Hans Christian Andersen (b. April 2, 1805, Odense, Denmark; d. August 4, 1875, Østerbro, Denmark)
“Just living is not enough… one must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower.” Find more quotes here.
What you should read: The Little Mermaid
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Washington Irving (b. April 3, 1783, New York City, NY; d. November 28, 1859, Tarrytown, NY)
“A kind heart is a fountain of gladness, making everything in its vicinity freshen into smiles.” Find more quotes here.
What you should read: The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
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Maya Angelou (b. April 4, 1928, St. Louis, MO; d. May 28, 2014, Winston-Salem, NC)
“My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.” Find more quotes here.
What you should read: I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
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Thomas Hobbes (b. April 5, 1588, Wiltshire, England; d. December 4, 1679, Derbyshire, England)
“The obligation of subjects to the sovereign is understood to last as long, and no longer, than the power lasteth by which he is able to protect them.” Find more quotes here.
What you should read: Leviathan
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Booker T. Washington (b. April 5, 1856, Hale’s Ford, VA; d. November 14, 1915, Tuskegee, AL)
“One man cannot hold another man down in the ditch without remaining down in the ditch with him.” Find more quotes here.
What you should read: Up from Slavery
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William Wordsworth (b. April 7, 1770, Cockermouth, UK; d. April 23, 1850, Cumberland, UK)
“Life is divided into three terms – that which was, which is, and which will be. Let us learn from the past to profit by the present, and from the present, to live better in the future.” Find more quotes here.
What you should read: The Prelude
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Barbara Kingsolver (b. April 8, 1955, Annapolis, MD)
“The very least you can do in your life is to figure out what you hope for. And the most you can do is live inside that hope. Not admire it from a distance but live right in it, under its roof.” Find more quotes here.
What you should read: The Poisonwood Bible
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