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"History repeats itself. Historians repeat each other."
"I would not have gotten [to Congress] if I had not been as persistent as a hound dog worrying a bone."
US Representative (ID)
"If hard work were such a wonderful thing, surely the rich would have kept it all to themselves."
US union leader
"It is not my fault that certain so-called bohemian elements have found in my writings something to hang their peculiar beatnik theories on."
"I swear, if you existed I'd divorce you."
"There's not a day when somebody doesn't smile and say, 'Oh, you're Agent 99.' I like being in a world that regards me in a friendly way."
"Nothing is illegal if a hundred businessmen decide to do it."
US mayor (Atlanta)
"I would advise you to keep your overhead down; avoid a major drug habit; play every day."
US singer, songwriter
(was married to Carly Simon)
"Music is your own experience, your thoughts, your wisdom. If you don't live it, it won't come out of your horn."
US jazz great
"If you've got a good vibrato, you can get away with a lot."
US harmonica player
"Paralyze resistance with persistence."
US football coach
"I'd rather have sex with a raccoon."
Morton Downey, Jr.
US talk show host, actor, composer (wrote Wipe Out and Pipeline!)
, on smoking