Niccolò di Bernardo dei Machiavelli was an Italian diplomat, politician, historian, philosopher, humanist, and writer of the Renaissance period. He has often been called the father of modern political science. He was for many years a senior official in the Florentine Republic, with responsibilities in diplomatic and military affairs. He also wrote comedies, carnival songs, and poetry. His personal correspondence is renowned by Italian scholars. He was secretary to the Second Chancery of the Republic of Florence from 1498 to 1512, when the Medici were out of power. He wrote his most well-known work The Prince in 1513, having been exiled from city affairs.
Jane Loretta Anne Goldman is an English screenwriter, author and producer. She is mostly known for co-writing, with Matthew Vaughn, the screenplays of Kingsman: The Secret Service and its sequel Kingsman: The Golden Circle , based on the comic book series Kingsman created by Dave Gibbons and Mark Millar, as well as X-Men: First Class , Kick-Ass and Stardust . Goldman also worked on the story of X-Men: Days of Future Past , the sequel to First Class, in partnership with Vaughn. Both met high critical praise for their partnership works.
Timothy Walter Burton is an American film director, producer, artist, writer, and animator. He is known for his dark, gothic, and eccentric horror and fantasy films such as Beetlejuice , Edward Scissorhands , The Nightmare Before Christmas , Ed Wood , Sleepy Hollow , Corpse Bride , Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street , Dark Shadows , and Frankenweenie . He is also known for blockbusters such as the adventure comedy Pee-wee's Big Adventure , the superhero films Batman and its first sequel Batman Returns , the sci-fi film Planet of the Apes , the fantasy drama Big Fish , the musical adventure film Charlie and the Chocolate Factory , and the fantasy film Alice in Wonderland .
The study of expression ought to form a part of the study of psychology, but it also comes within the province of anthropology because the habitual, life-long expressions of the face determine the wrinkles of old age, which are distinctly an anthropological characteristic.Maria Montessori
Every year before a big competition, I get hurt doing stuff I should not be doing. One year it was my little brother's 12th birthday. We all played hide-and-seek late at night. I climbed up a 30-foot tree, thinking he'd never catch me. I tripped and fell on one of the branches and I hit my head.Ryan Lochte
I did go through a bit of a dark time during the years I was trying to be a mom. But I'm basically a very positive person.Nia Vardalos