1.  Charlie Chaplin:  Life is a beautiful, magnificent thing, even to a jellyfish. 
 
 This quote is from the incredible film, Limelight, where Calvero (played by Chaplin) inspires a suicidal ballet dancer not to give up her life and dreams.
 
    


2.  Mark Twain: 
 Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear. 
 
 Twain, author of Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer, was an adamant supporter of emancipation. He stated that "Lincoln's Proclamation...not only set the black slaves free, but set the white man free also."

 

 3. Leo Tolstoy:  We lost because we told ourselves we lost. 
 
A random fact about one of the world's greatest novelists of all time, when Tolstoy was a child, he and his brother created a club. To be accepted, you had to stand in the corner of the room and not think of anything white for thirty minutes.

 

4. Daisaku Ikeda: A great human revolution in just a single individual...will enable a change in the destiny of all humankind. 
 
Daisaku Ikeda, Buddhist leader, peacebuilder, prolific writer, poet, educator and founder of a number of cultural, educational and peace research institutions around the world. At 83 years old, he is living proof that youthfulness has nothing to do with age. 
 


5.  Martin Luther King, Jr:  Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase. 
 
In 1964, at the age of 34, King became the youngest man to have received the Nobel Peace Prize and donated his $54,123 prize money to the civil rights movement.