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12 INSPIRATIONAL HISTORY QUOTES - These writing offices will transform your students' independence and writing skills.

The following inspirational quotes for teachers are from some of history's most profoundly influential educators. Whether they be related directly to academia or not, the fact is all the people below taught us all something incredible that exists beyond the classroom.

Their words touched both hearts and minds. Life lessons, and not just classroom lessons, abound here. After all, preparation for life is at the heart of every classroom. Please enjoy these powerful inspirational quotes for teachers and the messages embedded in them. They're for you, all the teachers and enablers of the world.

Anne Sullivan Macy, the famous companion and teacher of Helen Keller, knew a thing or two about perseverance. Blind herself from the age of 5 from trachoma, she began teaching at the age of 20. Keller was her first student. The immediate connection between them blossomed into a lifelong journey of overcoming the absence of vision with an abundance of heart and determination.

What's the message? As a teacher, you and only you see the painful steps your students sometimes experience in your classroom. They are fighting their own battles, breaking deeply personal barriers, and moving towards success. You are there for all of it. Only one who has taught can understand the often painful but always rewarding journey of teaching children. No one can take that pride away from you, or from your students.

Booker T. Washington was born into slavery in the mid 1800s. Despite the hardships and lack of prospects he faced early on, he became a largely self-educated man. He put himself through school to became a prolific teacher. He eventually went on to found what is today's Tuskegee University.

What's the message? It's clear Washington knew the true essence and value of what it means to be a teacher. They devote their lives to lifting up their students in so many ways. Intellectually, emotionally, spiritually—a passionate educator nurtures the whole student. That's why teaching is and always will be one of the noblest professions anyone can undertake.

One lady who was constantly challenging the status quo of her day was Maria Montessori. She was born in the 1870s in Italy, and was a diligent student. All her life she remained ambitious and confident. Her refusal to adhere to the traditional expectations held for women in her time was legendary. She eventually went on to develop an educational philosophy that is the foundation of thousands of schools all over the world bearing her name.

What's the message? Montessori believed in embracing a child's natural curiosity and spontaneity as the basis for great teaching and learning. It's true, our children need our guidance and our care early on in their learning lives. That said, the truly successful educator is that one whose students have grown to no longer need them.

Author and lecturer C. S. Lewis captivated our imaginations with stories such as his famously-loved Chronicles of Narnia.  He was also an inspirational educator, having taught at both Cambridge University and Oxford University. One of Lewis' biggest influences (and dearest friends) was J. R. R. Tolkien.

What's the message? In three words, believe in yourself. This is a message for you, and for every one of your students. The stimulus in our worlds, especially when we're kids, is not always positive or empowering. We're often brought up being made more aware of what we can't do rather than what we can. As a teacher, you're in a perfect position to train young minds to believe in what's possible. Our lives are created by our thoughts and feelings. The only limitations we have are the ones we place on ourselves.

When Maya Angelou suffered intense physical and emotional trauma at the age of 8, she lost her voice. She believed it was her words that had caused the pain and suffering in her life and the lives of her family. She did not speak again until the age of 13, having to practically relearn how all over again. Who helped her regain her voice? An exceptional and dedicated teacher—something Angelou herself emulated later on in life. She died in the spring of 2014.

What's the message? Although not technically an educator, Angelou taught people so much about love, forgiveness, acceptance, and the the value of a strong work ethic. Her list of academic and literary accomplishments is diverse and exemplary. In the end, this is one of those inspirational teacher quotes that reminds us of a simple truth. Success is a flower that still has to be watered, weeded, and given patience and love in its time of growth. Where is this more of a truth than with our students?

No list of inspirational teacher quotes would be complete without including the great man himself. Albert Einstein lived his life with an almost childlike curiosity that never faltered. It was this that opened him up to some of the most profound discoveries about our existence that we've ever had. He was a scientist, theorist, teacher, and some say a magician. In the end, it was his love of learning that made him never stop questioning.

What's the message? Einstein believed strongly in the creative power of the imagination. What fuels the imaginations of our students is encouraging them to always keep asking questions. We can do this in our discussions and lessons, and with things like inquiry- and project-based learning. Developing the kind of teaching that makes students curious and wanting to explore is the pathway to building better minds and more successful global citizens.

Nadia Boulanger was an incredibly gifted teacher and musician. She had the distinction of being the first female conductor ever for the both the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the New York Philharmonic Orchestra. One of her most famous students was the composer Philip Glass.

What's the message? There's an old saying: If it was easy, someone else would do it. The trials that shape us in school and life are part of building character, compassion, and morality. Difficulty, when embraced as a learning opportunity, can be more beneficial than we realize. There will always be challenges. Boulanger suggests here that teaching our students to welcome challenges is an expression of caring. One of the greatest gifts we can give any student is the ability to freely conquer adversity.

One of the most popular thinkers and lecturers of the New Thought movement was Napoleon Hill, author of the book Think and Grow Rich. During his lifetime, Hill became an adviser for two U.S. presidents, Woodrow Wilson and Franklin Delano Roosevelt. He lectured extensively on the principles of personal success until his death in 1970.

What's the message? Being a teacher is not easy. Being a student is not easy. Being a human being is not easy. Nor should they be. We learn best when we are challenged positively and productively, in a way that resonates with us on personal levels. But what about the challenges life throws at us when we aren't prepared? How do we learn then? How do we grow without succumbing to our fragility in the moment of truth? That's up to us to discover for ourselves as individuals. Hill merely reminds us here that there is promise to be found in any pain.

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Writing Tip #20: How many quotes can I use?

Professors are not stupid; that’s why they have advanced college degrees! They know the tricks of the trade, and adding long quotes to a paper to meet the word count is one of the oldest tricks.

Use as few quotes as possible. The general rule is that a paper should include less than 20 percent quoted material. That figure can vary; check with your professors.

How long can a quote be? Block quotes (of 40 or more words) may be necessary if you are writing about a poem or literature, but they are mostly frowned upon. Use them when they can be the most use. Use quotes to leave a lasting impression, not to add to a word count!

Can a paper start with a quote? Yes, a paper can begin with a quote. If the quote is an effective one, it can add a powerful message or feeling to the document. A good quote can also have a strong influence on the reader's experience, drawing the reader into the paper.

Can a paper end with a quote? Yes. Ending a paper with a quote can have the same effect on the reader. The reader will be left with the impact of that quote.

If you believe that you need to use quotes, choose ones that are pronounced and will add value to your paper. For instance, if you are writing a paper about a colorful public personality, you may want to include a particularly provocative quote made by that person that illustrates their personality. Using meaningful quotes sparingly can add worth to your writing.


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In 1998, historian Peter Stearns wrote that: “People live in the present. They plan for, and worry about, the future. Given all the demands that press in from living in the present and anticipating what is yet to come, why bother with what has been?”

And he isn’t alone in asking this question. With so much to worry about, and so many advances in technology, communication, and data storage, it’s natural to question why we should engage with – or even be interested in – the past.

But people have been fascinated about the people and events that came before for, well, all of human history. While the first recorded Greek history dates back to the time of the First Olympiad, or 776BC, people were writing about and preserving knowledge long before that. The Greeks and Romans were masters of writing their own history, and their elaborate accounts eventually gave way to the increasingly sophisticated methods adopted in the Medieval (manuscript) and Early Modern (print) periods.

Today, history as a discipline demands greater evidence and less bias than ever before. We have diversified our interests away from the study of the great and the good, instead focusing on grass-roots history, history from below, gender history, black history, and every other kind of history you can think of. We are lending our voices to those in the past, and we are learning more about ourselves and where we came from in the process.

These quotes are all about exploring our history: finding out what history really is, what it means to us as people, what we can learn from it, and what studying history is all about.

Quotes About What History Is

We’ve just talked a little bit about what the practice and discipline of history is, but defining history has been a subject that many people have weighed in on. From scholars and writers to politicians and inventors, everyone has a differing opinion on why the past is relevant, and what the study of history is.

The dictionary defines history as “the study of past events, particularly in human affairs” or “a branch of knowledge that records and explains past events.” As a historian myself, I’d argue that history is much more than that! But I’ll let you decide for yourself while you read these quotes that discuss what history really is.

“History is a pack of lies about events that never happened told by people who weren’t there.” – George Santayana

“History is an account, mostly false, of events, mostly unimportant, which are brought about by rulers, mostly knaves, and soldiers, mostly fools.” – Ambrose Bierce

“The history of mankind is the instant between two strides taken by a traveler.” – Franz Kafka

“What is history? An echo of the past in the future; a reflex from the future on the past.” – Victor Hugo

“History is mostly guessing; the rest is prejudice.” – Will Durant

“History is a gallery of pictures in which there are few originals and many copies.” – Alexis de Tocqueville

“History is a race between education and catastrophe.” – H.G. Wells

“History is philosophy teaching by examples.” – Thucydides

“History is a vast early warning system.” – Norman Cousins

“Human history in essence is the history of ideas.” – H.G. Wells

“The pull, the attraction of history, is in our human nature. What makes us tick? Why do we do what we do? How much is luck the deciding factor?” – David McCullough

“A myth is far truer than a history, for a history only gives a story of the shadows, whereas a myth gives a story of the substances that cast the shadows.” – Annie Besant

“History reports that the men who can manage men manage the men who can manage only things, and the men who can manage money manage all.” – Will Durant

“History is information. Memory is part of your identity.” – David Miliband

“Isn’t history ultimately the result of our fear of boredom?” – Emile Cioran

“History is nothing but assisted and recorded memory.” – George Santayana

“History provides no precise guidelines.” – Douglas Hurd

“History has been the history of warfare.” – Godfrey Reggio

“History is a resource.” – Laura Linney

“History develops, art stands still.” – E.M. Forster

“History is nothing if not an epic tale of missed opportunities.” – Graydon Carter

“History is more or less bunk.” – Henry Ford

“History, a distillation of rumour.” – Thomas Carlyle

“History is not a burden on the memory but an illumination of the soul.” – Lord Acton

“Without words, without writing and without books there would be no history, there could be no concept of humanity.” – Hermann Hesse

“Indeed, history is nothing more than a tableau of crimes and misfortunes.” – Voltaire

“History is a set of lies agreed upon.” – Napoleon Bonaparte

“History shows that there are no invincible armies.” – Joseph Stalin

“History is merely gossip.” – Oscar Wilde

“History repeats itself, first as tragedy, second as farce.” – Karl Marx

“There is properly no history; only biography.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“History is a pack of lies we play on the dead. “ – Voltaire

“To study history means submitting to chaos and nevertheless retaining faith in order and meaning.” – Hermann Hesse

“Poetry is finer and more philosophical than history; for poetry expresses the universal, and history only the particular.” – Aristotle

“History is a relay of revolutions.” – Saul Alinsky

“I do not speak Hebrew, but I understand that it has no word for ‘history’. The closest word for it is memory.” – David Miliband

“Blood alone moves the wheels of history.” – Martin Luther

“Revolutions are the locomotives of history.” – Karl Marx

“Black history is American history.” – Morgan Freeman

“History is merely a list of surprises. It can only prepare us to be surprised yet again.” – Karl Vonnegut

Quotes About People in History

When we think about history, we don’t just think broadly about the past. We focus in on specific events and specific people.

Arguably, the study of history is the study of people: a series of influential, significant figures who shape the way we see different phases of the past. From politicians to religious leaders, notable orators and leading chroniclers, these figures didn’t just have a significant impact on the way people during their time thought about and experienced the world.

Whether we’re talking about Leonardo da Vinci or Lord Byron, Winston Churchill or Martin Luther King Jr., these historical figures still play an incredibly important role in shaping way we think about the events, movements, and changes that happened in the past.

“A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.” – Marcus Garvey

“People who make history know nothing about history. You can see that in the sort of history they make.” – G.K. Chesterton

“The only history is a mere question of one’s struggle inside oneself. But that is the joy of it. One need neither discover Americas nor conquer nations, and yet one has as great a work as Columbus or Alexander, to do.” – D.H. Lawrence

“History is formed by the people, those who have power and those without power. Each one of us makes history.” – Anselm Kiefer

“History is a tool used by politicians to justify their intentions.” – Ted Coppel

“Certain periods in history suddenly lift humanity to an observation point where a clear light falls upon a world previously dark.” – Anne Sullivan

“History will be kind to me for I intend to write it.” – Winston Churchill

“Few will have the greatness to bend history itself; but each of us can work to change a small portion of events, and in the total of all those acts will be written the history of this generation.” – Robert Kennedy

“Anyone who believes you can’t change history has never tried to write his memoirs.” – David Ben Gurion

“We are all tourists in history, and irony is what we win in wars.” – Anatole Broyard

“It is not history which uses men as a means of achieving – as if it were an individual person – its own ends. History is nothing but the activity of men in pursuit of their ends.” – Karl Marx

“I’ve been completely fascinated with history because it tells everything about what’s going to happen next because it’s cyclical, everything repeats in general.” – Emile Autumn

“It had long come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things.” – Leonardo da Vinci

“On the day when man told the story of his life to man, history was born.” – Alfred de Vigny

“Today is either the beginning of the end, or the end of the beginning. Today we are making history.” – Eckhard Pfeiffer

“The public history of modern art is the story of conventional people not knowing what they are dealing with.” – Golda Meir

“The most effective way to destroy people is to deny and obliterate their own understanding of their history.” – George Orwell

“People say history is boring, and that is true because people are boring. We haven’t changed since time began. We’re still the same. We’ve obviously made some changes.” – Colin Hay

“The human race tends to remember the abuses to which it has been subjected rather than the endearments. What’s left of kisses? Wounds, however, leave scars.” – Bertolt Brecht

“No man is truly great who is great only in his lifetime. The test of greatness is the page of history.” – William Hazlitt

“I am what time, circumstance, history, have made of me, certainly, but I am also, much more than that. So are we all.” – James Baldwin

“Anybody can make history. Only a great man can write it.” – Oscar Wilde

“I believe that we must maintain pride in the knowledge that the actions we take, based on our own decisions and choices as individuals, link directly to the magnificent challenge of transforming human history.” – Daisaku Ikeda

“History is who we are and why we are the way we are.” – David McCullough

“The historic ascent of humanity, taken as a whole, may be summarized as a succession of victories of consciousness over blind forces – in nature, in society, in man himself.” – Leon Trotsky

“Optimists are usually wrong. But all the great change in history, positive change, was done by optimists.” – Thomas Friedman

“People have an annoying habit of remembering things they shouldn’t.” – Christopher Paolini

“History of the world is the biography of the great man. And I said: The great man always act like a thunder. He storms the skies, while others are waiting to be stormed.” – Thomas Carlyle

“History will have to record that the greatest tragedy of this period of social transition was not the strident clamor of the bad people, but the appalling silence of the good people.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

“After making a mistake or suffering a misfortune, the man of genius always gets back on his feet.” – Napoleon Bonaparte

“History is a people’s memory, and without a memory, man is demoted to the lower animals.” – Malcolm X

“We are not makers of history. We are made by history.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

“The past changes a little every time we retell it.” – Hilary Mantel

“Neither the life of an individual nor the history of a society can be understood without understanding both.” – C. Wright Mills

“Fear not for the future, weep not for the past.” – Percy Bysshe Shelley

“History has demonstrated that the most notable winners usually encountered heartbreaking obstacles before they triumphed. They won because they refused to become discouraged by their defeats.” – B.C. Forbes

“We don’t want tradition. We want to live in the present and the only history that is worth a tinker’s damn is the history we make today.” – Henry Ford

“People are trapped in history and history is trapped in them.” – James Baldwin

“The main thing is to make history, not to write it.” – Otto von Bismarck

“Never doubt that you can change history. You already have.” – Marge Piercy

“The best prophet of the future is the past.” – Lord Byron

“History does nothing; it does not possess immense riches, it does not fight battles. It is men, real, living, who do all this.” – Karl Marx

“A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history.” – Mahatma Gandhi

Quotes About Learning From History

You might’ve heard the old saying that goes, if we don’t learn from history, we are destined to repeat it. And history shows us that, in a lot of ways, this is true.

However, there are many other valuable lessons that we can learn from studying history, whether our own or the history of somewhere, or someone, entirely different. When we become familiar with different cultures we grow in respect for its rituals and traditions, however far removed they are from our own. When we engage with the past, we are able to consider how far we have come and how fortunate we are to live as we do.

Whether you use them to reflect on the past or be grateful for the present, these quotes are all about learning from history.

“We learn from history that we don’t learn from history!” – Desmond Tutu

“Life moves fast. As much as you can, learn from your history, you have to move forward.” – Eddie Vedder

“The man who has no sense of history, is like a man who has no ears or eyes.” – Adolf Hitler

“History laughs at both the victim and the aggressor.” – Mahmoud Darwish

“Patriotism ruins history.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“Poetry is nearer to vital truth than history.” – Plato

“Difficulty is the excuse history never accepts.” – Edward Murrow

“Those who don’t know history are destined to repeat it.” – Edmund Burke

“History is written by the victors.” – Winston Churchill

“What experience and history teach is this – that people and governments never have learned anything from history, or acted on principles.” – George Wilhelm Hegel

“The charm of history and its enigmatic lesson consist in the fact that, from age to age, nothing changes and yet everything is completely different.” – Aldous Huxley

“A generation which ignores history has no past – and no future.” – Robert A. Heinlein

“We are made wise not by the recollection of our past, but by the responsibility for our future.” – George Bernard Shaw

“History shows you don’t know what the future brings.” – Rick Wagoner

“To communicate the truths of history is an act of hope for the future.” – Daisaku Ikeda

“I have but one lamp by which my feet are guided, and that is the lamp of experience. I know no way of judging of the future but by the past.” – Edward Gibbon

“I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past.” – Bar Rafaeli

“If history repeats itself, and the unexpected always happens, how incapable must Man be of learning from experience.” – George Bernard Shaw

“One of the lessons of history is that nothing is often a good thing to do and always a clever thing to say.” – Will Durant

“The people who have really made history are the martyrs.” – Aleister Crowley

“One faces the future with one’s past.” – Pearl S. Buck

“If history and science have taught us anything, it is that passion and desire are not the same as truth.” – E.O. Wilson

“The history of the past interests us only in so far as it illuminates the history of the present.” – Ernest Dimnet

“All our experience with history should teach us, when we look back, how badly human wisdom is betrayed when it relies on itself.” – Martin Luther

“The so-called lessons of history are for the most part the rationalizations of the victors. History is written by the survivors.” – Max Lerner

“If you think you have it tough, read history books. “ – Bill Maher

“There runs a strange law through the length of human history – that men are continually tending to undervalue their environment, to undervalue their happiness, to undervalue themselves.” – G.K. Chesterton

“History takes time. History makes memory.” – Gertrude Stein

“When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love has always won. There have been tyrants and murderers and for a time they seem invincible, but in the end, they always fall – think of it, always.” – Mahatma Gandhi

“History, we can confidently assert, is useful in the sense that art and music, poetry and flowers, religion and philosophy are useful. Without it — as with these — life would be poorer and meaner; without it we should be denied some of those intellectual and moral experiences which give meaning and richness to life. Surely it is no accident that the study of history has been the solace of many of the noblest minds of every generation.” – Henry Steele Commager

“The game of history is usually played by the best and the worst over the heads of the majority in the middle.”– Eric Hoffer

“It’s not the sentiments of men which make history but their actions.” – Norman Mailer

“Sometimes history takes things into its own hands.” – Thurgood Marshall

“If you want the present to be different from the past, study the past.” – Baruch Spinoza

“History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, however, if faced with courage, need not be lived again.” – Maya Angelou

“Our history is not our destiny.” – Alan Cohen

“Every renaissance comes to the world with a cry, the cry of the human spirit to be free.” – Anne Sullivan

“History is the present. That’s why every generation writes it anew. But what most people think of as history is its end product, myth.” – E.L. Doctoraw

“The beauty of the past belongs to the past.” – Margaret Bourke-White

“Whatever we do or fail to do will influence the course of history.” – Arthur Henderson

“Human blunders usually do more to shape history than human wickedness.” – A.J.P. Taylor

“If you don’t know history, then you don’t know anything. You are a leaf that doesn’t know it is part of a tree.” – Michael Crichton

“History never looks like history when you are living through it.” – John W. Gardner

“On human stupidity: It is one of the most powerful forces that shape history.” – Yuval Noah Harari

“Ideas shape the course of history.” – John Maynard Keynes

“What fascinates me are the turning points where history could have been different.” – Hilary Mantel

“Sometimes – history needs a push.” – Vladimir Lenin

“The main thing history can teach us is that human actions have consequences and that certain choices, once made, cannot be undone. They foreclose the possibility of making other choices and thus they determine future events.” – Gerda Lerner

“Who has fully realized that history is not contained in thick books but lives in our very blood?” – Carl Jung

“Condemn me, it does not matter, history will absolve me.” – Fidel Castro

“Fellow citizens, we cannot escape history.” – Abraham Lincoln

Quotes about Writing History

There was never a time in my life when I wasn’t interested in history. From an elementary school obsession with Ancient Egypt to completing a PhD in Renaissance history, my thirst for knowledge about the past has always been an important aspect of my personality.

Many historians will tell you the same thing. And yet, the study of history is in decline. In late 2018, Benjamin M. Schmidt, a professor of history at Northeastern University, published a study demonstrating that history has been declining more rapidly than any other major in the last decade, even as more and more students attend college. Children in Britain are in danger of losing their ability to interpret the past, as history lessons at school level are increasingly pushed out of the curriculum.

Losing our interest in, and grip on, the past shouldn’t even be a consideration today! With resources and collections of artefacts, books, manuscripts, and images increasingly available online, it is easier than ever before to engage with the past.  Whatever you are interested in, I hope that these quotes about writing history inspire you to learn more.

“The historian is a prophet looking backward.” – Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

“Hindsight is the historian’s necessary vice.” – Hilary Mantel

“Study the past if you would define the future.” – Confucius

“Historian: an unsuccessful novelist.” – H.L. Mencken

“No harm’s done to history by making it something someone would want to read.” – David McCullough

“Skepticism is a virtue in history as well as in philosophy.” – Napoleon Bonaparte

“We must admit that history is enjoyable to a large extent because it enables us to pass judgement on the past.” – Douglas Hurd

“People take the longest possible paths, digress to numerous dead ends, and make all kinds of mistakes. Then historians come along and write summaries of this messy, nonlinear process and make it appear like a simple, straight line.” – Dean Kamen

“The very ink with which all history is written is merely fluid prejudice.” – Mark Twain

“The historian will tell you what happened. The novelist will tell you what it felt like.” – E.L. Doctorow

“Memoirs are the backstairs of history.” – George Meredith

“Every historian discloses a new horizon.” – George Sand

“Yeah, I read history. But it doesn’t make you nice. Hitler read history, too.” – Joan Rivers

“To a historian libraries are food, shelter, and even muse.” – Barbara Tuchman

“I go into my library and all history unrolls before me.” – Alexander Smith

“Like a historian, I interpret, select, discard, shape, simplify. Unlike a historian, I make up people’s thoughts.” – Hilary Mantel

“You don’t hate history, you hate the way it was taught to you in high school.” – Stephen Ambrose

“A library is the delivery room for the birth of ideas, a place where history comes to life.”– Norman Cousins

“If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten.” – Rudyard Kipling

“Each one writes history according to his convenience.” – Jose Rizal

“It takes a great deal of history to produce a little literature.” – Henry James

“Study history, study history. In history lies all the secrets of statecraft.” – Winston Churchill

“There is nothing new in the world except the history you do not know.” – Harry S. Truman

“There is an ancient Indian saying that something lives only as long as the last person who remembers it. My people have come to trust memory over history. Memory, like fire, is radiant and immutable while history serves only those who seek to control it, those who douse the flame of memory in order to put out the dangerous fire of truth. Beware these men for they are dangerous themselves and unwise. Their false history is written in the blood of those who might remember and of those who seek the truth.” – Floyd Red Crow Westerman, X-Files: The Blessing Way

I hope you’ve enjoyed this huge collection of history quotes. What is your favorite thing about studying the past? Share it with us in the comments!

— Natalie Seale

Natalie Seale PhD, is a writer, researcher, and editor for She is an avid reader, a keen traveller; enjoys cooking and walking with her English Spaniel. Her posts focus on inspiring others to live healthy, happy, and active lives.

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