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Charles Dibdin "But the standing toast
that pleased me most
Was, "The wind that blows,
the ship that goes,
And the lass that loves a sailor!"

Charles Dibdin
(03/04/1745 – 07/25/1814)
English writer
Samuel Taylor Coleridge "Gibbon's style is detestable; but it is not the worst thing about him."

Samuel Taylor Coleridge
(10/21/1772 – 07/25/1834)
English writer
Arthur James Balfour "It is unfortunate, considering enthusiasm moves the world, that so few enthusiasts can be trusted to speak the truth."

Sir Arthur James Balfour
(07/25/1848 – 03/19/1930)
British Prime Minister (33) (see other British PMs)
Elizabeth Mackintosh "Lack of education is an extraordinary handicap when one is being offensive."

Josephine Tey
(07/25/1896 – 02/13/1952)
Scottish writer
Eric Hoffer "Passionate hatred can give meaning and purpose to an empty life."

Eric Hoffer
(07/25/1902 – 05/21/1983)
US philosopher
Elias Canetti "Whenever you observe an animal closely, you feel as if a human being sitting inside were making fun of you."

Elias Canetti
(07/25/1905 – 08/14/1994)
Bulgarian writer
Estelle Getty "Too many of you, my friends, are dying. Now it's time for me to do my part and help you."

Estelle Getty
(07/25/1924 – 07/22/2008)
US actor (died near her birthday) , on launching fundraising for AIDS research
Walter Payton "I want to be remembered as the guy who gave his all whenever he was on the field."

Walter Payton
(07/25/1954 – 11/01/1999)
US football player
Thurston Moore "Hits are for squares."

Thurston Moore
(07/25/1958 – )
US guitarist (Sonic Youth)
"Who the hell wants to hear actors talk?"

Harry M. Warner
(12/12/1881 – 07/25/1958)
Polish film producer (brother of Jack L. Warner)
"The pain is very painful."

Ze Maria
(07/25/1973 – )
Brazilian football player
John Schlesinger "Making a film is like going down a mine—once you've started you bid a metaphorical goodbye to the daylight and the outside world for the duration."

John Schlesinger
(02/16/1926 – 07/25/2003)
English director