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Thomas Paine
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Dorothy Parker
Lucy Parsons
Boris Pasternak

Katherine Paterson
Alan Paton
Octavio Paz

Thomas Paine Giclee Print
Thomas Paine
Giclee Print

Thomas Paine
b. 1-29-1737; England
d. 6-8-1809; NYC

Thomas Paine, considered a Founding Father in the American Revolution, was a radical political writer and freethinker.

Thomas Paine's Radical Pamphlet, "Common Sense" Published in 1776 Giclee Print
Thomas Paine's Radical Pamphlet, "Common Sense" Published in 1776
Giclee Print

Thomas Paine was indicted on charges of treason (in Britain) with his essay, The Rights of ManThomas Paine at Amazon, supporting independence of the colonists in North America and attacking Christianity as a “pious fraud,“ calling it “repugnant to reason.” In Paine's The Age of Reason, clergy in America and Britain criticized his work as dangerous to the souls of the uneducated.

FYI - Paine, who promoted Deism - a religious expression of scientific rationalism - was acquainted with William Blake the English mystic, artist and poet.

William Paley, Archdeacon of Carlisle Philosopher, Author of Evidences of Christianity, Giclee Print
William Paley,
Giclee Print

William Paley
b. 1743; Peterborough, England
d. 5-25-1805

Christian apologist William Paley is best remembered for using the watchmaker analogy to prove the existence of God.

William Paley quotes ~
• “The marks of design are too strong to be got over. Design must have had a designer. That designer must have been a person. That person is GOD.”
• “There's a certain amount of disorder that has to be reorganized.”
• “The hinges in the wings of an earwig, and the joints of its antennae, are as highly wrought, as if the Creator had nothing else to finish. We see no signs of dimunition of care by multiplicity of objects, or of distraction of thought by variety. We have no reason to fear, therefore, our being forgotten, or overlooked, or neglected.”
• “I seem, for my own part, to see the benevolence of the Deity more clearly in the pleasures of very young children than in anything else in the world.”
• “I have seldom known any one who deserted truth in trifles that could be trusted in matters of importance.”
• “Eternity is a negative idea clothed with a positive name. It supposes in that to which it is applied a present existence, and is the negation of a beginning or of an end of that existence.”

Natural Theology by William Paley

Orhan Pamuk, Boxed Set
Orhan Pamuk,
Boxed Set

Orhan Pamuk
b. 6-7-1952; Istanbul

Orhan Pamuk is the 2006 Nobel Prize for Literature recipient for “who in the quest for the melancholic soul of his native city has discovered new symbols for the clash and interlacing of cultures.”

Dorothy Parker, Collected Works, Poster
Dorothy Parker
Giclee Print

Dorothy Parker
b. 8-22-1893; Long Branch, NJ
d. 6-7-1967; NY

Dorothy Parker was an American author, screenwriter (A Star is Born) and poet known for her caustic wit and wisecracks. She was a founding member of the Algonquin Roundtable. Parker bequeathed her estate to the Dr. Martin Luther King Foundation.

Dorothy Parker, Collected Works, Poster
The cure for boredom
is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity.
Giclee Print

Dorothy Parker quotes ~
• “If you want to see what God thinks of money, just look at all the people He gave it to.”
• “Beauty is only skin deep, but ugly goes clean to the bone.”
• “Brevity is the soul of lingerie.”
• “Men seldom make passes, At girls who wear glasses.”

Collected Works of Dorothy Parker poster
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Lucy Parsons Images of Labor -Wall Poster
Lucy Parsons

Lucy Parsons
b. c. 1853; Texas
d. 3-7-1942

Lucy Parsons, radical American labor organizer and anarchist, is remembered as a powerful orator and author. In 1871 she married former Confederate soldier Albert Parsons; they were forced from Texas to Chicago by intolerant reactions to their interracial marriage. Albert was hanged for his supposed envolvement in the Haymarket Riot.

Lucy Parsons quotes ~
• “We are the slaves of slaves. We are exploited more ruthlessly than men.”
• “Anarchism has but one infallible, unchangeable motto, “Freedom.” Freedom to discover any truth, freedom to develop, to live naturally and fully.”
• “Anarchists know that a long period of education must precede any great fundamental change in society, hence they do not believe in vote begging, nor political campaigns, but rather in the development of self-thinking individuals.”
• “Never be deceived that the rich will permit you to vote away their wealth.”
• “Strike not for a few cents more an hour, because the price of living will be raised faster still, but strike for all you earn, be content with nothing less.”
• “Concentrated power can be always wielded in the interest of the few and at the expense of the many. Government in its last analysis is this power reduced to a science. Governments never lead; they follow progress. When the prison, stake or scaffold can no longer silence the voice of the protesting minority, progress moves on a step, but not until then.”

Lucy Parsons: Freedom, Equality & Solidarity - Writings & Speeches, 1878-1937

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Boris Pasternak / TIME Cover: December 15, 1958, TIME Magazine
Boris Pasternak,
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Boris Pasternak
b. 2-10-1890; Moscow
d. 5-30-1960

Boris Pasternak was the 1958 Nobel Prize for Literature recipient for “for his important achievement both in contemporary lyrical poetry and in the field of the great Russian epic tradition.”

Boris Pasternak quotes ~
• “Literature is the art of discovering something extraordinary about ordinary people, and saying with ordinary words something extraordinary.”
• “I don't like people who have never fallen or stumbled. Their virtue is lifeless and it isn't of much value. Life hasn't revealed its beauty to them.”
• “What is laid down, ordered, factual is never enough to embrace the whole truth: life always spills over the rim of every cup.”
• “Art has two constant, two unending concerns: It always meditates on death and thus always creates life. All great, genuine art resembles and continues the Revelation of St John.”

Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak

Bridge to Terabithia, Double sided Poster
Bridge to Terabithia
Double Sided Poster

Katherine Paterson
née Womeldorf
b. 10-31-1932; China

Katherine Paterson is the author of books for young adults where she tackles difficult themes of loneliness, jealousy and death. Patterson, the daughter of Christian missionaries and wife of a Presbyterian Minister, earned a Master's degree in Christian education. She received the Newbery Medal in 1978 for Bridge to Terabithia, which is one of the most challenged books, accused of being satanic material.

Katherine Paterson quotes ~
• “Youth is a mortal wound.”
• “A great novel is a kind of conversion experience. We come away from it changed.”
• “The name we give to something shapes our attitude toward it.”
• “Peace is not won by those who fiercely guard their differences but by those who with open minds and hearts seek out connections.”

The Invisible Child, Katherine Paterson

Alan Paton, Photographic Print
Alan Paton, Photographic Print

Alan Paton
b. 1-11-1903; South Africa
d. 4-12-1988

Alan Paton, a South African anti-apartheid activist, is best remembered as the author of Cry, The Beloved Country.

Alan Paton quotes ~
• “There is only one way in which one can endure man's inhumanity to man and that is to try, in one's own life, to exemplify man's humanity to man.”
• “When a deep injury is done us, we never recover until we forgive.”
• “But the one thing that has power completely is love, because when a man loves, he seeks no power, and therefore he has power.”

Octavio Paz Selected Poems
Octavio Paz
Selected Poems

Octavio Paz
b. 3-31-1914; Mexico City
d. 4-19-1998

Octavio Paz was the 1990 Nobel Prize for Literature recipient for “for impassioned writing with wide horizons, characterized by sensuous intelligence and humanistic integrity.”

Octavio Paz, like his father and grandfather, was a writer who stood up for the rights of poor people and Indians, to the point that he resigned his ambassadorship to India in protest when Mexican police killed protesting students in 1968.

Octavio Paz's poetry, which he began publishing while still in his teens, combines European, Asian, and African ideas with mystical New World images. His book-length poem Sun Stone is based on an ancient stone Aztec calendar and is made up of 584 lines, one for each day in the calendar. His poetry and his essays have been translated into 30 languages.

In essays such as “The Labyrinth of Solitude,” he wrote about Mexico's past and its future. He also wrote a biography about the 17th-century writer and philosopher Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz.

Octavio Paz quotes ~
• “There can be no society without poetry, but society can never be realized as poetry, it is never poetic. Sometimes the two terms seek to break apart. They cannot.”
• “The sterility of the bourgeois world will end in suicide or a new form of creative participation. This is the “theme of our times,” in Ortega y Gassett's phrase; it is the substance of our dreams and the meaning of our acts.” The Labyrinth of Solitude (1961)

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