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"To limit the press is to insult a nation; to prohibit reading of certain books is to declare the inhabitants to be either fools or slaves."

Claude-Adriene Helvetius
(01/26/1715 – 12/26/1771)
French philosopher
"There surely is in human nature an inherent propensity to extract all the good out of all the evil."

Benjamin Haydon
(01/26/1786 – 06/22/1846)
English artist
Edward Jenner "The joy I felt as the prospect before me of being the instrument destined to take away from the world one of its greatest calamities [smallpox] was so excessive that I found myself in a kind of reverie."

Edward Jenner
(05/17/1749 – 01/26/1823)
English doctor
Caroline Lamb "Mad, bad, and dangerous to know."

Lady Caroline Lamb
(??/??/1785 – 01/26/1828)
English writer , on Lord Byron
Douglas MacArthur "I promise to keep on living as though I expected to live forever. Nobody grows old by merely living a number of years. People grow old by deserting their ideals. Years may wrinkle the skin, but to give up wrinkles the soul."

General Douglas MacArthur
(01/26/1880 – 04/05/1964)
US military
"Imagine the ball has little legs, and chop them off."

Sir Henry Cotton
(01/26/1907 – 12/22/1987)
English golfer
"The universe is a big place, perhaps the biggest."

Philip Jose Farmer
(01/26/1918 – 02/25/2009)
US writer (writing as "Kilgore Trout")
Paul Newman "The embarrassing thing is that the salad dressing is outgrossing my films."

Paul Newman
(01/26/1925 – 09/26/2008)
US actor (was married to Joanne Woodward)
Roger Vadim "You wouldn't ask Rodin to make an ugly sculpture, or me to make a film with an ugly woman. That's my style, that's my nature."

Roger Vadim
(01/26/1928 – 02/11/2000)
French director (was married to Brigitte Bardot; also see Jane Fonda)
"Christ died for our sins. Dare we make his martyrdom meaningless by not committing them?"

Jules Feiffer
(01/26/1929 – )
US cartoonist
"How do you catch a knuckleball? You wait until it stops rolling, then go pick it up."

Bob Uecker
(01/26/1935 – )
US baseball player
Angela Davis "What this country needs is more unemployed politicians."

Angela Davis
(01/26/1944 – )
US activist
"Masturbation is the thinking man's television."

Christopher Hampton
(01/26/1946 – )
English writer
Gene Siskel "I would rather turn my head and cough than see any part of 'Patch Adams' again."

Gene Siskel
(01/26/1946 – 01/20/1999)
US critic (died near his birthday)
"Without Christian education, without the principles of Christ inculcated into young life, we are simply rearing pagans."

Peter Marshall
(05/27/1902 – 01/26/1949)
Scottish-US religious leader
Edward Lodewijk Van Halen "There was a lot of cocaine on the console—and it wasn't necessarily the band's. That was a problem. And we weren't allowed any input on the mix."

Eddie Van Halen
(01/26/1955 – )
Dutch guitarist (Van Halen) (was married to Valerie Bertinelli; also see David Lee Roth, Sammy Hagar)
Ellen DeGeneres "You have to stay in shape. My grandmother, she started walking five miles a day when she was 60. She's 97 today and we don't know where the hell she is."

Ellen DeGeneres
(01/26/1958 – )
US comic actor (was partner of Anne Heche)
Anita Baker "Long tresses down to the floor can be beautiful, if you have that, but learn to love what you have."

Anita Baker
(01/26/1958 – )
US singer
Wayne Gretzky "You miss 100 percent of the shots you never take."

Wayne Gretzky
(01/26/1961 – )
Canadian hockey great
Emmanuel Goldenberg "I remember just before going onto the soundstage, I'd look in my dressing room mirror and stretch myself to my full 5'5" or 5'6"—whatever it was—to make me appear taller and to make me able to dominate all the others and to mow them down with my size."

Edward G. Robinson
(12/12/1893 – 01/26/1973)
Romanian actor
Paul Bustill Robeson "We ask for nothing that is not right, and herein lies the great power of our demand."

Paul Robeson
(04/09/1898 – 01/26/1976)
US actor, singer, activist
Nelson Rockefeller "There are three periods in life: youth, middle age and 'how well you look.'"

Nelson Rockefeller
(07/08/1908 – 01/26/1979)
US zillionaire, Governor (NY), Vice President (41) (see other US Vice Presidents; grandson of John D. Rockefeller, Sr.; son of John D. Rockefeller, Jr.)
Paul Bryant "In a crisis, don't hide behind anything or anybody. They're going to find you anyway."

"Bear" Bryant
(09/11/1913 – 01/26/1983)
US football coach
Lewis Mumford "The clock, not the steam engine, is the key machine of the modern industrial age."

Lewis Mumford
(10/19/1895 – 01/26/1990)
US writer
José Vicente Ferrer de Otero y Cintr&oacuten; "The truth is, I made a few good movies in the fifties, then went into freefall."

Jose Ferrer
(01/08/1909 – 01/26/1992)
Puerto Rican actor (was married to Uta Hagen, Rosemary Clooney twice, and two others)
Shinichi Suzuki "The real essence of art turned out to be not something high up and far off—it was right inside my ordinary daily self—If a musician wants to become a finer artist, he must first become a finer person."

Shinichi Suzuki
(10/17/1898 – 01/26/1998)
Japanese violinist, teacher
Al McGuire "That's like the Queen Mary losing a deck chair."

Al McGuire
(09/07/1931 – 01/26/2001)
US basketball coach , on 300-lb center Geoff Crompton losing 15 lbs.
"Political history is largely an account of mass violence and of the expenditure of vast resources to cope with mythical fears and hopes."

Murray J. Edelman
(11/05/1919 – 01/26/2001)
US writer
"Only little boys and old men sneer at love."

Louis Auchincloss
(09/27/1917 – 01/26/2010)
US writer