"Passion is one great force that unleashes creativity, because if you're passionate about something, then you're more willing to take risks."
— Yo-Yo Ma
American cellist, born October 7, 1955

"A fire broke out in the forest. All the animals were scared and fled, except for a small hummingbird. It flew to the nearest river and filled its small beak with a few drops of water, returned to the forest and dropped them on the fire. Back and forth it went. The other animals watched and mocked the hummingbird. “What are you doing?” the animals asked. “The fire is overwhelming—how can you make a difference? You are too little anyway.” The hummingbird answered, “I’m doing the best I can.”"
— Wangari Maathai
Kenyan environmental activist, first African woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize, born April 1, 1940

"You can make a lot of speeches, but the real thing is when you dig a hole, plant a tree, give it water, and make it survive. That's what makes the difference."
— Wangari Maathai
Kenyan environmentalist, died September 25, 2011

"In these confused times, the role of classical music is at the very core of the struggle to reassert cultural and ethical values that have always characterized our country and for which we have traditionally been honored and respected outside our shores."
— Lorin Maazel
French-American conductor, died July 13, 2014

"Advice to children crossing the street: damn the lights. Watch the cars. The lights ain't never killed nobody."
— Moms Mabley
American comedian, born March 19, 1894

"Nothing is interesting, if you’re not interested."
— Helen MacInnes
Scottish-American author, born October 7, 1907

"It's useless to hold a person to anything he says while he's in love, drunk, or running for office."
— Shirley MacLaine
American actress, born April 24, 1934

"I think of life itself now as a wonderful play that I've written for myself, and so my purpose is to have the utmost fun playing my part."
— Shirley MacLaine
American actress, born April 24, 1934

"I don't need anyone to rectify my existence. The most profound relationship we will ever have is the one with ourselves."
— Shirley MacLaine
American actress, born April 24, 1934

"We are not victims of the world we see, we are victims of the way we see the world."
— Shirley MacLaine
American actress, born April 24, 1934

"Don't be afraid to go out on a limb. It's where all the fruit is."
— Shirley MacLaine
American actress, born April 24, 1934

"When I went to bed as a child, I was told, 'You don't know where you'll wake up.' When I ran in the garden, I was told that running was bad for the heart. Everything had its sinister aspect - milk shrinks the stomach, lemon thins the blood."
— Louis MacNeice
Irish poet, died September 3, 1963
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