Edgar Degas - self portrait- mid and late 1800s to early 1900's. famous for painting dancers and horses. He was the anti impressionist impressionist. One of the founding fathers he rejected the term and some of the ideas but exhibited with the originals. He lived a mostly isolated life and was hard to befriend and liked it that way. Even his friends found him hard to like. I adore the artist.
“Nothing in the world can take the place of perseverance. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost legendary. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Perseverance and determination alone are omnipotent.” ~ U.S. President Calvin Coolidge
"The Great Gatsby" by F. Scott Fitzgerald (recommended by Bill Beekman, MSU's Secretary of the Board of Trustees and Executive to the President at MSU)