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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!

February 28 and February 29

Michel Seigneur de Montaigne

Michel Seigneur de Montaigne (Photo credit: Stifts- och landsbiblioteket i Skara)

February 28


Michel de Montaigne – 1533 – Philosopher

“My life has been full of terrible misfortunes most of which never happened.”

Berthold Auerbach – 1812 – Novelist

“Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.”

Marcel Pagnol – 1895 – Writer

“The reason people find it so hard to be happy is that they always see the past better than it was, the present worse than it is, and the future less resolved than it will be.”

Linus Pauling – 1901 – Scientist
“The way to get good ideas is to get lots of ideas, and throw the bad ones away.”

“Tommy Tune – 1939 – Choreographer

Linus Pauling

Linus Pauling (Photo credit: Oregon State University)

“I like a show to unfold and keep presenting itself, surprising you.”

Mario Andretti – 1940 – Race Car Driver

“Circumstances may cause interruptions and delays, but never lose sight of your goal.”

Bubba Smith – 1945 – Actor and Athlete (Charles Aaron Smith)

“The ninth grade, I went from 5’9″ to 6’8″.”

Stephanie Beacham – 1947 – Actress

“As far as my work is concerned, I see no impediment, and various advantages, to being deaf.”

Bernadette Peters – 1948 – Actress and Singer (Bernadette Lazzara)

“You’ve gotta be original, because if you’re like someone else, what do they need you for?”

Lemony Snicket – 1970 – Author (Daniel Handler)

Gioachino Antonio Rossini (1792-1868), composer

Gioachino Antonio Rossini (1792-1868), composer (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“The only trouble I should get in for my writing is the trouble I make myself.”

Eric Lindros – 1973 – Hockey Player

“It’s not necessarily the amount of time you spend at practice that counts; it’s what you put into the practice.”

Ali Larter – 1976 – Actress

“I don’t care how stylish something is if it doesn’t flatter me.”



February 29


Gioachino Rossini – 1792 – Composer

“Every kind of music is good, except the boring kind.”

Dee Brown – 1908 – Novelist

“You just don’t give up.  There have been times when everything seemed to conspire against getting a book done or printed, and I would feel like turning my back on the whole thing.   But I came back and persisted.”

Dinah Shore – 1916 – Actress (Frances Rose Shore)

“Trouble is part of your life – if you don’t share it, you don’t give the person who loves you a chance to love you enough.”

Howard Nemerov – 1920 – Poet

“A teacher is a person who never says anything once.”

Seymour Papert – 1928 – Mathematician

“The role of the teacher is to create the conditions for invention rather than provide ready-made knowledge.”

Dennis Farina – 1944 – Actor

“I don’t know if I have a technique.  I’m just trying to remember the words.”

Tony Robbins – 1960 – Writer

“A real decision is measured by the fact that you’ve taken a new action.  If there’s no action, you haven’t truly decided.”

Saul Williams – 1972 – Musician

“My father’s a preacher, my mother’s a teacher, thus I rhyme.”

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February 27

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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow – Project Gutenberg eText 16786 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow – 1807 – Poet

“All things come round to him who will but wait.”

Ellen Terry – 1847 – Actress

“Conceit is an insuperable obstacle to all progress.”

Alice Hamilton – 1869 – Physician and Educator

“Everything I discovered was new and most of it was really valuable.”

Arthur M. Schlesinger – 1888 – Historian

“Science and technology revolutionize our lives, but memory, tradition and myth frame our response.”

Roberto Assagioli – 1888 – Psychologist

“Without forgiveness life is governed by … an endless cycle of resentment and retaliation.”

David Sarnoff – 1891 – Inventor

“Competition bring out the best in products and the worst in people.”

Marino Marini – 1901 – Sculptor

“To describe and explain my ideas is to lose them.”

John Steinbeck – 1902 – Author

English: John Steinbeck

English: John Steinbeck (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“Ideas are like rabbits.  You get a couple and learn how to handle them, and pretty soon you’ll have a dozen.”

Gene Sarazen – 1902 – Golfer

“The more I practice, the luckier I get.”

Peter DeVries – 1910 – Editor and Novelist

“The difficulty with marriage is that we fall in love with a personality and must live with a character.”

Irwin Shaw – 1913 – Novelist

“Writing is like a contact sport – like football.  You can get hurt, but you enjoy it.”

Dexter Gordon – 1923 – Musician

“Music is a reservoir … of sounds.”

Joanne Woodward – 1930 – Actress

“Sexiness wears thin after a while and beauty fades, but to be married to a man who makes you laugh every day, ah, now that’s a real treat.”

Elizabeth Taylor – 1932 – Actress

“Success is a great deodorant.  It takes away all your past smells.”

Chelsea Clinton – 1980 – Daughter of President Bill Clinton

“We proved that we could be safe and secure at home, and still have more allies and friends in the world.”

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February 26

William Cody, aka Buffalo Bill

William Cody, aka Buffalo Bill (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Christopher Marlowe – 1564 – Dramatist

“Confess and be hanged.”

Victor Hugo – 1802 – Author

“Common sense is in spite of, not the results of education.”

Levi Strauss – 1829 – Businessman

“An expert knows all the answers – if you ask the right questions.”

Buffalo Bill Cody – 1846 – Celebrity (William F. Cody)

“I could never resist the call of the trail.”

John Harvey Kellogg – 1852 – Businessman

“You cannot work with men who won’t work with you.”

Elizabeth Bibesco – 1897 – Poet

“Blessed are those who give without remembering and take without forgetting.”

Tony Randall – 1920 – Actor (Arthur Leonard Rosenberg)

“There’s only one thing worse than a man who doesn’t have strong likes and dislikes, and that’s a man who has strong likes and dislikes without the courage to voice them.”

Betty Hutton – 1921 – Actress

“Some kind of fun lasts longer than others.”

Gerald Priestland – 1927 – Journalist

“Journalists belong in the gutter because that is where the ruling classes throw their guilty secrets.”

John Harvey Kellogg

John Harvey Kellogg (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Johnny Cash – 1932 – Singer

“Sometimes I am two people.  Johnny is the nice one.  Cash causes all the trouble.”

James Goldsmith – 1933 – Businessman

“If you pay peanuts, you get monkeys.”

Peter Brock – 1945 – Celebrity

“Bite off more than you can chew and then chew like hell.”

Elizabeth George – 1949 – Author

“Essentially and most simply put, plot is what the characters do to deal with the situation they are in.  It is a logical sequence of events that grow from an initial incident that alters the status of the characters.”

Michael Bolton – 1954 – Musician

“It’s an important thing to remember where you came from.”

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February 25

Pierre-Auguste Renoir

Pierre-Auguste Renoir (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Carlo Goldoni – 1707 – Playwright

“He who talks much cannot talk well.”

Pierre-Auguste Renoir – 1841 – Artist

“An artist, under pain of oblivion, must have confidence in himself, and listen only to his real master:  Nature.”

Margaret Deland – 1857 – Novelist

“A pint can’t hold a quart – if it holds a pint it is doing all that can be expected of it.”

John Burke – 1859 – Lawyer

“If you steal from one author, it’s plagiarism.  If you steal from two, it’s research.”

John Foster Dulles – 1888 – Public Servant

“A man’s accomplishments in life are the cumulative effect of his attention to detail.”

Anthony Burgess – 1917 – Novelist and Poet

“Laugh and the world laughs with you.  Snore and you sleep alone.”

Larry Gelbart – 1928 – Writer

Larry Gelbart

Larry Gelbart (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“Most jokes state a bitter truth.”

Steve Powers – 1934 – Journalist

“Anyone who relies exclusively on television for his or her knowledge of the world is making a serious mistake.”

Tony Lema – 1934 – Athlete

“In choosing a partner, always pick the optimist.”

Bob Schieffer – 1937 – Journalist

“If you don’t enjoy doing something, you’ll be miserable no matter how much money you make.”

Herb Elliott – 1938 – Athlete

“The greatest stimulator of my running career was fear.”

George Harrison – 1943 – Musician

“All the world is birthday cake, so take a piece, but not too much.”

Martin Kippenberger – 1953 – Artist

“A good artist has less time than ideas.”

Ricky Gervais – 1961 – Writer

“Where there’s a will – there’s a relative.”

Carrot Top – 1967 – Comedian (Scott Thompson)

“It’s our nature:  Human beings like success but they hate successful people.”

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February 24

Vincent Voiture

Vincent Voiture (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Vincent Voiture – 1597 = Poet

“Fortune is a great deceiver.  She sells very dear the things she seems to give us.”

Samuel Lover – 1797 – Artist

“Circumstances are the rules of the weak; they are but the instruments of the wise.”

George William Curtis  – 1824 – Author

“Books are the ever burning lamps of accumulated wisdom.”

Winslow Homer – 1836 – Artist

“The sun will not rise or set without my notice, and thanks.”

Chester W. Nimitz – 1885 – Admiral in United States Navy

“A ship is always referred to as ‘she’ because it costs so much to keep one in paint and powder.”

Mary Ellen Chase – 1887 – Educator

“Christmas, children, is not a date.  It is a state of mind.”

Zachary Scott – 1914 – Actor

“As you grow older, you’ll find the only things you regret are the things you didn’t do.”

Ralph Erskine – 1914 – Architect

“The job of buildings is to improve human relations:  architecture must ease them, not make them worse.”

Steven Hill – 1922 – Actor

“Every day I have a most embarrassing moment.”

Michael Harrington – 1928 – Writer

Chester W. Nimitz

Chester W. Nimitz (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“Clothes make the poor invisible.  America has the best-dressed poverty the world has ever known.”

Philip Knight – 1938 – Businessman

“The trouble in America is not that we are making too many mistakes, but that we are making too few.”

Terry Semel – 1943 – Businessman

“There is nothing to be embarrassed about being profitable.”

Jerry Nachman – 1946 – Journalist

“I didn’t miss the rat race, but I kinda missed the rats.”

Edward James Olmos – 1947 – Actor

“Education is the vaccine for violence.”

Sid Meier – 1954 – Scientist

“Our approach to making games is to find the fun first and then use the technology to enhance the fun.”

Steve Jobs – 1955 – Businessman

“Be a yardstick of quality.  Some people aren’t used to an environment where excellence is expected.”

Paula Zahn – 1956 – TV New Anchor

“I’m a mother, I’m a journalist, I’m an American; I’m all of those things, and it really complicates your job when you have all these things come into play.”

Michelle Shocked – 1962 – Musician

“I’m a perfectionist, which I think is a mistake.”

Mitch Hedberg – 1968 – Comedian

“A waffle is like a pancake with a syrup trap.”

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February 23

English: Astronaut Marc Garneau, Canadian Spac...

English: Astronaut Marc Garneau, Canadian Space Agency mission specialist. He has flown on STS-41-G, STS-77, and STS-97. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Leopold Trepper – 1904 – Celebrity

“He who closes his eyes sees nothing, even in the full light of day.”

Bernard Comwell – 1944 – Novelist

“Anyone who claims to have an entirely clear conscience is almost certainly a bore.”

Marc Garneau – 1949 – Astronaut

“I like the opportunity to travel and work in close company with other people.”

Patricia Richardson – 1951 – Actress

“You have to be the parent; you can’t be their friend.”

Tom Bodett – 1955 – Author

“The difference between school and life?  In school, you’re taught a lesson and then given a test.  In life, you’re given a test that teaches you a lesson.”

Barbara Januszkiewicz – 1955 – Artist

“Creative thinking inspires ideas.  Ideas inspire change.”

David Sylvian – 1958 – Musician

“I’m obsessed with books.”

Michael Dell, Founder of Dell

Michael Dell, Founder of Dell (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Bobby Bonilla – 1963 – Athlete

“It’s taken me a great deal to get here.  I don’t plan on missing anything.”

Michael Dell – 1965 – Businessman

“It’s through curiosity and looking at opportunities in new ways that we’ve always mapped our path at Dell.  There’s always an opportunity to make a difference.”

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February 22

Engraved portrait of United States poet James ...

Engraved portrait of United States poet James Russell Lowell (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

George Washington – 1732 – 1st President of the United States

“It is better to offer no excuse than a bad one.”

James Russell Lowell – 1819 – Poet

“Blessed are they who have nothing to say and who cannot be persuaded to say it.”

Josephine K. Henry – 1846 – Activist

“There are two great unknown forces today, electricity and woman, but men can reckon much better on electricity than they can on woman.”

Robert Baden Powell – 1857 – Soldier

“A boy carries out suggestions more whole heartedly when he understands their aim.”

Jules Renard – 1864 – Dramatist

“Laziness is nothing more than the habit of resting before you get tired.”

Bill Klem – 1874 – Athlete

“An angry player can’t argue with the back of an umpire who is walking away.”

Savielly Grigorievitch Tartakower – 1887 – Chess Master

“Victory goes to the player who makes the next-to-last mistake.”

Robin G. Collingwood – 1889 – Philosopher

“A man ceases to be a beginner in any given science and becomes a master in that science when he has learned that he is going to be a beginner all his life.”

Edna St. Vincent Millay – 1892 – Poet

“Life must go on, I forgot just why.”

John Mills – 1908 – Actor

“I’ve never considered myself to be working for a living; I’ve enjoyed myself for a living instead.”

Henry Reed – 1914 – Writer

Edna St. Vincent Millay

Edna St. Vincent Millay (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“Dreams have always expanded our understanding of reality by challenging our boundaries of the real, of the possible.”

Charles O. Finley – 1918 – Businessman

“Sweat plus sacrifice equals success.”

Kenneth Williams – 1926 – Actor

“The nice thing about quotes is that they give us a nodding acquaintance with the originator which is often socially impressive.”

Nelson Bunker Hunt – 1926 – Businessman

“People who know how much they’re worth aren’t usually worth that much.”

Edward Kennedy – 1932 – Politician

“Frankly, I don’t mind not being President.  I just mind that someone else is.”

Sparky Anderson – 1934 – Baseball Coach

“Success is the person who year after year reaches the highest limits in his field.”

Dan Millman – 1946 – Author

“There are no ordinary moments.”

Guy Finley – 1949 – Writer

“The strength of any weakness within us is the degree to which it is feared.”

Julius Irving – 1920 – Athlete

“I demand more of myself than anyone else could ever expect.”

Amy Alcott – 1956 – Athlete

“Concentrate, play your game, and don’t be afraid to win.”

Stephen Robert Irwin – 1962 – “The Crocodile Hunter”

“Yeah, I’m a thrill seeker, but crikey, education’s the most important thing.”

Vijay Singh – 1963 – Golfer

“I’m playing pretty good now, but my ranking doesn’t say that.  I’m number two.”

Michael Chang – 1972 – Athlete

“If at first you don’t succeed, try, try, try, try, try again.”

Drew Barrymore – 1975 – Actress

“It’s only through listening that you learn, and I never want to stop learning.”

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February 21

English: Jeanne Calment the worlds oldest wome...

English: Jeanne Calment the worlds oldest women at age 22. Italiano: Jeanne Calment la persona più longeva del mondo a 22 anni. Nederlands: Jeanne Calment De oudste vrouw ter wereld op 22 jarige leeftijd. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Anne Grant – 1755 – Poet

“Grief is a process, not a state.”

Jeanne Calment – 1875 – Celebrity

“Always keep your smile.   That’s how I explain my long life.”

Harry Stack Sullivan – 1892 – Psychologist

“Your emotional life is not written in cement during childhood.  You write each chapter as you go along.”

Anais Nin – 1902 – Author

“Each friend represents a world in us, a world not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born.”

Fairfax Cone – 1903 – Businessman

“Advertising is what you do when you can’t go see somebody.  That’s all it is.”

W. H. Auden – 1907 – Poet (Wyston Hugh Auden)

“A professor is one who talks in someone else’s sleep.”

Erma Bombeck – 1927 – Humorist (Erma Fiste)

“When humor goes, there goes civilization.”

Hubert de Givenchy – 1927 – Designer

“Hair style is the final tip-off whether or not a woman really knows herself.”

Nina Simone – 1933 – Singer and Pianist

“There’s no excuse for the young people not knowing who the heroes and heroines are or were.”

Rue McClanahan – 1934 – Actress

Erma Bombeck

Erma Bombeck (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“Cruelty is one fashion statement we can all do without.”

Barbara Charline Jordan – 1936 – Congresswoman

“If you’re going to play the game properly, you’d better know every rule.”

Jilly Cooper – 1937 – Author

“I’m basically a very happy person and I don’t have to be anybody else.”

David Geffen – 1943 – Businessman

“Anybody who thinks money will make you happy, hasn’t got money.”

Alan Rickman – 1946 – Actor

“All I want to see from an actor is the intensity and accuracy of their listening.”

Tricia Nixon – 1946 – Celebrity

“You can’t underestimate the power of fear.”

Tyne Daly – 1946 – Actress

“A critic is someone who never actually goes to the battle, yet who afterwards comes out shooting the wounded.”

Jerry Harrison – 1949 – Musician

“I think being eclectic is bad when you’re just starting out.”

William Peterson – 1953 – Actor

“One of the things I love about theater, one of the reasons I’ll never give it up, is that it’s fifty percent the audience’s responsibility.”

Kelsey Grammer – 1955 – Actor

“Fame obviously has become a premium in everyone’s life.  Everybody thinks they deserve it, everybody thinks they want it and most people don’t enjoy it once they get it.”

Christopher Atkins – 1961 – Actor

“Everybody wants to be like everybody else.”

Chuck Palahniuk – 1961 – Novelist

“If you don’t know what you want, you end up with a lot you don’t.”

William Baldwin – 1963 – Actor

“I love to utilize my celebrity status in a responsible and constructive and substantive manner.  I like to get my hands dirty rather than a photo op.”

Billy Baldwin – 1963 – Designer

“Rich Palm Beach clients all wanted the same kind of different thing.”

Justin Sane – 1973 – Musician

“We are simply human beings.  So it is important for us to treat each other in that capacity.”

Jennifer Love Hewitt – 1979 – Actress

“I don’t want to ever, ever do something in life that isn’t fun.  Ever.”

Corbin Bleu – 1989 – Actor

“I like outgoing girls with a lovely smile and beautiful eyes.”

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February 20

English: Gloria Morgan Vanderbilt with her dau...

English: Gloria Morgan Vanderbilt with her daughter Gloria Vanderbilt (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Joseph Jefferson – 1829 – Artist

“I have lost everything, and I am so poor now that I really cannot afford to let anything worry me.”

Edward H. Harriman – 1848 – Businessman

“Much good work is lost for the lack of a little more.”

Hesketh Pearson – 1887 – Actor

“When people are old enough to know better they are old enough to do worse.”

George Bernanos – 1888 – Author

“A poor man with nothing in his belly needs hope, illusion, more than bread.”

Ansel Adams – 1902 – Photographer

“A good photograph is knowing where to stand.”

Jackie Gleason – 1916 – Actor

“The second day of a diet is always easier than the first.  By the second day you’re off it.”

Gloria Vanderbilt – 1924 – Designer

“I’ve always believed that one woman’s success can only help another woman’s success.”

Robert Altman – 1925 – Director

“If you don’t have a leg to stand on, you can’t put your foot down.”

Ken Olsen – 1926 – Businessman

“The nicest thing about standards is that there are so many of them to choose from.”

Bob Richards – 1926 – Athlete

“Ingenuity plus courage, plus work, equals miracles.”

English: Cindy Crawford at The Fantastic Mr. F...

English: Cindy Crawford at The Fantastic Mr. Fox premiere in Leicester Square, London, England. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Sidney Pointier – 1927 – Actor

“If I’m remembered for having done a few good things and if my presence here has sparked some good energies, that’s plenty.”

Bobby Unser – 1934 – Race Car Driver

“Nobody remembers who finished second but the guy who finished second.”

Jimmy Greaves – 1940 – Athlete

“We are really the victims of our own problems.”

Brenda Blethyn – 1946 – Actress

“I always think 12 times before saying anything.”

Jennifer O’Neill – 1948 – Actress

“Forgiveness really is so misunderstood, as well as the power it can release in an individual.”

Anthony Davis – 1951 – Composer

“I always tried so hard to fit in, and then I figured out that I didn’t want to fit.”

Edward Albert – 1951 – Actor

“Let us begin by doing our best to do our best, every single time, no matter what, forever.”

Charles Barkley – 1963 – Basketball Player

“Sometimes that light at the end of the tunnel is a train.”

Cindy Crawford – 1966 – Model

“Even I don’t wake up looking like Cindy Crawford.”

Lili Taylor – 1967 – Actress

“I do believe there’s good in all of us, even if it’s layered over so thickly.”

Andrew Shue – 1967 – Actor

“A good balance of winning and losing is important.  If you just win all the time, you won’t get anything out of it; having some tough losses can be really important.”

Brian Littrell – 1975 – Musician

“I keep everything that is most important to me close to me:  my family, my bible, my X-box – just kidding.”

Rihanna – 1988 – Musician

“I never eat salads.  I make sure I don’t put a lot of junk into my system, but I hate vegetables.”

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February 19

English: Nicolaus Copernicus ‪Norsk (bokmål)â€...

English: Nicolaus Copernicus ‪Norsk (bokmål)‬: Nikolaus Kopernicus, (født 19. februar 1473, død 24. mai 1543) europeisk astronom, matematiker og lege. Polski: Mikołaj Kopernik (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Nicolaus Copernicus – 1473 – Astronomer

“At rest, however, in the middle of everything is the sun.”

Charles Eastman – 1858 – Author

“Friendship is held to be the severest test of character.”

Bill Bowerman – 1911 – Coach

“There’s no such thing as bad weather, just soft people.”

Frank Tashlin – 1913 – Artist

“I got into a fight with Walk Disney:  I always pick the wrong people to fight with.”

Lee Marvin – 1924 – Actor

“I only make movies to finance my fishing.”

Smokey Robinson – 1940 – Musician

“You know what, life is full of temptations.”

Danielle Berry – 1949 – Celebrity

“No one ever said on their deathbed, ‘Gee, I wish I had spent more time alone with my computer.'”

Amy Tan – 1952 – Novelist

“It’s a luxury bring a writer, because all you ever think about is life.”

Amy Tan, author

Amy Tan, author (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Jeff Daniels – 1955 – Actor

“I never said, ‘I’m going to be a big star.’  I said, ‘I’m going to be a good actor.’  And that took the pressure off.”

Prince Andrew – 1960 – British Royalty

“People say to me, Would you like to swap your life with me for 24 hours?  Your life must be very strange.  But of course I have not experienced any other life.  It’s not strange to me.”

Laurell K. Hamilton – 1963 – Writer

“I always treated writing as a profession, never as a hobby.  If you don’t believe in yourself, no one else will.”

Jonathan Lethem – 1964 – Writer

“I learned to write fiction the way I learned to read fiction – by skipping the parts that bored me.”

Benicio Del Toro – 1967 – Actor

“To be honest with you, I’d rather not be working.  When you work, there are all sorts of deadlines and pressures.   I like to do one thing and take my time to do the other one.”

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