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2/26/2015 7:14:23 PM
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At 2/22/2015 4:32:21 AM, XLAV wrote:
Who and why?

Probably my favourite historical figure is Leonardo Da Vinci, because of both his cultural and scientific contributions.
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2/26/2015 11:08:33 PM
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At 2/22/2015 4:32:21 AM, XLAV wrote:
Who and why?

If I had any, they'd probably be socialists.
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2/27/2015 9:46:19 AM
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At 2/22/2015 4:32:21 AM, XLAV wrote:
Who and why?

Thomas Nast, I suppose.
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3/1/2015 2:49:07 PM
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At 2/22/2015 4:32:21 AM, XLAV wrote:
Who and why?

Nikola Tesla, needs no explanation. He's also #1 on my list of historical figures who I'd love to meet if I could.

Benjamin Franklin, as a family member it's only right I include him.

The Buddha, because he forged a path for enlightenment.
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3/7/2015 9:23:30 AM
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3/10/2015 7:03:58 PM
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At 2/22/2015 4:32:21 AM, XLAV wrote:
Who and why?

-Nietzsche for his philosophical criticism of religion and his views on nihilism.
-Spartacus for his famous rebellion against slavery.
-Karl Marx for his approach on communism.
-Miyamoto Musashi for being the best swordman in history and inspiring all this samurai stories I loved when I was a child :D
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3/10/2015 7:29:34 PM
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At 3/1/2015 2:49:07 PM, Blade-of-Truth wrote:
At 2/22/2015 4:32:21 AM, XLAV wrote:
Who and why?

Nikola Tesla, needs no explanation. He's also #1 on my list of historical figures who I'd love to meet if I could.

Benjamin Franklin, as a family member it's only right I include him.

The Buddha, because he forged a path for enlightenment.

Same.
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3/10/2015 10:33:29 PM
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Jack Churchill among many others.
WWII soldier who used a long bow and sword in battle.
doesn't get much better then that.
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3/11/2015 11:49:57 AM
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Richard Bland.

1. Helped draft the Virginia Declaration of Rights (which Jefferson drew his inspiration for the DOI).
2. Delegate the 1st and 2nd Continental Congresses
3. Elected to Virginia House of Burgesses
4. Wrote many pamphlets addressing the laws Parliament and King George III made.
5. On the Virginia Committee of Safety.
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3/23/2015 9:26:47 AM
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At 2/22/2015 4:32:21 AM, XLAV wrote:
Who and why?

Myself because it's me.
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4/8/2015 6:56:07 PM
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At 2/22/2015 4:32:21 AM, XLAV wrote:
Who and why?

Winston Churchill: Was a great leader, he lead us through what seemed to be a doomed war for our small island, yet with his great words and leadership we made it through the terrible conflict.
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4/8/2015 7:04:03 PM
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Daniel Laidlaw: who was a piper during World War one these men would climb over the trench with no protection a mist machine gun and artillery fire playing their fellow solders on.
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4/9/2015 9:54:20 AM
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At 2/22/2015 4:32:21 AM, XLAV wrote:
Who and why?

Me because I was an amazing military commander and an excellent king all around.
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4/10/2015 10:11:04 PM
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At 4/9/2015 9:54:20 AM, Gustav_Adolf_II wrote:
At 2/22/2015 4:32:21 AM, XLAV wrote:
Who and why?

Me because I was an amazing military commander and an excellent king all around.

I agree, but I still think that Frederick II of Prussia, Abe Lincoln, FDR, and Trotsky deserve to be mentioned as well.
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4/10/2015 10:41:36 PM
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Alfred the great for being a good, smart, loyal and just king of England and defeating the Vikings, martin Luther king jr for winning equal rights for blacks.
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4/10/2015 11:00:23 PM
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At 2/22/2015 4:32:21 AM, XLAV wrote:
Who and why?

Abd al-Rahman I. His entire family, the Umayyad family which ruled the Islamic world, were murdered by their Abbasid rivals. He and his little brother fled Syria into the West, hunted at every turn. At one time, while swimming across a river while being pursued by the soldiers of their enemies, his little brother began to falter and turned back despite being warned against it, while the soldiers promised not to harm him. Abd al-Rahman had to watch them behead his sibling on the other bank, and then push on through Egypt, where he was treated as a political pawn and almost disposed of conventiently, before he fled again to the newly conquered Umayyad territory of Andalusia (present-day Spain). The area was ruled by an Emir and several warring bands of berbers, a North African ethnic group to which his mother had belonged. Abd al-Rahman used a combination of statecraft, military genius, and appeal to both his mother's roots and his father's decent from Muhammad to rise to the rank of Emir in al-Andalus, and to found one of the most remarkable nations: Umayyad al-Andalus, later to become the Caliphate of Cordoba when his descendent, Abd al-Rahman III, directly challenged the Abassids who had hunted his father across the known world for rulership of the Islamic world. Near the end of Abd al-Rahman's life he had a garden in which he grew palm trees native to Syria, the childhood home from which he was forever exiled. He wrote this poem while contemplating them:

"In the midst of my garden
Grows a palm-tree;
Born in the West,
Away from the country of palm-trees.

I cried: You are like me,
For you resemble me
In wandering and peregrination,
And the long separation from kith and kin.

You also
Grew up on a foreign soil;
Like me,
You are far from the country of your birth.

May the fertilizing clouds of morning
Water you in exile,
May the beneficent rains besought by the poor
Never forsake you."
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5/15/2015 3:36:53 PM
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At 2/22/2015 4:32:21 AM, XLAV wrote:
Who and why?

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5/15/2015 3:37:19 PM
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At 3/7/2015 8:32:01 AM, pressman57 wrote:
Got to be Voltaire. He'd also be my top pick for a dinner guest.

I prefer Locke over Voltaire any day.
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5/15/2015 10:23:41 PM
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At 2/22/2015 4:32:21 AM, XLAV wrote:
Who and why?

Adolf Hitler, hero of the west. Saved Spain from soviet back commies. Liberated Germany of jews and possibly liberated the entire Europe of jewry. Also Europe would be a lot more industrialized and developed under Adolf Hitler.
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5/16/2015 10:11:10 PM
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The Buddha: Buddhism has become a very complicated religion. It's theology often takes long, I feel unnecessarily complicated steps to explain one basic concept - the liberation of the self from attachment to achieve nirvana, becoming a non-self. The way he put it was actually very simple, clear, and open to everyone.

Ashoka: After a terrible war, Ashoka realized that war is destructive and futile. He became a Buddhist, and became peaceful. Very few other rulers can be said to have conquered the desire to expand their empire so dramatically.

Voltaire: One of my favorite philosophers, his arguments for deism were very influential to me back when I was a deist. His political views are still influential to me.

Nietzsche: Another of my favorite philosophers, he was definitely an interesting character. His philosophy has been misinterpreted a lot, but that doesn't take away its profoundness.

Nikola Tesla: One of the most unique physicists in history. He basically self-taught himself electromagnetism and machinery to become one of the most brilliant and productive inventors of the modern electrical edifice, among other things.
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5/17/2015 3:44:58 AM
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At 5/16/2015 10:11:10 PM, Subutai wrote:
The Buddha: Buddhism has become a very complicated religion. It's theology often takes long, I feel unnecessarily complicated steps to explain one basic concept - the liberation of the self from attachment to achieve nirvana, becoming a non-self. The way he put it was actually very simple, clear, and open to everyone.

Ashoka: After a terrible war, Ashoka realized that war is destructive and futile. He became a Buddhist, and became peaceful. Very few other rulers can be said to have conquered the desire to expand their empire so dramatically.

Voltaire: One of my favorite philosophers, his arguments for deism were very influential to me back when I was a deist. His political views are still influential to me.

Nietzsche: Another of my favorite philosophers, he was definitely an interesting character. His philosophy has been misinterpreted a lot, but that doesn't take away its profoundness.

Nikola Tesla: One of the most unique physicists in history. He basically self-taught himself electromagnetism and machinery to become one of the most brilliant and productive inventors of the modern electrical edifice, among other things.

Voltaire and Ashoka, totally. I would also pick the real Subutai :P
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5/17/2015 3:51:07 AM
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Pierre Simon de Laplace -- one of the most influential scholars and natural philosophers, Laplace was the one who heralded agnostic atheism into the modern world, in a conversation with Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte.

Max Planck -- arguably the most influential physicist for today, Planck was the genius who proposed quantum theory, the idea that light travels both in waves and quanta particles, today called photons.

Ashoka -- looks like I'm the second one to list him. Ashoka was grandson of Chandragupta of the Moriya ("peafowl") clan that formed the Mauryan Empire in India. He was a Buddhist and a "peaceful king", and an advocate of animal rights.

Albert Einstein -- general relativity, special relativity, gravitational waves. 'Nuff said. Einstein was, is, and ever will be, a legend.

Mohandas Gandhi -- nothing much to say :P
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5/18/2015 12:20:55 PM
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Alan Turing

Nicola Tesla

Martin Luther

Pythagoras

Yeshua of Nazareth

Charlie Parker

Bob Dylan

JD Salinger

Gary Cooper

Siddartha Gautama

Lao Tzu

William Blake

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6/4/2015 3:14:15 AM
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Isaac Newton, Nikola Tesla, Leonardo Da Vinci, Archimedes, Cleopatra, Spartacus, Abraham Lincoln, and Beatles. That's all I could think of.