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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 21

Phyllis McGinley

Phyllis McGinley (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Jean Paul – 1763 – Author

“The more sand that has escaped from the hourglass of our life, the clearer we should see through it.”

Benito Juarez – 1806 – Mexican Statesman

“Respect for the rights of others means peace.”

Florenz Ziegfeld – 1869 – Producer

“How little the public realizes what a girl must go through before she finally appears before the spotlight that is thrown upon the stage.”

Hans Hofmann – 1880 – Artist

“The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak.”

Phyllis McGinley – 1905 – Author

“Words can sting like anything, but silence breaks the heart.”

Marian McPartland – 1918 – Musician

“At the risk of being a fuddy-duddy I don’t have a computer; I don’t have e-mail; and I really don’t need something in my house that I would be sitting in front of for hours.”

Nizar Kabbani – 1923 – Syrian Diplomat

“Because my love for you is beyond words, I decided to shut up.”

James Coco – 1930 – Actor

“When a man forgets himself, he usually does something everybody else remembers.”

Tom Flores – 1937 – Athlete

“A total commitment is paramount to reaching the ultimate in performance.”

Timothy Dalton – 1946 – Actor

“You can’t relate to a superhero, to a superman, but you can identify with a real man who in times of crisis draws forth some extraordinary quality from within himself and triumphs but only after a struggle.”

Denise Di Novi – 1956 – Producer

“If you’re lucky enough to experience love, what you find is that it can sustain you through the most difficult times.”

Teresa Nielsen Hayden – 1956 – Writer

“If you ask 20 different readers why they read, they will all be right.”

Matthew Broderick

Matthew Broderick (Photo credit: nick step)

Gary Oldman – 1958 – Actor

“Political correctness has become a straightjacket.”

Matthew Broderick – 1962 – Actor

“I slip from workaholic to bum real easy.”

Rosie O’Donnell – 1962 – Actress

“I think that the reason for my success is that I am really not aspirational.  I am inspirational in that the people at home feel like they can really relate to me.”

Jonah Goldberg – 1969 – Journalist

“Our fear of hypocrisy is forcing us to live in a world where gluttons are fine, so long as they champion gluttony.”

Suraj Sharma – 1993 – Actor

“Everyone has a conflict inside of them – the conflict between what you should do and what you want to do.”

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March 20

Fred Rogers

Fred Rogers (Photo credit: John Kannenberg)

Thomas Hewitt Key – 1799 – Writer

“What is mind?  No matter.  What is matter?  Never mind.”

Henrik Ibsen – 1828 – Poet

“A thousand words will not leave so deep an impression as one deed.”

Charles William Eliot – 1834 – Educator

“Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers.”

Frederick W. Taylor – 1856 – Scientist

“Hardly a competent workman can be found who does not devote a considerable amount of time to studying just how slowly he can work and still convince his employer that he is going at a good pace.”

Jerome Myers – 1867 – Artist

“We have to be living models.”

Ernest Bramah – 1868 – Writer

“A reputation for a thousand years may depend upon the conduct of a single moment.”

Rene Coty – 1882 – French Statesman

“It has taken me all my life to understand it is not necessary to understand everything.”

B. F. Skinner – 1904 – Psychologist (Burrhus Frederic Skinner)

“A failure is not always a mistake, it may simply be the best one can do under the circumstances.  The real mistake is to stop trying.”

Pamela Harriman – 1920 – Celebrity

“I would rather have bad things written about me than be forgotten.”

Carl Reiner – 1922 – Actor

“I’m a charming coward; I fight with words.”

Marley & Me by John Grogan

Marley & Me by John Grogan (Photo credit: bennylin0724)

Fred Rogers – 1928 – Celebrity

“How sad it is that we give up on people who are just like us.”

Hal Linden – 1931 – Actor

“I challenge myself everywhere, onstage, on the golf course.  Hey, isn’t that the point of it all?  To keep getting better?  Otherwise why do it?”

Lois Lowry – 1937 – Writer

“The grand surprise has really been the fact that being an author, which to me had always implied being a private person, actually requires you to be a public person as well, and those are two separate entities to me.”

Jeremy Larner – 1937 – Author

“For some people, their idea of getting tough is longer suspended sentences.”

Mary Ellen Mark – 1940 – Photographer

“Photograph the world as it is.  Nothing’s more interesting than reality.”

Pat Riley – 1945 – Coach

“Excellence is the gradual result of always striving to do better.”

Bobby Orr – 1948 – Professional Hockey Player

“Forget about style; worry about results.”

William Hurt – 1950 – Actor

“Heroes to me are guys that sit in libraries.  They absorb knowledge and then the risks they take are calculated on the basis of the courage it took to become replete with knowledge.”

Louis Sachar – 1954 – Author

“I didn’t become a good writer until I learned how to rewrite.  And I don’t just mean fixing spelling and adding a comma.  I rewrite each of my books five or six times, and each time I change huge portions of the story.”

John Grogan – 1957 – Author

“Many of the qualities that come so effortlessly to dogs – loyalty, devotion, selflessness, unflagging optimism, unqualified love – can be elusive to humans.”

Spike Lee – 1957 – Director

“I think people who have faults are a lot more interesting than people who are perfect.”

Mary Roach – 1959 – Author

“The broader the topic, the easier it is, not only to fill a book, but to set the bar pretty high for really great stuff.”

Stephen Sommers – 1962 – Director

“The best scary movies have great humor in them and a great story.”

A. J. Jacobs – 1968 – Journalist

“The key to making healthy decisions is to respect your future self.  Honor him or her.  Treat him or her like you would treat a friend or a loved one.  A Stanford study showed that those who saw a photo of their future self made smarter financial decisions.”

Emily Giffin – 1972 – Author

“Guilt is a supreme waste of time and energy.”

Alex Kapranos – 1972 – Musician

“There’s a difference between expectations and aspirations.”

Freema Agyeman – 1979 – Actress

“I swing between procrastination and being really thorough so either way things aren’t getting done quickly.”

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March 19

Carte de visite of David Livingstone

Carte de visite of David Livingstone (Photo credit: Smithsonian Institution)

Tobias Smollett – 1721 – Writer

“Some folks are wise and some are otherwise.”

David Livingstone – 1813 – Explorer

“I determined never to stop until I had come to the end and achieved my purpose.”

William Allingham – 1821 – Poet

“Writing is learning to say nothing, more cleverly each day.”

Wyatt Earp – 1848 – Lawman

“Fast is fine, but accuracy is everything.”

William Jennings Bryan – 1860 – Lawyer

“Destiny is no matter of chance.  It is a matter of choice.  It is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved.”

Earl Warren – 1891 – Judge

“I always turn to the sports pages first, which records people’s accomplishments.  The front page has nothing but man’s failures.”

Tommy Cooper – 1921 – Comedian

“I used to be indecisive but now I am not quite sure.”

Richie Ashburn – 1927 – Athlete

“I wish I’d known early what I had to learn late.”

Ed Parker – 1931 – Athlete

English: William Jennings Bryan

English: William Jennings Bryan (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“The intelligent man is one who has successfully fulfilled many accomplishments, and is yet wiling to learn more.”

Philip Roth – 1933 – Novelist

“All that we don’t know is astonishing.  Even more astonishing is what passes for knowing.”

Ursula Andress – 1936 – Actress

“Collecting is my joy; it gives me great satisfaction.”

Glenn Close – 1947 – Actress

“It always amazes me to think that every house on every street is full of so many stories; so many triumphs and tragedies, and all we see are yards and driveways.”

Harvey Weinstein – 1952 – Producer

“People love a true story and especially a true story where two people from opposite worlds come together.”

Jill Abramson – 1954 – Editor

“In one’s relationship with dogs and with a newsroom, a generous amount of praise and encouragement goes much better than criticism.”

Bruce Willis – 1955 – Actor

“I believe in justice, and I believe in people being held responsible for their actions.”

Douglas Wood – 1957 – Writer

“Fear of failure has always been my best motivator.”

Michael Bergin – 1969 – Actor

“I began to believe the fairy tales:  You know, how we’re all out there looking for our magical missing half.”

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March 18

Vice President of the United States John C. Ca...

Vice President of the United States John C. Calhoun (19th-century daguerreotype) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

John C. Calhoun – 1782 – Vice President of the United States

“Learn from your mistakes and build on your successes.”

Grover Cleveland – 1837 – 22nd and 24th President of the United States

“Your every vote, as surely as your chief magistrate, exercises a public trust.”

Rudolph Diesel – 1858 – Inventor

“The automobile engine will come, and then I will consider my life’s work complete.”

Edgar Cayce – 1877 – Celebrity

“Dreams are today’s answers to tomorrow’s questions.”

Manly Hall – 1901 – Philosopher

“Moderation is the secret of survival.”

Henry Longhurst – 1909 – Journalist

“Playing golf is like learning a foreign language.”

W. H. Murray – 1913- Athlete

“Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it.  Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it.”

John Updike – 1932 – Novelist

“Creativity is merely a plus name for regular activity.  Any activity becomes creative when the doer cares about doing it right, or better.”

Charley Pride – 1938 – Musician

“I was always a dreamer, in childhood especially.  People thought I was a little strange.”

Joy Fielding – 1945 – Novelist

“I’ve always been hopelessly stuck in the present.”

Vanessa Williams – 1963 – Entertainer

“Success is the sweetest revenge.”

Bonnie Blair – 1964 – Athlete

Actress Queen Latifah Photo Credit: Courtesy o...

Actress Queen Latifah Photo Credit: Courtesy of Georges Chakra (Photo credit: AslanMedia)

“Winning doesn’t always mean being first.  Winning means you’re doing better than you’ve ever done before.”

Jerry Cantrell – 1966 – Musician

“Like everybody, I’m making up my life as I go along.”

Michael Rapaport – 1970 – Actor

“Only a genius can play a fool.”

Queen Latifah – 1970 – Actress (Dana Owens)

“Dreams become reality when we put our minds to it.”

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March 17

English: Gloria Swanson, James Abbe's photo, 1921

English: Gloria Swanson, James Abbe’s photo, 1921 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Jean Ingelow – 1820 – Poet

“A healthful hunger for a great idea is the beauty and blessedness of life.”

Stephen Samuel Wise – 1874 – Clergyman

“Vision looks inward and becomes duty.  Vision looks outward and becomes aspiration.  Vision looks upward and becomes faith.”

Gloria Swanson – 1899 – Actress

“Nobody gets anything for nothing.”

Alfred Newman – 1900 – Composer

“We are living in a world today where lemonade is made from artificial flavors and furniture polish is made from real lemons.”

Bobby Jones – 1902 – Athlete

“Competitive golf is played mainly on a five-and-a-half-inch course … the space between your ears.”

Nat King Cole – 1919 – Musician

“People don’t slip.  Time catches up with them.”

James Irwin – 1930 – Astronaut

“The Earth reminded us of a Christmas tree ornament hanging in the blackness of space.  As we got farther and farther away it diminished in size.  Finally it shrank to the size of a marble, the most beautiful marble you can imagine.”

Penelope Lively – 1933 – Author

“The pleasure of writing fiction is that you are always spotting some new approach, an alternative way of telling a story and manipulating characters; the novel is such a wonderfully flexible form.”

Rudolf Nureyev – 1938 – Dancer

“Technique is what you fall back on when you run out of inspiration.”

William Gibson – 1948 – Writer

“The future has already arrived.  It’s just not evenly distributed yet.”

Portrait of Nat King Cole, New York, N.Y.

Portrait of Nat King Cole, New York, N.Y. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Patrick Duffy – 1949 – Actor

“I’m an inherently happy person.  It comes from inside, which means you can achieve happiness under any circumstances.”

Kurt Russell – 1951 – Actor

“I wasn’t really serious about acting – I was serious about baseball.”

Gary Sinise – 1955 – Actor

“You’ve got to keep taking certain risks, because my priority is in acting, it’s not in movie stardom.”

Rob Lowe – 1964 – Actor

“Show me someone who doesn’t have some sort of experience that they would be uncomfortable for people to know about and I’ll show you a dullard.”

Alexander McQueen – 1969 – Designer

“Fashion should be a form of escapism, not a form of imprisonment.”

Mia Hamm – 1972 – Athlete

“The person who said winning isn’t everything never won anything.”

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March 16

James Madison, Hamilton's major collaborator, ...

James Madison, Hamilton’s major collaborator, later President of the United States and “Father of the Constitution” (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

James Madison – 1751 – 4th President of the United States

“Philosophy is common sense with big words.”

Maxim Gorky – 1868 – Novelist

“Happiness always looks small while you hold it in your hand, but let it go, and you learn at once how big and precious it is.”

Harry Banks – 1896 – Soldier

“If at first you don’t succeed – try to hide your astonishment.”

Henny Youngman – 1906 – Comedian

“The secret to a happy marriage remains a secret.”

Pat Nixon – 1912 – Wife of President Richard M. Nixon

“Being first lady is the hardest unpaid job in the world.  I have sacrificed everything in my life that I consider precious to advance the political career of my husband.”

Vernon Howard – 1918 – Author

“Our freedom can be measured by the number of things we can walk away from.”

Jerry Lewis – 1926 – Actor

“I get paid for what most kids get punished for.”

Daniel Patrick Moynihan – 1927 – Politician

“The single most exciting thing you encounter in government is competence, because it’s so rare.”

Sanford I. Weill – 1933 – Businessman

Henny Youngman

Henny Youngman (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“Learn how to be a loser, because it’s important to be a loser to be a winner.”

Jerry Jeff Walker – 1942 – Musician

“I think it’s real easy to be famous these days; it’s not real easy to sustain success.”

Erik Estrada – 1949 – Actor

“My grandfather taught me generosity.  He sold snow cones in Harlem.  I went with him at 5 and he let me hand out the change and snow cones.  I learned a lot in the couple of years that we did that.”

Hollis Stacy – 1954 – Athlete

“Have a blast while you last.”

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March 15

English: Andrew Jackson - 7 th President of th...

English: Andrew Jackson – 7 th President of the United States (1829–1837) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Andrew Jackson – 1767 – 7th President of the United States

“One man with courage makes a majority.”

Alan Bean – 1932 – Astronaut

“We knew it was going to be difficult to get to the moon.  We didn’t know how difficult.”

Ruth Bader Ginsburg – 1933 – Judge

“My mother told me to be a lady.  And for her, that meant be your own person, be independent.”

Mike Love – 1941 – Musician

“During meditation your metabolism and your breath rate go down to a level of rest, twice that of deep sleep.”

David Cronenberg – 1943 – Director

“Everybody’s a mad scientist, and life is their lab.  We’re all trying to experiment to find a way to live, to solve problems, to fend off madness and chaos.”

Philip Green – 1952 – Businessman

“It’s all about quality of life and finding a happy balance between work and friends and family.”

Renny Harlin – 1959 – Director

“You just never give up, no matter how hard the challenges are, and observe this world with a healthy dose of criticism and don’t just follow the herd like somebody else might do.”

Ben Okri – 1959 – Poet

Ruth Bader Ginsburg, U.S. Supreme Court justice.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg, U.S. Supreme Court justice. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“The magician and the politician have much in common:  they both have to draw attention away from what they are really doing.”

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March 14

English: Thomas Marshall in his senate office ...

English: Thomas Marshall in his senate office while serving as vice president of the United States between 1912 and 1920 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Arthur O’Shaughnessy – 1844 – Poet

“We are the music makers.  We are the dreamers of the dream.”

Thomas R. Marshall – 1854 – Vice President of the United States

“Once there were two brothers:  one ran away to sea, the other was elected Vice-President – and nothing was ever heard from either of them again.”

Albert Einstein – 1879 – Scientist

“A question that drives me hazy:  am I or are the others crazy?”

Lee Petty – 1913 – Celebrity

“I figure you get out of life just about what you put into it.”

Bill Owen – 1914 – Actor

“Give a man a beer, waste an hour.  Teach a man to brew, waste a lifetime!”

Hank Ketchum – 1920 – Cartoonist

“Flattery is like chewing gum.  Enjoy it but don’t swallow it.”

Diane Arbus – 1923 – Photographer

“A photograph is a secret about a secret.  The more it tells you the less you know.”

Michael Caine – 1933 – Actor

“Be like a duck.  Calm on the surface, but always paddling like the dickens underneath.”

Quincy Jones – 1933 – Composer

“Every day, my daddy told me the same thing.  ‘Once a task is just begun, never leave it till it’s done.  Be the labor great or small, do it well or not at all.'”

Gene Cernan – 1934 – Astronaut

“The moon is bland in color.  I call it shades of gray.  You know, the only color we see is what we bring or the Earth, which is looking down upon us all the time.  And to find orange soil on the moon was a surprise.”

Eleanor Bron – 1934 – Actress

Apollo17 - Gene Cernan

Apollo17 – Gene Cernan (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“Both men and women are fallible.  The difference is, women know it.”

Jasper Carrott – 1945 – Comedian

“Happiness to me is simply not being unhappy.”

Billy Crystal – 1947 – Comedian

“When you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible.”

Jerry Greenfield – 1951 – Businessman

“If you support the community, they will support you.”

Tad Williams – 1957 – Writer

“We tell lies when we are afraid … afraid of what we don’t know, afraid of what others will think, afraid of what will be found out about us.  But every time we tell a lie, the thing that we fear grows stronger.”

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March 13

English: Abigail Fillmore.

English: Abigail Fillmore. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Joseph Priestley – 1733 – Scientist

“As we read the school reports on our children, we realize a sense of relief that can rise to delight that thank Heaven nobody’s reporting in this fashion on us.”

Abigail Fillmore – 1798 – Wife of President Millard Fillmore

“I do not recollect when I had such a mental treat.”

George Jessel – 1824 – Judge

“The human brain is a wonderful organ.  It starts to work as soon as you are born and doesn’t stop until you get up to deliver a speech.”

Augustus Hare – 1834 – Writer

“Thought is the wind, knowledge the sail, and mankind the vessel.”

Percival Lowell – 1855 – Scientist

“Imagination is as vital to any advance in science as learning and precision are essential for starting points.”

Hugh Walpole – 1884 – Writer

“In all science, error precedes the truth, and it is better it should go first than last.”

Paul Morand – 1888 – Diplomat

“Mirrors are ice which do not melt:  what melts are those who admire themselves in them.”

Janet Flanner – 1892 – Journalist

“Genius is immediate, but talent takes time.”

Walter Annenberg – 1908 – Businessman

“When we hold back out of laziness, that is when we tie ourselves into knots of boredom.”

L. Ron Hubbard – 1911 – Author

“Never regret yesterday.  Life is in you today and you make your tomorrow.”

Roy Haynes – 1925 – Musician

“What advice do I tell my grandson?  I listen to him.”

Yann Arthus-Bertrand – 1946 – Photographer

Français : Yann Arthus-Bertrand à l'université...

Français : Yann Arthus-Bertrand à l’université d’été du MEDEF 2009 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“The lions taught me photography.  They taught me patience and the sense of beauty, a beauty that penetrates you.”

Charles Krauthammer – 1950 – Journalist

“When under attack, no country is obligated to collect permission slips from allies to strike back.”

Ridley Pearson – 1953 – Author

“The way you get better is putting words on the page and getting them behind you.”

Trent Dilfer – 1972 – Golfer

“There’s nothing wrong with failing if you learn from it, and I’ve failed out here plenty.”

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March 12

Jane Appleton Pierce

Jane Appleton Pierce (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Richard Steele – 1672 – Writer

“Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.”

Richard Berkeley – 1685 – Philosopher

“We have first raised a dust and then complain we cannot see.”

Jane Pierce – 1806 – Wife of President Franklin Pierce

“I hope he won’t be elected for I should not like to be at Washington and I know you would not either.”

Isabella Beeton – 1836 – Author

“A place for everything and everything in its place.”

Gabriele D’Annunzio – 1863 – Poet

“Limit to courage?  There is no limit to courage.”

Philip Guedalla – 1889 – Historian

“History repeats itself.  Historians repeat each other.”

Edmund H. North – 1911 – Writer

“Why is it we never get out bad medicine in small doses?”

Irving Layton – 1912 – Poet

“Conscience:  self-esteem with a halo.”

Earl Nightengale – 1921 – Entertainer

“Picture yourself in your minds eye as having already achieved this goal.  See yourself doing the things you’ll be doing when you’ve reached your goal.”

Jack Kerouac – 1922 – Poet

“The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time.”

English: Liza Minnelli at The Heart Truth Fash...

English: Liza Minnelli at The Heart Truth Fashion Show 2008, cropped from group photo Français : Liza Minnelli au Heart Truth Fashion Shoow, Février 2008 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Lane Kirkland – 1922 – Activist

“The usefulness of a meeting rises with the square of the number of people present.”

Vernon Law – 1930 – Athlete

“Experience is a hard teacher because she gives the test first, the lesson afterward.”

Herb Kelleher – 1931 – Businessman

“A company is stronger if it is bound by love rather than be fear.”

William Foege – 1936 – Scientist

“Nobody ever thanks you for saving them from the disease they didn’t know they were going to get.”

Al Jarreau – 1940 – Singer and Songwriter

“Once you discover that you can, then you must.  And it’s not easy.  You have to take direct steps.  You really have to count your blessings and you have to make a decided effort to not get seduced by the blues.”

Liza Minnelli – 1946 – Entertainer

“Reality is something you rise above.”

Mitt Romney – 1947 – Politician

“Leadership – leadership is about taking responsibility, not making excuses.”

James Taylor – 1948 – Musician

“The secret of life is enjoying the passage of time.”

Rhonda Byrne – 1951 – Writer

“Remember, if you are criticizing , you are not being grateful.  If you are blaming, you are not being grateful.  If you are complaining, you are not being grateful.”

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