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" He who finds a new path is a pathfinder, even if the trail has to be found again by others; and he who walks far ahead of his contemporaries is a leader, even though centuries pass before he is recognized as such."

Ibn Khaldun
(05/27/1332 – 03/17/1406)
Tunisian historian
"A dog barks when his master is attacked. I would be a coward if I saw that God's truth is attacked and yet would remain silent."

John Calvin
(07/10/1509 – 05/27/1564)
French theologian
Julia Ward Howe "Disarm, disarm. The sword of murder is not the balance of justice. Blood does not wipe out dishonor, nor violence indicate possession."

Julia Ward Howe
(05/27/1819 – 10/17/1910)
US writer (wrote "The Battle Hymn of the Republic")
Arnold Bennett "Always behave as if nothing had happened, no matter what has happened."

Arnold Bennett
(05/27/1867 – 05/27/1931)
English writer (died on his birthday)
Isadora Duncan "Dancing: The Highest Intelligence in the Freest Body."

Isadora Duncan
(05/27/1878 – 09/14/1927)
US dancer
"The more one is hated, I find, the happier one is."

Louis-Ferdinand Celine
(05/27/1894 – 07/01/1961)
French writer
Dashiell Hammett "Samuel Spade's jaw was long and bony, his chin a jutting v under the more flexible v of his mouth. His nostrils curved back to make another, smaller v. His yellow-grey eyes were horizontal. The v motif was picked up again by thickish brows rising outward from twin creases above a hooked nose, and his pale brown hair grew down--from high flat temples--in a point on his forehead. He looked rather pleasantly like a blond satan."

Dashiell Hammett
(05/27/1894 – 01/10/1961)
US writer (was married to Lillian Hellman)
"Unless we stand for something, we shall fall for anything."

Peter Marshall
(05/27/1902 – 01/26/1949)
Scottish-US religious leader
Rachel Carson "In every outthrust headland, in every curving beach, in every grain of sand there is the story of the earth."

Rachel Carson
(05/27/1907 – 04/14/1964)
US writer, conservationist (Silent Spring)
Hubert Horatio Humphrey "The right to be heard does not automatically include the right to be taken seriously."

Hubert H. Humphrey
(05/27/1911 – 01/13/1978)
US Vice President (38) (see other US Vice Presidents)
Vincent Price "'Gothic' is just a word recalling a multitude of sins!"

Vincent Price
(05/27/1911 – 10/25/1993)
US actor
John Cheever "An ego that can crack crystal at a distance of twenty feet."

John Cheever
(05/27/1912 – 06/18/1982)
US writer , on Yevgeny Yevtushenko
Sam Snead "Lay off for three weeks, and then quit for good."

Sam Snead
(05/27/1912 – 05/23/2002)
US golfer (died near his birthday) , advice
"Income tax returns are the most imaginative fiction being written today."

Herman Wouk
(05/27/1915 – )
US writer
"An editor should have a pimp for a brother so he has someone to look up to."

Gene Fowler, Jr.
(05/27/1917 – 05/11/1998)
US editor, director
Christopher Lee "There are many vampires in the world today—you only have to think of the film business."

Christopher Lee
(05/27/1922 – )
English actor
Henry Kissinger "Ninety percent of the politicians give the other ten percent a bad name."

Henry Kissinger
(05/27/1923 – )
US secretary of state
John Barth "Only the wittol knows he's no cuckold."

John Barth
(05/27/1930 – )
US writer
Arnold Bennett "A cause may be inconvenient, but it's magnificent. It's like champagne or high heels, and one must be prepared to suffer for it."

Arnold Bennett
(05/27/1867 – 05/27/1931)
English writer (died on his birthday)
"My misdeeds are accidental happenings and merely the result of having been in the wrong bar or bed at the wrong time, say most days between midday and midnight."

Jeffrey Bernard
(05/27/1932 – 09/04/1997)
English writer
Harlan Ellison "Did you ever notice, the only one in 'A Christmas Carol' with any character is Scrooge? Marley is a whiner who f*&^ed over the world and then hadn't the spine to pay his dues quietly; Belle, Scrooge's ex-girlfriend, deserted him when he needed her most; Bob Cratchit is a gutless toady without enough get-up-and-go to assert himself; and the less said about that little treacle-mouth, Tiny Tim, the better."

Harlan Ellison
(05/27/1934 – )
US writer
Louis Gossett, Jr. "If a role isn't different, it's not worth doing."

Louis Gossett, Jr.
(05/27/1936 – )
US actor
Bruce Cockburn "Everybody wants to see justice done, to somebody else."

Bruce Cockburn
(05/27/1945 – )
Canadian singer/songwriter
"Great causes and little men go ill together."

Jawaharlal Nehru
(11/14/1889 – 05/27/1964)
Indian leader (father of Indira Gandhi)
"Even if you fall on your face, you're still moving forward."

Victor Kiam
(12/07/1926 – 05/27/2001)
US sports team owner (New England Patriots)