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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!

October 21

English: Image of poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge...

English: Image of poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge. From The Rime of the Ancient Mariner and The Vision of Sir Launfal (by Samuel Taylor Coleridge and James Russell Lowell}, collected by H. G. Hall and Edward Everett Hale. Published by Sampson Low, 1906. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Samuel Taylor Coleridge – 1772 – Poet

“Advice is like snow – the softer it falls, the longer it dwells upon, and the deeper it sinks into the mind.”

Alphonse de Lamartine – 1790 – Poet

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

Alfred Nobel – 1833 – Chemist and Industrialist

“If I have a thousand ideas and only one turns out to be good, I am satisfied.”

Will Carleton – 1845 – Poet

“If there’s a heaven upon the earth, a fellow knows it when he’s been away from home a week, and then gets back again.”

Ted Shawn – 1891 – Dancer

“Dance is the only art of which we ourselves are the stuff of which it is made.”

Leo Burnett – 1891 – Businessman

“When you reach for the stars you may not quite get one, but you won’t come up with a handful of mud either.”

Paul Brunton – 1898 – Philosopher

“Worry is spiritual short sight.  Its cure is intelligent faith.”

Patrick Kavanagh – 1904 – Poet

“What appears in newspapers is often new but seldom true.”

Dizzy Gillespie – 1917 – Jazz Trumpeter (John Birks Gillespie)

“It’s taken me all my life to learn what not to play.”

Malcolm Arnold – 1921 – Composer

“Music is the social act of communication among people, a gesture of friendship, the strongest there is.”

Whitey Ford – 1928 – Athlete (Edward Charles Ford)

“The way to make coaches think you’re in shape in the spring is to get a tan.”

Ursula K. Le Guin – 1929 – Writer

“Love doesn’t just sit there like a stone; it has to be made, like bread, remade all the time, made new.”

Français : Le trompettiste américain de jazz D...

Français : Le trompettiste américain de jazz Dizzy Gillespie en concert à Deauville (Normandie, France) le 20 juillet 1991. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Natalia Makarova – 1940 – Dancer

“To look back all the time is boring.  Excitement lies in tomorrow.”

Mary Pipher – 1947 – Psychologist

“Adolescence is when girls experience social pressure to put aside their authentic selves and to display only a small portion of their gifts.”

Carrie Fisher – 1956 – Actress

“There is no point at which you can say, ‘Well, I’m successful now.  I might as well take a nap.'”

Julian Cope – 1957 – Musician

“I realize myself that hate wastes a lot of time and energy and I would rather re-direct any energy that I have to good and positive use.”

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October 20

Sir Christopher Wren in Godfrey Kneller's 1711...

Sir Christopher Wren in Godfrey Kneller’s 1711 portrait (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Sir Christopher Wren – 1632 – British Astronomer and Geometer

“A time will come when men will stretch out their eyes.  They should see planets like our Earth.”

John Dewey – 1859 – Philosopher, Psychologist, and Educator

“Education is not a preparation for life; education is life itself.”

Bela Lugosi – 1882 – Actor

“Every actor is somewhat mad, or else he’d be a plumber, or a bookkeeper or a salesman.”

Evelyn Waugh – 1903 – Writer

“We cherish our friends not for their ability to amuse us, but for ours to amuse them.”

Arlene Francis – 1907 – Actress

“Trouble is a sieve through which we sift our acquaintances.  Those too big to pass through are our friends.”

Art Buchwald – 1925 – Newspaper Columnist

“Whether it’s the best of times or the worst of times, it’s the only time we’ve got.”

Joyce Brothers – 1927 – Psychologist and Newspaper Columnist

“Listening, not imitation, may be the sincerest form of flattery.”

Mickey Mantle – 1931 – Professional Baseball Player

“Somebody once asked me if I ever went up to the plate trying to hit a home run.  I said, ‘Sure, every time.'”

William Christopher – 1932 – Actor

“I’ve often wondered about people that come to the profession late in life.  I’ve wanted to be an actor since first grade.  I watched a play being performed by the third grade class, and it was . . . magic.”

Christiane Nusslein-Volhard – 1942 – Geneticist

“I immediately loved working with flies.  They fascinated me, and followed me around in my dreams.”

Lewis Grizzard – 1946 – Comedian and Columnist

“The game of life is a lot like football.  You have to tackle your problems, block your fears, and score your points when you get the opportunity.”

Tom Petty – 1950 – Singer, Guitarist, and Songwriter

“Most things I worry about never happen anyway.”

English: Bela Lugosi as Dracula, anonymous pho...

English: Bela Lugosi as Dracula, anonymous photograph from 1931, Universal Studios (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Viggo Mortensen – 1958 – Actor, Musician, Poet, and Photographer

“Any ordeal that you can survive as a human being is an improvement in your character, and usually an improvement in your life.”

Snoop Dogg – 1971 – Actor (Calvin Broadus)

“If it’s flipping hamburgers at McDonald’s, be the best hamburger flipper in the world.  Whatever it is you do you have to master your craft.”

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October 19

Hassan Cigatette Trading card showing Annie Sm...

Hassan Cigatette Trading card showing Annie Smith Peck (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Marsilio Ficino – 1433 – Philosopher

“You are running to seek your friend.  Let your feet run, but your mind need not.”

Thomas Browne – 1605 – Scientist

“Rough diamonds may sometimes be mistaken for worthless pebbles.”

Leigh Hunt – 1784 – Poet

“Colors are the smiles of nature.”

Annie Smith Peck – 1850 – Mountain Climber

“Nothing to mountaineering, just a little physical endurance, a good deal of brains, lots of practice, and plenty of warm clothing.”

Charles E. Merrill – 1885 – Businessman

“If the planters carry politics into the fields they will find it bad business.”

Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar – 1910 – Scientist

“Science is a perception of the world around us.  Science is a place where what you find in nature pleases you.”

Jack Anderson – 1922 – Journalist

“The insurance industry communicates through codes and check-off boxes.  If there’s no check-off box for you, you don’t exist.”

John le Carre – 1931 – Writer

“A desk is a dangerous place from which to view the world.”

Peter Max – 1937 – Artist

“I never know what I’m going to put on the canvas.  The canvas paints itself.  I’m just the middleman.”

Renata Adler – 1938 – Journalist

“Fear . . . is forward.  No one is afraid of yesterday.”

Andrew Vachss – 1942 – Author

“Building a mechanical device for its appearance is like putting lace on a bowling ball.”

John Lithgow – 1945 – Actor

“Take care, be kind, be considerate of other people and other species, and be loving.”

Philip Pullman – 1946 – Writer

Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar in his later years

Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar in his later years (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“True education flowers at the point when delight falls in love with responsibility.”

James Howard Kunstler – 1948 – Businessman

“I don’t like talking about ‘solutions.’  I prefer talking about intelligent responses.”

Tracy Chevalier – 1962 – Author

“I try to write 1,000 words a day – about three pages.  When I reach 1,000 words I feel good.  Less than that:  a failure. More than that:  tired.”

Ty Pennington – 1964 – Entertainer

“A home is more than just where you live; it reflects who you are.”

Chris Kattan – 1970 – Comedian

“Believe in yourself and try not to take anything personally.”

Joy Bryant – 1976 – Actress

“Camo never goes out of style as far as I’m concerned.”

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October 18

Helen Hunt Jackson

Helen Hunt Jackson (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Matthew Henry – 1662 – Clergyman

“None so deaf as those that will not hear.  None so blind as those that will not see.”

Thomas Love Peacock – 1785 – Author

“A book that furnishes no quotations is no book – it is a plaything.”

Henry Taylor – 1800 – Dramatist

“He who gives what he would as readily throw away, gives without generosity; for the essence of generosity is in self sacrifice.”

Helen Hunt Jackson – 1831 – Writer

“When love is at its best, one loves so much that he cannot forget.”

Thomas Reed – 1839 – Politician

“It is a very lonely life that a man leads, who becomes aware of truths before their times.”

Henri Bergson – 1859 – Philosopher

“To exist is to change, to change is to mature, to mature is to go on creating oneself endlessly.”

Logan Pearsall Smith – 1865 – Essayist

“There are two things to aim at in this life:  first to get what you want; and, after that, to enjoy it.  Only the wisest of mankind achieve the second.”

James Truslow Adams – 1878 – Historian

“There are obviously two educations.  One should teach us how to make a living and the other how to live.”

Fannie Hurst – 1885 – Writer

“Some people think they are worth a lot of money just because they have it.”

A. J. Liebling – 1904 – Journalist

“People everywhere confuse what they read in newspapers with news.”

Pierre Trudeau – 1919 – Canadian Prime Minister

“The essential ingredient of politics is timing.”

Jesse Helms – 1921 – Politician

Alumnus Mike Ditka is a Hall of Fame tight end...

Alumnus Mike Ditka is a Hall of Fame tight end, coach and well known broadcaster (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“The challenge is always before us.  Whenever we lose sight of the principles that mattered to our founders we run into trouble.”

Chuck Berry – 1926 – Musician

“You don’t let the same dog bite you twice.”

Klaus Kinski – 1926 – Actor

“People who do not see the terrible things therefore do not see the beautiful things, either.”

George C. Scott – 1927 – Actor

“There is no question you get pumped up by the recognition.  Then a self-loathing sets in when you realize you’re enjoying it.”

Peter Boyle – 1935 – Actor

“I don’t think I would be an actor if I was that intelligent.”

Mike Ditka – 1939 – Coach

“Success isn’t measured by money or power or social rank.  Success is measured by your discipline and inner peace.”

Cynthia Weil – 1940 – Musician

“Sharing a triumph with someone you love is an incredible high.”

Wendy Wasserstein – 1950 – Playwright

“Don’t live down to expectations.  Go out there and do something remarkable.”

Martina Navratilova – 1956 – Tennis Player

“Disability is matter of perception.  If you can do just one thing well, you’re needed by someone.”

Jean-Claude Van Damme – 1960 – Actor

“Because no matter what you say in life, the truth will always be the truth.  You know when someone is telling the truth, you look in the eyes.  I have a tendency to believe people.”

Erin Moran – 1961 – Actress

“Well, it is certainly not by choice at this time you don’t see or hear about me.  This business is very unpredictable.  A lot of it is luck and being in the right place at the right time.”

Zac Efron – 1987 – Actor

“I’m very competitive by nature.  And I like to be the underdog – It’s the best way to win.  To come from behind and win is a great feeling.”

Bristol Palin – 1990 – Author

“Never lie to your mother.  That’s like the biggest lesson that I learned, learned throughout my life, you know.”

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October 17

Elinor Glyn

Elinor Glyn (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Georg Buchner – 1813 – Dramatist

“A good man with a good conscience doesn’t walk so fast.”

Paul Bert – 1833 – Scientist

“Modern societies march towards morality in proportion as they leave religion behind.”

Elinor Glyn – 1864 – Author

“American husbands are the best in the world; no other husbands are so generous to their wives, or can be so easily divorced.”

Shinichi Suzuki – 1898 – Educator

“Children learn to smile from their parents.”

Nathanael West – 1903 – Writer

“Numbers constitute the only universal language.”

Arthur Miller – 1915 – Playwright

“Everybody like a kidder, but nobody lends him money.”

Rita Hayworth – 1918 – Actress

“We are all tied to our destiny and there is no way we can liberate ourselves.”

Montgomery Cliff – 1920 – Actor

“Failure and its accompanying misery is for the artist his most vital source of creative energy.”

Robert Atkins – 1930 – Diet and Nutrition Expert

“Don’t fix what’s not broken.”

Jimmy Breslin – 1930 – Entertainer

“Media, the plural of mediocrity.”

Evel Knievel – 1938 – Motorcycle Stunt Performer (Robert Craig Knievel)

“Anybody can jump a motorcycle.  The trouble begins when you try to land it.”

Gary Zukav – 1942 – Author

“A responsible choice is a choice that creates consequences that you are willing to assume responsibility for.”

Cameron Mackintosh – 1946 – Businessman

“Having to think about whether you can afford ‘this’ or ‘that’ is a good discipline to have, to maximize what you can achieve to the highest standard.”

Margot Kidder – 1948 – Actress

“With any group of people in life, sad things happen, and crazy things, and happy things.  When you’re in the public eye, it’s just amplified, that’s all.”

Michael Tolkin – 1950 – Writer

“One of the things I learned from my father, and it did not serve me well at all, was that he was a successful writer, he earned a living.  And it was a shock for me to find out that it was actually hard to make a living as a writer.”

Mae Jemison – 1956 – Astronaut

English: US astronaut Mae Jemison at Kennedy S...

English: US astronaut Mae Jemison at Kennedy Space Center (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“Some people say they feel very small when they think about space.  I felt more expansive, very connected to the universe.”

Alan Jackson – 1958 – Musician

“If you can last until you’re 40 years old, hopefully you’ll be mature enough to figure out the rest of the years.”

Graeme Le Saux – 1968 – Athlete

“You need to be an adrenalin junkie when you travel with kids.”

Rick Mercer – 1969 – Comedian

“Do the unexpected.  Take 20 minutes out of your day, do what young people all over the world are dying to do:  vote.”

Eminem – 1972 – Musician (Marshall Bruce Mathers, III)

“Trust is hard to come by.  That’s why my circle is small and tight.  I’m kind of funny about making new friends.”

Randall Munroe – 1984 – Cartoonist

“I learned very early on in life that not everyone wants to hear every fact in the world, even if you want to tell them everything you’ve ever read.”

Max Irons – 1985 – Actor

“Kindness and a generous spirit go a long way.  And a sense of humor.  It’s like medicine, very healing.”

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October 16

Cyril Ponnamperuma (1923-1994)

Cyril Ponnamperuma (1923-1994) (Photo credit: Smithsonian Institution)

Oscar Wilde – 1854 – Dramatist

“Always forgive your enemies – nothing annoys them so much.”

Eugene O’Neill – 1888 – Dramatist

“Obsessed by a fairy tale, we spend our lives searching for a magic door and a lost kingdom of peace.”

Paul Strand – 1890 – Photographer

“The artist’s world is limitless.  It can be found anywhere, far from where he lives or a few feet away.  It is always on his doorstep!”

William O. Douglas – 1898 – Judge

“Free speech is not to be regulated like diseased cattle and impure butter.  The audience that hurled yesterday may applaud today, even for the same performance.”

Dino Buzzati – 1906 – Novelist

“Fantasy should be as close as possible to journalism.”

Kathleen Winsor – 1919 – Athlete

“Charm is the ability to make someone else think that both of you are pretty wonderful.”

Cyril Ponnamperuma – 1923 – Scientist

“Scientists are human, they’re as biased as any other group.  But they do have one great disadvantage in that science is a self-correcting process.”

Angela Lansbury – 1925 – Actress

“I made about 56 movies, I think.  Not that many.”

Charles Colson – 1931 – Lawyer

“Few things are so deadly as a misguided sense of compassion.”

Barry Corbin – 1940 – Actor

“We still need to feed the public, both physically and intellectually.”

Robert Bringhurst – 1946 – Poet

“Popularity isn’t just something that happens.  You have to give something in exchange for it, and that’s the dangerous part of the process.”

Suzanne Somers – 1946 – Actress

Andre Leon Talley

Andre Leon Talley (Photo credit: Museum at FIT)

“Forgiveness is a gift you give yourself.”

David Zucker – 1947 – Director

“Quit now, you’ll never make it.  If you disregard this advice, you’ll be halfway there.”

Andre Leon Talley – 1949 – Editor

“I know what it is like to be brought up with unconditional love.  In my life that came from my grandmother.”

Elinor Lipman – 1950 – Novelist

“Five hundred words a day is what I aim for.  And I don’t go on to the next chapter until I’ve polished and polished and polished the one I’m working on.”

Martha Smith – 1953 – Actress

“I do some of my best thinking while pulling weeds.”

James Newman – 1956 – Astronaut

“Words of wisdom are spoken by children at least as often as scientists.”

Tim Robbins – 1958 – Actor

“I think the enemy is self-censorship.  In a free society the biggest danger is that you’re afraid to the point where you censor yourself.”

David Neeleman – 1959 – Businessman

“It’s so important to experience what your customers are experiencing and listen to their suggestions.”

John Mayer – 1977 – Musician

“Life is like a box of crayons.  Most people are the 8-color boxes, but what you’re really looking for are the 64-color boxes with the sharpeners on the back.  I fancy myself to be a 64-color box, though I’ve got a few missing.”

Jeremy Jackson – 1980 – Actor

“Sometimes you win by losing.”

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October 15

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altered Edith Wilson portrait – Woodrow Wilson House – Washington DC – 2013-09-15 (Photo credit: Tim Evanson)

Mikhail Lermontov – 1814 – Poet

“Many a calm river begins as a turbulent waterfall, yet none hurtles and foams all the way to the sea.”

Friedrich Nietzsche – 1844 – Philosopher

“That which does not kill us makes us stronger.”

Edith Wilson – 1872 – First Lady – Second Wife of President Woodrow Wilson

“I feel I am sharing your work – and being taken into partnership as it were.”

Jane Darwell – 1879 – Actress

“I’ve played Henry Fonda’s mother so often that, whenever we run into each other, I call him ‘son’ and he calls me ‘Ma’, just to save time.”

Marie Stopes – 1880 – Author

“You can take no credit for beauty at sixteen.  But if you are beautiful at sixty, it will be your soul’s own doing.”

P. G. Wodehouse – 1881 – Writer (Sir Pelham Grenville Wodehouse)

“It is a good rule in life never to apologize.  The right sort of people do not want apologies, and the wrong sort take a mean advantage of them.”

Godfrey Winn – 1906 – Journalist

“No man succeeds without a good woman behind him.  Wife or mother, if it is both, he is twice blessed indeed.”

John Kenneth Galbraith – 1908 – Economist

“The only function of economic forecasting is to make astrology look respectable.”

Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr. – 1917 – Historian

“Righteousness is easy in retrospect.”

Mario Puzo – 1921 – Novelist

“A lawyer with his briefcase can steal more than a hundred men with guns.”

Italo Calvino – 1923 – Journalist

“A classic is a book that has never finished saying what it has to say.”

Lee Iacocca – 1924 – Businessman

“In times of great stress or adversity, it’s always best to keep busy, to plow your anger and your energy into something positive.”

Penny Marshall & Ed Begley Jr.

Penny Marshall & Ed Begley Jr. (Photo credit: Alan Light)

Evan Hunter – 1926 – Author

“Readers are what it’s all about, aren’t they?  If not, why am I writing?”

Leonard Peikoff – 1933 – Philosopher

“The more you learn, if you learn it properly, the more clear you become and the more you know.”

Linda Lavin – 1937 – Actress

“Talking about auditions, you never know what anyone else is thinking.”

Penny Marshall – 1942 – Actress

“I have a strange combination of fearlessness and massive insecurity.”

Jim Palmer – 1945 – Athlete

“Most pitchers are too smart to manage.”

Joni Eareckson Tada – 1949 – Author

“If you truly believe in the value of life, you care about all of the weakest and most vulnerable members of society.”

Walter Jon Williams – 1953 – Writer

“I’m not afraid of werewolves or vampires or haunted hotels, I’m afraid of what real human beings do to other real human beings.”

Tito Jackson – 1953 – Musician

“I keep my thoughts to myself, and I think that’s one of the best ways to be.”

Sarah Ferguson – 1959 – British Royalty

“Diana was one of the quickest wits I knew; nobody made me laugh like her.”

Todd Solondz – 1959 – Writer

“Narcissism and self-deception are survival mechanisms without which many of us might just jump off a bridge.”

Emeril Lagasse – 1959 – Chef

“Cleanliness is very important.  If you let kids make a total mess in the kitchen and then leave, you’re not really teaching them anything.”

Michael Lewis – 1960 – Author

“I think that fans are always looking for someone to blame.  Wouldn’t it be nice if they looked in the mirror?”

Paige Davis – 1969 – Actress

“The best thing about New York is everything is available.  Whatever you want, New York has got it.”

Vanessa Marcil – 1969 – Actress

“What makes a woman beautiful is her loyalty to and her friendship with other women and her honesty with men.”

Adora Svitak – 1997 – Author

“Mostly, I avoid worrying since the time spent doing it could be spent more constructively.”

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October 14

William Penn – 1644 – Leader and Founder of Pennsylvania

“Right is right, even if everyone is against it, and wrong is wrong, even if everyone is for it.”

George Grenville – 1712 – British Statesman

English: Gen. of the Army Dwight D. Eisenhower...

English: Gen. of the Army Dwight D. Eisenhower (detail). See orginal for stamp of origin. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“A wise government knows how to enforce with temper, or to conciliate with dignity.”

Miles Franklin – 1879 – Writer

“Someone to tell it to is one of the fundamental needs of human beings.”

Katherine Mansfield – 1888 – Author

“If only one could tell true love from false love as one can tell mushrooms from toadstools.”

Dwight D. Eisenhower – 1890 – 34th President of the United States

“Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it.”

e. e. Cummings – 1894 – Poet (Edward Estlin Cummings)

“The most wasted of all days is one without laughter.”

Lillian Gish – 1896 – Entertainer

“What you get is a living what you give is a life.”

W. Edwards Deming – 1900 – Scientist

“It is not enough to do your best; you must know what to do, and then do your best.”

Ruth Bernhard – 1905 – Photographer

“The ground we walk on, the plants and creatures, the clouds above constantly dissolving into new formations – each gift of nature possessing its own radiant energy, bound together by cosmic harmony.”

John Wooden – 1910 – UCLA Basketball Coach

“Don’t let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.”

Roger Moore – 1927 – Actor

Lillian Gish ~ Photoplay Magazine, Sept. 1915

Lillian Gish ~ Photoplay Magazine, Sept. 1915 (Photo credit: The Bees Knees Daily)

“Teach love, generosity, good manners, and some of that will drift from the classroom to the home and who knows, the children will be educating the parents.”

Ralph Lauren – 1939 – Fashion Designer (Ralph Lipschitz)

“I don’t design clothes.  I design dreams.”

Katy Manning – 1946 – Actress

“Life doesn’t get easier but it does get funnier.”

Steve Coogan – 1965 – Comedian

“If you chase something too desperately, it eludes you.”

Usher – 1978 – Musician (Usher Raymond IV)

“Strivers achieve what dreamers believe.”

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October 13

English: Lillie Langtry Français : Lillie Lang...

English: Lillie Langtry Français : Lillie Langtry Deutsch: Lillie Langtry (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Lillie Langtry – 1853 – Actress

“Anyone’s life truly lived consists of work, sunshine, exercise, soap, plenty of fresh air, and a happy contented spirit.”

Georg Groddeck – 1866 – Scientist

“One must not forget that recovery is brought about not by the physician, but by the sick man himself.  He heals himself, by his own power, exactly as he walks by means of his own power, or eats, or thinks, breathes or sleeps.”

Albert J. Nock – 1870 – Philosopher

“The mind is like the stomach.  It is not how much you put into it that counts, but how much it digests.”

Art Tatum – 1909 – Musician

“There is no such thing as a wrong note.”

Cornel Wilde – 1912 – Actor

“If a brutal scene is shown for no reason except to shock, then it is bad.”

Lenny Bruce – 1925 – Comedian

“The ‘what should be’ never did exist, but people keep trying to live up to it.  There is no ‘what should be,’ there is only what is.”

Margaret Thatcher – 1925 – Prime Minister

“If you want anything said, ask a man; if you want anything done, ask a woman.”

Ray Brown – 1926 – Musician

“The best time to buy a home is always five years ago.”

Lee Konitz – 1927 – Musician

“A first love always occupies a special place.”

Richard Howard – 1929 – Poet

English: Margaret Thatcher, former UK PM. Fran...

English: Margaret Thatcher, former UK PM. Français : Margaret Thatcher 日本語: 「鉄の女」サッチャー英首相 Nederlands: Margaret Thatcher Svenska: Margaret Thatcher som oppositionsledare 1975 Русский: Маргарет Тэтчер, бывшая премьер-министр Великобритании (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“Give your teachers the respect they deserve, because they are the ones who can help you get where you need to go.”

Eddie Mathews – 1931 – Athlete

“It’s only a hitch when you’re in a slump.  When you’re hitting the ball it’s called rhythm.”

Nana Mouskouri – 1934 – Musician

“I do believe that if you haven’t learnt about sadness, you cannot appreciate happiness.”

Paul Simon – 1941 – Musician

“Anybody can do bad work, but not everybody does good work.”

Jerry Jones – 1942 – Businessman and Owner of the Dallas Cowboys

“Look, many of us here are regular marines . . . I will die as a marine because that is my dream.”

Marie Osmond – 1959 – Singer

“If you’re going to be able to look back on something and laugh about it, you might as well laugh about it now.”

Jerry Rice – 1962 – Athlete

“I went out there to play my game for the fun of it and never based my career around records.”

Kelly Preston – 1962 – Actress

“I think by being happy it actually affects the way that you look too.”

Nancy Kerrigan – 1969 – Olympic Figure Skater

“Even now I can’t describe why I love skating so much.”

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October 12

Alexander Turney Stewart (1803-1876)

Alexander Turney Stewart (1803-1876) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Lyman Beecher – 1775 – Clergyman

“Never chase a lie.  Let it alone, and it will run itself to death.”

Alexander Turney Stewart – 1803 – Businessman

“You must never actually cheat the customer, even if you can.  You must make her happy and satisfied, so she will come back.”

Aleister Crowley – 1875 – Critic

“The joy of life consists in the exercise of one’s energies, continual growth, constant change, the enjoyment of every new experience.  To stop means simply to die,  The eternal mistake of mankind is to set up an attainable ideal.”

Eugenio Montale – 1896 – Poet

“I do not go in search of poetry.  I wait for poetry to visit me.”

Jean Nidetch – 1923 – Businesswoman

“It’s choice – not chance – that determines your destiny.”

Cesar Pelli – 1926 – Architect

“I see my buildings as pieces of cities, and in my designs I try to make them into responsible and contributing citizens.”

Magnus Magnusson – 1929 – Journalist

“I love doing crosswords, it’s so important to keep the brain going.”

Dick Gregory – 1932 – Comedian

“Love is very dangerous if you just have love and don’t have the ability to be lovable.”

Luciano Pavarotti – 1935 – Opera Singer

“You don’t need any brains to listen to music.”

Anne Perry – 1938 – Novelist

“I wonder how often in the past I may have missed the good in people because I pre-judged, based on the differences?”

Chris Wallace – 1947 – Journalist

“You’ve got to keep an open mind.”

Richard Price – 1949 – Writer

“You can’t take a character anywhere they don’t expect the character to go.  But within those confines is where creativity lies.”

English: Luciano Pavarotti in Vélodrome Stadiu...

English: Luciano Pavarotti in Vélodrome Stadium, 15/06/02. Français : 41 Luciano Pavarotti – Stade Vélodrome (15/06/02) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Susan Anton – 1950 – Actress

“When you walk into a room, a healthy, beautiful smile is incredibly important.”

Hugh Jackman – 1968 – Actor

“There comes a certain point in life when you have to stop blaming other people for how you feel or the misfortunes in your life.  You can’t go through life obsessing about what might have been.”

Kirk Cameron – 1970 – Actor

“Put your nose into the Bible everyday.  It is your spiritual food.  And then share it.  Make a vow not to be a lukewarm Christian.”

Josh Hutcherson – 1992 – Actor

“Working with amazing people, you continue to learn and develop yourself, as an actor and as a person.”

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