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Edward Jenner "The deviation of man from the state in which he was originally placed by nature seems to have proved to him a prolific source of diseases."

Edward Jenner
(05/17/1749 – 01/26/1823)
English doctor
"He was a gentleman who was generally spoken of as having nothing-a-year, paid quarterly."

R. S. Surtees
(05/17/1803 – 03/16/1864)
English writer
Charles-Maurice de Talleyrand-Périgord, Prince De Bénévent "Only a man who has loved a woman of genius can appreciate what happiness there is in loving a fool."

Charles Maurice de Tallyrand-Perigord
(02/02/1754 – 05/17/1838)
French statesman
Erik Satie "I liked the bit about quarter to eleven."

Erik Satie
(05/17/1866 – 07/01/1925)
French composer , on Debussy's "Dawn to Noon on the Sea"
Dorothy Miller Richardson "It will all go on as long as women are stupid enough to go on bringing men into the world. . ."

Dorothy Miller Richardson
(05/17/1873 – 06/17/1957)
English writer ("Pilgrimage")
"If a fly gets into the throat of one who is fasting, it is not necessary to pull it out."

Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini
(05/17/1900 – 06/03/1989)
Irani religious leader
Maureen O'Sullivan "Cheetah bit me whenever he could. The [Tarzan] apes were all homosexuals, eager to wrap their paws around Johnny Weismuller's thighs. They were jealous of me, and I loathed them."

Maureen O'Sullivan
(05/17/1911 – 06/23/1998)
Irish actor (was married to John Farrow; mother of Mia Farrow)
"A dying man needs to die, as a sleepy man needs to sleep, and there comes a time when it is wrong, as well as useless, to resist."

Stewart Alsop
(05/17/1914 – 05/26/1974)
US journalist (brother of Joseph Alsop, Jr.)
"There are days when any electrical appliance in the house, including the vacuum cleaner, seems to offer more entertainment possibilities than the television set."

Harriet van Horne
(05/17/1920 – 01/15/1998)
US writer
Dennis Potter "I did not fully understand the dread term 'terminal illness' until I saw Heathrow Airport for myself."

Dennis Potter
(05/17/1935 – 06/07/1994)
English writer
Dennis Hopper "You want to hear about insanity? I was found running naked through the jungles in Mexico. At the Mexico City airport, I decided I was in the middle of a movie and walked out on the wing on takeoff. My body . . . my liver . . . okay, my brain . . . went."

Dennis Hopper
(05/17/1936 – 05/29/2010)
US actor
Ray Charles Leonard"I consider myself blessed. I consider you blessed. We've all been blessed with God-given talents. Mine just happens to be beating people up."

Sugar Ray Leonard
(05/17/1956 – )
US boxer
Lord John Theodore Cuthbert Brabazon "I take the view, and always have, that if you cannot say what you are going to say in twenty minutes you ought to go away and write a book about it."

Lord Brabazon
(02/08/1884 – 05/17/1964)
English aviator, racer
Trent Reznor "When an instrument fails on stage it mocks you and must be destroyed."

Trent Reznor
(05/17/1965 – )
US musician (Nine Inch Nails)
"An empty cab drove up and Sarah Bernhardt got out."

Arthur Baer
(01/09/1886 – 05/17/1969)
US writer
Robert Maynard Hutchins "It is not so important to be serious as it is to be serious about the important things. The monkey wears an expression of seriousness which would do credit to any college student, but the monkey is serious because he itches."

Robert M. Hutchins
(01/17/1899 – 05/17/1977)
US educator
Lawrence Welk "This is the best biography by me I have ever read."

Lawrence Welk
(03/11/1903 – 05/17/1992)
US (yep, South Dakota!) bandleader, TV host
Leonard Rosenberg "Comedy's a serious business. You've got to be true and funny, and not look as though you're trying."

Tony Randall
(02/26/1920 – 05/17/2004)
US actor