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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 15

on December 15, 2013


J. Paul Getty

J. Paul Getty (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Janos Bolyai – 1802 – Mathematician


“Mathematical discoveries, like springtime violets in the woods, have their season which no man can hasten or retard.”


Maxwell Anderson – 1888 – Playwright


“If you practice an art, be proud of it and make it proud of you.  It may break your heart, but it will fill your heart before it breaks it; it will make you a person in your own right.”


J. Paul Getty – 1892 – Industrialist


“If you get up early, work late, and pay your taxes, you will get ahead – if you strike oil.”


Betty Smith – 1896 – Novelist


“Look at everything as though you were seeing it for the first time or the last time.  Then your time on earth will be filled witih glory.”


Oscar Niemeyer – 1907 – Architect


“Surprise is key in all art.”


Stan Kenton – 1911 – Musician


“I don’t think you can replace great themes.  But I think people do want to hear fresh arrangements of them.  They don’t want to hear them played the same way all the time.”


Muriel Rukeyser – 1913 – Poet


“Nourish beginnings, let us nourish beginnings.  Not all things are blest, but the seeds of all things are blest.  The blessing is in the seed.”


Maurice Wilkins – 1916 – Scientist


“I mean, the general rule is if you’re not prepared to make a mistake, you’re not going to make much progress.”


Freeman Dyson – 1923 – Physicist


“You ask:  what is the meaning or purpose of life?  I can only answer with another question:  do you think we are wise enough to read God’s mind?”


Friedensreich Hundertwasser – 1928 – Architect


“When we dream alone it is only a dream, but when many dream together it is the beginning of a new reality.”

English: Freeman Dyson
English: Freeman Dyson (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Edna O’Brien – 1932 – Novelist


“My hand does the work and I don’t have to think; in fact, were I to think, it would stop the flow.  It’s like a dam in the brain that bursts.”


Tim Conway – 1933 – Actor


“I’ve never really taken anything very seriously.  I enjoy life because I enjoy making other people enjoy it.”


John Taylor Gatto – 1935 – Educator


“Grades don’t measure anything other than your relevant obedience to a manager.”


John Sladek – 1937 – Author


“I have a kind of standard explanation why, which goes like this:  Science fiction is one way of making sense out of a senseless world.”


Don Johnson – 1949 – Actor


“I’m just a simple guy swimming in a sea of sharks.”


Alan Kulwicki – 1954 – Athlete


“In every aspect of life, have a game plan, and then do your best to achieve it.”


John Lee Hancock – 1956 – Writer


“I think all the anger and cynicism comes from suppressing things that we always wanted.”


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