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"I asked my father what there was to make doctoring more disgusting than nursing, which women were always doing, and which ladies had done publicly in the Crimea. He could not tell me."

Elizabeth Garrett Anderson
(06/09/1836 – 12/17/1917)
English physician, mayor
Charles Dickens "He'd make a lovely corpse."

Charles Dickens
(02/07/1812 – 06/09/1870)
English writer
John Edensor Littlewood "The surprising thing about this paper is that a man who could write it would."

J. E. Littlewood
(06/09/1885 – 09/06/1977)
English mathematician
Cole Porter "Rodgers and Hammerstein, if you can imagine it taking two men to write one song."

Cole Porter
(06/09/1892 – 10/15/1964)
US songwriter , when asked "Who wrote 'Some Enchanted Evening'?"
"A character who, if he did not exist, could not be imagined."

S. N. Behrman
(06/09/1893 – 09/09/1973)
US writer , on Oscar Levant
"Men are nicotine-soaked, beer-besmirched, whisky-greased, red-eyed devils."

Carry Nation
(11/25/1846 – 06/09/1911)
US temperance fanatic
Lester William Polfuss "You can't go to the store and buy a good ear and rhythm."

Les Paul
(06/09/1915 – 08/13/2009)
US inventor, musician
Robert McNamara "A computer does not substitute for judgment any more than a pencil substitutes for literacy. But writing without a pencil is no particular advantage."

Robert McNamara
(06/09/1916 – 07/06/2009)
US secretary of defense
"La-La Land's a land of losers; we're all just a bunch of dreamers with a nickel in our shoe."

R. Wright Campbell
(06/09/1927 – 09/21/2000)
US writer
Yacov Moshe Maza "I have enough money to last me the rest of my life, unless I buy something."

Jackie Mason
(06/09/1934 – )
US comic
Letty Cottin Pogrebin "Boys don't make passes at female smart-asses."

Letty Cottin Pogrebin
(06/09/1939 – )
US editor, writer
Dick Vitale "Twelve for 23... It doesn't take a genius to see that's under 50 percent."

Dick Vitale
(06/09/1940 – )
US sportscaster
Mitch Mitchell "There's three of us in the band, so we split everything straight down the middle."

Mitch Mitchell
(06/09/1947 – 11/12/2008)
English drummer (Jimi Hendrix Experience)
"All of us are mad. If it weren't for the fact every one of us is slightly abnormal, there wouldn't be any point in giving each person a separate name."

Ugo Betti
(02/04/1892 – 06/09/1953)
Italian playwright
Craig S. Thom "But the monsters are still men in rubber suits stomping on fake buildings, and I wouldn't want it any other way."

Craig S. Thom
(06/09/1960 – )
US friend of quotekeeper , on Japanese monster movies in the 1990s
Michael J. Fox "I got sick of turning on the TV and seeing my face."

Michael J. Fox
(06/09/1961 – )
Canadian actor
Polly Adler "The only difference between them and my girls is that my girls gave a man his money's worth."

Polly Adler
(04/16/1899 – 06/09/1962)
US madam , on women who marry from greed
John Christopher Depp II "Puberty was very vague. I literally locked myself in a room and played guitar."

Johnny Depp
(06/09/1963 – )
US actor
Lord William Maxwell Aitken Beaverbrook "He did not seem to care which way he travelled providing he was in the driver's seat."

Lord William Maxwell Aitken Beaverbrook
(05/25/1879 – 06/09/1964)
Canadian statesman, publisher , on David Lloyd George
Sybil Thorndike "It's only people who are hysterical who can play hysterical parts."

Sybil Thorndike
(10/24/1882 – 06/09/1976)
English actor
Natalie Hershlag "I couldn't be anorexic because I like food too much, and I couldn't be bulimic because I hate throwing up too much."

Natalie Portman
(06/09/1981 – )
Israeli-US actor
"Poems in a way are spells against death. They are milestones, to see where you were then from where you are now."

Richard Eberhart
(04/05/1904 – 06/09/2005)
US writer