Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Famous Italian Painters

A List of the Top 10 Italian Painters
  1. Leonardo Da Vinci (1452–1519)
  2. Michelangelo (1475–1564)
  3. Raphael (1483-1520)
  4. Caravaggio (1573–1610)
  5. Botticelli (1445–1510)
  6. Bernini (1598–1680)
  7. Titian (1488–1576)
  8. Donatello (1386–1466)
  9. Canaletto (1697–1768)
  10. Correggio (1494–1534)

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Anne Frank Quotes

  • People will always follow a good example; be the one to set a good example, then it won't be long before the others follow...

  • For someone like me, it is a very strange habit to write in a diary. Not only that I have never written before, but it strikes me that later neither I, nor anyone else, will care for the outpouring of a thirteen year old schoolgirl.

  • Everyone has inside of him a piece of good news. The good news is that you don't know how great you can be! How much you can love! What you can accomplish! And what your potential is!
  • Forgive me, Kitty, they don't call me a bundle of contradictions for nothing!

  • How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before beginning to improve the world.

  • I believe that in the course of the next century the notion that it's a woman's duty to have children will change and make way for the respect and admiration of all women, who bear their burdens without complaint or a lot of pompous words!

  • And whoever is happy will make others happy too. He who has courage and faith will never perish in misery!

  • I want to be useful or bring enjoyment to people, even those I've never met. I want to go on living even after my death! And that's why I'm grateful to God for having given me this gift, which I can use to develop and to express all that's inside me!

  • I don't think of all the misery, but of the beauty that still remains... My advice is : "Go outside, to the fields, enjoy nature and the sunshine, go out and try to recapture happiness in yourself and in God. Think of all the beauty that's still left in and around you and be happy!"

  • I have often been downcast, but never in despair; I regard our hiding as a dangerous adventure, romantic and interesting at the same time. In my diary I treat all the privations as amusing. I have made up my mind now to lead a different life from other girls and, later on, different from ordinary housewives. My start has been so very full of interest, and that is the sole reason why I have to laugh at the humorous side of the most dangerous moments.

  • I hear the approaching thunder that, one day, will destroy us too, I feel the suffering of millions. And yet, when I look up at the sky, I somehow feel that this cruelty too shall end, that peace and tranquility will return once more. (1944)

Charlie Chaplin Quotes

"I remain just one thing, and one thing only — and that is a clown. It places me on a far higher plane than any politician."

As quoted in The Observer (17 June 1960)

"Friends have asked how I came to engender this American antagonism. My prodigious sin was, and still is, being a non-conformist. Although I am not a Communist I refused to fall in line by hating them. Secondly, I was opposed to the Committee on Un-American Activities — a dishonest phrase to begin with, elastic enough to wrap around the throat and strangle the voice of any American citizen whose honest opinion is a minority of one."

* My Autobiography (1964)

"Life is a beautiful, magnificent thing, even to a jellyfish. ... The trouble is you won't fight. You've given up. But there's something just as inevitable as death. And that's life. Think of the power of the universe — turning the Earth, growing the trees. That's the same power within you — if you'll only have the courage and the will to use it. "

"I am not a political man and I have no political convictions. I am an individual and a believer in liberty. That is all the politics I have. On the other hand I am not a super-patriot. Super-patriotism leads to Hitlerism — and we've had our lesson there. I don't want to create a revolution — I just want to create a few more films."

"I don't want to rule or conquer anyone. I should like to help everyone, if possible, Jew, gentile, black man, white. We all want to help one another. Human beings are like that. We want to live by each other's happiness — not by each other's misery."

Biography of Charlie Chaplin

Aneurin 'Nye' Bevan Quotes

Quotes on the Conservative Party

"No attempt at ethical or social seduction can eradicate from my heart a deep burning hatred for the Tory Party. So far as I am concerned they are lower than vermin"

- Nye Bevan

"We have been the dreamers, we have been the sufferers, now we are the builders. We enter this campaign at this general election, not merely to get rid of the Tory majority. We want the complete political extinction of the Tory Party."

- Aneurin Bevan start of 1945 election campaign

Quotes on the NHS

"The National Health service and the Welfare State have come to be used as interchangeable terms, and in the mouths of some people as terms of reproach. Why this is so it is not difficult to understand, if you view everything from the angle of a strictly individualistic competitive society. A free health service is pure Socialism and as such it is opposed to the hedonism of capitalist society."

—Aneurin Bevan, In Place of Fear, p106

Quotes on Socialism

"There is only one hope for mankind — and that is democratic Socialism. "

"There can be no immaculate conception of socialism. "

Quotes on Unilateral Disarmament

"It is therefore not a question of who is in favour of the Hydrogen bomb, but a question of what is the most effective way of getting the damn thing destroyed. It is the most difficult of all problems facing mankind. But if you carry this resolution and follow out all its implications — and do not run away from it — you will send a British Foreign Secretary, whoever he may be, naked into the conference chamber. ... And you call that statesmanship? I call it an emotional spasm. "

- Aneurin Bevan 1957

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Anne Frank Timeline and Facts

  • Anne Frank - Born on June 12, 1929
  • Place of Birth : Frankfurt am Main, Germany
  • Parents: Otto Frank Edith Holländer
  • Biography of Anne Frank
  • 1933 - Hitler comes to power and begins enacting anti-semitic legislation. Franks make plans to leave for Holland.
  • 1938 Otto Frank starts a second company in partnership with Hermann van Pels, Jew who had also fled from Germany with his family

  • 1939 World War II begins on September 3rd when Britain, France and Allies declare war on Germany after the invasion of Poland
  • 1940 May 10: The Germans invade and occupy the Netherlands
  • 1941 January 8: Dutch Jews are forbidden access to movie theaters or use public transport
  • 1941 April : In Holland all Jews are forced to wear yellow stars.

  • 1942 June 12: Anne receives an autograph book from her father for her birthday and Anne Frank decides to use it as a diary

  • 1942 July 6: The Frank family go into hiding in Amsterdam because of her mother - Margot's deportation order.
  • 1942 July 13: The Van Pels family, join the Frank family in the 'secret annex'.

  • 1944 June: Allies land in Normandy and begin advance across Europe.
  • 1944 August 1: The final entry is made in the diary of Anne Frank
  • August 4: The hiding place was stormed by the German Security Police following an anonymous tip-off.
  • September 3: Both families are sent in a cattle cars to Auschwitz.

October 28: Anne and Margot are transported to Bergen-Belsen concentration camp.

  • 1945 January 6: Anne's mother, Edith Frank dies of starvation at Auschwitz
  • January 27: The Russian Allies liberate the remaining survivors in Auschwitz, including Otto Frank.
  • March : Margot Frank diee of typhus in Bergen-Belson
  • April 1945 - Anne dies of typhus in Bergen-Belsen. The camp was liberated by British troops on
  • May 8: Germany surrenders to end World War II in Europe

  • 1947 Anne's diary, Anne Frank: Diary of a Young Girl is published in Amsterdam.
  • 1952 June 16: The diary of Anne Frank is published in the United States
  • 1957 May 3: Otto Frank and others establish the Anne Frank Foundation
  • 1960 May 3: The Anne Frank House is opened in Amsterdam
  • 1990 March 23: The Hamburg Regional Court confirms the diary's authenticity.

Monday, December 7, 2009

List of Famous People

At top 100 Famous People of twentieth Century I have listed 100 famous people.

Of course, there is an endless debate we could have over who is most famous person. The list reflects a largely Anglo-Saxon viewpoint. But, I this can be justified in the sense that most movies and literature are in English.

Despite having a list of 100 famous people, there are many notable omissions, including

  • Mae West,
  • Whoopi Goldberg
  • C. G. Jung
  • Henri Mancini
  • Jack Nicholson
  • Fred Astaire
  • Eddie Murphy
  • Jimmy Conners
  • Henry A. Kissinger
  • Yogi Berra
  • Dan Rather
  • Ervin "Magic" Johnson
  • Neil Armstrong
  • Dwight Eisenhower
  • Miles Davis