People by name, Y with Quotes

72 people with 1,055 quotes

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Yadav, Lalu Prasad12Lalu Prasad Yadav (born 1948) is an Indian politician from the state of Bihar. He is currently the Union Minister for the Indian Railways in the ruling United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government and the president of the Rashtriya Janata Dal, one of many political parties in India.
Yagan10Yagan (c. 1795 – July 11 1833) was a Noongar warrior who played a key part in early indigenous Australian resistance to European settlement and rule in the area of Perth, Western Australia. After he led a series of attacks in which white settlers were killed, a bounty was offered for his capture dead or alive, and he was shot dead by a young settler. Yagan's death has passed into Western Australian folklore as a symbol of the unjust and sometimes brutal treatment of the indigenous peoples of Australia by colonial settlers. Famous throughout Australia, he is considered a hero by the Noongar people.
Yagyū Munenori10Yagyū Munenori (1571 – May 11, 1646) was a Japanese swordsman, the son of Yagyū Munetoshi, and founder of the Edo branch of Yagyū Shinkage-ryū school of swordsmanship. He is famous as the author of the Heihō kadensho (1632), an acclaimed treatise on practical swordsmanship and how it can be applied to life and politics. His sons, Yagyū Jūbei Mitsuyoshi and Yagyū Munefuyu, were also famous swordsmen.
Yakan, Fathi1Sheikh Fathi Yakan (born 1933, in Tripoli, Lebanon) is a prominent Islamic cleric and former member of parliament in the Lebanese Republic.
Yamamoto, Isoroku6Isoroku Yamamoto (4 April 1884 – 18 April 1943) was a Fleet Admiral and Commander-in-Chief of the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) during World War II. He was a graduate of the Imperial Japanese Naval Academy and an alumnus of the U.S. Naval War College and Harvard University. He died during an inspection tour of forward positions in the Solomon Islands when his transport aircraft was ambushed by American P-38 Lightning fighter planes. His death was a major blow to Japanese military morale during World War II.
Yamamoto, Yohji6Yohji Yamamoto (山本 耀司, Yamamoto Yōji, born 1943) is a Japanese fashion designer.
Yamaoka, Akira5Akira Yamaoka (山岡晃 Yamaoka Akira; born February 6, 1968, in Niigata, Japan) has composed music for dozens of Konami video games.
Yamashiro, Danny8Daniel "Danny" Yamashiro (born 1967) is an author, evangelist, and radio talk show host. He survived a 400 foot fall at the age of 18.
Yamashita, Tomoyuki5Tomoyuki Yamashita (November 8, 1885 – February 23, 1946) was a general of the Japanese Imperial Army during World War II. He was most famous for conquering the British colonies of Malaya and Singapore, earning the nickname "Tiger of Malaya." An American military tribunal tried General Yamashita for war crimes relating to the Manila Massacre and sentenced him to death. This case has become a precedent regarding the command responsibility for war crimes and is known as the Yamashita Standard. Yamashita was hanged on February 23, 1946, at Los Baños Prison Camp. His chief of staff in the Philippines, Akira Mutō, was executed on December 1948 after having been found guilty of war crimes by the International Military Tribunal for the Far East.
Yamauchi, Hiroshi5Hiroshi Yamauchi 山内溥 (7 November 1927 - 19 September 2013) was the third president of Nintendo, famous for transforming Nintendo from a small hanafuda card making company in Japan to a multi-billion dollar video game company.
Yanayev, Gennady4Gennady Yanayev (26 August 1937 – 24 September 2010) was a Soviet politician. He was vice president, and acting president of the country in 1990–1991. He led a coup against Mikhail Gorbachev, but he was pardoned in 1994; after that he worked in the Russian tourism administration.
Yang Zengxin1Yang Zengxin (simplified Chinese: 杨增新; traditional Chinese: 楊增新; pinyin: Yáng Zēngxīn; Wade-Giles: Yang Tseng-hsin) (1859 – July 7, 1928), born in Mengzi, Honghe, Yunnan, was the ruler of Xinjiang after the Xinhai Revolution in 1911 until his assassination in 1928.
Yankwich, Leon1Leon Rene Yankwich (born September 25, 1888, in Jassy, Rumania; died February 9, 1975) was a U.S. District Court Judge. Nominated by Franklin D. Roosevelt on August 21, 1935, he served until his death in 1975.
Yanni41Yanni (born Yiannis Chrysomallis, Greek: Γιάννης Χρυσομάλλης, on 14 November 1954) is a Greek keyboardist and composer. He was born in Kalamata, Greece.
Yar'Adua, Umaru2Umaru Musa Yar'Adua (16 August 1951 – 5 May 2010) was the 2nd President of Nigeria's Fourth Republic. He served as governor of Katsina State in northern Nigeria from May 29, 1999 to May 28, 2007. He was declared the winner of the controversial Nigerian presidential election held on April 21, 2007, and was sworn in on May 29, 2007. He was a member of the ruling People's Democratic Party (PDP).
Yarranton, Andrew4Andrew Yarranton (1619–1684) was an important English engineer and agriculturist, in the 17th century who was responsible for making several rivers into navigable waterways.
Yashinsky, Edward1Edward Yashinsky was a Yiddish poet who survived the Holocaust only to die in a Communist prison in Poland
Yates, Joseph18Sir Joseph Yates (1722 – June 7, 1770) of Peel Hall, Little Hulton, Lancashire was an eminent English judge.
Yau, John3John Yau (born June 5, 1950) is an American poet and critic.
Yeames, W. F.1William Frederick Yeames (18 December 1835 – 3 May 1918) was a British historical painter who specialized in 16th and 17th century subjects.
Yeats, William Butler173William Butler Yeats (13 June 1865 – 28 January 1939) was an Irish symbolist poet, dramatist and mystic. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1923. He compiled the Oxford Book of Modern Verse.
Yee, Amos9Amos Yee (Chinese: 余澎杉; pinyin: Yú Péng Shān; Wade–Giles: Yü P'eng Shan, born 31 October 1998) is a Singaporean YouTuber and former child actor.
Yeghishe Charents5Yeghishe Charents (13 March 1897 – 27 November 1937) was a prominent Armenian poet and writer. He is widely regarded as the most important poet of Armenia in 20th century.
Yehuda he-Hasid6Rabbi Yehuda ben Samuel he-Hasid of Regensburg (died 1217) was a Jewish mystic and poet. His hymn Shir Hakovod (the Hymn of Glory, also called Anim Zemirot from its opening words) is recited daily in some Ashkenazi synagogues and on Sabbaths and festivals in most others.
Yehudi Menuhin54Yehudi Menuhin, Baron Menuhin, OM, KBE (April 22, 1916 – March 12, 1999) was an American-born violinist and conductor who spent most of his performing career in the United Kingdom. He became a citizen of Switzerland in 1970, and a British citizen in 1985. He is widely considered one of the greatest violinists of the 20th century.
Yellen, Janet5Janet Louise Yellen (born August 13, 1946) is an American economist. She is the Chair of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, previously serving as Vice Chair from 2010 to 2014.
Yeltsin, Boris21Boris Nikolayevich Yeltsin Бори́с Никола́евич Е́льцин (1 February 1931 – 23 April 2007) was the first president of the Russian Federation.
Yesipova, Anna1Anna Yesipova (12 February 1851 — 18 August 1914) was a prominent Russian pianist. Her name is cited variously as Anna Esipova; Anna or Annette Essipova; Anna, Annette or Annetta Essipoff; Annette von Essipow; Anna Jessipowa.
Yevtushenko, Yevgeny14Yevgeny Aleksandrovich Yevtushenko (born 18 July 1933) is a controversial Russian poet and film director. During the Soviet era he spoke out publicly against Stalinism and rejected socialist realism, but was himself criticised by many Soviet dissidents.
Yezierska, Anzia5Anzia Yezierska (c. 1880 – 1970) was a novelist born in Pinsk, Congress Poland, Russian Empire who migrated to New York City.
Yi Hwang4Yi Hwang 이황 李滉 (1501–1570) is one of the most prominent Korean Confucian scholars of the Joseon Dynasty.
Yockey, Francis Parker4Francis Parker Yockey (18 September 1917 – 16 June 1960) was an American philosopher and polemicist, best known for his neo-Spenglerian book Imperium.
Yogananda, Paramahansa32Paramahansa Yogananda (परमहंस योगानन्‍द; January 5, 1893 – March 7, 1952), born Mukunda Lal Ghosh, was an Indian yogi and guru who was instrumental in bringing Kriya Yoga to the West.
Yogi Adityanath2Yogi Adityanath (born 5 June 1972) is an Indian politician belonging to the Bharatiya Janata Party and a Hindu priest.
Yogi, Maharishi Mahesh20Maharishi Mahesh Yogi (January 12, 1918 – February 5, 2008) developed and introduced the Transcendental Meditation technique (also known as TM) and related programs and initiatives, including schools and universities with campuses in countries around the world
Yok, Mu-ming1Yok Mu-ming (郁慕明; Yù Mùmíng; born 19 July 1940) is a politician in the Republic of China (ROC). He currently serves as the Chairman of New Party.
Yolen, Jane2Jane Yolen (born February 11, 1939) is an American author and editor of almost 300 books. These include folklore, fantasy, science fiction, and children's books.
Yom Tov of Joigny5Rabbi Yom Tov of Joigny (died 1190) was a French-born English rabbi and poet. He died in the massacre of all the Jews of York in 1190. His hymn "Omnam Kayn" is recited in all Ashkenazi synagogues each year on the evening of the Day of Atonement.
Yonai, Mitsumasa6Mitsumasa Yonai (March 2, 1880 – April 20, 1948) was an admiral in the Imperial Japanese Navy, and politician. He was the 37th Prime Minister of Japan. Yonai played a major role during the Tokyo war crimes trials in working with the major defendants, such as Hideki Tojo, to coordinate their testimonies so that Emperor Hirohito would be spared from indictment. He later died of pneumonia in 1948 at the age of 68.
Yongzheng Emperor2The Yongzheng Emperor (Chinese: 雍正帝; pinyin: yōngzhèngdì), was the fifth emperor of the Manchu Qing Dynasty, from 1722 to 1735.
Yoo Byung-eun1Yoo Byung-eun (born February 11, 1941) is a Japanese-born South Korean religious leader, businessman, and inventor, who as a photographer is known under the pseudonym Ahae.
York, Alvin C.18Alvin Cullum York (13 December 1887 – 2 September 1964) was a American soldier of the United States Army, famous as a World War I hero. He was awarded the Medal of Honor for leading an attack on a German machine gun nest, taking control of 32 machine guns, killing 28 German soldiers and capturing 132 others.
Yorn, Pete68Pete Yorn (born 27 July 1974) is a Singer-songwriter, born in Montville, New Jersey.
Yosef, Ovadia6Rabbi Ovadia Yosef (23 September 1920 – 7 October 2013) was a Sephardi Chief Rabbi of Israel, chief authority of the Shas ultraorthodox party. He is highly revered in the religious world, especially in the Sephardi and Mizrahi communities for his erudition and Torah scholarship.
Yoshida Kenkō16Yoshida Kenkō (Japanese: 吉田兼好; 1283? – 1350?) was a Japanese author and Buddhist monk. His most famous work is Tsurezure-Gusa (Essays in Idleness), one of the most studied works of medieval Japanese literature. Born Urabe Kaneyoshi (卜部兼好).
Youd, Sam4Christopher Samuel Youd (16 April 1922 – 3 February 2012), known as Samuel Youd, was a British author, best known for his science fiction writings under the pseudonym John Christopher. Youd also wrote under his own name, and under the following additional pseudonyms: Stanley Winchester, Hilary Ford, William Godfrey, William Vine, Peter Graaf, Peter Nichols, and Anthony Rye.
Young, Arthur8Arthur Young (11 September 1741 – 12 April 1820) was an English writer on agriculture, economics, social statistics, and campaigner for the rights of agricultural workers.
Young, Brigham56Brigham Young (June 1, 1801 – August 29, 1877) was the second prophet and president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He was also the first governor of the Utah Territory.
Young, Don1Donald Edwin "Don" Young (born June 9, 1933) has been the sole congressman from Alaska in the United States House of Representatives since 1973 (map). He is a Republican.
Young, Edward107Edward Young (1683 – April 5, 1765) was an English poet, best remembered for Night-Thoughts.
Young, G. M.6George Malcolm Young (1882 – 1959) was an English historian, most famous for his long essay on Victorian times in England, Portrait of an Age (1936).
Young, Jock4Jock Young (4 March 1942 - 16 November 2013) is a British sociologist and criminologist and former professor at the Middlesex University. Along with Ian Taylor and Paul Walton, he wrote the groundbreaking book The New Criminology: For a Social Theory of Deviance in 1973.
Young, Neil56Neil Percival Young (born November 12, 1945) is a Canadian singer-songwriter who is widely regarded as one of the most influential musicians of his generation. Young began performing as a solo artist in Canada in 1960, before moving to California in 1966, where he co-founded the band Buffalo Springfield along with Stephen Stills, and later joined Crosby, Stills & Nash as a fourth member in 1969.
Young, Robert Maxwell3Robert Maxwell Young (born September 26, 1935), is a historian of science specialising in the 19th century and particularly Darwinian thought, a philosopher of the biological and human sciences, and a Kleinian psychotherapist.
Young, Thomas2Thomas Young (13 June 1773 – 10 May 1829) was an English genius and polymath, admired by, among others, William Herschel and Albert Einstein. He is famous for having partly deciphered Egyptian hieroglyphs (specifically the Rosetta Stone) before Jean-Francois Champollion eventually expanded on his work.
Youngblood, Gene8Gene Youngblood (born 30 May 1942), is an American theorist of media arts and politics, and a respected scholar in the history and theory of alternative cinemas. His best known book, Expanded Cinema, was the first to consider video as an art form and has been credited with helping to legitimate the fields of computer art and media arts.
Youngblood, Jack3Jack Youngblood (born January 26, 1950, in Jacksonville, Florida) is a former American football defensive end in the National Football League for the Los Angeles Rams. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2001.
Youngman, Henny9Henry "Henny" Youngman (16 March 1906 – 24 February 1998) was a comedian and violinist famous for "one-liners", short simple jokes usually delivered rapid-fire.
Yourcenar, Marguerite27Marguerite Cleenewerck de Crayencour (June 8 1903 – December 17 1987) was a Belgian-born French novelist who wrote under the pseudonym Marguerite Yourcenar. She was the first woman to be elected to the Académie française.
Yourdon, Ed8Edward Nash Yourdon (born 30 April 1944) is an American software engineer, computer consultant, author and lecturer, and pioneer in the software engineering methodology.
Yousafzai, Malala38Malala Yousafzai (born 12 July 1997) is a Pakistani human rights and education activist who was jointly awarded the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize with Kailash Satyarthi, becoming its youngest recipient ever, at the age of 17.
Yu Zhengsheng2Yu Zhengsheng (俞正声; Yú Zhèngshēng; born April 1945) is a politician in the People's Republic of China (PRC). He currently serves as the 4th ranked member of the 18th CPC Politburo Standing Committee since November 2012.
Yu, Lien Fang 1Lien Fang Yu (連方瑀; Lián Fāng Yǔ; born 14 April 1943) was the Second Lady of the Republic of China (ROC) in 1996-2000.
Yuan Mei2Yuan Mei (1716–1798) was a Chinese poet.
Yuan Shao2Yuan Shao (Traditional Chinese: 袁紹) (died June 28, 202) was a Chinese military leader and dictator.
Yuan Tengfei3Yuan Tengfei (Chinese: 袁腾飞; born August 2, 1972) is a Chinese professor. He graduated from Capital Normal University and major in Chinese history, and had since been teaching Chinese history in various Beijing high schools.
Yudkowsky, Eliezer43Eliezer S. Yudkowsky (born September 11, 1979) is an American writer, blogger, and advocate for the Singularity and Friendly Artificial Intelligence.
Yukichi, Fukuzawa11Fukuzawa Yukichi (福澤 諭吉 Yukichi Fukuzawa; 10 January 1835 – 3 February 1901) was a Japanese author, writer, teacher, entrepreneur and political theorist whose ideas about government and social institutions made a lasting impression on a rapidly changing Japan during the period known as the Meiji Era.
Yukteswar Giri15Sri Yukteswar Giri (also spelled Sriyukteswar Giri and Sriyukteshvar Giri) (May 10, 1855 – March 9, 1936) is the monastic name of Priyanath Karar, the guru of Paramahansa Yogananda.
Yunus, Muhammad10Muhammad Yunus (Bengali: মুহাম্মদ ইউনুস Muhammod Iunus) (born June 28, 1940) is a Bangladeshi banker and economist. He is the developer and founder of the concept of microcredit. In 2006, Yunus was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
Yushchenko, Viktor1Viktor Yushchenko (born March 23, 1954), is a Ukrainian politician who was the third President of Ukraine from 2005 to 2010.
Yves Congar1Yves Marie-Joseph Congar, O.P. (13 April 1904 – 22 June 1995), was a French Dominican friar, Catholic priest and theologian.
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