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Who Shares Your Day and What Did They Say? This is a collection of thought-provoking quotations for each day of the year by people who share YOUR birthday!

January 31

The author Zane Gray was a member of Penn's va...

The author Zane Gray was a member of Penn’s varsity baseball team in 1895 and 1896 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Zane Grey – 1872 – Novelist

“People live for the dream in their hearts.  And I have yet to know anyone who has not some secret dream, some hope, however dim, some storied wall to look at in the dusk, some painted window leading to the soul.”

Eddie Cantor – 1892 – Singer

“Slow down and enjoy life.  It’s not only the scenery you miss by going too fast – you also miss the sense of where you are going and why.”

Freya Stark – 1893 – Adventurer

“There can be no happiness if the things we believe in are different from the things we do.”

Tallulah Bankhead – 1908 – Actress

“If I had to live my life again, I’d make the same mistakes, only sooner.”

Thomas Merton – 1915 – Monk
“Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.”

Jackie Robinson – 1918 – Baseball Player

“The way I figured it, I was even with baseball and baseball with me.  The game had done much for me, and I had done much for it.”

Carol Channing – 1921 – Singer

“Laughter is much more important than applause.  Applause is almost a duty.  Laughter is a reward.”

Promotional photo of Tallulah Bankhead.

Promotional photo of Tallulah Bankhead. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Mario Lanza – 1921 – Singer

“I sing from the heart … I sing the words of a song and really feel them, from the top of my head to the tips of my toes.”

Norman Mailer – 1923 – Author

“Growth, in some curious way, I suspect, depends on being always in motion just a little but, one way or another.”

Ernie Banks – 1931 – Baseball Player

“You must try to generate happiness within yourself.  If you aren’t happy in one place, chances are you won’t be happy anyplace.”

Philip Glass – 1937 – Composer

“What I’ve noticed is that people who love what they do, regardless of what that might be, tend to live longer.”

Nolan Ryan – 1947 – Baseball Player

“Enjoying success requires the ability to adapt.  Only by being open to change will you have a true opportunity to get the most from your talent.”

Minnie Driver – 1970 – Actress

“Nothing is impossible, with the right attitude you can do anything you want.  It’s all about choosing to be positive instead of being negative about things.”

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January 30

Dr. Douglas C. Engelbart

Dr. Douglas C. Engelbart (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Franklin D. Roosevelt – 1882 – 32nd President of the United States

“There is nothing to fear but fear itself.”

Barbara W. Tuchman – 1912 – Author

“Books are humanity in print.”

Lloyd Alexander – 1924 – Author

“We learn more by looking for the answer to a question and not finding it than we do from learning the answer itself.”

Douglas Engelbart – 1925 – Inventor

“The rate at which a person can mature is directly proportional to the embarrassment he can tolerate.”

Ruth Brown – 1928 – Musician

“A fox is a wolf who sends flowers.”

Gene Hackman – 1930 – Actor

“The difference between a hero and a coward is one step sideways.”

Vanessa Redgrave – 1937 – Actress

“Integrity is so perishable in the summer months of success.”

Richard B. Cheney – 1941 – Vice President of the United States

“Direct threats require decisive action.”

Tim Sample – 1951 – Comedian

“In Maine, there is a deeply ingrained sense that you can always get a little more use out of something.”

Dick Cheney, Vice President of the United States

Dick Cheney, Vice President of the United States (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Payne Stewart – 1957 – Golfer

“I don’t think it’s healthy to take yourself too seriously.”

Dexter Scott King – 1961 – Actor

“People will judge you according to your own convictions.”

Christian Bale – 1974 – Actor

“It’s not who I am underneath but what I do that defines me.”

Wilmer Valderrama – 1980 – Actor

“Because I had an accent, people had this impression that I was dumb.”

Thia Megia – 1995 – Musician

“Feeling emotionally connected to a song, and energy to sing out to the audience is what I believe makes a great performance.”

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January 29

Emanuel Swedenborg

Emanuel Swedenborg (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Emanuel Swedenborg – 1688 – Scientist

“Love consists in desiring to give what is our own to another and feeling his delight as our own.”

Lord Amherst -1717 – Soldier

“There are three easy ways of losing money – racing is the quickest, women the most pleasant, and farming the most certain.”

Thomas Paine – 1737 – Activist

“A long habit of not thinking a thing wrong gives it a superficial appearance of being right.”

William McKinley – 1843 – 25th President of the United States

“In the time of darkest defeat, victory may be nearest.”

Anton Chekhov – 1860 – Dramatist

“Any idiot can face a crisis – it’s day to day living that wears you out.”

Frederick Delius – 1862 – Composer

“There is only one real happiness in life, and that is the happiness of creating.”

Romain Rolland – 1866 – Novelist

“A hero is a man who does what he can.”

John D. Rockefeller, Jr. – 1874 – Businessman

“Think of giving not as a duty but as a privilege.”

W. C. Fields – 1880 – Comedian

English: Anton Chekhov

English: Anton Chekhov (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“You can’t trust water.  Even a straight stick turns crooked in it.”

Victor Mature – 1913 – Actor

“Hollywood is a place where the stars twinkle until they wrinkle.”

John Forsythe – 1918 – Actor

“Part of my strength as an actor comes from what I’ve learned all these years:  when you play a villain, you try to get the light touches; when you play a hero, you try to get in some of the warts.”

Edward Abbey – 1927 – Author

“Society is like a stew.  If you don’t stir it up every once in a while then a layer of scum floats to the top.”

Abdus Salam – 1936 – Scientist

“Scientific thought and its creation is the common and shared heritage of mankind.”

Tom Selleck – 1945 – Actor

“If you buy an expensive thing and you never use it, I don’t think there’s a point to it.”

Oprah Winfrey – 1954 – Celebrity

“Luck is preparation meeting opportunity.”

Matthew Ashford – 1960 – Actor

“Actors worry about bad breath, weight, receding hairlines and why their leading lady looks like their daughter.”

Paul Ryan – 1970 – Politician

“Borrowing and spending is not the way to prosperity.”

Heather Graham – 1970 – Actress

“I admire those people who hold on to their elegance in old age but I’d rather have fun.”

Sara Gilbert – 1975 – Actress

“The best thing about being an actress is getting good concert tickets.”

Jonny Lang – 1981 – Musician

“Yeah, touring can get rough some times and draining, but I always have to pinch myself and realize that I’m doing what I love.”

Natalie du Toit – 1984 – Athlete

“It doesn’t matter if you look different.  You’re still the same as everybody else because you have the same dream.”

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January 28

Writer Colette

Writer Colette (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Alexander Mackenzie – 1822 – Statesman

“Logic, sometimes has very little to do with political action.”

Charles Gordon – 1833 – Military Leader

“If you tell the truth, you have infinite power supporting you; but if not, you have infinite power against you.”

Jose Marti – 1853 – Activist

“Happiness exists on earth, and it is won through prudent exercise of reason, knowledge of the harmony of the universe, and constant practice of generosity.”

Sidonie Gabrielle Colette – 1873 – Novelist

“Be happy.  It’s one way of being wise.”

Artur Rubinstein – 1887 – Pianist

“I have found that if you love life, life will love you back.”

Henry Cotton – 1907 – Golfer

“Imagine the ball has little legs, and chop them off.”

Jackson Pollock – 1912 – Artist

“Painting is self-discovery.  Every good artist paints what he is.”

Sarah McLachlan

Sarah McLachlan (Photo credit: SFU Public Affairs and Media Relations)

Alan Alda – 1936 – Actor

“Listening is a willingness to let the other person change you.”

Ken Hill – 1937 – Playwright

“Minds are like flowers.  If you let it sit there without soaking anything up, it will dry out.”

Robert Wyatt – 1945 – Musician

“Being big and famous doesn’t get you more freedom, it gets you less.”

Frank Darabont – 1959 – Director

“Visual storytelling of one kind or another has been around since cavemen were drawing on the walls.”

Sam Phillips – 1962 – Businessman

“If you’re not doing something different, you’re not doing anything.”

Sarah McLachlan – 1968 – Musician

“We’re constantly being told what other people think we are, and that’s why it is so important to know yourself.”

Mo Rocca – 1969 – Comedian

“Hypocrisy is great fodder for comedy.”

Elijah Wood – 1981 – Actor

“There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow men.  True nobility lies in being superior to your former self.”

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January 27

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's compositions charact...

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s compositions characterized music of the classical era. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – 1756 – Musician

“To talk well and eloquently is a very great art, but that an equally great one is to know the right moment to stop.”

Lewis Carroll – 1832 – Author (Charles Lutwidge Dodgson )

“If you don’t know where you are going, any road will take you there.”

Edward J. Smith – 1850 – Captain of the Titanic

“I cannot imagine any condition which would cause a ship to founder.  I cannot …”

Samuel Gompers – 1850 – Labor Leader

“You can’t do it unless you organize.”

Hyman Rickover – 1900 – Military Leader

“Success teachers us nothing; only failure teaches.”

Donna Reed  – 1921 – Actress

“When you handle yourself, use your head; when you handle others, use your heart.”

John Witherspoon – 1942 – Comedian

“Never read a book through merely because you have begun it.”

Mikhail Baryshnikov – 1948 – Dancer

“I do not try to dance better than anyone else.  I only try to dance better than myself.”

Patton Oswalt – 1969 – Comedian

English: Lewis Carroll (Charles Lutwidge Dodgs...

English: Lewis Carroll (Charles Lutwidge Dodgson) albumen print, 2 June 1857, 5 1/2 in. x 4 5/8 in. (140 mm x 117 mm). Purchased with help from Kodak Ltd, 1973. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“I want to experience as many different tastes, sights, emotions, conflicts, and cultures as possible, so that I can expand the canvas of my memory and enrich my comedy.”

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January 26

English: Mrs. Ulysses S. Grant (Julia Dent Gra...

English: Mrs. Ulysses S. Grant (Julia Dent Grant), head-and-shoulders portrait, facing left (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Julia Grant – 1826 – Wife of President Ulysses Grant

“The sun shines always there for me.”

Mary Mapes Dodge – 1831 – Author

“What a dreadful thing it must be to have a dull father.”

Douglas MacArthur – 1880 – General in United States Army

“Age wrinkles the body.  Quitting wrinkles the soul.”

Maria von Trapp – 1905 – Singer

“Music acts like a magic key, to which the most tightly closed heart opens.”

Bear Bryant – 1913 – Football Player

“It’s not the will to win, but the will to prepare to win that makes the difference.”

Akio Morita – 1921 – Businessman

“Don’t be afraid to make a mistake.  But make sure you don’t make the same mistake twice.”

Paul Newman – 1925 – Actor

“Acting is a question of absorbing other people’s personalities and adding some of your own experience.”

Bob Uecker – 1935 – Athlete

Maria von Trapp

Maria von Trapp (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“Sporting companies pay me not to endorse their products.”

Jack Youngblood – 1950 – Athlete

“Good luck is a residue of preparation.”

Eddie Van Halen – 1955 – Musician

“It’s always a Catch-22 situation.  They hate you if you’re the same, and they hate you if you’re different.”

Ellen DeGeneres – 1958 – Comedian

“My grandmother started walking five miles a day when she was sixty.  She’s ninety-seven now, and we don’t know where she is.”

Anita Baker – 1958 – Singer

“I’m picking and choosing in terms of the stress factor.  If it’s not fun, I’m not going to do it.”

Wayne Gretzky – 1961 – Hockey Player

“You miss 100% of the shots you never take.”

Daryn Kagan – 1963 – Journalist

“Bad things do happen in the world, like war, natural disasters, disease.  But out of those situations always arise stories of ordinary people doing extraordinary things.”

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January 25

Portrait of William Somerset Maugham

Portrait of William Somerset Maugham (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Robert Burns – 1759 – Poet

“Critics!  Those cut-throat bandits in the paths of fame.”

Rufus Jones – 1863 – Writer

“Nations are not thugs.  They are bodies of intelligent people.”

Somerset Maugham – 1874 – Author

“The ability to quote is a serviceable substitute for wit.”

Virginia Woolf – 1882 – Writer

“If you do not tell the truth about yourself you cannot tell it about other people.”

Florence Mills – 1896 – Singer

“I belong to a race that sings and dances as it breaths.  I don’t care where I am so long as I can sing and dance.”

Garrett Morris – 1937 – Comedian

“I happen to dig being able to use whatever mystique I have to further the idea of peace.”

Etta James – 1938 – Singer

“I sing the songs that people need to hear.”

Gloria Naylor – 1950 – Novelist and Educator

“Sometimes being a friend means mastering the art of timing.  There is a time for silence.  A time to let go and allow people to hurl themselves into their own destiny.  And a time to prepare to pick up the pieces when it’s all over.”

Mia Kirshner – 1975 – Actress

Portrait of Virginia Woolf (January 25, 1882 –...

Portrait of Virginia Woolf (January 25, 1882 – March 28, 1941), a British author and feminist. Česky: Virginia Woolfová Română: Virginia Woolf la 20 de ani. Türkçe: Genç Virginia Woolf 中文: 弗吉尼亚·吳尔芙。1882年1月生於英國倫敦。1941年三月卒於近英國Lewes Русский: Вирджиния Вулф (1882-1941) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“Every day is bizarre.”

Jenifer Lewis – 1979 – Actress

“A diva is someone who pretends to know who she is and looks fabulous doing it.”

Alicia Keys – 1981 – Singer (Alicia Augello Cook)

“Simplicity makes me happy.”

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January 24

English: Photograph of writer Edith Wharton, t...

English: Photograph of writer Edith Wharton, taken by E. F. Cooper, at Newport, Rhode Island. Cabinet photograph. Courtesy of the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Yale University. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

John Donne – 1572 – Poet

“No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of a continent.”

Edith Wharton – 1862 – Novelist

“There are two ways of spreading light:  to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.”

Robert E. Howard – 1906 – Author

“I became a writer in spite of my environments.”

Oral Roberts – 1918 – Protestant Evangelist

“Well, I can’t figure out God.”

Neil Diamond – 1941 – Singer and Songwriter

“Songs are life in 80 words or less.”

Jim Barksdale – 1943 – Entrepreneur

“Take our company as an example:  We’re living proof, we jump with our own parachutes.”

John Belushi – 1949 – Comedian

“I guess happiness is not a state you want to be in all the time.”

Yakov Smirnoff – 1951 – Comedian

“Everybody laughs the same in every language because laughter is a universal condition.”

Mary Lou Retton – 1968 – Olympic GymnastMary Lou Retton

Mary Lou Retton

Mary Lou Retton (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“As simple as it sounds, we all must try to be the best person we can:  by making the best choices, by making the most of the talent we’re been given.”

Mischa Barton – 1986 – Actress

“The only way to be happy and be a more enjoyable person to be around is to embrace what you’ve got.”

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January 23

English: Official portrait of Justice Potter S...

English: Official portrait of Justice Potter Stewart. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Anya Seton – 1904 – Writer

“There are many trails up the mountain, but in time they all reach the top.”

Potter Stewart – 1915 – Judge

“Fairness is what justice really is.”

Gertrude B. Elion – 1918 – Scientist

“Don’t be afraid of hard work.  Nothing worthwhile comes easily.  Don’t let other discourage you or tell you that you can’t do it.  In my day I was told women didn’t go into chemistry.  I saw no reason why we couldn’t.”

Ernie Kovacs – 1919 – Comedian

“Television:  A medium.  So called because it’s neither rare or well done.”

Derek Walcott – 1930 – Poet

“If you know what you are going to write when you’re writing a poem, it’s going to be average.”

Gil Gerard – 1943 – Actor

“I have a superstition about saying too much about what I want to happen, just in case it all disappears, or someone else comes along and beats me to it.”

Johnny Winter – 1944 – Musician

“I think the blues will always be around.  People need it.”

Rutger Hauer – 1944 – Actor

Photo of Gail O'Grady at the Emmy Awards.

Photo of Gail O’Grady at the Emmy Awards. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“I don’t know what my appeal is.  I can see I’ve got blue eyes and I don’t look like the Hunchback of Notre Dame but I can’t understand the fuss.”

Richard Dean Anderson – 1950 – Actor

“Dogs are my favorite people.”

Gail O’Grady – 1963 – Actress

“I try to have an attitude when things are not going forward, that something better is coming along or it’s the way it’s supposed to be.”

Mariska Hagitay – 1964 – Actress

“It’s a life’s journey of finding ourselves, finding our power, and living for yourself, not for everyone else.”

Tiffani Amber Thiessen – 1974 – Actress

“There are too many rotten things in this world, and if I can put a smile on one little girl’s face, one little boy’s face, then I’ve done my job.”

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January 22

Sir Francis Bacon (1561–1626)

Sir Francis Bacon (1561–1626) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Francis Bacon – 1561 – Statesman and Lawyer

“A man must make his opportunity, as oft as find it.”

Lord George Byron – 1788 – Poet

“If I don’t write to empty my mind, I go mad.”

Isabel Paterson – 1886 – Journalist

“Nothing increases the number of jobs so rapidly as labor-saving machinery, because it releases wants theretofore unknown by permitting leisure.”

George Balanchine – 1904 – Dancer and Choreographer

“Anyone who says sunshine bring happiness has never danced in the rain.”

Bill Bixby – 1934 – Actor (Wilfred Bailey Bixby)

“The only way to grow is to risk failure.  Be unique!  Not a copy!  I’d rather be copied.”

Jeff Smith – 1939 – Chef

“Please understand the reason why Chinese vegetables taste so good.  It is simple.  The Chinese do not cook them, they just threaten them.”

Linda Blair – 1959 – Actress

“It’s difficult to understand why people don’t realize that pets are gifts to mankind.”

Diane Lane – 1965 – Actress

Portrait of Ringling Circus choreographer Geor...

Portrait of Ringling Circus choreographer George Balanchine: Sarasota, Florida (Photo credit: State Library and Archives of Florida)

“I think that anybody that smiles automatically looks better.”

Beverley Mitchell – 1981 – Actress

“I think it’s so important to keep learning and keep your brain active.”

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