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Pierre Auguste Renoir "When I've painted a woman's bottom so that I want to touch it, then [the painting] is finished."

Pierre Auguste Renoir
(02/25/1841 – 12/17/1919)
French artist (father of Jean Renoir) (Image courtesy of the wonderful Bridgeman Art Library)
"It is never safe to look into the future with eyes of fear."

Edward H. Harriman
(02/25/1848 – 09/09/1909)
US railroad executive
"The world is seldom what it seems; to man, who dimly sees, realities appear as dreams, and dreams realities."

Thomas Moore
(05/28/1779 – 02/25/1852)
Irish writer
Enrico Caruso "I'll take Vesuvius!"

Enrico Caruso
(02/25/1873 – 08/02/1921)
Italian singer (had affair with Alma Schindler) , after the 1906 San Francisco quake (he never returned to SF)
"The measure of success is not whether you have a tough problem to deal with, but whether it's the same problem you had last year."

John Foster Dulles
(02/25/1888 – 05/24/1959)
US Secretary of State
"One has to look out for engineers—they begin with sewing machines and end up with the atomic bomb."

Marcel Pagnol
(02/25/1895 – 04/18/1974)
French playwright
"Thousands upon thousands of persons have studied disease. Almost no one has studied health."

Adelle Davis
(02/25/1904 – 05/31/1974)
US nutritionist
Jim Backus "Cesar Romero would attend the opening of a napkin."

Jim Backus
(02/25/1913 – 07/03/1989)
US actor (Mr. Magoo, Thurston Howell)
Anthony Burgess "He said it was artificial respiration, but now I find I am to have his child."

Anthony Burgess
(02/25/1917 – 11/25/1993)
English writer
Peg Bracken "What most of us are after, when we have a picture taken, is a good natural-looking picture that doesn't resemble us."

Peg Bracken
(02/25/1918 – 10/20/2007)
US writer
"If I can't play for big money, I play for a little money. And if I can't play for a little money, I stay in bed that day."

Bobby Riggs
(02/25/1918 – 10/25/1995)
US tennis freak
"A gossip is someone who talks to you about others, a bore is someone who talks to you about himself, and a brilliant conversationalist is one who talks to you about yourself."

Lisa Kirk
(02/25/1925 – 11/10/1990)
US actor
Larry Gelbart "One doesn't have a sense of humor. It has you."

Larry Gelbart
(02/25/1928 – 09/11/2009)
US writer
George Harrison "I'd rather be a musician than a rock star."

George Harrison
(02/25/1943 – 11/29/2001)
English musician, singer, songwriter (Beatles)
"If you're a horse, and someone gets on you, and falls off, and then gets right back on you, I think you should buck him off right away."

Jack Handey
(02/25/1949 – )
US comic, writer (SNL)
John Nommensen Duchac "You can't be a politician with a guitar."

John Doe
(02/25/1954 – )
US musician (X), actor (was married to and bandmates with Exene Cervenka)
Mike Peters "We were called The Toilets originally—we were flushed with success."

Mike Peters
(02/25/1958 – )
English musician , on his band "The Alarm"
"Moonlight becomes you,
It goes with your hair."

Johnny Burke
(10/03/1908 – 02/25/1964)
US songwriter
Marie Grace de Repentigny "I'm a lousy writer; a helluva lot of people have got lousy taste."

Grace Metalious
(09/08/1924 – 02/25/1964)
US writer (Peyton Place)
Elizabeth Téa Pantaleoni "I don't do T&A very well because I haven't got much of either."

Téa Leoni
(02/25/1966 – )
US actor (married to David Duchovny)
Mark Rothko "Silence is so accurate."

Mark Rothko
(09/25/1903 – 02/25/1970)
Russian artist
Sean Astin "I was told I had to gain a lot of weight because Hobbits are very portly. Peter [Jackson] is forever suggesting I have more food. 'A little more food for Mr. Astin.'"

Sean Astin
(02/25/1971 – )
US actor (son of Patty Duke and John Astin)
William E. Vaughan "In the game of life it's a good idea to have a few early losses, which relieves you of the pressure of trying to maintain an undefeated season."

Bill Vaughan
(10/08/1915 – 02/25/1977)
US writer
Tennessee Williams "That Europe is nothin' on earth but a great auction."

Tennessee Williams
(03/26/1911 – 02/25/1983)
US writer
"As science pushes forward, ignorance and superstition gallop around the flanks and bite science in the rear with big dark teeth."

Philip Jose Farmer
(01/26/1918 – 02/25/2009)
US writer