Interesting Quotes by Famous Men

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George Washington 1782 paintingGeorge Washington
(1789-1797; First U.S. President)

George Washington was born on February 22, 1732, the first son of Augustine Washington and his second wife, Mary Ball Washington, on the family’s Pope’s Creek Estate near present-day Colonial Beach in Westmoreland County, Virginia. He was educated in the home by his father and older brother. ~Wikipedia

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Abraham Lincoln
(1809-1865; U.S. President)

Abraham Lincoln was born on February 12, 1809, to Thomas Lincoln and Nancy Hanks, two uneducated farmers, in a one-room log cabin on the 348-acre Sinking Spring Farm, in southeast Hardin County, Kentucky (now part of

LaRue County), making him the first president born outside the original Thirteen Colonies. Lincoln’s ancestor Samuel Lincoln had arrived in Hingham, Massachusetts in the 17th century, but his descendants had gradually moved west, from Pennsylvania to Virginia and then westward to the frontier.

For some time, Thomas Lincoln, Abraham’s father, was a respected and relatively affluent citizen of the Kentucky backcountry. He had purchased the Sinking Spring Farm in December 1808 for $200 cash and assumption of a debt. The family belonged to a Hardshell Baptist church, although Abraham himself never joined their church, or any other church for that matter.

In 1816, the Lincoln family was forced to make a new start in Perry County (now in Spencer County), Indiana. He later noted that this move was “partly on account of slavery,” and partly because of difficulties with land deeds in Kentucky: Unlike land in the Northwest Territory, Kentucky never had a proper U.S. survey, and farmers often had difficulties proving title to their property.

When Lincoln was nine, his mother, then 34 years old, died of milk sickness. Soon afterwards, his father remarried to Sarah Bush Johnston. Lincoln was affectionate toward his stepmother, whom he would call “Mother” for the rest of his life, but he was distant from his father. ~Wikipedia

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Archibald Alexander Leach
(1904-1986; Actor; a.k.a., Cary Grant)

His early years in Bristol, England, would have been an ordinary lower-middle-class childhood except for one extraordinary event. At age nine, he came home from school one day and was told his mother had gone off to a seaside resort. The real truth, however, was that she had been placed in a mental institution, where she would remain for years, and he was never told about it (he never saw his mother again until he was in his late 20s). ~IMDB

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Harrison Ford
(1942- ; Actor)

His father was Irish, his mother Russian-Jewish. He was a lackluster student at Maine Township High School East in Park Ridge Illinois (no athletic star, never above a C average). After dropping out of Ripon College in Wisconsin, where he did some acting and later summer stock, he signed a Hollywood contract with Columbia and later Universal. His roles in movies and TV remained secondary and, discouraged, he turned to a career in professional carpentry. ~IMDB

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Charlie Brown
(1950- ) Character created by American cartoonist Charles Schulz (1922-2000).

Charlie Brown is a lovable loser, a child possessed of endless determination and hope, but who is ultimately dominated by his insecurities and a “permanent case of bad luck“, and often taken advantage of by his peers. He is sometimes a scapegoat for bad situations he is only tangently involved in. These traits are best seen in the history of his baseball team, where Charlie Brown is the manager of the team and its pitcher. Charlie Brown is constantly cursed as a pitcher, often giving up tremendous hits which blast him off the mount. Charlie Brown’s dog Snoopy is one of the few particularly competent players; the team itself is poor and tends to win only by small but important technicalities, often because of Charlie’s non-involvement. Circumstances invariably arise to lessen his rare victories (a misspelled bowling trophy, a prize credit for free haircuts despite his father being a barber), though he is usually optimistic due to their sheer rarity. ~Wikipedia

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Brad Pitt
(1963- ; Actor)

Brad Pitt was born in Oklahoma and raised in Springfield, Missouri. His mother’s name is Jane Etta Hillhouse. His father, William (Bill) Pitt, worked in management at a trucking firm in Springfield. He has a younger brother, Douglas (Doug) Pitt and a younger sister Julie Neal Pitt. At Kickapoo High School, Pitt was involved in sports, debating, student government and school musicals. Pitt attended the University of Missouri, where he majored in journalism with a focus on advertising. He occasionally acted in fraternity shows. He left college two credits short of graduating to move to California. Before he became successful at acting, Pitt supported himself by driving strippers in limos, moving refrigerators and dressing as a giant chicken while working for “el Pollo Loco.” ~IMDB

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Captain Jack Sparrow

Captain Jack Sparrow is a fictional character from the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise who is portrayed by Johnny Depp. He was introduced in the movie Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003), and appeared in the back-to-back sequels, Dead Man’s Chest (2006) and At World’s End (2007). He is also the subject of a children’s book series, Pirates of the Caribbean: Jack Sparrow, which chronicles his teenage years, and the character’s image was introduced into the theme park ride that inspired the films when it was revamped in 2006. The character has also appeared in numerous video games.

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