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George Washington Carver "When I was young, I said to God, 'God, tell me the mystery of the universe.' But God answered, 'that knowledge is for me alone.' So I said, 'God, tell me the mystery of the peanut.' Then God said, 'Well, George, that's more nearly your size.'"

George Washington Carver
(01/05/1864 – 01/05/1903)
US agricultural chemist (died on birthday)
Konrad Adenauer "An infallible method of conciliating a tiger is to allow oneself to be devoured."

Konrad Adenauer
(01/05/1876 – 04/19/1967)
Chancellor, German Republic
"The secret of a successful newspaper is to take one story each day and bang the hell out of it. Give the public what it wants to have and part of what it ought to have whether it wants it or not."

Herbert Bayard Swope
(01/05/1882 – 06/20/1958)
US journalist
George Washington Carver "How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of the weak and strong. Because someday in your life you will have been all of these."

George Washington Carver
(01/05/1864 – 01/05/1903)
US agricultural chemist (died on birthday)
Jean-Pierre Aumont "Maria Montez has a dual personality: one for Hollywood and another as a mother and a wife... that woman is full of simplicity, culture and romance with an overflowing humanity."

Jean-Pierre Aumont
(01/05/1911 – 01/30/2001)
French actor (was married to Maria Montez; father with her of Tina Aumont)
Friedrich Durrenmatt "What was once thought can never be unthought."

Friedrich Durrenmatt
(01/05/1921 – 12/14/1990)
Swiss writer
Walter Frederick Mondale "I don't want to spend the next two years in Holiday Inns."

Walter F. Mondale
(01/05/1928 – )
US VP (40) (see other US VPs) , withdrawing from 1976 presidential election
Zulfikar Ali Bhutto "Let's build a monument for the veto. Let's build a monument for impotence and incapacity."

Zulfikar Ali Bhutto
(01/05/1928 – 04/04/1979)
Pakistani statesman
Alvin Ailey "I'm attracted to long-legged girls with long arms and a little head."

Alvin Ailey
(01/05/1931 – 12/01/1989)
US dancer, choreographer
Robert Duvall "I'm better than Olivier."

Robert Duvall
(01/05/1931 – )
US actor
"I felt like poisoning a monk."

Umberto Eco
(01/05/1932 – )
Italian writer , on why he wrote "The Name of the Rose"
"Some coaches pray for wisdom. I pray for 260-pound tackles. They'll give me plenty of wisdom."

Chuck Noll
(01/05/1932 – )
US football coach
Calvin Coolidge "I think the American public wants a solemn ass as a President, and I think I'll go along with them."

Calvin Coolidge
(07/04/1872 – 01/05/1933)
US President (30) (see all US Presidents)
"I have a professional acquaintance whose recent eyelid job has left her with a permanent expression of such poleaxed astonishment that she looks at all times as if she had just read one of my books."

Florence King
(01/05/1936 – )
US writer
Michael O'Donoghue "Nothing important has ever come out of San Francisco, Rice-a-Roni aside."

Michael O'Donoghue
(01/05/1940 – 11/08/1994)
US writer, actor (SNL)
Diane Hall "I think that people who are famous tend to be underdeveloped in their humanity skills."

Diane Keaton
(01/05/1946 – )
US actor (LTR with Woody Allen)
"One of those Canadian proverbs."

Jim Gantner
(01/05/1953 – )
US baseball player , on where he spent his vacation
Rogers Hornsby "People ask me what I do in winter when there's no baseball. I'll tell you what I do. I stare out the window and wait for spring."

Rogers Hornsby
(04/27/1896 – 01/05/1963)
US baseball player
Brian Warner "Marilyn Monroe wasn't even her real name, Charles Manson isn't his real name, and now, I'm taking that to be my real name. But what's real? You can't find the truth, you just pick the lie you like the best."

Marilyn Manson
(01/05/1969 – )
US singer
Max Born "I am now convinced that theoretical physics is actually philosophy."

Max Born
(12/11/1882 – 01/05/1970)
German physicist
Charles Mingus "Let my children have music! Let them hear live music. Not noise. My children! You do what you want with your own!"

Charles Mingus
(04/22/1922 – 01/05/1979)
US bassist, composer
Margaret Laurence "Know that although in the eternal scheme of things you are small, you are also unique and irreplaceable, as are all your fellow humans everywhere in the world."

Margaret Laurence
(07/18/1926 – 01/05/1987)
Canadian writer
Thomas P. O'Neill "You better take advantage of the good cigars. You donít get much else in that job."

"Tip" O’Neill
(12/09/1912 – 01/05/1994)
US house speaker , to Vice President Walter Mondale
"Harvard was a kind of luxurious afternoon."

Lincoln Kirstein
(05/04/1907 – 01/05/1996)
US impresario
Salvatore Phillip Bono "You're just borrowing it. It's like money. You're going to die, and somebody else is going to get it."

Sonny Bono
(02/16/1935 – 01/05/1998)
US singer, congressman (was married to Cher) , on fame
Jean Collins Kerr "The average, healthy, well-adjusted adult gets up at 7:30 in the morning feeling just plain terrible."

Jean Kerr
(07/10/1923 – 01/05/2003)
US writer, humorist ("Please Don't Eat the Daisies")
"My personal belief is that Jim Morrison was a god."

Danny Sugerman
(10/11/1954 – 01/05/2005)
US writer