early supporter of the Equal Rights Amendment.
John Winston Ono Lennon was an English musician, singer & songwriter. He rose to fame as a founding member of The Beatles (the most commercially successful band in popular music). His songwriting partnership with Paul McCartney became one of the most celebrated of the 20th century.
Rosa Louise McCauley Parks was a civil rights activist and dubbed by the United States Congress, "the first lady of civil rights" and "the mother of the freedom movement." On December 1, 1955, in Montgomery, Alabama, she refused to obey a bus driver's order that she give up her seat in the colored section to a white passenger.
Parks' act of defiance and the Montgomery Bus Boycott were 2 of the most pivotal symbols for the modern Civil Rights Movement and became an international icon of resistance to racial segregation.
Henry Ford, an American industrialist and founder of the Ford Motor Company, was the sponsor of the development of the assembly line technique of mass production. He developed and manufactured the first cars that many middle-class Americans could afford to buy.
Thus, cars changed from an expensive curiosity into a practical conveyance that profoundly impacted the 20th century. He became one of the richest and best-known people in the world and is credited with "Fordism": mass production of inexpensive goods, coupled with high wages for workers.
Theodore "T.R." Roosevelt, Jr. was the 26th President of the United States, founder of the Progressive Party, as well as an author, naturalist, explorer, and historian. Famous for his many interests and achievements, as well as his "cowboy" attitude and masculinity.
George Washington Addair - an important real-estate developer in post Civil War Atlanta.
Mosheh ben Maimon was a Jewish philosopher, astronomer, and a prolific and influential Torah scholar and physician in the Middle Ages. His writings on Jewish law and ethics were met with acclaim and gratitude from most Jews, and he rose to be the revered head of the Jewish community in Egypt.
Acknowledged as a bona fide exponent of the Oral Tora, one of the foremost rabbinical arbiters and philosophers in Jewish history, his work comprises a cornerstone of Jewish scholarship.
Confucius - a Chinese philosopher during the Spring and Autumn period of Chinese history. His philosophy emphasized personal and governmental morality, correctness of social relationships, justice and sincerity.
Annelies Marie "Anne" Frank was one of the most discussed Jewish victims of the Holocaust. Born in the city of Frankfurt in Weimar Germany, she lived near Amsterdam, in the Netherlands. A German national, she lost her citizenship in 1941 and eventually found and executed by the Nazi SS.
After the end of World War II, her diary was published. It documents her experiences hiding during the German occupation of the Netherlands in World War II.
Sheryl Kara Sandberg - an American technology executive, activist, author and currently the chief operating officer of Facebook and was the first woman to serve on Facebook's board. Sandberg was also the VP of Global Online Sales & Operations at Google. Prior to that, she served as chief of staff for the United States Secretary of the Treasury.