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Marie de Rabutin-Chantal, Marquise de Sevigne "When I step into this library, I cannot understand why I ever step out of it."

Marie de Sevigne
(02/05/1626 – 04/17/1696)
French writer
"Character is what you are in the dark."

Dwight L. Moody
(02/05/1837 – 12/22/1899)
US evangelist
Thomas Carlyle "If Jesus Christ were to come today, people would not even crucify him. They would ask him to dinner, and hear what he had to say, and make fun of it. "

Thomas Carlyle
(12/04/1795 – 02/05/1881)
English writer
"His pictures seem to resemble not pictures but a sample book of patterns of linoleum."

Cyril Asquith
(02/05/1890 – 08/24/1954)
English barrister , son of Herbert Henry Asquith (but not Margot Asquith) , on Paul Klee
Adlai Stevenson "I suppose flattery hurts no one, that is, if he doesn't inhale."

Adlai Stevenson
(02/05/1900 – 07/14/1965)
US Vice President (23) ; see all US VPs
John Carradine "I've made some of the greatest films ever made—and a lot of crap, too."

John Carradine
(02/05/1906 – 11/27/1988)
US actor (father of David Carradine and Keith Carradine; grandfather of Martha Plimpton)
William S. Burroughs "A paranoid is someone who knows a little of what's going on."

William S. Burroughs
(02/05/1914 – 08/02/1997)
US writer
Aaron Chwatt "Never raise your hands to your kids. It leaves your groin unprotected."

Red Buttons
(02/05/1919 – 07/13/2006)
US composer, comic, actor, author
Hank Aaron "It took me seventeen years to get three thousand hits in baseball. I did it in one afternoon on the golf course."

Hank Aaron
(02/05/1934 – )
US baseball player
Alex Harvey "Do you think Paul McCartney makes records just to annoy me personally, or does he want to get up everyone's f*ing nose with his f*ing antics?"

Alex Harvey
(02/05/1935 – 02/04/1982)
Sensational English musician (died near his birthday)
Jane Bryant Quinn "The shortest recorded period of time lies between the minute you put some money away for a rainy day and the unexpected arrival of rain."

Jane Bryant Quinn
(02/05/1939 – )
US economist (mother of Martha Quinn)
Charlotte Rampling "Difficult acting with a chimp? No, no. The emotions were the same. In a way it was like playing opposite Paul Newman. The chimpanzee reacted differently, that's all."

Charlotte Rampling
(02/05/1945 – )
English actor
Barbara Herzstein "I am afraid of being lazy and complacent. I am afraid of taking myself too seriously."

Barbara Hershey
(02/05/1948 – )
US actor
Christopher Guest "Comedy is like music. You have to know the key and you have to find players with good chops."

Christopher Guest
(02/05/1948 – )
US writer, actor, musician (married to Jamie Lee Curtis; "Nigel Tufnel" in Spinal Tap)
Savielly Grigorievitch Tartakower "Victory goes to the player who makes the next-to-last mistake."

Savielly Grigorievitch Tartakower
(02/21/1887 – 02/05/1956
Russian chess player , on chess
Laura Linney "People can't really place me. They're not really sure who I am. Sometimes they think I'm Helen Hunt. Sometimes they think I'm Laura Dern."

Laura Linney
(02/05/1964 – )
US actor
Marianne Moore "I see no reason for calling my work poetry except that there is no other category in which to put it."

Marianne Moore
(11/15/1887 – 02/05/1972)
US poet
Ella T. Grasso "I keep my campaign promises, but I never promised to wear stockings."

Ella T. Grasso
(05/10/1919 – 02/05/1981)
first elected female US Governor (CT)
"I'm not biting my fingernails. I'm biting my knuckles. I finished the fingernails months ago."

Joseph L. Mankiewicz
(02/11/1909 – 02/05/1993)
Polish-American director (brother of Herman J. Mankiewicz; died near his birthday)