Articles by Gavin Aung Than
This Comic Shows The Importance of Overcoming Your Fears to Achieve Your Dreams
Gavin Aung Than This comic originally appeared exclusively in my second Zen Pencils book collection (available from all good retailers!) in 2015. I really enjoy writing these fun poems and...
Jiddu Krishnamurti Teaches Us To Do What We Love and Love What We Do
Gavin Aung Than Jiddu Krishnamurti knew a thing or two about fame. As a 13 year-old boy in India, he was not ‘discovered’ by a record producer or casting agent, but by one of the leaders of...
Nikola Tesla's Visions of the Future
Gavin Aung Than The ONE secret that Nikola Tesla wrested from nature on that fateful day in a Budapest park was the design for his most famous and important invention: the Alternating...
Picasso Recognized That Art is Political
Gavin Aung Than Pablo Picasso was feeling uninspired. The world’s most famous artistic genius had been commissioned to do a painting for the Spanish Pavilion at the Paris World’s Fair in...
Albert Einstein Saw the Beauty in Life's Great Mysteries
Gavin Aung Than “The state of mind which enables a man to do work of this kind is akin to that of the religious worshiper or the lover. The daily effort comes from no deliberate intention or...
Cartoonist Expresses Fears, Hopes and Dreams of Parents in This Joyful Comic
Gavin Aung Than Sooooooooo … can you tell I’m a new dad? My wife and I welcomed our first daughter into the world a couple of months ago and I’ve been feeling a lot of new, fatherly...
Henry David Thoreau on Happiness
Gavin Aung Than Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862) was an American writer, poet, philosopher and one of the leading figures of the transcendentalism movement. Besides writing Civil...
The Time to Live Your Life is Now
Gavin Aung Than Lang Leav is the best-selling author of three poetry collections: Love & Misadventure,Lullabies (winner of the 2014 Goodreads Choice award for poetry) and Memories. Lang has...
This Brilliant Comic Puts a New Spin on Famous Old Words
Gavin Aung Than All the world’s a stage, one of Shakespeare’s most well-known monologues, is taken from his play As You Like It. It’s spoken by the weary traveller Jacques, and in the play’s...
Live The Questions
Gavin Aung Than Rainer Maria Rilke (1875-1926) was an Austrian writer and is considered one of the greatest poets of the 20th century. Although he is rightly recognised for his poetry, he is...
The Power of One
Gavin Aung Than Dr. Jane Goodall is an environmentalist, humanitarian, author, UN Messenger of Peace and one of the most famous scientists alive. Her groundbreaking studies of chimpanzees...
On the Mindless Menace of Violence
Gavin Aung Than This is my second quote adaptation from the great Robert F. Kennedy. It’s an extract taken from one of his most important speeches, titled ‘On the mindless menace of...
The Fire Within
Words by Sophie Scholl - Illustrations by Gavin Aung Than Sophie Scholl (1921-1943) was a German activist who is famous for speaking out against the Nazi regime. Scholl was a member of a protest group called The White Rose, which...
Maya Angelou - Phenomenal Woman
Gavin Aung Than Maya Angelou (1928-2014) was a modern day Renaissance woman – author, poet, activist, dancer, singer, director, teacher and hero. Here is her poem Phenomenal Woman, illustrated...
Life's Pursuit: Endlessly Seeking External Rewards is Self-Defeating
Gavin Aung Than Dr. Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam (1931-2015) was a scientist, aeronautical engineer, writer, and the 11th President of India, serving from 2002-2007. During his...
What If You Could Do Something In Your Free Time That You'd Always Dreamed Of?
Gavin Aung Than James Rhodes is a British concert pianist. Largely self-taught, Rhodes has released five best-selling albums and is known for his refreshing performances that ignore the...
This Zen Comic Is Full of Timeless Life Lessons
Gavin Aung Than Desiderata poem by Max Ehrmann beautifully illustrated by Gavin Aung Than
Defiance in the Face of Oppression - Iranian Artist Atena Farghadani Defends the Right to Draw
Gavin Aung Than Atena Farghadani is a 28-year-old Iranian artist. She was recently sentenced to 12 years and 9 months in prison for drawing a cartoon.   This cartoon, that she posted on...
Brilliant Comic of Banksy's Call To Arms Against Advertisers
Gavin Aung Than Banksy is an anoynomous English street artist and activist who has become a cult hero for his anti-establishment and rebellious artwork. Unlike someone I know, who stays in...
Comic Strip of Alan Watts' Lecture: What If Money Was No Object?
Gavin Aung Than An amazing cartoon made by Gavin Aung Than, which is inspired by this great lecture of the philosopher Alan Watts.