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David Bruce Smith, author and publisher

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“Author and publisher David Bruce Smith* has a bachelor’s degree in American Literature from George Washington University, and a master’s in journalism from New York University. During the past twenty years he has been a real estate executive and the Editor-in-Chief/ Publisher of Crystal City Magazine.

Smith has written 11 books: “In Many Arenas,” • “13 Young Men, Tennessee,” • “Three Miles From Providence,” • “Conversations with Papa Charlie,” • “Afternoon Tea with Mom,” • “Letters to My Children,” • “Building the Community,” • “Continuum,” • “Building My Life,” • and his most recent, “American Hero: John Marshall, Chief Justice of the United States.

His company David Bruce Smith Publications, specializes in creating, designing, and composing limited-edition books on a variety of subjects: authors, historic figures, artists, and leaders. Several are about the amazing life-story of real estate developer and philanthropist Charles E. Smith. David Bruce Smith Publications is committed to educating young children through books, literature and historic sites.

In January 2014 he launched the The Grateful American™ Series — an interactive, multi-media program designed to restore enthusiasm in American history for children.

For more information, visit davidbrucesmith.com.

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– Robert Frost

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– Nolan Bushnell, founder, Atari

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– Arthur Rubinstein

‎No one is useless in this world who lightens the burden of another.”

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– Theodore Roosevelt

No longer talk at all about the kind of man a good man ought to be, but be such.”

– Marcus Aurelius Antoninus

The good ideas are all hammered out in agony by individuals, not spewed out by groups.”

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A discovery is said to be an accident meeting a prepared mind.”

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– Charles Darwin

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By your stumbling the world is perfected.”

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– Audre Lorde

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– Steven Schussler

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– Marcel Proust

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The gem cannot be polished without friction; nor man perfected without trials.”

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That which does not kill us makes us stronger.”

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– Oprah Winfrey

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Inspiration and genius — one and the same.”

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Don’t follow your dreams. Chase them.”

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The aim of life is to live, and to live means to be aware, joyously, drunkenly, serenely, divinely aware.”

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Destiny is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved.”

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The true entrepreneur is a doer, not a dreamer.”

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