George Bernard Shaw (c. 1890) --"The reasonable man adapts himself to the world: the unreasonable one persists to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.” ― GBS, Man & Superman Photo by Sir Emery Walker, 1888. This is the only photo of him I've ever seen when he was young.
"From a very early age, perhaps the age of five or six, I knew that when I grew up I should be a writer. Between the ages of about seventeen and twenty-four I tried to abandon this idea, but I did so with the consciousness that I was outraging my true nature and that sooner or later I should have to settle down and write books." George Orwell, “Why I Write”
Walt Whitman – Song of Myself | (via) Genius: "Walt Whitman’s masterpiece. A grand tribute to democracy, sex, the body, the soul, and the open road. If there’s such a thing as The Great American Poem, this is it."
Henry David Thoreau July 12, 1817 - 1862. He lies in Sleepy Hollow cemetery in Concord Mass., alongside Hawthorne and Emerson… Before he died Thoreau exclaimed: “Now comes good sailing!” “A truly good book teaches me better than to read it. I must soon lay it down, and commence living on its hint. What I began by reading, I must finish by acting.” — Henry David Thoreau http://my-ear-trumpet.tumblr.com/post/11618393808/the-fate-of-the-country-does-not-depend-on-how-you