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Albert Schweitzer "There are two means of refuge from the miseries of life: music and cats."

Dr. Albert Schweitzer
(01/14/1875 – 09/04/1965)
humanitarian, theologian, missionary, organist, and medical doctor
Hal Roach "In those days, there was one secret to making good comedy. If it made the audience laugh, it was a good comedy."

Hal Roach
(01/14/1892 – 11/02/1992)
US filmmaker
John Dos Passos "If there is a special Hell for writers it would be in the forced contemplation of their own works."

John Dos Passos
(01/14/1896 – 09/28/1970)
US writer
Charles Dodgson
"That's the reason they're called lessons, because they lesson from day to day."

Lewis Carroll
(01/27/1832 – 01/14/1898)
English writer (image courtesy of Bridgeman Art Library)
Cecil Beaton "Never in the history of fashion has so little material been raised so high to reveal so much that needs to be covered so badly."

Sir Cecil Beaton
(01/14/1904 – 01/18/1980)
English photographer, fashion designer (died near his birthday) , on miniskirts
Tillie Olsen "And when is there time to remember, to sift, to weigh, to estimate, to total?"

Tillie Olsen
(01/14/1912 – 01/01/2007)
US writer
Giulio Andreotti "I recognize my limits but when I look around I realise I am not living exactly in a world of giants."

Giulio Andreotti
(01/14/1919 – )
Italian Prime Minister
Andy Rooney "Computers make it easier to do a lot of things, but most of the things they make it easier to do don't need to be done."

Andy Rooney
(01/14/1920 – 11/04/2011)
US TV commentator
Julian Bond "I don't think you'll have to worry that this mental midget, this hillbilly Hitler from Alabama, is anywhere near becoming the nominee of the Democratic Party."

Julian Bond
(01/14/1940 – )
US Rep (GA) , on George Wallace running for president
"You can tell any story in a Western. How can you not be fascinated by them?"

Lawrence Kasdan
(01/14/1949 – )
US writer, director
Sydney Biddle Barrows "Never say anything on the phone that you wouldn't want your mother to hear at your trial."

Sydney Biddle Barrows
(01/14/1952 – )
US procuress, "Mayflower Madam"
Maureen Dowd "The minute you settle for less than you deserve, you get even less than you settled for."

Maureen Dowd
(01/14/1952 – )
US journalist (NY Times)
Humphrey Bogart "I should never have switched from Scotch to Martinis."

Humphrey Bogart
(01/23/1899 – 01/14/1957)
US actor (was married to Lauren Bacall) , alleged last words
Steven Soderbergh "Reality shows are all the rage on TV at the moment ... but that's not reality, it's just another aesthetic form of fiction."

Steven Soderbergh
(01/14/1963 – )
US filmmaker
Jeanette MacDonald "I must have had rocks in my head."

Jeanette MacDonald
(06/18/1903 – 01/14/1965)
US actor , in 1950, on why she married Gene Raymond instead of Nelson Eddy
Emily Watson "I was a normal, rather dutiful child. I didn't even rebel as a teenager."

Emily Watson
(01/14/1967 – )
English actor
James Todd Smith "I think when you move past your fear and you go after your dreams wholeheartedly, you become free. Know what I'm saying? Move past the fear."

LL Cool J
(01/14/1968 – )
US rapper, actor
Jason Bateman "I have a tendency to evolve into William Shatner, with my big fat face."

Jason Bateman
(01/14/1969 – )
US actor
Anais Nin "We don't see things as they are, we see them as we are."

Anais Nin
(02/21/1903 – 01/14/1977)
French-US diarist
Anthony Eden "Everybody is always in favour of general economy and particular expenditure."

Anthony Eden
(06/12/1897 – 01/14/1977)
English Prime Minister (43) (see other British PMs)
Peter Finch "If I was going to be broke I decided I might as well be with actors as anyone else. They were cheerful idiots and seemed to take it better."

Peter Finch
(12/28/1916 – 01/14/1977)
English actor
"Excuses are the tools with which persons with no purpose in view build for themselves great monuments of nothing."

Steven Grayhm
(01/14/1981 – )
Canadian actor
Ray Kroc "Are you green and growing or ripe and rotting?"

Ray Kroc
(10/05/1902 – 01/14/1984)
US restaurant magnate (McDonald's)
"When Mr. Wilbur calls his play 'Halfway to Hell,' he underestimates the distance."

Brooks Atkinson
(11/28/1894 – 01/14/1984)
US journalist, critic , reviewing a play
Donna Belle Mullenger "If nuclear power plants are safe, let the commercial insurance industry insure them. Until these most expert judges of risk are willing to gamble with their money, I'm not willing to gamble with the health and safety of my family."

Donna Reed
(01/27/1921 – 01/14/1986)
US actor
"There is nothing that can be said by mathematical symbols and relations which cannot also be said by words.The converse, however, is false. Much that can be and is said by words cannot successfully be put into equations, because it is nonsense."

Clifford Truesdell
(02/18/1919 – 01/14/2000)
US scientist
Uta Hagen "Nobody ever learns how. The search for human behavior is infinite. You'll never understand it all. I think that's wonderful."

Uta Hagen
(06/12/1919 – 01/14/2004)
German actor (was married to Jose Ferrer) , on acting
Shelley Winters "Every now and then, when you're on stage, you hear the best sound a player can hear. It's a sound you can't get in movies or in television. It is the sound of a wonderful, deep silence that means you've hit them where they live."

Shelley Winters
(08/18/1922 – 01/14/2006)
US actor