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Life Box – Quote of the day

Lao Tzu, (Chinese: 老子, Mandarin: [làu̯.tsɨ]; commonly translated as “Old Master”, Laozi, Chinese: “Master Lao”) deified as Lao Jun, Tai Shang Lao-Jun, or Tai Shang Xuanyuan Huangdi, also called Lao Dun or Lao Dan, (flourished 6th century BCE, China), the first philosopher of Chinese Daoism and the alleged author of the Daodejing, a primary Daoist writing.

© Laozi in E. T. C. Werner’s Myths and Legends of China

Lao Tzu is venerated as a philosopher by Confucians and as a saint or god in popular religion and was worshipped as an imperial ancestor during the Tang dynasty (618–907).

A semi-legendary figure, Lao Tzu was usually portrayed as a 6th-century BCE contemporary of Confucius, but some modern historians consider him to have lived during the Warring States period of the 4th century BCE.

© Confucius meets Laozi, Shih Kang, Yuan dynasty

A central figure in Chinese culture, Laozi is claimed by both the emperors of the Tang dynasty and modern people of the Li surname as a founder of their lineage.

Laozi’s work has been embraced by both various anti-authoritarian movements and Chinese Legalism.

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Painting 1 Attribution © Artist Unstated, (Page 72, Edward Theodore Chalmers Werner’s Myths and Legends of China on Project Gutenberg)

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Painting 2 Attribution © Confucius meets Laozi, Shih Kang, Yuan dynasty

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© (Photographer Unstated, U.S. Department of State), Lily Tomlin at the 2014 Kennedy Center Honors

Lily Tomlin (1939 -) an American actress, comedian, writer, singer, and producer, who first found success on the television show Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In—where she created a number of memorable characters—and later embarked on a notable film career that highlighted her adeptness at both comedic and serious roles.

Tomlin started her career as a stand-up comedian as well as performing Off-Broadway during the 1960s. Her breakout role was on the variety show Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In from 1969 until 1973.

She currently stars as Frankie Bergstein on the Netflix series Grace and Frankie, which debuted in 2015 and has earned her nominations for four Primetime Emmy Awards, three Screen Actors Guild Awards and a Golden Globe Award.

In 1974, Tomlin made her film debut with Robert Altman’s Nashville, which earned her a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. In 1977, her performance as Margo Sperling in The Late Show won her the Silver Bear for Best Actress and nominations for the Golden Globe and BAFTA Award for Best Actress.

Her other notable films include 9 to 5 (1980), All of Me (1984), Big Business (1988), Flirting with Disaster (1996), Tea with Mussolini (1999), I Heart Huckabees (2004), and Grandma (2015).

Her signature role was written by her then-partner (now wife), Jane Wagner, in a show titled The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe which opened on Broadway in 1985 and won Tomlin the Tony Award for Best Lead Actress in a Play.

She is also known as the voice of Ms. Frizzle on the children’s series The Magic School Bus. She won her first Emmy Awards in 1974 for writing and producing her own television special, Lily.

Tomlin won a Grammy Award for her 1972 comedy album This Is a Recording. In 2014, she was given Kennedy Centre Honours and in 2017 she received the Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award.

Photo Attribution © (Photographer Unstated, U.S. Department of State), Lily Tomlin at the 2014 Kennedy Center Honors

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The Mozart family: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (seated at piano) with his sister Maria Anna (left) and his parents, Leopold and Anna Maria

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (in full Johann Chrysostom Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, baptized as Johannes Chrysostomus Wolfgangus Theophilus Mozart, 1756 -1791).

Austrian composer, widely recognized as one of the greatest composers in the history of Western music. With Haydn and Beethoven he brought to its height the achievement of the Viennese Classical school.

Unlike any other composer in musical history, he wrote in all the musical genres of his day and excelled in every one. His taste, his command of form, and his range of expression have made him seem the most universal of all composers; yet, it may also be said that his music was written to accommodate the specific tastes of particular audiences.

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Painting Attribution © Johann Nepomuk della Croce, The Mozart Family, (c. 1780–81)

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© A. F. Bradley, Mark Twain, New York, 1907

Mark Twain, (1835 -1910, pseudonym of Samuel Langhorne Clemens) American humorist, journalist, lecturer, and novelist who acquired international fame for his travel narratives, especially The Innocents Abroad (1869), Roughing It (1872), and Life on the Mississippi (1883).

Remembered for his adventure stories of boyhood, especially The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876) and Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1885). A gifted raconteur, distinctive humorist, and irascible moralist, he transcended the apparent limitations of his origins to become a popular public figure and one of America’s best and most beloved writers.

Twain was raised in Hannibal, Missouri, which later provided the setting for Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn. He served an apprenticeship with a printer and then worked as a typesetter, contributing articles to the newspaper of his older brother Orion Clemens.

He later became a riverboat pilot on the Mississippi River before heading west to join Orion in Nevada. He referred humorously to his lack of success at mining, turning to journalism for the Virginia City Territorial Enterprise.

His humorous story, “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County”, was published in 1865, based on a story that he heard at Angels Hotel in Angels Camp, California, where he had spent some time as a miner. The short story brought international attention and was even translated into French.

His wit and satire, in prose and in speech, earned praise from critics and peers, and he was a friend to presidents, artists, industrialists, and European royalty.

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Photograph Attribution © A. F. Bradley, Mark Twain, New York, 1907

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