Gandhi was one of the greatest leaders of the 20th Century, a man who lived a modest life and lived as he preached. He was a quietly outspoken advocate of a simple life lived in truth, spirituality, love and non-violence. I'd like to sit with him and just listen to what he has to say; you can't have too much of any of these things in your life.
One of the most selfless humanitarians of our time. Mother Teresa devoted her life completely to caring for others in Third-World countries who were sick and dying of various diseases. I'd like to sit with her because someone like this is bound to have a profound influence on the way you look at life. I think I'd leave that conversation with more compassion than I now have.
To my mind Nietzsche is one of the most brilliant philosophers of modern times (nineteenth century). While much of his work admittedly makes my brain hurt, his philosophies are fascinating and I find his most frequently quoted works still hold many truisms today. (Many of his quotations appear on this blog). I'd almost be scared to sit with him as our discussion on philosophy could run for hours, much of that time taken up with me asking questions.
Dr. Cindy M. Meston, Ph.D.
Cindy M. Meston is one of the world's leading experts on female sexual psychophysiology. Recently she collaborated with evolutionary psychologist David M. Buss to publish "Why Women Have Sex", the result of a three-year study of approximately 1,000 women. I'd like to sit with her because no other study of female sexuality that I've read has explored the psychology involved as thoroughly, and I consider these findings to be somewhat of a breakthrough. It's a fascinating, amazing read. (Click here for further studies by the Meston lab on sexual function and dysfunction).
I consider John Mayer to be one of today's best singer/songwriters. He's also an accomplished guitarist with a considerable blues background, and can hold his own with the best of them. For me John's writing reflects a tremendous grasp of the human condition, particularly relationships. I'd like to sit with him and just talk about life. No one else influences me as heavily; if I could write like anyone it would be this guy.
Disclaimer: I realize that Wikipedia isn't always 100% accurate, but it does give a good overview of each person's bio.