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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!

December 2

on December 2, 2013
Leo Ornstein

Leo Ornstein (Photo credit: music2020)

Georges Seurat – 1859 – Artist

“Originality depends only on the character of the drawing and the vision peculiar to each artist.”

Leo Ornstein – 1892 – Composer

“I distrust anything that you don’t hear.”

John Barbirolli – 1899 – Conductor

“Do you know why conductors live so long?  Because we perspire so much.”

Russell Lynes – 1910 – Critic

“If you can’t ignore an insult, top it; if you can’t top it, laugh it off; and if you can’t laugh it off, it’s probably deserved.”

Adolph Green – 1914 – Playwright

“As a main ingredient to the show, it has to have truth, represent truth, or else it won’t last.”

Ray Walston – 1914 – Actor

“Talent will come out.”

John Barbirolli in the mid-1960s

John Barbirolli in the mid-1960s (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Howard Finster – 1916 – Artist

“Well, as far as I’m concerned, I’m not here to live a normal life.  I’m sent here on a mission.”

Henry Anatole Grunwald – 1922 – Editor

“Journalism can never be silent:  that is its greatest virtue and its greatest fault.  It must speak, and speak immediately, while the echoes of wonder, the claims of triumph and the signs of horror are still in the air.”

Maria Callas – 1923 – Musician

“When music fails to agree to the ear, to soothe the ear and the heart and the senses, then it has missed the point.”

Jonathan Frid – 1924 – Actor

“All fame ever does for you is get attention for the work you really want to do.”

Alexander Haig – 1924 – Public Servant

“I’m the only American alive or dead who presided unhappily over the removal of a vice president and a president.”

Julie Harris – 1925 – Actress

“I don’t know much about football but everyone seems to say that it is all about possession.”

Edwin Meese – 1931 – Public Servant

“An expert is somebody who is more than 50 miles from home, has no responsibility for implementing the advice he gives, and shows slides.”

Sissela Bok – 1934 – Philosopher

“Liars share with those they deceive the desire not to be deceived.”

Willie Brown – 1940 – Athlete

“In politics, a lie unanswered becomes truth within 24 hours.”

Penelope Spheeris – 1945 Director

“This generation has given up on growth.  They’re just hoping for survival.”

David Macaulay – 1946 – Artist

“I’m a big fan of the digestive system.”

Gianni Versace – 1946 – Designer

“In the past, people were born royal.  Nowadays, royalty comes from what you do.”

Helen Dunmore – 1952 – Poet

“A novel, in the end, is a container, a shape which you are trying to pour your story into.”

Joel Fuhrman – 1953 – Scientist

“Eating a high-nutrient diet actually makes you more satisfied with less food, and actually gives the ability to enjoy food more without overeating.”

Ann Patchett – 1963 – Author

“I think people become consumed with selling a book when they need to be consumed with writing it.”

Britney Spears – 1981 – Musician

“The cool thing about being famous is traveling.  I have always wanted to travel across the seas, like to Canada and stuff.”


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