Even though the teens behind The Bling Ring might be among the most notorious thieves of the rich and famous, they certainly weren’t the first. In the Victorian era, a young man managed to pull off perhaps the greatest panty raid of all time: he stole the undies of Queen Victoria, and he did it more than once.
A paradox of George Orwell’s legacy is that the term Orwellian has come to mean a cynical manipulation of language. Of course, Orwell’s own prose fought constantly against such deceit. He was…
In her lifetime, Annie Jump Cannon identified more than 500,000 stars. This is without a doubt a remarkable feat for anyone, least of all a young deaf woman who spent her 19th century childhood with her head not just in the clouds—but in galaxies.
Annie’s mother fostered her interest in astronomy when she was a child, teaching her to identify the constellations and making certain she had plenty of books to read on the subject. But how did the little girl with her eyes to the sky go on to become the lauded “Census Taker of the Stars?”
One of the most immediately recognizable artists in the world today, Vincent Van Gogh’s inimitable style only came after years of successive failures. Van Gogh picked up the paintbrush just eight years before he died (following a lackluster career as a preacher in a grim mining area in Borinage, Belgium), and even then had to soldier through a series of struggles before he would eventually come to terms with himself as an artist.
Much has been said about the Baltimore riots. Perhaps too much. Instead of adding another layer to the discourse proliferating on the Internet, we’ve looked back throughout history to offer 20 powerful quotes on civil disobedience by some of the world’s most influential thinkers and speakers. Let their words inspire you to think more deeply about both riots and civil disobedience, and how these actions impact our world today: