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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 28

on August 28, 2013
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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