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John Jacob Astor "A man who has a million dollars is as well off as if he were rich."

John Jacob Astor
(07/17/1763 – 03/29/1848)
US zillionaire
"People of the same trade seldom meet together, even for merriment and diversion, but the conversation ends in a conspiracy against the public, or in some contrivance to raise prices."

Adam Smith
(06/05/1723 – 07/17/1790)
Scottish economist
Anna Louise Germaine de Stael "One must choose in life between boredom and suffering."

Germaine de Stael
(04/22/1766 – 07/17/1817)
French writer
"It's a damn good story. If you have any comments, write them on the back of a check."

Erle Stanley Gardner
(07/17/1889 – 03/11/1970)
US writer , on a manuscript submitted to hard-to-please editors
"If all the rich people in the world divided up their money among themselves, there wouldn't be enough to go around."

Christina Stead
(07/17/1902 – 03/31/1983)
Australian writer
James McNeil Whistler Socialite: "Whatever possessed you to be born in a place like Lowell, Massachusetts?"
Whistler: "I wished to be near my mother."

James McNeil Whistler
(07/10/1834 – 07/17/1903)
US artist (died near his birthday)
Douglas Crickard "Anyone can be a yogi. All you need are a dirty sheet and two broken legs."

Jack Douglas
(07/17/1908 – 01/31/1989)
US comic, writer
Arthur Gordon Linkletter "The four stages of a man are infancy, childhood, adolescence and obsolescence."

Art Linkletter
(07/17/1912 – 05/26/2010)
Canadian humorist
Henri Poincare "Ideas rose in clouds; I felt them collide until pairs interlocked, so to speak, making a stable combination."

Henri Poincare
(04/29/1854 – 07/17/1912)
French mathematician
Phyllis Ada Driver "His favorite exercise is climbing tall people."

Phyllis Diller
(07/17/1917 – )
US comic , on Mickey Rooney
Donald Sutherland "I did a movie with Miss Bankhead in England. One day, she wandered into my dressing room, completely nude. I couldn't help staring, and she said, 'What's the matter, dahling? Haven't you ever seen a blonde before?'"

Donald Sutherland
(07/17/1934 – )
Canadian actor (father of Kiefer)
Ferd Morton "My contributions were many: First clown director, with witty sayings and flashily dressed, now called master of ceremonies."

Jelly Roll Morton
(09/20/1885 – 07/17/1941)
US pianist
David Hasselhoff "Beyond its entertainment value, Baywatch has enriched and, in many ways, helped save lives. I'm looking forward to the opportunity to continue with a project which has had such significance for so many."

David Hasselhoff
(07/17/1952 – )
US actor
Billie Holiday "Mom and Pop were just a couple of kids when they got married. He was eighteen, she was sixteen, and I was three."

Billie Holiday
(04/07/1915 – 07/17/1959)
US singer
"If I met Picasso in the street I would kick him in the pants."

Sir Alfred Munnings
(10/08/1878 – 07/17/1959)
English artist
Tyrus Raymond Cobb "A baseball bat is a wondrous weapon."

Ty Cobb
(12/18/1886 – 07/17/1961)
US baseball player
John Coltrane "Sometimes Id think I was making music through the wrong end of a magnifying glass."

John Coltrane
(09/23/1926 – 07/17/1967)
US jazz composer, musician
Jay Hanna Dean "Fans, don't fail to miss tomorrow's game."

Dizzy Dean
(01/16/1911 – 07/17/1974)
US baseball player
Katharine Graham "If one is rich and one's a woman, one can be quite misunderstood."

Katharine Graham
(06/16/1917 – 07/17/2001)
US businessperson (Washington Post owner)
Edward Richard George Heath "We may be a small island, but we are not a small people."

Sir Edward Heath
(07/09/1919 – 07/17/2005)
British Prime Minister (47) (see other British PMs)
Frank Morrison Spillane "An actor is someone who hates himself so much he has to be someone else."

Mickey Spillane
(03/09/1918 – 07/17/2006)
US writer
"I do think one of the factors was we were of different sexes."

Walter Cronkite
(11/04/1916 – 07/17/2009)
US telejournalist , on his 63-year marriage to Betsy