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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!

August 31

Italian educationist Maria Montessori (1870-1952)

Italian educationist Maria Montessori (1870-1952) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Herman von Helmholtz – 1821 – Physicist

“A moving body whose motion was not retarded by any resisting force would continue to move to all eternity.”

Elizabeth Stuart Phelps – 1844 – Writer

“Happiness must be cultivated.  It is like character.  It is not a thing to be safely let alone for a moment, or it will run to weeds.”

Maria Montessori – 1870 – Educator

“The greatest sign of a success for a teacher … is to be able to say, ‘The children are now working as if I did not exist.'”

Edward Thorndike – 1874 – Psychologist

“Psychology helps to measure the probability that an aim is attainable.”

L. Wolfe Gilbert – 1886 – Poet

“Those who find beauty in all of nature will find themselves at one with the secrets of life itself.”

Charles Reznikoff – 1894 – Poet

“The fingers of your thoughts are molding your face ceaselessly.”

Fredric March – 1897 – Actor

“Keep interested in others; keep interested in the wide and wonderful world.  Then in a spiritual sense you will always be young.”

Arthur Godfrey – 1903 – Entertainer

“You know, it sounds corny, but I believe in myself.  And I work hard.”

Dore Schary – 1905 – Producer

“The true portrait of a man is fusion of what he thinks he is, what others think he is, what he really is and what he tries to be.”

William Shawn – 1907 – Editor

“Falling short of perfection is a process that just never stops.”

Daniel Schorr – 1916 – Journalist

“All news is an exaggeration of life.”

Alan Jay Lerner – 1918 – Dramatist

“You write a hit the same way you write a flop.”

George Sewell – 1924 – Actor

“Fear is the tax that conscience pays to guilt.”

Buddy Hackett – 1924 – Comedian (Leonard Hacker)

“Don’t carry a grudge.  While you’re carrying the grudge, the other guy’s out dancing.”

James Coburn – 1928 – Actor

“The Magnificent Seven was really kind of a miraculous event that took place in my life.”

Roy Castle – 1932 – Musician

“Don’t whine – laugh.”

English: Queen Rania of Jordan, photographed b...

English: Queen Rania of Jordan, photographed by Studio Harcourt Paris Français : Rania de Jordanie photographiée par Studio Harcourt Paris Harcourt Paris (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Frank Robinson – 1935 – Professional Baseball Player

“Close don’t count in baseball.  Close only counts in horseshoes and grenades.”

Eldridge Cleaver – 1935 – Activist

“You’re either part of the solution or you’re part of the problem.”

Itzhak Perlman – 1945 – Musician

“The most important thing to do is really listen.”

Van Morrison – 1945 – Musician

“Music is spiritual.  The music business is not.”

Richard Gere – 1949 – Actor

“Everyone responds to kindness.”

Robert Kocharian – 1954 – Armenian Statesman

“You can’t lose a game in which you’re not even competing.”

Edwin Moses – 1955 – Athlete

“Lots of people let it go by and never accomplish what they want.  I just wanted to see what I could do.”

Julie Brown – 1958 – Actress

“I don’t just want to be successful, I want to have fun.”

Queen Rania of Jordan – 1970 – Royalty

“Being popular comes when you have everything.  But to be liked, it means that you must be treating people with respect and you must be showing kindness toward them.”

Kris Carr – 1971 – Author

“Your self-worth has nothing to do with your craft or calling, and everything to do with how you treat yourself.”

Marc Webb – 1974 – Director

“When you don’t inherit an identity you have to define it on your own.”

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August 30

Ernest Rutherford

Ernest Rutherford (Photo credit: SciTechMuseum)

Jacques-Louis David – 1748 – Artist

“In the arts the way in which an idea is rendered, and the manner in which it is expressed, is much more important than the idea itself.”

Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley – 1797 – Author

“I do not wish women to have power over men; but over themselves.”

Theophile Gautier – 1811 – Poet

“To love is to admire with the heart; to admire is to love with the mind.”

Ernest Rutherford – 1871 – Scientist

“If your experiment needs statistics, you ought to have done a better experiment.”

Huey Long – 1893 – Politician

“One of these days the people of Louisiana are going to get good government – and they aren’t going to like it.”

John Gunther – 1901 – Journalist

“All happiness depends on a leisurely breakfast.”

Joan Blondell – 1906 – Actress

“In the 20s, you were a face.  And that was enough.  In the 30s, you also had to be a voice.  And your voice had to match your face, if you can imagine that.”

Nancy Wake – 1912 – New Zealand Soldier

“I hate wars and violence but if they come then I don’t see why we women should just wave our men a proud goodbye and then knit them balaclaves.”

Edward M. Purcell – 1912 – Scientist

“To see the world for a moment as something rich and strange is the private reward of many discovery.”

Denis Healey – 1917 – Politician

“It is a good thing to follow the First Law of Holes:  if you are in one, stop digging.”

Ted Williams – 1918 – Athlete

“Baseball is the only field of endeavor where a man can succeed three times out of ten and be considered a good performer.”

Guy Kawasaki

Guy Kawasaki (Photo credit: koke)

Goeffrey Beene – 1927 – Fashion Designer

“Fashion is in a terrible state.  An overdose of too much flesh.”

Warren Buffett – 1930 – Businessman

“Someone’s sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.”

Sylvia Earle – 1935 – Scientist

“Everyone has power.  But it doesn’t help if you don’t use it.”

John Phillips – 1935 – Musician

“Technology makes things faster and more cost-effective, but it’s not perfect.  It requires you to be as flexible as you can be.”

John Peel – 1939 – Entertainer

“I never make stupid mistakes.  Only very, very clever ones.”

Elizabeth Ashley – 1939 – Actress

“In a great romance, each person basically plays a part that the other really likes.”

Jean-Claude Killy – 1942 – Athlete

“Winning tastes good.”

Molly Ivins – 1944 – Journalist

“You can’t ignore politics, no matter how much you’d like to.”

Tug McGraw – 1944 – Athlete (Frank Edwin McGraw, Jr.)

“Kids should practice autographing baseballs.  This is a skill that’s often overlooked in Little League.”

William Ivey Long – 1947 – Fashion Designer

“My mind still runs too fast.  If we get the wrong fabric or something is stitched the wrong way, I get so angry and flummoxed that I start spelling my words, just to slow myself down.”

Lewis Black – 1948 – Comedian

“There’s no such thing as soy milk.  It’s soy juice.”

Guy Kawasaki – 1954 – Businessman

“Patience is the art of concealing your impatience.”

John King – 1963 – Journalist

“The world has changed.  People have amazing access to whatever they want, whenever they want it.”

Stephen Baker – 1964 – Athlete

“To bathe a cat takes brute force, perseverance, courage of conviction – and a cat.  The last ingredient is usually hardest to come by.”

Cameron Diaz – 1972 – Actress

“What we women need to do, instead of worrying about what we don’t have, is just love what we do have.”

Shaun Alexander – 1977 – Athlete

“Time heals all wounds, unless you pick at them.”

Andy Roddick – 1982 – Athlete

“Stay in school kids or you’ll end up being an umpire.”

Lawrence Jackson – 1985 – Athlete

“It’s all about work when you reach up, tap in and step on that field.  You don’t mess around when you go through that gate.”

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August 29

Charles Townsend, 2nd Viscount Townsend

Charles Townsend, 2nd Viscount Townsend (Photo credit: lisby1)

John Locke – 1632 – Philosopher

“As people are walking all the time, in the same spot, a path appears.”

Charles Townshend – 1725 – British Politician

“I cannot go to the Opera, because I have forsworn all expense which does not end in pleasing me.”

Oliver Wendell Holmes – 1809 – Writer

“Where we love is home – home that our feet may leave, but not our hearts.”

Henry Bergh – 1811 – Activist

“Mercy to animals means mercy to mankind.”

Edward Carpenter – 1844 – Activist

“Great success in examinations does naturally not as a rule go with originality of thought.”

Maurice Maeterlinck – 1862 – Dramatist

“We possess only the happiness we are able to understand.”

Charles Kettering – 1876 – Inventor

“People are very open-minded about new things – as long as they’re exactly like the old ones.”

Ingrid Bergman – 1915 – Actress

“Happiness is good health and a bad memory.”

George Montgomery – 1916 – Artist

“The toughest workout can never match the pain of being out of work.”

Anthony Crosland – 1918 – Politician

“What one generation sees as a luxury, the next sees as a necessity.”

Charlie Parker – 1920 – Musician

“Don’t play the saxophone.  Let it play you.”

Richard Attenborough – 1923 – Actor

“And I believe we need heroes, I believe we need certain people who we can measure our own shortcomings by.”

John McCain – 1936 – Politician

“We cannot forever hide the truth about ourselves, from ourselves.”

Elliott Gould – 1938 – Actor

“There’s nothing more arrogant or conceited than youth, and there’s nothing other then machinery that can replace youth.”

James Brady – 1940 – Activist

“When life gives you lemons, you make lemonade.  I have several stands around here.”

Gordon Bethune – 1941 – Businessman

“You’re only as good as your dumbest competitor.”

Bob Beamon – 1946 – Athlete

“Whatever you do, don’t do it halfway.”

Humphrey Carpenter – 1946 – Author

[Portrait of Charlie Parker, Three Deuces, New...

[Portrait of Charlie Parker, Three Deuces, New York, N.Y., ca. Aug. 1947] (LOC) (Photo credit: The Library of Congress)

“Autobiography is probably the most respectable form of lying.”

Michael Jackson – 1958 – Musician

“If you enter this world knowing you are loved and you leave this world knowing the same, then everything that happens in between can be dealt with.”

Thomas Marshburn – 1960 – Astronaut

“The blackness of space was a big shock to me.  It is a deep, three-dimensional, oily blackness.  You can feel the distance.”

Todd English – 1960 – Chef

“I liked the energy of cooking, the action, the camaraderie.  I often compare the kitchen to sports and compare the chef to a coach.  There are a lot of similarities to it.”

Brian Chesky – 1981 – Businessman

“The stuff that matters in life is no longer stuff.  It’s other people.  It’s relationships.  It’s experience.”

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August 28

Roger Tory Peterson

Roger Tory Peterson (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe – 1749 – Poet

“Knowing is not enough; we must apply.  Willing is not enough; we must do.”

Umberto Giordano – 1867 – Composer

“Love forbids you not to love.”

Arthur Calwell – 1896 – Politician

“It is better to be defeated on principle than to win on lies.”

Bruno Bettelheim – 1903 – Writer

“The fear of failure is so great, it is no wonder that the desire to do right by one’s children has led to a whole library of books offering advice on how to raise them.”

John Betjeman – 1906 – Poet

“Childhood is measured out by sounds and smells and sights, before the dark hour of reason grows.”

Roger Tory Peterson – 1908 – Environmentalist

“Birds are indicators of the environment.  If they are in trouble, we know we’ll soon be in trouble.”

Robertson Davies – 1913 – Novelist

“The eye sees only what the mind is prepared to comprehend.”

Jack Vance – 1916 – Author

“A reader is not supposed to be aware that someone’s written the story.  He’s supposed to be completely immersed, submerged in the environment.”

Janet Frame – 1924 – Novelist

“Writing a novel is not merely going on a shopping expedition across the border to an unreal land:  it is hours and years spent in the factories, the cathedrals of the imagination.”

Donald O’Connor – 1925 – Musician and Dancer

“Going up walls doing somersaults, that trick took a couple of days.”

Marvin Davis – 1925 – Businessman

“As men get older, the toys get more expensive.”

Ben Gazzara – 1930 – Actor

Astronaut Leroy Chiao, BS 1983, "first As...

Astronaut Leroy Chiao, BS 1983, “first Asian-American and ethnic Chinese to perform a spacewalk” “Astronaut Bio – Leroy Chiao”. NASA. 2005-12 . . (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“I love awards, especially if I get them.”

David Soul – 1943 – Actor

“It’s only when gravity starts to take over you begin to think about your body.”

Rita Dove – 1952 – Poet

“When we are touched by something it’s as if we’re being brushed by an angel’s wings.”

Leroy Chiao – 1960 – Astronaut

“Tinkering is something we need to know how to do in order to keep something like the space station running.  I am a tinkerer by nature.”

Melissa Rosenberg – 1962 – Writer

“When I’m stuck in my writing, the world is amiss.  If I’m eating a sandwich, it’s an unsettled sandwich.  If I’m in the shower, it’s an incorrect shower.  It’s profoundly uncomfortable.  But it’s what keeps me pushing.”

Shania Twain – 1965 – Musician

“Being betrayed is one of the most valuable lessons life can teach.”

Billy Boyd – 1968 – Actor

“My worst habit is whistling while I sleep.”

Sheryl Sandberg – 1969 – Businesswoman

“I want to tell any young girl out there who’s a geek, I was a really serious geek in high school.  It works out.  Study harder.”

Jason Priestley – 1969 – Actor

“You never appreciate your anonymity until you don’t have it anymore.”

Terrell Davis – 1972 – Athlete

“There is no such thing as sportsmanship.”

Jake Owen – 1982 – Musician

“I think if you just look at life in a positive way, positive things will happen.”

LeAnn Rimes – 1982 – Musician

“You can’t break what’s already broken.”

Samuel Larsen – 1991 – Actor

“One of the biggest things I learned was that it’s OK to be nervous and admit that you’re having a hard time.”

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August 27

English: The portrait of G.W.F. Hegel (1770-18...

English: The portrait of G.W.F. Hegel (1770-1831); Steel engraving by Lazarus Sichling after a lithograph by Julius L. Sebbers. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Johann Georg Hamann – 1730 – Philosopher

“A writer who is in a hurry to be understood today or tomorrow runs the danger of being misunderstood the day after tomorrow.”

James Henry Breasted – 1865 – Historian

“Disapproval is a very important factor in all progress.  There has really never been any progress without it.”

Charles G. Dawes – 1865 – Vice President of the United States

“Mediocrity requires aloofness to preserve its dignity.”

Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel – 1870 – Philosopher

“An idea is always a generalization, and generalization is a property of thinking.  To generalize means to think.”

Lloyd C. Douglas – 1877 – Clergyman

“If a man harbors any sort of fear, it percolates through all his thinking, damages his personality, makes him a landlord to a ghost.”

Kenji Miyazawa – 1896 – Poet

“We must embrace pain and burn it as fuel for our journey.”

C. S. Forester – 1899 – Novelist (Cecil Louis Troughton Smith)

“There is no other way of writing a novel than to begin at the beginning and to continue to the end.”

Lyndon B. Johnson – 1908 – 36th President of the United States

“Only two things are necessary to keep one’s wife happy.  One is to let her think she is having her own way, and the other, to let her have it.”

Frank Leahy – 1908 – Coach

“When the going gets tough, the tough get going.”

Frank Kelly Freas – 1922 – Writer

“We get too soon old and too late smart.”

William Least Heat-Moon – 1939 – Writer

“Be careful going in search of adventure – it’s ridiculously easy to find.”

Tuesday Weld – 1943 – Actress

“It seems the brighter you are, the deeper the hole you get into!”

Jeanette Winterson – 1959 – Novelist

“Writers have to have a knack for listening.  I need to be able to hear what is being said to me by the voices I create.”

United States Capitol

United States Capitol (Photo credit: Jack’s LOST FILM)

Dean Devin – 1962 – Director

“Filmmaking is a real democracy – it’s up to the audience to vote with their tickets.”

Chandra Wilson – 1969 – Actress

“Our happiness is certainly mixed in with the tragedies of life.  You have to find the lemonade.  You have to find the silver lining in the middle of everything that happens in life.”

Cesar Millan – 1969 – The Dog Whisperer

“Owners lavish love on their pets. which is why so many go from non-aggressive pups to being out of control when they’re older.  People just don’t realize their dog must respect them as leader of the pack.”

Christine O’Donnell – 1969 – Politician

“Americans want our leaders to defend our values, our culture, our legacy of liberty, and our way of life, not apologize.”

Jim Thome – 1970 – Athlete

“Charisma’s good every night.  Something special is always about to happen.  You’ve got to believe it.”

Mark Webber – 1976 – Driver

“Only one guy can be world champion, and so if everyone else thought they were failures you’d have no one left on the grid.”

Aaron Paul – 1979 – Actor

“I saw a lot of people have success handed to them and them exploited it.  They didn’t protect it or cherish it.”

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August 26

Tariq Ramadan

Tariq Ramadan (Photo credit: SFU Public Affairs and Media Relations)

Johann Heinrich Lambert – 1728 – Mathematician

“The first object of my endeavors was the means to become perfect and happy.”

Antoine Lavoisier – 1743 – Scientist

“I consider nature a vast chemical laboratory in which all kinds of composition and decompositions are found.”

Charles Richet – 1850 – Scientist

“I never said it was possible.  I only said it was true.”

Aleksandr Kuprin – 1870 – Writer

“I am a wanderer passionately in love with life.”

Lee De Forest – 1873 – Inventor

“To place a man in a multi-stage rocket and project him into the controlling gravitational field of the moon where the passengers can make scientific observations, perhaps land alive, and then return to earth – all that constitutes a wild dream worthy of Jules Verne.”

Zona Gale – 1874 – Playwright

“I don’t know a better preparation for life than a love of poetry and a good digestion.”

Guillaume Apollinaire – 1880 – Novelist

“Now and then it’s good to pause in our pursuit of happiness and just be happy.”

Jules Romains – 1885 – Author

“Healthy people are invalids who don’t know it.”

Earl Long – 1895 – Politician

“Don’t write anything you can phone.  Don’t phone anything you can talk.  Don’t talk anything you can whisper.  Don’t whisper anything you can smile.  Don’t smile anything you can nod.  Don’t nod anything you can wink.”

Christopher Isherwood – 1904 – Author

“Life is not so bad if you have plenty of luck, a good physique and not too much imagination.”

Macaulay Culkin at the Governor's Ball after t...

Macaulay Culkin at the Governor’s Ball after the Emmy Awards, 8/25/91 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Mother Teresa – 1910 – Missionary (Anjeze Gonxhe Bojaxhiu)

“God doesn’t require us to succeed; He only requires that you try.”

Eileen Caddy – 1917 – Celebrity

“Expect your every need to be met.  Expect the answer to every problem, expect abundance on every level.”

Ben Bradlee – 1921 – Editor

“You never monkey with the truth.”

Geraldine Ferrero – 1935 – Politician

“You don’t have to have fought in a war to love peace.”

Barbara Ehrenreich – 1941 – Writer

“We who officially value freedom of speech above life itself seem to have nothing to talk about but the weather.”

Edward Witten – 1951 – Mathematician

“If you are a researcher, you are trying to figure out what the question is as well as what the answer is.”

Tariq Ramadan – 1962 – Writer

“Lack of consistency is a weakness shared by all nations.”

Chris Burke – 1965 – Actor

“It’s not our disabilities, it’s our abilities that count.”

Jason Kilar – 1971 – Businessman

“There’s nothing more intoxicating than doing big, bold things.”

Blake Mycoskie – 1976 – Businessman

“Life is more fun when you stop caring what other people think.”

Macaulay Culkin – 1980 – Actor

“Acting found me.  I thought maybe I should try to find it again.  We’ll see.”

Dylan O’Brien – 1991 – Actor

“Part of growing up is realizing you learn to love so many people.  It’s about forming those relationships and finding what will last forever.”

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August 25

English: Allan Pinkerton. 1 photographic print...

English: Allan Pinkerton. 1 photographic print on carte de visite mount : albumen. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Thomas Babington Macaulay – 1800 – Poet

“And to say that society ought to be governed by the opinion of the wisest and best, though true, is useless.  Whose opinion is to decide who are the wisest and best?”

Allan Pinkerton – 1819 – Businessman

“A friend to honesty and a foe to crime.”

Bret Harte – 1836 – Author

“The only sure thing about luck is that it will change.”

William Feather – 1889 – Author

“A budget tells us what we can’t afford, but it doesn’t keep us from buying it.”

Walt Kelly – 1913 – Cartoonist

“Every burden is a blessing.”

Leonard Bernstein – 1918 – Composer

“To achieve great things, two things are needed; a plan, and not quite enough time.”

Monty Hall – 1921 – Actor

“Actually I’m an overnight success, but it took twenty years.”

Brain Moore – 1921 – Novelist

“If misery loves company, then triumph demands an audience.”

Althea Gibson – 1927 – Tennis Player

“Being a champion is all well and good, but you can’t eat a crown.”

Darrell Johnson – 1928 – Athlete

“You just listen to the ball and bat come together.  They make an awful noise.”

Sean Connery – 1930 – Actor

“Love may not make the world go round, but I must admit that it makes the ride worthwhile.”

English: Leonard Bernstein

English: Leonard Bernstein (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Tom Skerritt – 1933 – Author

“As a very experienced writer once told me, ‘It’s in the rewrites.'”

Regis Philbin – 1933 – Entertainer

“I’m involved in the stock market, which is fun and sometimes, very painful.”

Wayne Shorter – 1933 – Musician

“You’re like the girl who left her shadow in the drawer, but when she went to get it, it wasn’t there.”

Marshall Brickman – 1939 – Writer

“I don’t believe in jogging.  It extends your life – but by exactly the amount of time you spend jogging.”

Anne Archer – 1947 – Actress

“Actors are trusting souls, and we must go by gut-level instinct, even after our agents and business managers weigh all the odds.”

Gene Simmons – 1949 – Musician

“Life is too short to have anything but delusional notions about yourself.”

Martin Amis – 1949 – Author

“Money doesn’t mind if we say it’s evil, it goes from strength to strength.  It’s a fiction, an addiction, and a tacit conspiracy.”

Lloyd Dorfman – 1952 – Businessman

“People travel because it’s a treat.  For me, staying at home is a treat.”

Elvis Costello – 1954 – Musician

“I used to be disgusted; now I try to be amused.”

Tim Burton – 1958 – Director

“One person’s craziness is another person’s reality.”

Billy Ray Cyrus – 1961 – Musician

“Each person has their own calling on this Earth.”

Xavier Niel – 1967 – Businessman

“You can spend your money on art works and sit down and look at them.  Or you can use your money to help people.”

Rachel Ray – 1968 – Chef

“Work hard.  Laugh when you feel like crying.  Keep an open mind, open eyes and an open spirit.”

Claudia Schiffer – 1970 – Model

“I design for myself and the first question I ask is, ‘Would I wear it?'”

Joe Wright – 1972 – Director

“Fairy tales to me are never happy, sweet stories.  They’re moral stories about overcoming the dark side and the bad.”

Alexander Skarsgard – 1976 – Actor

“A true artist, in my mind, is willing to fail sometimes, because if you’re not brave enough to say yes and follow your gut, it’s never going to be good.”

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August 24

Bain News Service, publisher. Duke P. Kahanamoku

Bain News Service, publisher. Duke P. Kahanamoku (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

William Wilberforce – 1759 – Politician

“Let everyone regulate his conduct … by the golden rule of doing to others as in similar circumstances we would have them do to us, and the path of duty will be clear before him.”

Theodore Parker – 1810 – Theologian

“Outward judgment often fails, inward judgment never.”

Max Beerbohm – 1872 – Actor

“To give and then not feel that one has given is the very best of all ways of giving.”

Earl Derr Biggers – 1884 – Novelist

“Careless shepherd make excellent dinner for wolf.”

Duke Kahanamoku – 1890 – Athlete

“Don’t talk – keep it in your heart.”

Jean Rhys – 1894 – Novelist

“Reading makes immigrants of us all.  It takes us away from home, but more important, it finds homes for us everywhere.”

Malcolm Cowley – 1898 – Critic

“Be kind and considerate with your criticism … It’s just as hard to write a bad book as it is to write a good book.”

Jorge Luis Borges – 1899 – Poet

“Life itself is a quotation.”

Robert G. Allen – 1902 – Politician

“Many an optimist has become rich by buying out a pessimist.”

Shirley Hufstedler – 1925 – Public Servant

“If you play it safe in life you’ve decided that you don’t want to grow any more.”

A. S. Byatt – 1936 – Novelist

“Human beings love stories because they safely show us beginnings, middles and ends.”

Kenny Guinn – 1936 – Politician

Jorge Luís Borges 1951

Jorge Luís Borges 1951 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“There is something permanent, and something extremely profound in owning a home.”

Mel Karmazin – 1943 – Businessman

“You may not like the humor, but that is why every radio has an on-off button.”

Vince McMahon – 1945 – Entertainer

“Sometimes you have to take a half step back to take two forward.”

Paulo Coelho – 1947 – Novelist

“Life was always a matter of waiting for the right moment to act.”

Orson Scott Card – 1951 – Writer

“Among my most prized possessions are words that I have never spoken.”

Hank Haney – 1955 – Athlete

“One of the things you realize with a lot of high achievers:  You have to figure out a way to make things their idea.”

Mike Huckabee – 1955 – Politician

“It’s when ordinary people rise above the expectations and seize the opportunity that milestones truly are reached.”

Steve Guttenberg – 1958 – Actor

“A career is a series of ups and downs, of comebacks.”

Dave Chappelle – 1973 – Comedian

“The hardest thing to do is to be true to yourself, especially when everybody is watching.”

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August 23

William Ernest Henley

William Ernest Henley (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Oliver Perry – 1785 – Admiral in United States Navy

“We have met the enemy, and they are ours.”

William Ernest Henley – 1849 – Poet

“I am the master of my fate; I am the captain of my soul.”

Edgar Lee Masters – 1868 – Poet

“Beware of the man who rises to power from one suspender.”

George Matthew Adams – 1878 – Editor

“No one owns you.  One hundred percent of the stock in your personal corporation belongs to you.”

Will Cuppy – 1884 – Writer

“Etiquette means behaving yourself a little better than is absolutely essential.”

Arthur Adamov – 1908 – Playwright

“Misery’s fine – as long as you know you can get out of it when you want to.”

Gene Kelly – 1912 – Actor and Dancer

“I didn’t want to be a dancer.  I just did it to work my way through college.  But I was always an athlete and gymnast, so it came naturally.”

Peter Thomson – 1929 – Athlete

“You can think best when you’re happiest.”

Mark Russell – 1932 – Writer

“The way money goes so fast these days, they should paint racing stripes on it.”

Barbara Eden – 1934 – Actress

“Out of all the actors I have worked with, I love working with Larry Hagman the most.  We were very close and it was just a wonderful time.”

Ron Blomberg – 1948 – Athlete

“Competing in sports has taught me that if I’m not willing to give 120 percent, somebody else will.”

English: Publicity photo of Larry Hagman and B...

English: Publicity photo of Larry Hagman and Barbara Eden from I Dream of Jeannie. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Merrie Spaeth – 1948 – Writer

“The minute you make people laugh, you get them to listen.”

Rick Springfield – 1949 – Musician

“I’m thankful for the serendipitous moments in my life, where things could’ve gone the other way.”

Shelley Long – 1949 – Actress

“If you don’t quit, and don’t cheat, and don’t run home when trouble arrives, you can only win.”

Dean Karnazes – 1962 – Athlete

“Any goal worth achieving involves an element of risk.”

River Phoenix – 1970 – Actor

“Commercials were too phony for me.  I just didn’t like selling products I didn’t believe in.”

Scott Caan – 1976 – Actor

“Good things happen when you get your priorities straight.”

Kobe Bryant – 1978 – Athlete

“I don’t want to be the next Michael Jordan, I only want to be Kobe Bryant.”

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August 22

Creator of Abor Day, Julius Sterling Morton in...

Creator of Abor Day, Julius Sterling Morton in 1858. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Julius Sterling Morton – 1832 – Scientist

“Arbor Day is not like other holidays.  Each of those reposes on the past, while Arbor Day proposes for the future.”

Charles Fillmore – 1854 – Educator

“Words are also seeds, and when dropped into the invisible spiritual substance, they grow and bring forth after their kind.”

Claude Debussy – 1862 – Composer

“Music is the silence between the notes.”

Dorothy Parker – 1893 – Humorist

“I don’t care what is written about me, so long as it isn’t true.”

Cyril Clarke – 1907 – Scientist

“You could say people are living longer because of the decline in religion.  Not many people believe in the hereafter, so they keep going.”

Henri Cartier-Bresson – 1908 – Photographer

“To me, photography is the simultaneous recognition, in a fraction of a second, of the significance of an event.”

Ray Bradbury – 1920 – Writer

“Every morning I jump out of bed and step on a landmine.  The landmine is me.  After the explosion, I spend the rest of the day putting the pieces together.”

Theodore Zeldin – 1933 – Philosopher

“A dream is what makes people love life even when it is painful.”

Norman Schwarzkopf – 1934 – American General

“The truth of the matter is that you always know the right thing to do.  The hard part is doing it.”

Valerie Harper – 1940 – Actress

“I’m trying to live every moment as much as I can.”

Bill Parcells – 1941 – Football Coach

“I think confrontation is healthy, because it clears the air very quickly.”

American writer Dorothy Parker (1893-1967)

American writer Dorothy Parker (1893-1967) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Diana Nyad – 1949 – Author

“This journey has always been about reaching your own other shore no matter what it is, and that dream continues.”

Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje – 1967 – Actor

“I was always led to believe you should take care of yourself, trust in your abilities and you’re the author of your own destiny.”

Giada De Laurentiis – 1970 – Chef

“Pasta doesn’t make you fat.  How much pasta you eat makes you fat.”

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