Lights Still Shining

There are stars whose radiance is visible on Earth though they have long been extinct. There are people whose brilliance continues to light the world though they are no longer among the living. These lights are particularly bright when the night is dark. They light the way for humankind.

Hannah Senesh, poet, playwright, and paratrooper  1921-1944

Maya Angelou  1928-2014 

Winston Churchill  1874-1965

Roberto Clemente  1934-1972 

Anne Frank  1929-1945

Mahatma Gandhi  1869-1948

Ruth Bader Ginsburg  1933-2020

Audrey Hepburn  1929-1993

William Melvin Hicks  1961-1994

Robert Francis Kennedy  1925-1968

Martin Luther King Jr.  1929-1968

Lassie (aka Pal) 1940-1958 

John Robert Lewis  1940-2020

Abraham Lincoln  1809-1865 

Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela  1918-2013

Paul Leonard Newman  1925-2008

Jack Roosevelt Robinson  1919-1972

Anna Eleanor Roosevelt  1884-1962 

Oskar Schindler  1908-1974

The Unknown Soldier 

Diana Francis Spencer, Princess of Wales  1961-1997

Walter Whitman  1819-1892

Kurt Vonnegut Jr.  1922-2007

Robin McLaurin Williams 1951-2014   

to name a few.

Who might you add?


About Susannah Bianchi

I'm just a girl who likes to write slightly on slant. I've had a career in fashion, dabbled in film and to be honest, I don't like talking about myself. Now my posts are another matter so I will let them speak for themselves. My eBooks, A New York Diary, Model Behavior: Friends For Life and Notes From A Working Cat can be found on Thanks.
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25 Responses to Lights Still Shining

  1. skinnyuz2b says:

    I love the comparison to dead stars still burning brightly. I have many personal examples that still affect me. Your list is wonderful, but I’m sure everyone has their favorites they’d add, just like any list. Here are a few I would add: Nikola Tesla, Albert Einstein, and Carl Sagan.

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  2. Your list is great. I was glad I recognized most of the faces before looking at the names. The surprise? Eleanor’s first name was Anna. I didn’t know that.

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  3. In the female category, I’m going with Susan B. Anthony 1820-1906 and Shirley Anita Chisholm 1924-2005, and in the male category, I think I’ll go with Jimi Hendrix 1942-1970 and Freddy Mercury 1946-1991.
    Nice to get the thinking cap up and running this sunny Sunday morning. Thanks for that Grasshopper!

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  4. Super list, Susannah. I would add (in no order) Teddy Roosevelt, Douglass Macarthur, Dwight Eisenhower, Ayn Rand, Rosalind Franklin, Rosa Parks, Frank Sinatra, Edith Piaf, and Mother Teresa. Thanks for the nudge on thinking about the best of the best. 😁

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  5. Great collection of icons and inspirational figures. I’m sure a lot of these names will shine on for hundreds of years from now.

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  6. Maya Angelou is a wonderful addition, although I am fairly sure she didnt pass away in 3014!

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  7. robprice59 says:

    Great list Susannah. May I suggest Charles Dickens, Paul Dirac, Charles Darwin, Ada Lovelace, Louis Pasteur, Carol King, Gary Katz and Marie Curie?

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  8. Patricia says:

    You are right, shining stars! I would add Mr. Rogers and Dr. Seuss.

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  9. Sandee says:

    There are so many that still shine. Great list.

    Have a fabulous day and week. ♥

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