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Pedro Calderon de la Barca "'Tis not where we lie, but whence we fell;
The loss of heaven's the greatest pain in hell."

Pedro Calderon de la Barca
(01/17/1600 – 05/25/1681)
Spanish writer
"Beauty is power; a smile is its sword."

John Ray
(11/29/1627 – 01/17/1705)
English naturalist
Benjamin Franklin "Kill no more pigeons than you can eat."

Benjamin Franklin
(01/17/1706 – 04/17/1790)
US writer, Founding Father
"Do you recall the Alington poodle—exactly like a typhoid germ magnified."

George Lyttelton
(01/17/1709 – 08/22/1773)
English writer
Anne Brontë "I would not send a poor girl into the world... ignorant of the snares that beset her path; nor would I watch and guard her, till, deprived of self-respect and self-reliance, she lost the power or the will to watch and guard herself."

Anne Brontë
(01/17/1820 – 05/28/1849)
English writer (sister of Charlotte and Emily Brontë)
Anton Chekhov "I don't understand anything about ballet; all I know is that during the intervals the ballerinas stink like horses."

Anton Chekhov
(01/17/1860 – 07/15/1904)
Russian writer
David Lloyd-George "When they circumcised Herbert Samuel, they threw away the wrong bit."

David Lloyd George
(01/17/1863 – 03/26/1945)
British PM (36) (see other British PMs)
"Remember: there are no small parts, only small actors."

Konstantin Stanislavsky
(01/17/1863 – 08/07/1938)
Russian actor, director, method
"I am the law!"

Frank Hague
(01/17/1876 – 01/01/1956)
US mayor (Jersey city, NJ)
Michael Sinnott "We never make sport of religion, politics, race, or mothers. A mother never gets hit with a custard pie. Mothers-in-law—yes. But mothers—never."

Mack Sennett
(01/17/1880 – 11/05/1960)
US filmmaker
"Love makes the world go round? Not at all. Whisky makes it go round twice as fast."

Sir Compton Mackenzie
(01/17/1883 – 11/30/1972)
English writer
Arthur Annesley Ronald Firbank "I hear it's the Hebrew in Heaven, sir. Spanish is seldom spoken."

Arthur Annesley Ronald Firbank
(01/17/1886 – 05/21/1926)
English writer
George Bancroft "In nine times out of ten, the slanderous tongue belongs to a disappointed person."

George Bancroft
(10/03/1800 – 01/17/1891)
US historian, statesman
Rutherford Birchard Hayes "In avoiding the appearance of evil, I am not sure but I have sometimes unnecessarily deprived myself and others of innocent enjoyments."

Rutherford B. Hayes
(10/04/1822 – 01/17/1893)
US President (19) (see all US Presidents)
"Congress is so strange. A man gets up to speak and says nothing. Nobody listens—and then everybody disagrees."

Boris Marshalov
(01/17/1898 – 10/15/1967)
Russian writer
Al Capone "I don't even know what street Canada is on."

Al Capone
(01/17/1899 – 01/27/1947)
US entrepreneur
Robert Maynard Hutchins "This is a do-it-yourself test for paranoia: you know you've got it when you can't think of anything that's your fault."

Robert M. Hutchins
(01/17/1899 – 05/17/1977)
US educator
Francis Galton "The cat is the only non-gregarious domestic animal. It is retained by its extraordinary adhesion to the comforts of the house in which it is reared."

Sir Francis Galton
(02/16/1822 – 01/17/1911)
English scientist
"I'll bet your father spent the first year of your life throwing rocks at the stork."

Irving Brecher
(01/17/1914 – 11/17/2008)
US screenwriter
Betty White "All creatures must learn to coexist. That’s why the brown bear and the field mouse can share their lives in harmony. Or course, they can’t mate or the mice would explode."

Betty White
(01/17/1922 – )
US actor
Eartha Mae Keith "I am the original Material Girl."

Eartha Kitt
(01/17/1927 – 12/25/2008)
US singer, actor
Vidal Sassoon "I think the world has a lot more important things to know about than Vidal Sassoon."

Vidal Sassoon
(01/17/1928 – 05/09/2012)
English hairdresser
James Earl Jones "My voice is for hire. My endorsement is not for hire. I will do a voice-over, but I cannot endorse without making a different kind of commitment. My politics are very personal and subjective."

James Earl Jones
(01/17/1931 – )
US actor
"The first black president will be a politician who is black."

Lawrence Douglas Wilder
(01/17/1931 – )
US governor (VA)
"It just as easily could have gone the other way."

Don Zimmer
(01/17/1931 – )
US baseball player , on the Cubs' 4-4 record
Cassius Clay "It's just a job. Grass grows, birds fly, waves pound the sand. I just beat people up."

Muhammad Ali
(01/17/1942 – )
US boxer
Michael Kevin Taylor "I didn't think it was going anywhere, which just shows you how wrong you can be ... At the time, it seemed like the thing to do."

Mick Taylor
(01/17/1948 – )
English guitarist , on quitting the Rolling Stones in 1974
Steve Earle "Townes van Zandt is the best songwriter in the whole world and I'll stand on Bob Dylan's coffee table in my cowboy boots and say that."

Steve Earle
(01/17/1955 – )
US singer, songwriter
Andy Kaufman "But I'm not trying to be funny. I just want to play with their heads."

Andy Kaufman
(01/17/1949 – 05/16/1984)
US comic, actor
"Liberty is being free from the things we don't like in order to be slaves of the things we do like."

Ernest Benn
(06/25/1875 – 01/17/1954)
English publisher
Jim Carrey "Until Ace Ventura, no actor had considered talking through his ass."

Jim Carrey
(01/17/1962 – )
Canadian comic, actor
Terence Hanbury White "You think education is something to be done when all else fails?"

T. H. White
(05/29/1906 – 01/17/1964)
English writer
Sophina Elisabeth Wehner "I wrote about people who liked fake fireplaces in their parlor, who thought a brass horse with a clock embedded in its flank was 'wonderful.'"

Betty Smith
(12/15/1896 – 01/17/1972)
US writer
Zooey Deschanel "It's an addiction. I love clothes. I like to go down Melrose and look in all the windows and I go to different flea markets. I have lots of costumes. You never know when you're going to have to dress up like a milkmaid from the 1600s."

Zooey Deschanel
(01/17/1980 – )
US actor
Barbara Jordan "I felt somehow for many years that George Washington and Alexander Hamilton just left me out by mistake. But through the process of amendment, interpretation, and court decision, I have finally been included in 'We, the people.'"

Barbara Jordan
(02/21/1936 – 01/17/1996)
US Senator and Representative (TX)
Gregory Corso "Should I get married? Should I be good?
Astound the girl next door with my velvet suit and faustus hood?"

Gregory Corso
(03/26/1930 – 01/17/2001)
US writer
Virginia Clara Jones "I really wanted to be a dancer, but I ended up as an actress and I got to perform next to some of the greatest actors of our time."

Virginia Mayo
(11/30/1920 – 01/17/2005)
US actor
Bobby Fischer "I don't believe in psychology. I believe in good moves."

Bobby Fischer
(03/09/1943 – 01/17/2008)
US-Icelandic chess grand master
Erich Segal "They glanced at one another like tigers taking measure of a menacing new rival."

Erich Segal
(06/16/1937 – 01/17/2010)
US writer