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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 17

on December 17, 2013
Portrait Ludwig van Beethoven when composing t...

Portrait Ludwig van Beethoven when composing the Missa Solemnis (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

William Floyd – 1734 – Politician

“The one thing you can’t do when you’re highly ranked is relax.”

Ludwig van Beethoven – 1770 – Composer

“Recommend virtue to your children; it alone, not money, can make them happy.  I speak from experience.”

Humphry Davy – 1778 – Scientist

“Life is made up, not of great sacrifices or duties, but of little things, in which smiles and kindness, and small obligations given habitually, are what preserve the heart and secure comfort.”

Thomas Chandler Haliburton – 1796 – Author

“Nicknames stick to people, and the most ridiculous are the most adhesive.”

Joseph Henry – 1797 – Scientist

“Seeds of great discoveries are constantly floating around us, but they only take root in minds well prepared to receive them.”

John Greenleaf Whittier – 1807 – Poet

“For all sad words of tongue or pen, / The saddest are these:  ‘It might have been.'”

Thomas Starr King – 1824 – Clergyman

“What a year to live in!  Worth all other times ever known in our history or any other.”

Herbert Beerbohm Tree – 1852 – Actor

“A committee should consist of three men, two of whom are absent.”

English: Image of American poet John Greenleaf...
English: Image of American poet John Greenleaf Whittier. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Sylvia Ashton-Warner – 1908 – Educator

“Love has the quality of informing almost everything – even one’s work.”

Robert A. Dahl – 1915 – Writer

“Most of us take things for granted that at an earlier time remained to be discovered.”

Penelope Fitzgerald – 1916 – Poet

“If they don’t depend on true evidence, scientists are no better than gossips.”

William Safire – 1929 – Author

“The right to do something does not mean that doing it is right.”

George Lindsey – 1935 – Actor

“It takes 10 million failures to find the right stuff.”

Pope Francis I – 1936 – Clergyman

“An example I often use to illustrate the reality of vanity, is this:  look at the peacock; it’s beautiful if you look at it from the front.  But if you look at it from behind, you discover the truth . . . Whoever gives in to such self-absorbed vanity has huge misery hiding in them.”

Bernard Hill – 1944 – Actor

“I don’t understand why people expect tips.  In hotels you order food in your room, and it’s already more expensive from the room service menu, so it’s a cheek to expect a tip on top.  I do sometimes reward good service, but it should be at my discretion, and I’m not going to be held to ransom.”

Jack L. Chalker – 1944 – Author

“Decadence is wonderful.”

Chris Matthews – 1945 – Journalist

“Keep your enemies in front of you.”

Paula Radcliffe – 1973 – Athlete

“You can be strong and true to yourself without being rude or loud.”

Duff Goldman – 1974 – Chef

“When I got a deposit on my very first cake, I took that deposit and I bought some cake mix with it.  I’ve never taken a loan – ever.  And we’re doing this expansion just like everything we’ve done in this bakery as we’ve grown.  If we weren’t able to afford paying for something cash, we didn’t buy it.”


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