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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!

November 11

English: Hans Magnus Enzensberger (b. 1929), G...

English: Hans Magnus Enzensberger (b. 1929), German writer (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Paracelsus – 1493 – Scientist

“The art of healing comes from nature, not from the physician.  Therefore the physician must start from nature, with an open mind.”

Arthur Young – 1741 – Writer

“Science already contained all that was necessary, if you just brought it out.”

Fyodor Dostoevsky – 1821 – Novelist

“The greatest happiness is to know the source of unhappiness.”

Thomas Bailey Aldrich – 1836 – Poet

“A man is known by the company his mind keeps.”

Paul Signac – 1863 – Artist

“The golden age has not passed; it lies in the future.”

Maude Adams – 1872 – Actress

“Don’t be afraid of failure; be afraid of petty success.”

George Patton – 1885 – General in the United States Army

“Never tell people how to do things.  Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity.”

Gordon W. Allport – 1897 – Psychologist

“So many tangles in life are ultimately hopeless that we have no appropriate sword other than laughter.”

Daisy Bates – 1914 – Activist

“The man who never makes a mistake always takes orders from one who does.  No man or woman who tries to pursue an ideal in his or her own way is without enemies.”

Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. – 1922 – Author

“I really wonder what gives us the right to wreck this poor planet of ours.”

Jonathan Winters – 1925 – Comedian

Leonardo DiCaprio

Leonardo DiCaprio (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“I couldn’t wait for success, so I went ahead without it.”

Hans Magnus Enzensberger – 1929 – Author

“Culture is a little like dropping an Alka-Seltzer into a glass – you don’t see it, but somehow it does something.”

Mike Melville – 1940 – Aviator

“What you want to do, and what you can do, is limited only by what you can dream.”

Demi Moore – 1962 – Actress (Demetria Guynes)

“Not caring more about what other people think than what you think.  That’s freedom.”

Calista Flockhart – 1964 – Actress

“Actually, I take it as a compliment.  Diva is a derivative of divine.  That’s quite a title to carry around.”

Tyler Christopher – 1974 – Actor

“Acting is about acting, not about being a movie star.”

Leonardo DiCaprio – 1974 Actor

“Don’t think for a moment that I’m really like any of the characters I’ve played.  I’m not.  That’s why it’s called ‘acting’.”

Victor Cruz – 1986 – Professional Football Player

“There’s only one life.  There’s no repeats.  You only get one life, and you gotta take advantage of it.”

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November 10

"Fredrich von Schiller", lithograph

“Fredrich von Schiller”, lithograph (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Martin Luther – 1483 – Leader

“Let the wife make the husband glad to come home, and let him make her sorry to see him leave.”

William Hogarth – 1697 – Artist

“I have generally found that persons who had studied painting least were the best judges of it.”

Oliver Goldsmith – 1730 – Writer

“People seldom improve when they have no other model but themselves to copy after.”

Friedrich Schiller – 1759 – Dramatist

“Happy he who learns to bear what he cannot change.”

Vachel Lindsay – 1879 – Poet

“You can’t crush ideas by suppressing them.  You can only crush them by ignoring them.”

Richard Burton – 1925 – Actor

“False friendship, like the ivy, decays and ruins the walls it embraces; but true friendship gives new life and animation to the object it supports.”

Roy Scheider – 1932 – Actor

“Freedom is a muscle . . . you have to exercise it.”

Mackenzie Phillips – 1959 – Actress

“Forgiveness is not to give the other person peace.  Forgiveness is for you.  Take that opportunity.”

a photo of poet Vachel Lindsay circa 1912

a photo of poet Vachel Lindsay circa 1912 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Sammy Sosa – 1968 – Athlete

“Make yourself comfortable in everything you do.”

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November 9

Marie Dressler, head-and-shoulders portrait, f...

Marie Dressler, head-and-shoulders portrait, facing front, wearing hat (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Benjamin Banneker – 1731 – Astronomer and Scientist

“Presumption should never make us neglect that which appears easy to us, not despair make us lose courage at the sight of difficulties.”

Julie de Lespinasse – 1732 – Author

“The logic of the heart is absurd.”

Marie Dressler – 1869 – Actress

“No vice is so bad as advice.”

Muhammad Iqbal – 1877 – Poet

“The ultimate aim of the ego is not to see something, but to be something.”

Hermann Weyl – 1885 – Mathematician

“You can not apply mathematics as long as words still becloud reality.”

Ed Wynn – 1886 – Entertainer

“I’ve found a formula for avoiding these exaggerated fears of age; you take care of every day – let the calendar take care of the years.”

Jean Monnet – 1888 – Politician

“Everybody is ambitious.  The question is whether he is ambitious to be or ambitious to do.”

Kay Thompson – 1909 – Author

Ed Wynn

Ed Wynn (Photo credit: twm1340)

“Getting bored is not allowed.”

Hedy Lamarr – 1914 – Actress (Hedwig Eva Maria Kiesler)

“I advise everybody not to save:  spend your money.  Most people save all their lives and leave it to somebody else.  Money is to be enjoyed.”

Spiro T. Agnew – 1918 – Vice President of the United States

“Some newspapers are fit only to line the bottom of bird cages.”

Joy Page – 1924 – Actress

“Your inner knowing is your only true compass.”

Robert Frank – 1924 – Photographer

“Black and white are the colors of photography.  To me they symbolize the alternatives of hope and despair to which mankind is forever subjected.”

Hugh Leonard – 1926 – Dramatist

“As somebody once said, we’re not punished for our sins, we’re punished by them.”

Ronald Harwood – 1934 – Playwright

“Easier to climb up, than to just hang on.”

Carl Sagan – 1934 – Scientist

“Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.”

Lou Ferrigno – 1952 – Actor

“The attitude is very important.  Because, your behavior radiates how you feel.”

Krista Tippett – 1960 – Journalist

“Fear usually looks like anger.”

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November 8

William Wirt (November 8, 1772 – February 18, ...

William Wirt (November 8, 1772 – February 18, 1834) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Sarah Fielding – 1710 – Author

“The words of kindness are more healing to a drooping heart than balm or honey.”

Richard Cecil – 1748 – Clergyman

“The first step towards knowledge is to know that we are ignorant.”

William Wirt – 1772 – Statesman

“Seize the moment of excited curiosity on any subject to solve your doubts; for if you let it pass, the desire may never return, and you may remain in ignorance.”

Bram Stoker – 1847 – Writer

“How blessed are some people, whose lives have no fears, no dreads; to whom sleep is a blessing that comes nightly, and brings nothing but sweet dreams.”

Dorothy Day – 1897 – Activist

“Food for the body is not enough.  There must be food for the soul.”

Margaret Mitchell – 1900 – Novelist

“The world can forgive practically anything except people who mind their own business.”

Martha Gellhorn – 1908 – Journalist

“Citizenship is a tough occupation which obliges the citizen to make his own informed opinion and stand by it.”

Robert Strauss – 1913 – Actor

“It’s a little like wrestling a gorilla.  You don’t quit when you’re tired – you quit when the gorilla is tired.”

June Havoc – 1916 – Actress

“You are all you will ever have for certain.”

Frank McGuire – 1916 – Coach

“In this country, when you finish second, no one knows your name.”

Peter Weiss – 1916 – Writer

“We’re all so clogged with dead ideas passed from generation to generation that even the best of us don’t know the way out.”

Jerome Hines – 1921 – Musician

“Happy is the person who cherishes the precious lessons of the past and lives vigorously in the present.”

English: Gordon Ramsay portrait

English: Gordon Ramsay portrait (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Christiaan Barnard – 1922 – Scientist

“On Saturday, I was a surgeon in South Africa, very little known.  On Monday, I was world renowned.”

Patti Page – 1927 – Singer

“I can tell it all in song:  pathos, gladness, love, joy, unhappiness.”

Bobby Bowden – 1929 – Coach

“Don’t go to the grave with life unused.”

Morley Safer – 1931 – Journalist

“You can never have enough garlic.  With enough garlic, you can eat The New York Times.”

Bonnie Raitt – 1949 – Musician

“I would rather feel things in extreme than not at all.”

Kazuo Ishiguro – 1954 – Author

“When you become a parent, or a teacher, you turn into a manager of this whole system.  You become the person controlling the bubble of innocence around a child, regulating it.”

Leif Garrett – 1961 – Musician

“Stay on top of your finances.  Don’t leave that up to others.”

Gordon Ramsay – 1966 – Chef

“The minute you start compromising for the sake of massaging somebody’s ego, that’s it, game over.”

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November 7

Marie Curie

Marie Curie (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Robert Dale Owen – 1801 – Politician

“Men ever follow willingly a daring leader:  most willingly of all, in great emergencies.”

Marie Curie – 1867 – Scientist

“Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood.  Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.”

Konrad Lorenz – 1903 Scientist

“We do not take humor seriously enough.”

Albert Camus – 1913 – Writer

“Every minute of life carries with it its miraculous value, and its face of eternal youth.”

Billy Graham – 1918 – Clergyman

“When wealth is lost, nothing is lost; when health is lost, something is lost; when character is lost, all is lost.”

Al Hirt – 1922 – Musician

“A little bit of this, a little bit of that.  I never had any specific style.”

Helen Garner – 1942 – Novelist

“I like poking my nose into other people’s lives.”

Tom Peters – 1942 – Businessman

“If a window of opportunity appears, don’t pull down the shade.”

Joni Mitchell – 1943 – Musician

“Sorrow is so easy to express and yet so hard to tell.”

Charlie Bell – 1960 – Businessman

Albert Camus, Nobel prize winner, half-length ...

Albert Camus, Nobel prize winner, half-length portrait, seated at desk, facing left, smoking cigarette (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“Life is not a rehearsal.”

Bryant H. McGill – 1969 – Author

“One of the most sincere forms of respect is actually listening to what another has to say.”

Lucas Neff – 1985 – Actor

“It’s ridiculous.  My life’s been a series of happy accidents.”

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November 6

John Philip Sousa, the composer of the song.

John Philip Sousa, the composer of the song. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

John Philip Sousa – 1854 – Musician

“I have always believed that 98% of a student’s progress is due to his own efforts, and 2% to his teacher.”

James Naismith – 1861 – Inventor

“Be strong in body, clean in mind, lofty in ideals.”

Herbert Samuel – 1870 – Statesman

“It takes two to make a marriage a success and only one to make it a failure.”

Robert Musil – 1880 – Writer

“It is, all in all, a historic error to believe that the master makes the school; the students make it!”

Gus Kahn – 1886 – Musician

“I’d rather be lonely than happy with somebody else.”

Walter Johnson – 1887 – Athlete

“I throw as hard as I can when I think I have to throw as hard as I can.”

Harold Ross – 1892 – Editor

“Editing is the same as quarrelling with writers – same thing exactly.”

Edsel Ford – 1893 – Businessman

“There are no crown princes at Ford.”

Carl Rakosi – 1903 – Poet

“Friends are not made, but recognized.”

Ray Conniff – 1916 – Musician

“If you believe in your art, and you love what you do, that energy will go out, and people will respond.”

Frank Carson – 1926 – Comedian

“I don’t think my wife likes me very much, when I had a heart attack she wrote for an ambulance.”

Edsel Bryant Ford (1893 – 1943), president of ...

Edsel Bryant Ford (1893 – 1943), president of Ford Motor Company (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Zig Ziglar – 1926 – Author and Motivational Speaker (Hilary Hinton Ziglar)

“Your attitude, not your aptitude, will determine your altitude.”

Mark McCormack – 1930 – Businessman

“Commit yourself to quality from day one  . .  it’s better to do nothing at all than to do something badly.”

Mike Nichols – 1931 – Director

“Nerves provide me with energy . . . It’s when I don’t have them, when I feel at ease, that’s when I get worried.”

Eugene H. Peterson – 1932 – Clergyman

“People are not problems to be solved.  They are mysteries to be explored.”

Brian Weiss – 1944 – Scientist

“What is the biggest thing that stops people from living their lives in the present moment?  Fear – and we must learn how to overcome fear.”

Sally Field – 1946 – Actress

“It took me a long time not to judge myself through someone else’s eyes.”

Maria Shriver – 1955 – Journalist

“When the world is so complicated, the simple gift of friendship is within all of our hands.”

Ethan Hawke – 1970 – Actor

“There’s something about knowing life is finite that makes it so precious.”

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November 5

Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Ella Wheeler Wilcox (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Isaac de Benserade – 1613 – Poet

“The shameful never have dear friends.”

Washington Allston – 1779 – Artist

“The only competition worthy of a wise man is with himself.”

Ella Wheeler Wilcox – 1850 – Writer

“There is no chance,  no destiny, no fate, that can circumvent or hinder or control the firm resolve of a determined soul.”

Eugene V. Debs – 1855 – Politician

“It is better to vote for what you want and not get it than to vote for what you don’t want and get it.”

Ida Tarbell – 1857 – Journalist and Social Reformer

“Imagination is the only key to the future.  Without it none exists – with it all things are possible.”

Will Durant – 1885 – Historian

“Education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance.”

John B. S. Haldane – 1892 – Scientist

“A fairly bright boy is far more intelligent and far better company than the average adult.”

Joel McCrea – 1905 – Actor

“After 87 pictures in 47 years, I knew when to quit.”

Lord Patrick Devlin – 1905 – Lawyer

“The most important thing for a judge is – curiously enough – judgment.”

Roy Rogers – 1911 – Actor (Leonard Franklin Slye)

“Today they’re making pictures that I wouldn’t want Trigger to see.”

Vivian Leigh – 1913 – Actress

“Life is too short to work so hard.”

Eugene V. Debs photo portrait, half, facing right.

Eugene V. Debs photo portrait, half, facing right. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

George A. Sheehan – 1918 – Writer

“Success means having the courage, the determination, and the will to become the person you believe you were meant to be.”

Paul Desmond – 1924 – Musician

“Writing is like jazz.  It can be learned, but it can’t be taught.”

John Berger – 1926 – Artist

“What makes photography a strange invention is that its primary raw materials are light and time.”

Frank Adams – 1930 – Mathematician

“What this country needs is a good five-cent nickel.”

Ike Turner – 1931 – Musician

“I believe I was ahead of my time.”

Art Garfunkel – 1941 – Musician

“I did have a lucky thing going on there in my throat.”

Loleatta Holloway – 1946 – Singer and Musician

“I never thought of myself as a good singer.”

Bob Barr – 1948 – Politician and Lawyer

“It’s not a gun control problem; it’s a cultural control problem.”

Daniel Gilbert – 1957 – Playwright

“The secret of happiness is variety, but the secret of variety, like the secret of all spices, is knowing when to use it.”

Tilda Swinton – 1960 – Actress (Katherine Mitilda Swinton)

“Faith is in the eye of the beholder.”

Tatum O’Neal – 1963 – Actress

“I felt privileged to be a facet of such a jewel in the crown of American cinema.”

James Collins – 1973 – Athlete

“And an integrated life is one where you’re able to fit the different pieces of your life together in seamless fashion.”

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November 4

English: Legendary CBS newsman Walter Cronkite...

English: Legendary CBS newsman Walter Cronkite speaks at a ceremony at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington celebrating the 35th anniversary of Apollo 11 in 2004. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Stephen J. Field – 1816 – Judge

“When the judges shall be obligated to go armed, it will be time for the courts to be closed.”

Eden Phillpotts – 1862 – Novelist

“The universe is full of magical things, patiently waiting for our wits to grown sharper.”

George Moore – 1873 – Philosopher

“A man travels the world over in search of what he needs and returns home to find it.”

Will Rogers – 1879 – Humorist

“Half our life is spent trying to find something to do with the time we have rushed through life trying to save.”

Bob Considine – 1906 – Journalist

“I believe in opening mail once a month, whether it needs it or not.”

Walter Cronkite – 1916 – Journalist

“There is no such thing as a little freedom.  Either you are all free, or you are not free.”

Doris Roberts – 1931 – Actress

“Everybody’s a teacher if you listen.”

Doris Roberts

Doris Roberts (Photo credit: Sharon Graphics)

Loretta Swit – 1937 – Actress

“If you care enough, you make a difference.”

Edward Whitacre. Jr. – 1941 – Businessman

“I find people to be people everywhere.  Everyone wants the same thing – be successful.”

Laura Bush – 1946 – First Lady Wife of President George W. Bush

“The power of a book lies in its power to turn a solitary act into a shared vision.  As long as we have books, we are not alone.”

Robert Mapplethorpe – 1946 – Photographer

“You’re never going to get anywhere in life if you don’t live up to your obligations.”

Charles Frazier – 1950 – Novelist

“It always helps me connect with characters, to think about music they respond to.”

Kathy Griffin – 1961 – Comedian

“I’m always listening and watching; my ear is like a boom mike.  And judging, frankly.  Constantly judging.”

Ralph Macchio – 1962 – Actor

“The truth is, you have a much richer life if you somehow lead one that you can hold together.”

Jeff Probst – 1962 – Entertainer

“The thing that surprises me most is, you cannot change who you are.”

John Battelle – 1965 – Businessman

“The only thing Google has failed to do, so far, is fail.”

Sean “Puffy” Combs – 1969 – Singer and Songwriter

“If you dream and you believe, you can do it.”

Matthew McConaughey – 1969 – Actor

“Life is a series of commas, not periods.”

Bethenney Frankel – 1970 – Businesswoman

“Your diet is a bank account.  Good food choices are good investments.”

Luis Figo – 1972 – Athlete

“The mistake is to imagine that perfection is possible when the very idea is unthinkable.”

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November 3

Shirley Chisholm, future member of the U.S. Ho...

Shirley Chisholm, future member of the U.S. House of Representatives (D-NY), announcing her candidacy. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

William C. Bryant – 1794 – Poet

“Winning isn’t everything, but it beats anything in second place.”

Andre Malraux – 1901 – Author

“Often the difference between a successful person and a failure is not one has better abilities or ideas, but the courage that one has to bet on one’s ideas, to take a calculated risk – and to act.”

Walker Evans – 1903 – Photographer

“Stare, pry, eavesdrop.  Die knowing something.  You are not here long.”

James Reston – 1909 – Journalist

“A government is the only vessel that leaks from the top.”

Edith Schaeffer – 1914 – Author

“People throw away what they could have by insisting on perfection, which they cannot have, and looking for it where they will never find it.”

Bob Feller – 1918 – Athlete

“Life comes down to honesty and doing what’s right.  That’s what’s most important.”

Russell B. Long – 1918 – Politician

“A tax loophole is something that benefits the other guy.  If it benefits you, it is tax reform.”

Charles Bronson – 1920 – Actor

“I guess I look like a rock quarry that someone has dynamited.”

Shirley Chisholm – 1924 – Politician

“You don’t make progress by standing on the sidelines, whimpering, and complaining.  You make progress by implementing ideas.”

Phil Crane – 1930 – Politician

“As my dad said, you have an obligation to leave the world better than how you found it.  And he also reminds us to be givers in this life, and not takers.”

Drew Lewis – 1931 – Businessman

“Saying sulfates do not cause acid rain is the same as saying that smoking does not cause lung cancer.”

Albert Reynolds – 1932 – Politician

“I am convinced that nobody should be afraid of peace.”

Anna Wintour – 1949 – Editor

Dennis Miller

Dennis Miller (Photo credit: texas_mustang)

“I surround myself with a talented group of people that are opinionated and interesting.  I try to remain very open to what others have to say.”

Roseanne Barr – 1952 – Actress

“The thing women have yet to learn is nobody gives you power.  You just take it.”

Dennis Miller – 1953 – Comedian

“You know there is a problem with the education system when you realize that out of the 3 R’s only one begins with an R.”

Phil Katz – 1962 – Scientist

“It was just a hobby.  I didn’t expect it to turn into a business.”

Jamie Zawinski – 1968 – Scientist

“My one purpose in life is to serve as a warning to others.”

Gemma Ward – 1987 – Actress

“I realize you can’t please everyone.”

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November 2

English: James K. Polk - 11th President of the...

English: James K. Polk – 11th President of the United States (1845-1849) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Daniel Boone – 1734 – Explorer

“I have never been lost, but I will admit to being confused for several weeks.”

Marie Antoinette – 1755 – French Royalty

“There is nothing new except what has been forgotten.”

James K. Polk – 1795 – 11th President of the United States

“No president who performs his duties faithfully and conscientiously can have any leisure.”

Georges Sorel – 1847 – Philosopher

“Hate is able to provoke disorders, to ruin a social organization, to cast a country into a period of bloody revolutions; but it produces nothing.”

Warren G. Harding – 1865 – 29th President of the United States

“America’s present need is not heroics but healing; not nostrums but normalcy; not revolution but restoration.”

Harlow Shapley – 1885 – Scientist

“Theories crumble, but good observations never fade.”

Burt Lancaster – 1913 – Actor

“Sell yourself first, if you want to sell anything.”

Paul Johnson – 1928 – Journalist

“Courage is the essential element in any great public man or woman.”

Bill Gothard –  1934 – Clergyman

“A message prepared in the mind reaches the mind; a message prepared in a life reaches a life.”

Rose Bird – 1936 – Judge

English: Warren G. Harding

English: Warren G. Harding (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“My role isn’t to be politically smart.  My role is to do what’s right under the constitution.  And if that’s politically unpopular, so be it.”

Pat Buchanan – 1938 – Journalist

“The food that enters the mind must be watched as closely as the food that enters the body.”

Stefanie Powers – 1942 – Actress

“‘Bossy’ is someone who bosses people around without reason.”

Lois McMaster Bujold – 1949 – Writer

“What you are is a question only you can answer.”

Shahrukh Khan –  1965 – Actor

“Success is not a good teacher, failure makes you humble.”

Nelly –  1974 – Musician (Cornell Iral Haynes, Jr.)

“I don’t believe in luck.  I believe everything happens for a reason.”

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