In my view, the most “colorful” (key word) historical figure of all time would have to be Will Rogers, the Oklahoma cowboy whose creed was, “I never met a man I didn’t like”: http://www.willrogers.org/wrbio.html
See also: http://www.notablebiographies.com/Ro-Sc/Rogers-Will.html and Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Will_Rogers
Will Rogers catches my attention because of his “down-to-earth” common sense philosophies and his love of the common man, a characteristic which our present-day politicians need to emulate.
Here’s some of the wisdom of Will Rogers: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IR_VAirKE9I
Some from Philippians I have made a “creed” of my life is found in 3:12-13. I have bad days, and sometimes those days are hard. Nevertheless, I refuse to have those days defeat me (cf. Hebrews 12:1-2). My bad day does not need to affect you adversely. It is tough enough when I experience it, why should I make you experience it?
What happened yesterday is history and the liklihood of me remembering it is not very good. Of course, there is a down side to this; as I have trained myself to leave the past in the past, especially the bad, sometimes the good stays there as well. When I need (or want) to recall, it fails me.
Just the same, a creed of my life is in 3:12-13