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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!

March 31

English: Andrew Marvell (1621-1678)

English: Andrew Marvell (1621-1678) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Rene Descartes – 1596 – Mathematician

“Divide each difficulty into as many parts as is feasible and necessary to resolve it.”

Andrew Marvell – 1621 – Writer

“Gather the flowers, but spare the buds.”

Joseph Haydn – 1732 – Composer

“There was no one near to confuse me, so I was forced to become original.”

Nikolai Gogol – 1809 – Writer

“It is no use to blame the looking glass if your face is awry.”

William Morris Hunt – 1824 – Artist

“The mission of art is to represent nature not to imitate her.”

John Lafarge – 1835 – Artist

“The past, though it cannot be relived, can always be repaired.”

Andrew Lang – 1844 – Poet

“An unsophisticated forecaster uses statistics as a drunken man uses lampposts – for support rather than for illumination.”

Jack Johnson – 1878 – Athlete

“Don’t let your dreams be dreams.”

Octavio Paz – 1914 – Poet

“Love is an attempt at penetrating another being, but it can only succeed if the surrender is mutual.”

Leo Buscaglia – 1924 – Author

“A single rose can be my garden … a single friend, my world.”

John Fowles – 1926 – Novelist

“The most important questions in life can never be answered by anyone except oneself.”

English: Nikolai Gogol.

English: Nikolai Gogol. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Gordie Howe – 1928 – Athlete

“All hockey players are bilingual.  They know English and profanity.”

John Jakes – 1932 – Writer

“Be yourself.  Above all, let who you are, what you are, what you believe shine through every sentence you write, every piece you finish.”

Richard Chamberlain – 1934 – Actor

“Nothing is secret once you tell anyone.  If you want to keep it quiet – don’t tell a soul.”

Herb Alpert – 1935 – Musician

“I confess that I listen to my own music for my own pleasure.”

Judith Rossner – 1935 – Novelist

“Writers are the lunatic fringe of publishing.”

Marge Piercy – 1936 – Writer

“Never doubt that you can change history.  You already have.”

Christopher Walken – 1943 – Actor

“I don’t need to be made to look evil.  I can do that on my own.”

Enrique Vila-Matas – 1948 – Novelist

“I long to journey endlessly, always in search of something new.  Always alert.”

Al Gore – 1948 – Vice President of the United States

“Fear is the most powerful enemy of reason.”

Craig McCracken – 1971 – Artist

“There’s a lot you can do without words.”

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March 30

Anna Sewell

Anna Sewell (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Maimonides – 1135 – Philosopher

“Do not consider it proof just because it is written in books, for a liar who will deceive with his tongue will not hesitate to do the same with his pen.”

Anna Sewell – 1820 – Writer

“My doctrine is this, that if we see cruelty or wrong that we have the power to stop, and do nothing, we make ourselves sharers in the guilt.”

Paul Verlaine – 1844 – Poet

“The poet is a madman lost in adventure.”

Vincent Van Gogh – 1853 – Artist

“Love many things, for therein lies the true strength, and whosoever loves much performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is done well.”

Sean O’Casey – 1880 – Playwright

“All the world’s a stage and most of us are desperately unrehearsed.”

Melanie Klein – 1882 – Psychologist

“One of the many interesting and surprising experiences of the beginner in child analysis is to find in even very young children a capacity for insight which is often far greater than that of adults.”

Jo Davidson – 1883 – Sculptor

“My approach to my subjects was very simple.  I never had them pose, we just talked about everything in the world.”

Stefan Banach – 1892 – Mathematician

“Mathematics is the most beautiful and most powerful creation of the human spirit.”

Robert Riskin – 1897 – Playwright

“Art is 110 percent sweat.”

Joyce Carey – 1898 – Actress

“A novel points out that the world consists entirely of expectations.”

Countee Cullen – 1903 – Poet

“For we must be one thing or the other, an asset or a liability, the sinew in your wing to help you soar, or the chain to bind you to earth.”

Marc Davis – 1913 – Artist

“Drawing is giving a performance; an artist is an actor who is not limited by the body, only by his ability and, perhaps, experience.”

Richard Helms – 1913 – Celebrity

“The real problem is arranging that experience in a way that tells a story, which is just incredible enough to be interesting, but credible enough to be believed.”

Tom Sharpe – 1928 – Novelist

“We must not only strike the iron while it is hot, we must strike it until it is hot.”

Warren Beatty – 1937 – Actor

“You’ve achieved success in your field when you don’t know whether what you’re doing is work or play.”

MC Hammer

MC Hammer (Photo credit: rocor)

Eric Clapton – 1945 – Musician

“One of the most beneficial things I’ve ever learned is how to keep my mouth shut.”

MC Hammer – 1962 – Musician (Stanley Kirk Burrell)

“You don’t have to invent the wheel, but you might want to be the company that invents the rims.”

Tracy Chapman – 1964 – Musician

“We all must live our lives always feeling, always thinking the moment has arrived.”

Celine Dion – 1968 – Musician

“Don’t be so familiar and so much into the details.  Keep people dreaming.  Close the window, and make them wonder.”

Norah Jones – 1979 – Musician

“A record is just a snapshot of where you are at any time.”

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March 29

Boston: Northeastern University - Cy Young

Boston: Northeastern University – Cy Young (Photo credit: wallyg)

John Tyler – 1790 – 10th President of the United States

“Popularity, I have always thought, may aptly be compared to a coquette – the more you woo her, the more apt is she to elude your embrace.”

Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr – 1831 – Novelist

“Kindness is always fashionable.”

Cy Young – 1867 – Athlete (Denton True Young)

“One of the fellows called me ‘Cyclone’ but finally shortened it to ‘Cy’ and its been that ever since.”

Edwin Lutyens – 1869 – Architect

“There will never be great architects or great architecture without great patrons.”

Lou Henry Hoover – 1874 – Wife of President Herbert Hoover

“I majored in geology in college but have majored in Herbert Hoover ever since.”

James E. Casey – 1888 – Businessman

“One measure of your success will be the degree to which you build up others who work with you.  While building up others, you will build up yourself.”

Eugene McCarthy – 1916 – Politician

“It is dangerous for a national candidate to say things that people might remember.”

Sam Walton – 1918 – Businessman

“There is only one boss.  The customer.  And he can fire everybody in the company from the chairman on down, by simply spending his money somewhere else.”

Pearl Bailey – 1918 – Actress

Louise Henry Hoover

Louise Henry Hoover (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“A man without ambition is dead.  A man with ambition but no love is dead.  A man with ambition and love for his blessings here on earth is ever so alive.”

Martin Fleischmann – 1927 – Scientist

“One of my theme songs is that if you can’t do it in a test tube, don’t do it.”

Judith Guest – 1936 – Novelist

“People who keep stiff upper lips find that it’s damn hard to smile.”

Richard Rodney Bennett – 1936 – Composer

“I wanted to write music, and cook, and play cards, and have a nice time.”

Billy Carter – 1937 – Brother of President Jimmy Carter

“There is no such thing as a bad beer.  It’s that some taste better than others.”

Eric Idle – 1943 – Comedian

“You look just like you!”

Bruce Weber – 1946 – Photographer

“I like to start out each day from the beginning.  I’m always learning things.”

Jo Nesbo – 1960 – Author

“All interesting heroes have an Achilles’ heel.”

Lara Logan – 1971 – Journalist

“I’m high maintenance, but I’m worth it.”

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March 28

Teresa of Ávila, Ulm, Germany

Teresa of Ávila, Ulm, Germany (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Saint Teresa of Avila – 1515 – Saint

“Be gentle to all and stern with yourself.”

Edmund S. Muskie – 1914 – Politician

“Looking at yourself through the media is like looking at one of those rippled mirrors in an amusement park.”

Mario Vargas Llosa – 1936 – Writer

“Writing a book is a very lonely business.  You are totally cut off from the rest of the world, submerged in your obsessions and memories.”

Mike Newell – 1942 – Director

“Romantic comedies are backbreaking to write because they have to be fresh.”

Daniel Dennett – 1942 – Philosopher

“The secret to happiness is:  Find something more important than you are and dedicate your life to it.”

Richard Eyre – 1943 – Director

“A place makes a deep impression on you when you’re young.  It lives with you.  It’s like your childhood.  It fertilizes the imagination.”

Karen Kain – 1951 – Dancer

“Surround yourself with people who provide you with support and love and remember to give back as much as you can in return.”

J. Christopher Burch – 1953 – Businessman

“I think entrepreneurs have a great opportunity to think of how to make things more understandable, simple and beautiful.”

Reba McEntire – 1955 – Musician

“To succeed in life, you need three things:  a wishbone, a backbone and a funny bone.”

English: Reba McEntire at Meadowbrook.

English: Reba McEntire at Meadowbrook. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Steve Ballmer – 1956 – Businessman

“Great companies in the way they work, start with great leaders.”

Iris Chang – 1968 – Historian

“Your first duty as a writer is to write to please yourself.  And you have no duty towards anyone else.”

Rodney Atkins – 1969 – Musician

“My wife grew up loving country music, so I always run songs by her whether I write it or if somebody pitched it to me.”

Vince Vaughn – 1970 – Actor

“You don’t worry about being liked.  You have to be yourself.”

Julia Stiles – 1981 – Actress

“I like analyzing human behavior.  It’s complex.  That’s what keeps me going.”

Lady Gaga – 1986 – Entertainer (Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta)

“I’ve been actually really very pleased to see how much awareness was raised around bullying, and how deeply it affects everyone.  You know, you don’t have to be the loser kid in high school to be bullied.  Bullying and being picked on comes in so many different forms.”

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March 27

Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

Ludwig Mies van der Rohe (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Alfred de Vigny – 1797 – Poet

“On the day when man told the story of his life to man, history was born.”

Karl Pearson – 1857 – Mathematician

“Statistics is the grammar of science.”

Heinrich Mann – 1871 – Novelist

“Goodness means the highest degree of popularity.”

Edward Steichen -1879 – Photographer

“Every other artist begins with a blank canvas, a piece of paper, the photographer begins with the finished product.”

Ludwig Mies van der Rohe – 1886 – Architect

“Architecture starts when you carefully put two bricks together.  There it begins.”

Thorne Smith – 1892 – Writer

“Quite casually I wander into my plot, poke around with my characters for a while, then amble off, leaving no moral proved and no reader improved.”

Sidney Buchman – 1902 – Writer

“If there were no mystery left to explore life would get rather dull, wouldn’t it?”

James Callaghan – 1912 – British Leader

“A lie can be halfway round the world before the truth has got its boots on.”

Sarah Vaughan – 1924 – Musician

“When I sing, trouble can sit right on my shoulder and I don’t even notice.”

Leigh Steinberg – 1949 – Businessman

“Be open to the amazing changes which are occurring in the field that interest you.”

Elizabeth Mitchell Speaks

Elizabeth Mitchell Speaks (Photo credit: ewen and donabel)

Bruce Morrell – 1954 – Philosopher and Engineer

“Your best push comes from your own pull.”

Elizabeth Mitchell – 1970 – Actress

“If you try to stay young forever, you don’t really live.”

Mariah Carey – 1970 – Musician

“You really have to look inside yourself and find your own inner strength and say, ‘I’m proud of what I am and who I am, and I’m just going to be myself.'”

Nathan Fillion – 1971 – Actor

“I still buy actual books.  The smell, having it in your hands – there’s really no substitute.”

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March 26

Sandra Day O'Connor

Sandra Day O’Connor (Photo credit: Fairfax Library Foundation)

John Churton Collins – 1848 – Critic

“Half our mistakes in life arise from feeling where we ought to think, and thinking where we ought to feel.”

Edward Bellamy – 1850 – Author

“If bread is the first necessity of life, recreation is a close second.”

Robert Frost – 1874 – Poet

“In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life:  it goes on.”

Wilhelm Backhaus – 1884 – Musician

“The simplier it is, the more beautiful it will become.”

James Bryant Conant – 1893 – Scientist

“Behold the turtle.  He makes progress only when he sticks his neck out.”

Joseph Campbell – 1904 – Author

“We must let go of the life we have planned, so as to accept the one that is waiting for us.”

Viktor E. Frankl – 1905 – Psychologist

“Life can be pulled by goals just as surely as it can be pushed by drives.”

Leonard Nimoy appearing at a science fiction c...

Leonard Nimoy appearing at a science fiction convention. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Tennessee Williams – 1911 – Playwright

“Humanity is a work in progress.”

Sandra Day O’Connor – 1930 – Judge

“Do the best you can in every task, no matter how unimportant it may seem at the time.  No one learns more about a problem than the person at the bottom.”

Leonard Nimoy – 1931 – Actor

“The miracle is this:  the more we share the more we have.”

Alan Arkin – 1934 – Actor

“I know that if I can’t move people, then I have no business being an actor.”

James Caan – 1940 – Actor

“Showing up every day isn’t enough.  There are a lot of guys who show up every day who shouldn’t have showed up at all.”

Richard Dawkins – 1940 – Scientist

“By all means let’s be open-minded, but not so open-minded that our brains drop out.”

Erica Jong – 1942 – Novelist

“Everyone has talent.  What is rare is the courage to follow the talent to the dark place where it leads.”

Diana Ross – 1944 – Actress and Singer (Diane Earle)

“You can’t just sit there and wait for people to give you that golden dream.  You’ve got to get out there and make it happen for yourself.”

Steven Tyler – 1948 – Musician

“Life’s a journey, not a destination.”

Vicki Lawrence – 1949 – Comedian

“Things have always sort of happened for me.  Something else always comes up.”

Martin Short – 1950 – Actor

“No one is any one thing.”

Kenney Chesney – 1968 – Musician

“Football taught me how hard you had to work to achieve something.”

Keira Knightley – 1985 – Actress

“I think every girl is looking for her Mr. Darcy.”

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March 25

English: Matthew Broderick and Sarah Jessica P...

English: Matthew Broderick and Sarah Jessica Parker at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival for the premiere of Wonderful World. Photographer’s blog post about these photos. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

George Sutherland – 1862 – Judge

“They say the average person can’t make a living in art … but if you tell me there’s something I can’t do, that’s what I have to do.”

Bela Bartok – 1881- Composer

“Competitions are for horses, not artists.”

Mary Webb – 1881 – Novelist

“Saddle your dreams before you ride em.”

Robert Quillen – 1887 – Journalist

“Discussion is an exchange of knowledge; an argument an exchange of ignorance.”

David Lean – 1908 – Director

“Film is a dramatized reality and it is the director’s job to make it appear real … an audience should not be conscious of technique.”

Norman Borlaug – 1914 – Scientist

“Man seems to insist on ignoring the lessons available from history.”

Howard Cosell – 1918 – Lawyer and Sports Broadcaster

“What’s right isn’t always popular.  What’s popular isn’t always right.”

Simone Signoret – 1921 – Actress

“Nostalgia is not what it used to be.”

Flannery O’Connor – 1925 – Author

“Faith is what someone knows to be true, whether they believe it or not.”

James A. Lovell – 1928 – Astronaut

“Be thankful for problems.  If they were less difficult, someone with less ability might have your job.”

Gloria Steinem – 1934 – Journalist and Activist

“The act of acting morally is behaving as if everything we do matters.”

Toni Cade Bambara – 1939 – Author

“The most effective way to do it, is to do it.”

Aretha Franklin – 1942 – Singer

“Being a singer is a natural gift.  It means I’m using to the highest degree possible the gift that God gave me to use.  I’m happy with that!”

Paul Michael Glaser – 1943 – Actor

Danica Patrick

Danica Patrick (Photo credit: emetsger)

“We all know that looking back only gets you into an accident because you’re going to run into something without seeing it.”

Elton John – 1947 – Musician

“Music has healing power.  It has the ability to take people out of themselves for a few hours.”

Amy Pascal – 1958 – Businesswoman

“Work will take everything you give it.  It’s up to you to work out what you want to give it.”

Sarah Jessica Parker – 1965 – Actress

“Follow your instincts and do not let other people’s opinion of you become your opinion of yourself.”

Debi Thomas – 1967 – Physician and Athlete

“I tell people I’m too stupid to know what’s impossible.  I have ridiculously large dreams, and half the time they come true.”

Danica Patrick – 1982 – Professional Race Car Driver

“Take those chances and you can achieve greatness, whereas if you go conservative, you’ll never know.  I truly believe what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.  Even if you fail, learning and moving on is sometimes the best thing.”

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March 24

Olive Schreiner

Olive Schreiner (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

John Wesley Powell – 1834 – Explorer

“The wonders of the Grand Canyon cannot be adequately represented in symbols of speech, nor by speech itself.  The resources of the graphic art are taxed beyond their powers in attempting to portray its features.  Language and illustration combined must fail.”

William Morris – 1834 – Designer

“The true secret of happiness lies in taking a genuine interest in all the details of daily life.”

Olive Schreiner – 1855 – Writer

“Our fathers had their dreams; we have ours; the generation that follows will have its own.  Without dreams and phantoms man cannot exist.”

Andrew Mellon – 1855 – Businessman

“Gentlemen prefer bonds.”

Harry Houdini – 1874 – Illusionist

“But then, so far as I know, I am the only performer who ever pledged his assistants to secrecy, honor and allegiance under notarial oath.”

Edward Weston – 1886 – Photographer

“Photography to the amateur is recreation, to the professional it is work, and hard work too, no matter how pleasurable it may be.”

Agnes Macphail – 1890 – Politician

“Do not rely completely on any other human being, however dear.  We meet all life’s greatest tests alone.”

Marston Morse – 1892 – Mathematician

“But mathematics is the sister, as well as the servant, of the arts and is touched by the same madness and genius.”

Wilhelm Reich – 1897 – Psychologist

“Love, work, and knowledge are the wellsprings of our lives, they should also govern it.”

Thomas Dewey – 1902 – Politician

“When you’re leading, don’t talk.”

Joseph Barbera – 1911 – Cartoonist

“I learned long ago to accept the fact that not everything I create will see the light of day.”

Dorothy Height – 1912 – Activist

“Without community service, we would not have a strong quality of life.  It’s important to the person who serves as well as the recipient.  It’s the way in which we ourselves grow and develop.”

Dario Fo – 1926 – Playwright

“Know how to live the time that is given you.”

Vanessa Brown – 1928 – Actress

“I think it’s so important to feed your brain you know.  Sometimes you’ve just got to read.”

Harry Houdini and his wife Beatrice

Harry Houdini and his wife Beatrice (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Steve McQueen – 1930 – Actor

“I’m not sure that acting is something for a grown man to be doing.”

Peter Bichsel – 1935 – Writer

“Literature is about as unnecessarily necessarily as tableware or ironed shirts.”

David Suzuki – 1936 – Scientist

“We’re in a giant car heading towards a brick wall and everyone’s arguing over where they’re going to sit.”

David Irving – 1938 – Author

“History is like a constantly changing tree.”

R. Lee Ermey – 1944 – Soldier

“There’s a lot of whiners in every crowd.”

Roberto Unger – 1947 – Brazilian Politician

“I regard myself as a man without charm in a country if charmers.”

Alan Sugar – 1947 – Businessman

“The entrepreneurial instinct is in you.  You can’t learn it, you can’t buy it, you can’t put it in a bottle.  It’s just there and it comes out.”

Christine Gregoire – 1947 – Politician

“We may disagree on some things, but we can do so without being disagreeable.”

Tabitha King – 1949 – Author

“Writing is always a restorative process.  It’s like paddling a kayak.  When you’re writing, you can’t do anything else.  You’re in the space you’re in.  So, in that way, it’s enormously centering and restorative.”

Tommy Hilfiger – 1951 – Designer

“I think it’s dangerous to think that you’re successful, because then you become complacent.”

Kelly LeBrock – 1960 – Actress

“If you can’t be with yourself, you’ll never learn to be with anyone else.”

Peyton Manning – 1976 – Professional Football Player

“Pressure is something you feel when you don’t know what the hell you’re doing.”

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March 23

Lord Milner – 1854 – British Politician

“If we believe a thing to be bad, and if we have a right to prevent it, it is our duty to try to prevent it and damn the consequences.”

Fannie Farmer – 1857 – Culinary Expert

Florence Ellinwood Allen (1884 - 1966)

Florence Ellinwood Allen (1884 – 1966) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“Progress in civilization has been accompanied by progress in cooking.”

Florence Ellinwood Allen – 1884 – Judge

“Each generation must recreate liberty for its own times.”

Erich Fromm – 1900 – Psychologist

“Greed is a bottomless pit which exhausts the person in an endless effort to satisfy the need without ever reaching satisfaction.”

Joan Crawford – 1905 – Actress

“Love is a fire.  But whether it is going to warm your hearth or burn down your house, you can never tell.”

Richard L. Evans – 1906 – Clergyman

“Children will not remember you for the material things you provided but for the feeling that you cherished them.”

Akira Kurosawa – 1910 – Director

“Man is a genius when he is dreaming.”

Wernher von Braun – 1912 – Scientist

“I have learned to use the word ‘impossible’ with the greatest caution.”James Brown – 1920 – Musician

“My expectations of other people, I double them on myself.”

Marty Allen – 1922 – Comedian

“A study of economics usually reveals that the best time to buy anything is last year.”

Roger Bannister – 1929 – Athlete

“The man who can drive himself further once the effort gets painful is the man who will win.”

Philip Zimbardo – 1933 – Psychologist

“Heroes are those who can somehow resist the power of the situation and act out of noble motives, or behave in ways that do not demean others when they easily can.”

Craig Breedlove – 1937 – Celebrity

“There’s only one thing that can guarantee our failure, and that’s if we quit.”

Maynard Jackson – 1938 – Politician

“Politics is not perfect but it’s the best available nonviolent means of changing how we live.”

Ric Ocasek – 1949 – Musician

“Refusing to ask for help when you need it is refusing someone the chance to be helpful.”

Moses Malone – 1954 – Athlete

“I’ll always be Number 1 to myself.”

Jose Manuel Barroso – 1956 – Politician

English: Photograph of Akira Kurosawa directin...

English: Photograph of Akira Kurosawa directing. Courtesy of the New York Public Library Public Digital Collection. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“What people call serendipity sometimes is just having your eyes open.”

Steven Saylor – 1956 – Author

“All writing is an act of self-exploration.  Even a grocery list says something about you; how much more does a novel say?”

Jonathan Ames – 1964 – Author

“A lot of writing is a form of seeing – putting down what you see in terms of action and landscape.”

Hope Davis – 1964 – Actress

“The older you get, the more you realize that the way you look is a reflection of how you treat yourself.”

Keri Russell – 1976 – Actress

“sometimes it’s the smallest decisions that can change your life forever.”

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March 22

Marcel Marceau

Marcel Marceau (Photo credit: phoenixdiaz)

Edward Moore – 1712 – Dramatist

“I think when you’re blessed with great influences, you need to spread it.”

Ellen Glasgow – 1874 – Novelist

“Nothing is more consuming, or more illogical, than the desire for remembrance.”

Chico Marx – 1887 – Actor

“Mustard’s no good without roast beef.”

Louis L’Amour – 1908 – Author

“Nobody got anywhere in the world by simply being content.”

Gabrielle Roy – 1909 – Author

“One knows less about one’s own destiny than about anything else on earth.”

Karl Malden – 1912 – Actor

“I’m a workaholic.  I love every movie I’ve been in, even the bad ones, every TV series, every play, because I love to work.  It’s what keeps me going.”

Agnes Martin – 1912 – Artist

“To progress in life you must give up the things you do not like.  Give up doing the things that you do not like to do.  You must find the things that you do like.  The things that are acceptable to your mind.”

Marcel Marceau – 1923 – Mime

“Never get a mime to talking.  He won’t stop.”

Allen Neuharth – 1924 – Businessman

“I quit being afraid when my first venture failed and the sky didn’t fall down.”

Ed Macauley – 1928 – Athlete

“You always have to give 100 percent, because it you don’t, someone, someplace, will give 100 percent and will beat you when you meet.”

Carrie Donovan – 1928 – Editor

“I love being myself.”

Stephen Sondheim – 1930 – Composer

“Art, in itself, is an attempt to being order out of chaos.”

Pat Robertson – 1930 – Clergyman

“I have zero tolerance for sanctimonious morons who try to scare people.”

Derek Bok – 1930 – Lawyer

“There is far too much law for those who can afford it and far too little for those who cannot.”

Burton Richter – 1931 – Scientist

“Modern science is fast-moving, and no laboratory can exist for long with a program based on old facilities.  Innovation and renewal are required to keep a laboratory on the frontiers of science.”

William Shatner – 1931 – Actor

“If saving money is wrong, I don’t want to be right!”

Andrew Lloyd Webber at the set of "How do...

Andrew Lloyd Webber at the set of “How do you solve a problem like Maria?” (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Gene Oliver – 1935 – Athlete

“My past is my wisdom to use today … my future is my wisdom yet to experience.  Be in the present because that is where life resides.”

Alan Bleasdale – 1936 – Dramatist

“There is a woman at the beginning of all great things.”

Richard Pound – 1942 – Businessman

“You can intimidate some of the people all of the time, all of the people some of the time, but not all of the people all of the time.”

Eric Roth – 1945 – Writer

“Ultimately it doesn’t matter whether you go forwards or backwards:  you need to live your life as well as you can.”

James Patterson – 1947 – Author

“I grew up in a house full of women:  my mother, grandmother, three sisters, and two female cats.  And I still have the buzz of their conversations in my head.  As an adult, I have more female friends than male ones:  I just love the way that women talk.”

Wolf Blitzer – 1948 – Journalist

“My best stories come from well-placed sources who point me in the right direction.”

Andrew Lloyd Webber – 1948 – Composer

“I’ve got to find something and if I find something that I like, I’ll do it.  If I don’t, I won’t.”

Pete Sessions – 1955 – Politician

“Guns aren’t the problem; sick people are.”

Deborah Bull – 1963 – Dancer

“It’s not magical!  It’s physics.  The speed of the turn is what keeps you upright.  It’s like a spinning top.”

Martha McSally – 1966 – Soldier

“Before I became a fighter pilot, everyone said that women didn’t have the physical strength.  Well, I had just completed the Hawaii Ironman Triathlon.”

Reese Witherspoon – 1976 – Actress

“I get crazy in a bookstore.  It makes my heart beat hard because I want to buy everything.”

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