Wisdom and inspiration from 7 famous Philadelphians

9 Jun

The modern city was founded by William Penn in 1682, but the Philadelphia area was originally home to the Lenape people, a Native American tribe. In the 18th century, Philadelphia played a crucial role in the American Revolution. Over time, it has been the birthplace and home of people who have made history in different ways. Here are a few of them.

(founding father of the United States and founder of the University of Pennsylvania)
Engraving of Benjamin Franklin on specimen copy of $100 note“An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.”

(actress, comedian, writer, producer)Lid of Ben & Jerry's pint tub of Liz Lemon flavor ice cream, with picture of Tina Fey“You can tell how smart people are by what they laugh at.”

(businessman and founder of the city of Philadelphia)William Penn portrait by Frederick Lamb“There is a zeal without knowledge, that is superstition. There is a zeal against knowledge, that is interest or faction; there is a zeal with knowledge, that is religion; and if you will view the countries of cruelty, you will find them superstitious rather than religious. Religion is gentle, it makes men better, more friendly, loving and patient than before.”

(Olympic gymnast)
Mohini Bhardwaj, Olympic gymnast, doing floor exercises
“The reason I do gymnastics is I love to compete. I love the adrenaline, the pressure, the satisfaction of doing well.”

(professor of biochemistry and science fiction writer)
Portrait of Isaac Asimov by Rowena Morrill
“The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not ‘Eureka!’ (I’ve found it!), but ‘That’s funny…'”

(cultural anthropologist)
Black-and-white photo from 1950 of Margaret Mead before a bookcase, reading a book
“Instead of being presented with stereotypes by age, sex, color, class, or religion, children must have the opportunity to learn that within each range, some people are loathsome and some are delightful.”

(electrical engineer and entrepreneur)
Black-and-white still from video showing Amar Bose writing on a blackboard
“We did experiments with the Boston Symphony for many years where we measured the angles of incidence of sound arriving at the ears of the audience, then took the measurements back to MIT and analyzed them.”

 (Image credits: Tina Fey ice cream lid photo by Mike Mozart; portrait of William Penn by Frederick Lamb; portrait of Isaac Asimov by Rowena Morrill; still of Amar Bose from this video)

By: BrainGain Staff Writer

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