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Marcus Tullius Cicero "There is nothing so absurd but some philosopher has said it."

(01/03/0106 BC – 12/07/0043 BC)
Roman writer
Pietro Metastasio "High birth is an accident, not a virtue."

Pietro Metastasio
(01/03/1698 – 04/12/1782)
Italian writer
Lucretia Coffin Mott "The world has never yet seen a truly great and virtuous nation because in the degradation of woman the very fountains of life are poisoned at their source."

Lucretia Coffin Mott
(01/03/1793 – 11/11/1880)
US social reformer
"If I were a grave-digger, or even a hangman, there are some people I could work for with a great deal of enjoyment."

Douglas Jerrold
(01/03/1803 – 06/08/1857)
English writer
"Democracy means government by discussion, but it is only effective if you can stop people talking."

Clement Atlee
(01/03/1883 – 10/08/1967)
British PM (42) (see other British PMs)
Josephine Hull "Playing Shakespeare is very tiring. You never get to sit down unless you're a king."

Josephine Hull
(01/03/1884 – 03/12/1957)
US actor
Anna Pavlova "Although one may fail to find happiness in theatrical life, one never wishes to give it up after having once tasted its fruits."

Anna Pavlova
(01/03/1885 – 01/23/1931)
Russian dancer
"I am told that I talk in shorthand and then smudge it."

J. R. R. Tolkien
(01/03/1892 – 09/02/1973)
English writer
Marion Cecelia Douras "Al, why don't you get a haircut?"

Marion Davies
(01/03/1897 – 09/22/1961)
US actor (LTR with William Randolph Hearst) , to Albert Einstein
Eliza Susan Pitts "I was what they called a feature player, never a star. They say I was in 500 films, everything but the newsreels."

ZaSu Pitts
(01/03/1898 – 06/07/1963)
US actor
"The quality of debate [in the House of Lords] is pretty high—and it is, I think, good evidence of life after death."

Rev. Donald Soper
(01/03/1903 – 12/22/1998)
English clergy
Victor Borge "The difference between a violin and a viola is that a viola burns longer."

Victor Borge
(01/03/1909 – 12/23/2000)
Danish entertainer
"What would ye, ladies? It was ever thus.
Men are unwise and curiously planned."

James Elroy Flecker
(11/05/1884 – 01/03/1915)
English writer
"Certain phrases stick in the throat, even if they offer nothing that is analytically improbable. 'A dashing Swiss officer' is one such. Another is 'the beautiful Law Courts.'"

John Russell
(01/03/1921 – 01/19/1991)
US actor
"The receivers are an integral part of the passing game."

Hank Stram
(01/03/1923 – 07/04/2005)
US football coach
"That's all very well, but two blacks don't make a white."

Michael Barratt
(01/03/1928 – )
English television presenter
Edgar Cayce "Dreams are today's answers to tomorrow's questions."

Edgar Cayce
(03/18/1877 – 01/03/1945)
US psychic
Stephen Stills "One thing the blues ain't, is funny."

Stephen Stills
(01/03/1945 – )
US singer-songwriter (Buffalo Springfield, CSNY) (photo by Ernie at Acclaim Photo)
Adair Lara "Women who buy perfume and flowers for themselves because their men won't do it are called 'self basting.'"

Adair Lara
(01/03/1952 – )
US writer
Mel Gibson "I mean, it's a great story. It's got some great things in it. I mean there's something like eight violent deaths."

Mel Gibson
(01/03/1956 – )
Australian actor , on reasons to like "Hamlet"
"As the funds you will expend have come from many places in the world, so let there be no territorial, religious, or color restrictions on your benefactions, but beware of organized, professional charities with high-salaried executives and a heavy ratio of expense."

Conrad Hilton
(12/25/1887 – 01/03/1979)
US Hotelier (great-grandfather of Paris Hilton)
Will Eisner "It did not take a great genius to recognize that the discipline of comics with its intelligent arrangement of images and text was a language awaiting wider use."

Will Eisner
(03/06/1917 – 01/03/2005)
US sequential artist