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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 21

Leopold Von Ranke – 1795 – Historian

“He who overcomes himself is divine.  Most see their ruin before their eyes; but they go on into it.”

Benjamin Disraeli – 1804 – British Statesman

“Nothing in life is more remarkable than the unnecessary anxiety we endure, and generally create ourselves.”

Thomas Couture – 1815 – Artist

“Knowing how to paint and to use one’s colors rightly has not any connection with originality.  This originality consists in properly expressing your own impressions.”

James Lane Allen – 1849 – Author

“All that a man achieves and all that he fails to achieve is the direct results of his own thoughts.”

Frances Goodrich – 1890 – Dramatist

“Every time you hear a bell ring, it means that some angel just got his wings.”

Walter Hagen – 1892 – Athlete

“Make the hard ones look easy and the easy ones look hard.”

Rebecca West – 1892 – Author

“The main difference between men and women is that men are lunatics and women are idiots.”

Eric Johnston – 1896 – Businessman

“The dinosaur’s eloquent lesson is that if some bigness is good, an overabundance of bigness is not necessarily better.”

Anthony Powell – 1905 – Novelist

“Growing old’s like being increasingly penalized for a crime you haven’t committed.”

Joe Paterno – 1924 – Coach

“Success without honor is an unseasoned dish; it will satisfy your hunger, but it won’t taste good.”

Paul Kurtz – 1925 – Philosopher

“The meaning of life is not to be discovered only after death in some hidden, mysterious realm; on the contrary, it can be found by eating the succulent fruit of the Tree of Life and by living in the here and now as fully and creatively as we can.”

Edward Hoagland – 1932 – Author

“In order to really enjoy a dog, one doesn’t merely try to train him to be semi-human.  The point of it is to open oneself to the possibility of becoming partly a dog.”

Phil Donahue – 1935 – Television Show Host

“In reality, the most important things happen when you don’t look for them.”

Jane Fonda – 1937 – Actress

“The people who did you wrong or who didn’t quite know how to show up, you forgive them.  And forgiving them allows you to forgive yourself too.”

Frank Zappa – 1940 – Musician

“Art is making something out of nothing and selling it.”

Chris Evert – 1954 – Professional Tennis Player

“If you’re a champion, you have to have it in your heart.”

Jane Kaczmarek – 1955 – Actress

“I think it’s a pretty good day if I can get through it without lifting a finger.”

Ray Romano – 1957 – Actor

“I have this mistress:  show business.”

Florence Griffith Joyner – 1959 – Athlete

“A muscle is like a car.  If you want it to run well early in the morning, you have to warm it up.”

Andy Van Slyke – 1960 – Athlete

“Every season has its peaks and valleys.  What you have to try to do is eliminate the Grand Canyon.”

Kiefer Sutherland – 1966 – Actor

“I think the most attractive thing is a sense of humour.  If someone can make you laugh, you’ve gotten a lot out of the way.”

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December 20

John Fletcher – 1579 – Dramatist

“He never is alone that is accompanied with noble thoughts.”

Elsie de Wolfe – 1865 – Actress

“It is the personality of the mistress that the home expresses.  Men are forever guests in our homes, no matter how much happiness they may find there.”

Harvey S. Firestone – 1868 – Businessman

“The secret of my success if a two word answer:  Know people.”

Ramana Maharshi – 1879 – Philosopher

“No one succeeds without effort . . .  Those who succeed owe their success to perseverance.”

Branch Rickey – 1881 – Athlete

“Never surrender opportunity for security.”

Susanne Langer – 1895 – Philosopher

“If we would have new knowledge, we must get a whole world of new questions.”

Irene Dunne – 1898 – Actress

“I always believed in my characters.  I lived them.”

Sidney Hook – 1902 – Philosopher

“Everyone who remembers his own education remembers teachers, not methods and techniques.  The teacher is the heart of the educational system.”

Max Lerner – 1902 – Journalist

“When you choose the lesser of two evils, always remember that it is still an evil.”

Morrie Schwartz – 1916 – Educator

“So many people walk around with a meaningless life.  They seem half-asleep, even when they’re busy doing things they think are important.  This is because they’re chasing the wrong things.”

David Bohm – 1917 – Scientist

“The ability to perceive or think differently is more important than the knowledge gained.”

Charles E. Young – 1931 – Educator

“Standing up and teaching is grueling, but grueling fun.”

William Julius Wilson – 1935 – Sociologist

“But the person who scored well on an SAT will not necessarily be the best lawyer or the best businessman.  These tests do not measure character, leadership, creativity, perseverance.”

Sandra Cisneros – 1954 – Author

“I always tell people that I became a writer not because I went to school but because my mother took me to the library.  I wanted to become a writer so I could see my name in the card catalog.”

Bill Walsh – 1961 – Editor

“Nothing is more effective than sincere, accurate praise, and nothing is more lame than a cookie-cutter compliment.”

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December 19

Italo Svevo – 1861 – Businessman

“There are three things I always forget.  Names, faces and . . . the third I can’t remember.”

Minnie Maddern Fiske – 1865 – Actress

“Above all, ignore the audience.”

Eleanor Porter – 1868 – Novelist

“My relationship with ‘Pollyanna’ is a very personal one, because Pollyanna got me through my childhood.”

Carter G. Woodson – 1875 – Historian

“Those who have no record of what their forebears have accomplished lose the inspiration which comes from the teaching of biography and history.”

Ford Frick – 1894 – Journalist

“Avoid sarcasm.  Don’t insist on the last word.”

Ralph Richardson – 1902 – Actor

“Acting is merely the art of keeping a large group of people from coughing.”

H. Allen Smith – 1907 – Journalist

“The human animal differs from the lesser primates in his passion for lists.”

Jean Genet – 1910 – Dramatist

“Worse than not realizing the dreams of your youth, would be to have been young and never dreamed at all.”

Edith Piaf – 1915 – Singer

“Singing is a way of escaping.  It’s another world.  I’m no longer on earth.”

Cicely Tyson – 1933 – Actress

“Challenges make you discover things about yourself that you never really knew.”

Richard Leakey – 1944 – Environmentalist

“To investigate the history of man’s development, the most important finds are, of course, hominid fossils.”

Tim Reid – 1944 – Actor

“Just having hope ain’t going to cut it.  You’ve got to have hope, passion and skills.”

Alice Barrett – 1956 – Actress

“So every single day, I found something to be grateful for and that’s a powerful lesson.”

Reggie White – 1961 – Athlete

“God places the heaviest burden on those who can carry its weight.”

Richard Hammond – 1969 – Entertainer

“I like to think that my arrogance, impetuosity, impatience, selfishness and greed are the qualities that make me the lovable chap I am.”

Alyssa Milano – 1972 – Actress

“A big part of life is realizing what you’re good at.”

Brandon Sanderson – 1975 – Writer

“The more limitations you put on a character, often times the better a character you’ll make them, the more interesting the story becomes because the character can’t simply wave a hand and make something happen.  They have to work within the framework.”

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December 18

Edwin Armstrong, developer of FM Radio

Edwin Armstrong, developer of FM Radio (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Lyman Abbott – 1835 – Author

“Every life is a march from innocence, through temptation, to virtue or vice.”

Francis Thompson – 1859 – Poet

“All things by immortal power.  Near or far, to each other linked are, that thou canst not stir a flower without troubling a star.”

Hector Hugh Munro – 1870 – Novelist

“Hors d’oeuvres have always a pathetic interest for me; they remind me of one’s childhood that one goes through wondering what the next course is going to be like – and during the rest of the menu one wishes one had eaten more of the hors d’oeuvres.”

Ty Cobb – 1886 – Professional Baseball Player

“The great trouble with baseball today is that most of the players are in the game for the money and that’s it, not for the love of it, the excitement of it, the thrill of it.”

Edwin Armstrong – 1890 – Inventor

“It ain’t ignorance that causes all the trouble in this world.  It’s the things people know that ain’t so.”

Christopher Fry – 1907 – Playwright

“In tragedy every moment is eternity; in comedy, eternity is a moment.”

Celia Johnson – 1908 – Actress

“Don’t remember me as too nice or beautiful or funny, because then you’ll be disappointed.”

Alfred Bester – 1913 – Author

“I’m a great believer in people and their untapped potential.”

Betty Grable – 1916 – Actress

“The practice of putting women on pedestals began to die out when it was discovered that they could give orders better from there.”

Ossie Davis – 1917 – Actor

“Any form of art is a form of power; it has impact, it can affect change – it can not only move us, it makes us move.”

Allen Klein – 1931 – Businessman

“Your attitude is like a box of crayons that color your world.  Constantly color your picture gray, and your picture will always be bleak.  Try adding some bright colors to the picture by including humor, and your picture begins to lighten up.”

Marc Rich – 1934 – Businessman

“If you are too proud, you don’t do business.”

Celia Johnson
Celia Johnson (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Jacques Pepin – 1935 – Chef

“My palate is simpler than it used to be.  A young chef adds and adds and adds to the plate.  As you get older, you start to take away.”

Alan Rudolph – 1943 – Director

“It’s part of the general global hypnotism to accept lies as the new truth.”

Keith Richards – 1943 – Musician

“Everyone talks about rock these days; the problem is they forgot about the roll.”

Steven Spielberg – 1947 – Director and Producer

“When I grow up, I still want to be a director.”

Randy Castillo – 1950 – Musician

“My best investment is my imagination, because it has never failed to bring me my greatest returns!”

Leonard Maltin – 1950 – Critic

“Audiences deserve better.”

David Chipperfield – 1953 – Architect

“Britain loves a bargain, but you don’t get good, lasting architecture on the cheap.”

Vijay Mallya – 1955 – Businessman

“I run my own world, because I very firmly believe that my destiny, my future is in my hands and I don’t want to blame anybody else for the path that I take.”

Ron White – 1956 – Comedian

“I had the right to remain silent . . . but I didn’t have the ability.”

Brad Pitt – 1963 – Actor

“You must lose everything in order to gain anything.”

Katie Holmes – 1978 – Actress

“We all keep dreaming, and luckily, dreams come true.”

Christina Aguilera – 1980 – Musician

“I’m an ocean, because I’m really deep.  If you search deep enough you can find rare exotic treasures.”

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December 17

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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December 16


Margaret Mead

Margaret Mead (Photo credit: D Services)


John Seldon – 1584 – British Statesman


“Of all actions of a man’s life, his marriage does least concern other people, yet of all actions of our life tis most meddled with by other people.”


George Whitefield – 1714 – Clergyman


“Press forward.  Do not stop, do not linger in your journey, but strive for the mark set before you.”


Elizabeth Carter – 1717 – Poet


“Remember that not to be happy is not to be grateful.”


Jane Austen – 1775 – Writer


“Selfishness must always be forgiven you know, because there is no hope of a cure.”


Edward B. Butler – 1853 – Businessman


“One man has enthusiasm for 30 minutes, another for 30 days, but it is the man who has it for 30 years who makes a success of his life.”


Edward E. Barnard – 1857 – Scientist


“Man is too quick at forming conclusions.”


George Santayana – 1863 – Philosopher


“A child educated only at school is an uneducated child.”


Zoltan Kodaly – 1882 – Composer

Murray Kempton, American journalist
Murray Kempton, American journalist (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


“Let us take out children seriously!  Everything else follows from this . . . only the best is good enough for a child.”


Noel Coward – 1899 – Playwright


“It is discouraging how many people are shocked by honesty and how few are by deceit.”


Margaret Mead – 1901 – Anthropologist


“Always remember that you are unique.  Just like everyone else.”


O. Winston Link – 1914 – Photographer


“I was one man and I tackled a big railroad.  I did the best I could.”


Murray Kempton – 1917 – Journalist


“The beauty of a strong, lasting commitment is often best understood by men incapable of it.”


Arthur C. Clarke – 1917 – Writer


“The limits of the possible can only be defined by going beyond them into the impossible.”


Quentin Blake – 1932 – Cartoonist


“Inspiration is some mysterious blessing which happens when the wheels are turning smoothly.”


Liv Ullmann – 1938 – Actress


“The best thing that can come with success is the knowledge that it is nothing to long for.”


Frank Deford – 1938 – Writer


“You can tell all you need to about a society from how it treats animals and beaches.”


Robert Urich – 1946 – Actor


“A healthy outside starts from the inside.”


Rene Redzepi – 1977 – Chef


“There is no conflict between a better meal and a better world.”


Marc Forgione – 1978 – Chef


“The kitchen is a sacred place.”


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December 15


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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December 14

植芝盛平(Ueshiba Morihei, 1883 - 1969)

植芝盛平(Ueshiba Morihei, 1883 – 1969) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Tycho Brahe – 1546 – Scientist

“When, according to habit, I was contemplating the stars in a clear sky, I noticed a new and unusual star, surpassing the other stars in brilliancy.  There had never before been any star in that place in the sky.”

Morihei Ueshiba – 1883 – Athlete

“Failure is the key to success; each mistake teaches us something.”

Paul Eluard – 1895 – Poet

“Hope raises no dust.”

King George VI – 1895 – British Royalty

“The highest of distinctions is service to others.”

Jimmy Doolittle – 1896 – Aviator

“If we should have to fight, we should be prepared to do so from the neck up instead of from the neck down.”

Morey Amsterdam – 1908 – Actor

“Even the police have an unlisted number.”

Shirley Jackson – 1919 – Novelist

“I delight in what I fear.”

Stewart Brand – 1938 – Author

“Once  a new technology rolls over you, if you’re not part of the steamroller, you’re part of the road.”

Jimmy Doolittle and Franklin Roosevelt
Jimmy Doolittle and Franklin Roosevelt (Photo credit: San Diego Air & Space Museum Archives)

Stanley Crouch – 1945 – Critic

“All of us are made up of the stories that we listen to, the ones we disagree with and the ones that we agree with.”

Michael Ovitz – 1946 – Businessman

“I’m not good at being static.  I have to be climbing a mountain.”

Patty Duke – 1946 – Actress

“I tell people to monitor their self-pity.  Self-pity is very unattractive.”

Stan Smith – 1946 – Athlete

“Experience tells you what to do; confidence allows you to do it.”

Lester Bangs – 1948 – Critic

“Every great work of art has two faces, one toward its own time and one toward the future, toward eternity.”

Amy Hempel – 1951 – Writer

“I do feel that if you can write one good sentence and then another good sentence and then another, you end up with a good story.”

Wade Davis – 1953 – Scientist

“Heroes are never perfect, but they’re brave, they’re authentic, they’re courageous, determined, discreet, and they’ve got grit.”

Vanessa Hudgens – 1988 – Actress

“Being cool is being your own self, not doing something that someone else is telling you to do.”

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December 13


Mary Todd Lincoln, wife of Abraham Lincoln. Th...

Mary Todd Lincoln, wife of Abraham Lincoln. Three-quarter length portrait, seated, facing front (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


William Drummond – 1585 – Poet


“He who will not reason, is a bigot; he who cannot is a fool; and he who dares not is a slave.”


Heinrich Heine – 1797 – Poet


“Experience is a good school.  But the fees are high.”


Mary Todd Lincoln – 1818 – First Lady, Wife of President Abraham Lincoln


“If there is safety in numbers, we have every reason to feel secure.”


John Atkinson – 1844 – Judge


“If you don’t run your own life, somebody else will.”


John Henry Patterson – 1844 – Businessman


“Before you try to convince anyone else, be sure you are convinced, and if you cannot convince yourself, drop the subject.”


Emily Carr – 1871 – Artist


“I think one’s art is a growth inside one.  I do not think one can explain growth.  It is silent and subtle.  One does not keep digging up a plant to see how it grows.”


Eleanor Robson Belmont – 1879 – Actress


“Never be afraid to meet to the hilt the demand of either work, or friendship – two of life’s major assets.”


Ella Baker – 1903 – Activist


“Give light and people will find the way.”


Mel Torme – 1925 – Singer

Eleanor Robson Belmont (1879 – 1979), a Britis...
Eleanor Robson Belmont (1879 – 1979), a British-born American actress (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


“Talking money is crass; so I’m not going to tell you what I made last year.”


Dick Van Dyke – 1925 – Actor


“I’m always announcing my retirement.  I’m still not retired.”


Christopher Plummer – 1929 – Actor


“I’m too old-fashioned to use a computer.  I’m too old-fashioned to use a quill.


Ferguson Jenkins – 1943 – Athlete


“Mental attitude and concentration are the keys to pitching.”


Herman Cain – 1945 – Businessman


“It is not someone’s fault if they succeed, it is someone’s fault if they failed.”


Ted Nugent – 1948 – Musician


“I surround myself with positive, productive people of good will and decency.”


Tamora Pierce – 1953 – Writer


“Anyone who tells you they don’t need to rewrite, they’re usually the once who need it worst.”


Emma Bull – 1954 – Writer


“Coincidence is the word we use when we can’t see the levers and pulleys.”


Jamie Foxx – 1967 – Actor


“And perfect happiness?  Man, that’s a . . . the pool is about 92 degrees, the Jacuzzi is about 102 and an avocado farm.”


James Murdoch – 1971 – Businessman


“Here’s the thing about me:  I have a job to do and I do it.”


Taylor Swift – 1989 – Musician


“If you’re yelling you’re the one who’s lost control of the conversation.”


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December 12

Gustave flaubert

Gustave flaubert (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Mary Astell – 1666 – Writer

“Every Body has so good an Opinion of their own Understanding as to think their own way the best.”

Erasmus Darwin – 1731 – Scientist

“A fool is a man who never tried an experiment in his life.”

John Jay – 1745 – Judge

“No power on earth has a right to take out property from us without our consent.”

Anna Seward – 1747 – Writer

“Let me be content with being happy, without sighing that I am not distinguished.”

Henry Wells – 1805 – Businessman

“Westward, ever westward.”

William Lloyd Garrison – 1805 – Journalist

“I will be as harsh as truth, and uncompromising as justice . . . I am in earnest, I will not equivocate, I will not excuse, I will not retreat a single inch, and I will be heard.”

Gustave Flaubert – 1821 – Novelist

“Nothing is more humiliating than to see idiots succeed in enterprises we have failed in.”

Frederick Sawyer – 1822 – Senator

“A diplomat is a man who thinks twice before he says nothing.”

Edward G. Robinson – 1893 – Actor

“I know I’m not much on face value, but when it comes to stage value, I’ll deliver for you.”

Lillian Smith – 1897 – Novelist

“Faith and doubt both are needed – not as antagonists, but working side by side to take us around the unknown curve.”

Howard E. Koch – 1901 – Playwright

“You can be a good neighbor only if you have good neighbors.”

Frank Sinatra – 1915 – Singer

“The best revenge is massive success.”

Dan DeCarlo – 1919 – Cartoonist

“What made me want to go into doing comics was I was working as a laborer with my father, a gardener.”

Bob Barker – 1923 – Entertainer

“Many people have the idea that game shows are easy to come up with.  And nothing could be further from the truth.”

Ed Koch – 1924 – Politician

“If I traveled to the end of the rainbow as Dame Fortune did intend, Murphy would be there to tell me the pot’s at the other end.”

English: Publicity still of actor Edward G. Ro...
English: Publicity still of actor Edward G. Robinson. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Helen Frankenthaler – 1928 – Artist

“One really beautiful wrist motion, that is synchronized with your head and heart, and you have it.  It looks as if it were born in a minute.”

John Osborne – 1929 – Playwright

“Don’t clap too hard – it’s a very old building.”

Dionne Warwick – 1940 – Singer

“Crying is cleansing.  There’s a reason for tears, happiness or sadness.”

Tracy Kidder – 1945 – Author

“You do the right thing even if it makes you feel bad.  The purpose of life is not to be happy but to be worthy of happiness.”

Emerson Fittipaldi – 1946 – Race Car Driver

“You are going in one second the length of a football field.  That means your brain is receiving information from your body what the car is doing physically, bumping, balance, performance.”

Tom Wilkinson – 1948 – Actor

“All good actors are easy to work with.  It’s the once that aren’t very good who tend to be very difficult.”

Cathy Rigby – 1952 – Athlete and Entertainer

“An athlete learns how to hold her breath, but that doesn’t work in singing.  You have to learn to relax.”

Will Carling – 1965 – Athlete

“Success in management and success in sport are derived from the same basic principles.”

Jennifer Connelly – 1970 – Actress

“I don’t always like my own behavior.  I haven’t known anyone who is perfect all the time.”

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