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10 Notable Figures Who Died in 2011 (slideshow)

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Vaclav Havel, President of the Czech Republic / Vaclav Havel, President de la République tchèque

Vaclav Havel

Playwright; dissident; president of the Czech Republic.


“The tragedy of modern man is not that he knows less and less about the meaning of his own life, but that it bothers him less and less.” (Letters to Olga [1988], p. 237)”

“The salvation of this human world lies nowhere else than in the human heart, in the human power to reflect, in human meekness and human responsibility.” (International Herald Tribune, February 21, 1990)

“Those that say that individuals are not capable of changing anything are only looking for excuses.”

“Truth and love must prevail over lies and hatred.”

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7:57PM PDT on Oct 9, 2012

I totally missed the sad news of passing Elena Bonner. She, as her late husband, was deeply respected for her exceptional honesty and standing up for what she believed it, afainst Soviet States.

7:57AM PST on Jan 14, 2012

Thanks fo rthe article.

10:55AM PST on Jan 13, 2012

Thanks for posting.

10:07AM PST on Jan 10, 2012

Signed and shared. :)

11:29AM PST on Jan 8, 2012

Steve Jobs had so much to give us beyond his technology. His thoughts on his approach to life are life changing.

8:34AM PST on Jan 8, 2012

Steve Jobs is @ the top of the list. In his life & in his dying he modeled exceptional human courage, dignity of spirit & one of a kind entrepreneurship. He codified the American ideal in spite of his humble beginnings, or perhaps because of of the same. He made it possible to continue to believe the American dream during his lifetime. One can only hope that the American dream will continue to survive under current conditions.....................

10:43AM PST on Jan 7, 2012

Inspiring, dedicated, tireless, courageous, just a few words out of many to describe what the world has lost. May they all rest in peace. And thank you for all you have done...

4:05AM PST on Jan 7, 2012

noted thanks!

7:06PM PST on Jan 6, 2012

Still missing Amy Winehouse.

Her music touched my soul and her death broke my heart.

5:30PM PST on Jan 6, 2012

Amazing, the power of one.

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