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(Old Testament) (c. 1400?-300? BC)
Euripides (c. 485-406 BC)
Sun-Tzu (c. 400?-320? BC)
Aesop (fl.c. 300 BC)
(New Testament) (c. 45?-95?)
St. Benedict (c. 480-540)
(The Quran) (c. 632)
Dante Alighieri (1265-1321)
Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616)
Miyamoto Musashi (c. 1584-1645)
Rene Descartes (1596-1650)
Daniel Defoe (1660-1731)
Jonathan Swift (1667-1745)
Voltaire (1694-1778)
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832)
Jane Austen (1775-1817)
George Gordon, Lord Byron (1788-1824)
Hans Christian Andersen (1805-1875)
Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849)
Charles Darwin (1809-1882)
Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)
George Eliot (1819-1880)
Henrik Ibsen (1828-1906)
Louisa May Alcott (1832-1888)
Lewis Carroll (1832-1898)
Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche (1844-1900)
Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894)
Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)
L. Frank Baum (1856-1919)
Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936)
Franz Kafka (1883-1924)
John Steinbeck (1902-1968)
George Orwell (1903-1950)
Gabriel Garcia Marquez (1928- )
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