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"To read without reflecting is like eating without digesting."

Edmund Burke
(01/12/1729 – 07/09/1797)
Irish statesman
Zachary Taylor "It would be judicious to act with magnanimity towards a prostrate foe."

Zachary Taylor
(11/24/1784 – 07/09/1850)
US President (12) (see all US Presidents)
Nikola Tesla "I had a veritable mania for finishing whatever I began, which often got me into difficulties. On one occasion I started to read the works of Voltaire when I learned, to my dismay, that there were close on one hundred large volumes in small print which that monster had written while drinking seventy-two cups of black coffee per diem. It had to be done, but when I laid aside the last book I was very glad, and said, 'Never more!'"

Nikola Tesla
(07/09 (or 07/10)/1856 – 01/07/1943)
Serbian-US inventor
"Every now and then we discover in the seething mass of humanity round us a person who does not seem to need anybody else, and the contrast with ourselves is stinging."

Ernest Dimnet
(07/09/1866 – ??/??/1954)
French religious guy
Dorothy Thompson "Fear grows in darkness; if you think there's a bogeyman around, turn on the light."

Dorothy Thompson
(07/09/1894 – 01/30/1961)
US writer
"After forty a woman has to choose between losing her figure or her face. My advice is to keep your face, and stay sitting down."

Dame Barbara Cartland
(07/09/1901 – 05/21/2000)
English novelist
Edward Richard George Heath "I am not a product of privilege, I am a product of opportunity."

Sir Edward Heath
(07/09/1919 – 07/17/2005)
British Prime Minister (47) (see other British PMs)
"Success tends to go not to the person who is error-free, because he also tends to be risk-averse. Rather it goes to the person who recognizes that life is pretty much a percentage business."

Donald Rumsfeld
(07/09/1932 – )
US executive, politico
"In the name of motherhood and fatherhood and education and good manners, we threaten and suffocate and bind and ensnare and bribe and trick children into wholesale emulation of our ways."

June Jordan
(07/09/1936 – )
US writer
David Hockney "If we are to change our world view, images have to change. The artist now has a very important job to do. He's not a little peripheral figure entertaining rich people, he's really needed."

David Hockney
(07/09/1937 – )
English artist
Benjamin Nathan Cardozo "Method is much, technique is much, but inspiration is even more."

Benjamin Cardozo
(05/24/1870 – 07/09/1938)
US Supreme Court (see other Supreme Court justices)
Dean R. Koontz "I'd give Charles Darwin videotapes of 'Geraldo,' 'Beavis and Butt-head' and 'The McLaughlin Group.' I would be interested in seeing if he still believes in evolution."

Dean R. Koontz
(07/09/1945 – )
US writer , on what gift he'd like to present to another writer, living or dead
Orenthal James Simpson "Fear of losing is what makes competitors so great. Show me a gracious loser and I'll show you a permanent loser."

O. J. Simpson
(07/09/1947 – )
US football player, actor, murderer
Tom Hanks "If you can feel like a good man in your 40s, you can feel like a better man in your 50s, a Superman in your 60s, and maybe a Spider-Man in your 70s."

Tom Hanks
(07/09/1956 – )
US actor (married to Rita Wilson; father of Colin Hanks)
Georges Bataille "Pleasure only starts once the worm has got into the fruit; to become delightful, happiness must be tainted with poison."

Georges Bataille
(09/16/1897 – 07/09/1962)
French writer
Courtney Michelle Harrison "F*** yeah, man! I'm a rock star girl!"

Courtney Love
(07/09/1964 – )
US singer (Hole, Smashing Pumpkins) and recurring train wreck (was married to Kurt Cobain; also see Billy Corgan, D'Arcy Wretzky, James Iha, Melissa auf der Maur, and Jimmy Chamberlain)
Earl Warren "I always turn to the sports page first, which records people's accomplishments. The front page has nothing but man's failures."

Earl Warren
(03/19/1891 – 07/09/1974)
US Supreme Court (see other Supreme Court justices)
John Anthony Gillis "We weren't afraid of success, we were afraid of being punished for it."

Jack White
(07/09/1975 – )
US musician (White Stripes) (married to Karen Elson)
Loren Eiseley "If there is magic on this planet, it is contained in water."

Loren Eiseley
(09/03/1907 – 07/09/1977)
US writer
Alice Paul "When you put your hand to the plow, you can't put it down until you get to the end of the row."

Alice Paul
(01/11/1885 – 07/09/1977)
US lawyer, suffragist
Cornelia Otis Skinner "One learns in life to keep silent and draw one's own confusions."

Cornelia Otis Skinner
(05/30/1901 – 07/09/1979)
US actor, writer
Dennis Gabor "Till now man has been up against Nature; from now on he will be up against his own nature."

Dennis Gabor
(06/05/1900 – 07/09/1979)
Hungarian scientist (invented the hologram)
Eric Sevareid "The chief cause of problems is solutions."

Eric Sevareid
(11/26/1912 – 07/09/1992)
US telejournalist
"There is never a deed so foul that something couldn't be said for the guy; that's why there are lawyers."

Melvin Belli
(07/29/1907 – 07/09/1996)
US attorney
Rod Steiger "When you lose your curiosity, you're dead. I don't care if you live to be 117. You're dead."

Rod Steiger
(04/14/1925 – 07/09/2002)
US actor