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Ansel Adams

During his early years Adams studied the piano...

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Johannes Brahms

As a celebrated composer, Brahms conducted his...

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Young Robert Browning

Browning’s Sordello was published in...

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Martin Buber

Addressing an audience of priests, Martin...

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Samuel Butler

“Promise me solemnly,” I said to her as she...

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George Cadbury

When King George V and Queen Mary visited the...

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Andrew Carnegie

Andrew Carnegie was a generous supporter of...

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William Cecil

Traveling to a confirmation ceremony, the...

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Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor

When Hernando Cortéz, the celebrated explorer...

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Croesus

Deliberating whether to attack the Persians,...

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Cyrus the Great

On one occasion Cyrus reprimanded his son,...

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Charles Dickens

When Charles Dickens moved into Tavistock...

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Diogenes

By constant flattery the hedonistic...

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John Donne

Donne secured the post of secretary to Sir...

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Albrecht Dürer

The story is told that Dürer and another...

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Eric the Red

The terrain of Greenland is covered mainly...

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St. Francis of Assisi

The popularity of the Nativity scene, one of...

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Ulysses S. Grant

Undistinguished and often shabby in appearance...

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Ernest Hemingway

Hemingway’s son Patrick asked his father to...

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John Huston

The word came by phone when he was in the...

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Rudyard Kipling

A newspaper to which Kipling subscribed...

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Robert E. Lee

Toward the end of the Civil War, when meat was...

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Abraham Lincoln

During the Civil War Lincoln had occasion at...

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Robert Todd Lincoln

Robert Todd Lincoln was home from Harvard on a...

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Michelangelo - self portrait

One day Michelangelo happened to overhear a...

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Luciano Pavarotti

This story was told by composer Lalo Schifrin...

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François Rabelais

It is said that Rabelais made the following...

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George Bernard Shaw

At a performance given by an Italian string...

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William Tecumseh Sherman

After the Mexican War, Sherman was sent by...

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Socrates

Knowing the frugality of Socrates’ way of life...

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King Solomon

Two prostitutes living alone in the same house...

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Rex Stout

An old midwestern farmer once ponderously...

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William Thomson, Lord Kelvin

Kelvin worked out an improved method for...

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Titian self-portrait

When very old, Titian finished one of his...

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Rudolf Virchow

Appendectomy first became widely and safely...

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Andrew Dickson White

A stickler for academic excellence, White...

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Tennessee Williams

Newspaper reports in 1961 announced that...

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Bishop Milton Wright

One day the Bishop Wright was discussing...

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