— Marco Polo Venetian explorer and merchant noted for travel to central and eastern Asia 1254 - 1324
On his death-bed, when urged to retract "some of the seemingly incredible statements he made in his book", as quoted in The travels of Marco Polo, the Venetian (J. M. Dent, 1926), p. xxiv. Quote in Italian from Imago mundi seu Chronica (c. 1330) by Jacopo d'Acqui, as reported in the bibliographic note to Marco Polo: Storia del mercante che capì la Cina (2009) by Vito Bianchi.
— Henny Youngman American comedian 1906 - 1998
— Dave Pelzer, A Child Called "It"
— Adolf Hitler, Hitler's Letters and Notes
— Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility
— E.M.S Nigerian rapper, singer and record producer 1995
— William Blake, Auguries of Innocence
„When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy’. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.“
— John Lennon English singer and songwriter 1940 - 1980
— Denzel Washington actor, screenwriter, director, producer 1954
— Will Durant American historian, philosopher and writer 1885 - 1981
Context: Excellence is an art won by training and habituation: we do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have these because we have acted rightly; 'these virtues are formed in man by his doing the actions'; we are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit: 'the good of man is a working of the soul in the way of excellence in a complete life... for as it is not one swallow or one fine day that makes a spring, so it is not one day or a short time that makes a man blessed and happy'. p. 87. The quoted phrases within the quotation are from the Nicomachean Ethics, Book II, 4; Book I, 7.