A. "Persistence counts."
A. Hard to say, as I have few minor pet peeves. Disloyalty/treachery is a major peeve. Among the minors, people who wear caps backwards--not just because it looks dumb but because it indicates mindless imitation.
A. Not a world-historic figure, but my maternal great-great grandmother was downright inspirational. She crossed the Oregon Trail as an 18-year-old bride headed for a place she had never been, uncertain what she would find upon arrival. Deep inside me I have a novel about her.
A. Hannibal, for unrelated reasons.
First, I grew up around exotic animals and would really like to know how got any of those elephant(s) over the Alps.
Secondly, he's an intriguing figure: extremely smart, one of the great captains, and a man who pursued his life's goal with single-minded zealotry, came within reach of that goal--and narrowly missed it.