Nobel Peace Prize winner Ralph Bunche had a "poor and hard life," having lost both of his parents as a young child. But he was raised by his grandmother, a woman of principle, who taught Bunche the simple lessons that became the foundation of his beliefs.
Long-time NAACP Executive Secretary and civil rights activist Walter White was inspired by his parents as well as Jesus and Gandhi to believe in upholding moral principles and committing to human equality.
The late Baseball Hall of Famer Bobby Doerr believed in what he called “doing good in order to deserve good.” The former Red Sox second baseman said he’d rather do things that help his teammates and his family succeed instead of simply benefiting himself. He passed away on November 13, 2017.
From the 1950s series, bestselling writer Louise Dickinson Rich tells how a family tragedy challenged her notions of strength and independence. But when she accepted the help of her neighbors, Rich found a greater connection to humanity.
Theodor Benfey is a scientist who believes the fields of both science and religion must stay open in searching for truth. Benfey believes that God is the ultimate force of truth and that love is the path of the self to God, so therefore, he finds that it is love that binds him to God and the ultimate truth.
Legendary choreographer Martha Graham believes that dancing—like living—may look easy, but actually requires years of constant practice to achieve a sense of one's own being and a satisfaction of spirit.
Tony-award–winning actress Uta Hagen had been placed on the Hollywood blacklist in the 1950s, a time which she refers to as the "unreal" part of her life. In looking at the source of her strength and ideals, she found that the great artists and thinkers helped her be true to herself and "fight the good fight."