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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 9

on December 9, 2013
English: Photo of Commander Douglas Fairbanks,...

English: Photo of Commander Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. from an official U.S. Navy web site. The material on the web site was adapted from: “Commander Douglas Elton Fairbanks, Jr., U.S.N.R.,” produced by the Navy Office of Information, dated 2 September 1948, Biographies, 20th Century, Navy Department Library. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

John Milton – 1608 – Poet

“Confidence impacts a wonderful inspiration to its possessor.”

George Grossmith – 1847 – Actor

“I left the room with silent dignity, but caught my foot in the mat.”

Joseph Pilates – 1883 – Businessman

“By exercising your stomach muscles, you wring out the body, you don’t catch colds, you don’t get cancer, you don’t get hernias.  Do animals get hernias?  Do animals go on diets?”

Herione Gingold – 1897 – Actress

“Fighting is essentially a masculine idea; a woman’s weapon is her tongue.”

Emmett Kelly – 1898 – Professional Clown

“By laughing at me, the audience really laughs at themselves, and realizing they have done this gives them sort of a spiritual second wind for going back into the battles of life.”

Margaret Hamilton – 1902 – Actress

“It’s not subtle or restrained.  It’s not any of the things you like to think apply to your acting.”

Louis Kronenberger – 1904 – Critic

“Old age is an excellent time for outrage.  My goal is to say or do at least one outrageous thing every week.”

Dalton Trumbo – 1905 – Novelist

“The only kind of love worth having is the kind that goes on living and laughing and fighting and loving.”

Grace Hopper – 1906 – Scientist

“A ship in port is safe, but that’s not what ships are built for.”

Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. – 1909 – Actor

“I was only saying to the Queen the other day how I hate name dropping.”

Broderick Crawford – 1911 – Actor

“If you’re going to be a bum, be the biggest.  If you’re going to blow it, blow it big.”

Thomas P. O’Neill – 1912 – Politician

“A good lesson in keeping your perspective is:  Take your job seriously but don’t take yourself seriously.”

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Ashleigh Brilliant (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Kirk Douglas – 1916 – Actor

“In order to achieve anything you must be brave enough to fail.”

Redd Foxx – 1922 – Comedian (John Elroy Sanford)

“Health nuts are going to feel stupid someday, lying in hospitals dying of nothing.”

Benny Green – 1927 – Musician

“A jazz musician is a juggler who uses harmonies instead of oranges.”

Dick Van Patten – 1928 – Actor

“The only honest reaction and true loyalty we get is from our animals.  Once they’re your friends, you can do no wrong.”

Ashleigh Brilliant – 1933 – Author and Cartoonist

“Why does life keep teaching me lessons I have no desire to learn?”

Judi Dench – 1934 – Actress

“I don’t think anybody can be told how to act.  I think you can give advice.  But you have to find your own way through it.”

Beau Bridges – 1941 – Actor (Lloyd Vernet Bridges III)

“I also like to garden.  I grow things, vegetables, flowers . . . I particularly like orchids.  I raise orchids.”

Joe McGinniss – 1942 – Author

“Politics, in a sense, has always been a con game.”

Dick Butkus – 1942 – Athlete

“When I played pro football, I never set out to hurt anyone deliberately – unless it was, you know, important, like a league game or something.”

Joanna Trollope – 1943 – Novelist

“I am often criticized for being rather accessible.”

Gioconda Belli – 1948 – Author

“The world has always gone forward when people have dared to have crazy ideas.”

Tom Kite – 1949 – Athlete

“You can always find a distraction if you’re looking for one.”

Donny Osmond – 1957 – Musician

“You have to believe in yourself, otherwise you can’t do it.  If you don’t believe in yourself, how do you expect anyone else to?  Because ultimately, you’re the one who has to do it.”

Princess Masako – 1964 – Japanese Royalty

“At times I experience hardship in trying to find the proper point of balance between traditional things and my own personality.”

Jesse Metcalfe – 1978 – Actor

“It’s a privilege to act, and you have to protect and cherish it.”

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