Novalis was the pseudonym and pen name of Georg Philipp Friedrich Freiherr von Hardenberg , a poet, author, mystic, and philosopher of Early German Romanticism. Hardenberg's professional work and university background, namely his study of mineralogy and management of salt mines in Saxony, was often ignored by his contemporary readers. The first studies showing important relations between his literary and professional works started in the 1960s.
Doris May Lessing CH was a British novelist, poet, playwright, librettist, biographer and short story writer. Her novels include The Grass Is Singing , the sequence of five novels collectively called Children of Violence , The Golden Notebook , The Good Terrorist , and five novels collectively known as Canopus in Argos: Archives .
Zadie Smith FRSL is a contemporary British novelist, essayist, and short-story writer. Her début novel, White Teeth , immediately became a best-seller and won a number of awards. Her most recent book is Feel Free . She has been a tenured professor in the Creative Writing faculty of New York University since September 2010.
Lionel Blue, OBE was a British Reform rabbi, journalist and broadcaster, described by The Guardian as "one of the most respected religious figures in the UK". He was best known for his longstanding work with the media, most notably his wry and gentle sense of humour on Thought for the Day on BBC Radio 4's Today programme. He was the first British rabbi publicly to declare his homosexuality.
Life is growth. If we stop growing, technically and spiritually, we are as good as dead.Morihei Ueshiba
You can do everything you can to try to stop bad things from happening to you, but eventually things will happen, so the best prevention is a positive attitude.Marie Osmond
I have always believed, and I still believe, that whatever good or bad fortune may come our way we can always give it meaning and transform it into something of value.Hermann Hesse