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Philander C. Knox "Oh, Mr. President, do not let so great an achievement suffer from any taint of legality."

Philander C. Knox
(05/06/1853 – 10/12/1921)
US senator (PA) , on the acquisition of the Panama Canal
Sigmund Freud "I have found little that is good about human beings. In my experience, most of them are trash."

Sigmund Freud
(05/06/1856 – 09/23/1939)
Moravian Father of Psychoanalysis (and of Anna)
Rabindranath Tagore "We read the world wrong and say that it deceives us."

Rabindranath Tagore
(05/06/1861 – 08/07/1941)
Indian writer
Henry David Thoreau "Some circumstantial evidence is very strong, as when you find a trout in the milk."

Henry David Thoreau
(07/12/1817 – 05/06/1862)
US writer
Rudolph Valentino "To generalize on women is dangerous. To specialize on them is infinitely worse."

Rudolph Valentino
(05/06/1895 – 08/23/1926)
Italian-American actor
Bret Harte "We begin to die as soon as we are born, and the end is linked to the beginning."

Bret Harte
(08/25/1836 – 05/06/1902)
US writer
Moshe Feldenkrais "When you know what you're doing you can do what you want."

Moshe Feldenkrais
(05/06/1904 – 07/01/1984)
Russian founder, Feldenkrais Method
"God exists since mathematics is consistent, and the Devil exists since we cannot prove it."

Andre Weil
(05/06/1906 – 08/06/1998)
French mathematician
Randall Jarrell "One never steps twice into the same Auden."

Randall Jarrell
(05/06/1914 – 10/14/1965)
US writer
Orson Welles "I don't say we all ought to misbehave, but we ought to look as if we could."

Orson Welles
(05/06/1915 – 10/10/1985)
US actor, director (was married to Rita Hayworth)
Lyman Frank Baum "Now we can cross the shifting sands"

L. Frank Baum
(05/15/1856 – 05/06/1919)
US writer (Wizard of Oz) , last words
Willie Howard Mays "I think I was the best baseball player I ever saw."

Willie Mays
(05/06/1931 – )
US baseball great
Maurice Maeterlinck "At every crossroads on the path that leads to the future, tradition has placed 10,000 men to guard the past."

Maurice Maeterlinck
(08/29/1862 – 05/06/1949)
Belgian writer
Maria Montessori "The task of the educator lies in seeing that the child does not confound good with immobility and evil with activity."

Dr. Maria Montessori
(08/31/1870 – 05/06/1952)
Italian educator
Tony Blair "Mine is the first generation able to contemplate the possibility that we may live our entire lives without going to war or sending our children to war."

Tony Blair
(05/06/1953 – )
British PM (51) (see other British PMs)
"One worthwhile task carried to a successful conclusion is better than 50 half-finished tasks."

Robert (Bertie) Charles Forbes
(05/14/1880 – 05/06/1954)
Scottish journalist
John Flansburgh "Basically, we put our songs together in very much the same way the guys in Metallica do."

John Flansburgh
(05/06/1960 – )
US musician/singer, They Might Be Giants
George Clooney "I was too busy breaking up Tom and Nicole's marriage."

George Clooney
(05/06/1961 – )
US actor (nephew of Rosemary Clooney), on rumors he had broken up Julia Roberts' marriage
"Inches make a champion, and the champion makes his own luck."

"Red" Blaik
(02/15/1897 – 05/06/1989)
US football coach
Marlene Dietrich "Most women set out to change a man, and when they have changed him they do not like him."

Marlene Dietrich
(12/27/1901 – 05/06/1992)
German-US actor
George Lindsey "It's not hard to tell we was poor—when you saw the toilet paper dryin' on the clothesline."

George Lindsey
(12/17/1928 – 05/06/2012)
US comic, actor