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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!

May 23

Botanist, physician and zoologist Carl Linnaeus

Botanist, physician and zoologist Carl Linnaeus (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Carolus Linnaeus – 1707 – Scientist

“A practical botanist will distinguish at the first glance the plant of the different quarters of the globe and yet will be at a loss to tell you by what marks he detects them.”

Thomas Hood – 1799 – Poet

“A moment’s thinking is an hour in words.”

Margaret Fuller – 1810 – Critic

“A house is no home unless it contains food and fire for the mind as well as for the body.”

John Buchanan Robinson – 1846 – Politician

“According to your sympathy, you will take pleasure in your own happiness or in the happiness of other people; but it is always your own happiness you seek.”

Otto Lilienthal – 1848 – Aviator

“To invent an airplane is nothing.  To build one is something.  But to fly is everything.”

Alfred P. Sloan – 1875 – Businessman

“If you do it right 51 percent of the time you will end up a hero.”

James Gleason – 1882 – Actor

“It’s better to star in Oshkosh than to starve on Broadway.”

Herbert Marshall – 1890 – Actor

“There is nothing an economist should fear so mush as applause.”

John Bardeen – 1908 – Scientist

“Science is a field which grows continuously with ever expanding frontiers.”

Artie Shaw – 1910 – Musician

“Shoot for the moon – if you miss you’ll end up in the stars.”

James Blish – 1921 – Author

“Credit … is the only enduring testimonial to man’s confidence in man.”

Joshua Lederberg – 1925 – Scientist

“Everybody has to learn for the first time.”

Joan Collins – 1933 – Actress

“Show me a person who has never made a mistake and I’ll show you somebody who has never achieved much.”

Robert Moog – 1934 – Inventor

“I happen to think that computers are the most important thing to happen to musicians since the invention of cat-gut which was a long time ago.”

Johnny Ball – 1938 – Entertainer

“There isn’t a single windmill owner in Holland who doesn’t have a second job, for when there is no wind.”

Robert A. M. Stern – 1939 – Architect

“The dialogue between client and architect is about as intimate as any conversation you can have, because when you’re talking about building a home, you’re talking about dreams.”

Martin Puryear – 1941 – Sculptor

“Although idea and form are ultimately paramount in my work, so too are chance, accident, and rawness.”

John Newcombe – 1944 – Athlete

“So there was a fire inside me.  And that fire inside you, it can be turned into a negative form or a positive form.  And I gradually realized that I had this fire and that it had to be used in a positive way.”

Gary McCord – 1948 – Athlete

“I made nothing happen very slowly.

Mitch Albom

Mitch Albom (Photo credit: Fairfax Library Foundation)

Drew Carey – 1958 – Actor

“I’m competitive at everything.”

Mitch Albom – 1958 – Author and Journalist

“Sometimes when you sacrifice something precious, you’re not really losing it.  You’re just passing it on to somebody else.”

Karen Duffy – 1962 – Actress

“Concealing an illness is like keeping a beach ball under water.”

Ken Jennings – 1974 – Celebrity

“Being a nerd really pays off sometimes.”

Jayson Blair – 1976 – Journalist

“I fooled some of the most brilliant people in journalism.”

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