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John Galsworthy "Idealism increases in direct proportion to one's distance from the problem."

John Galsworthy
(08/14/1867 – 01/31/1933)
English writer
"The goal of all inanimate objects is to resist man and ultimately defeat him."

Russell Baker
(08/14/1925 – )
US columnist
David Crosby "About as modest as Mussolini."

David Crosby
(08/14/1941 – )
US singer, songwriter (Byrds, CSNY) , on Joni Mitchell
Steve Martin "I believe that Ronald Reagan can make this country what it once was—an Arctic region covered with ice."

Steve Martin
(08/14/1945 – )
US comic, actor, director, writer
Wim Wenders "My advice is, don't spend money on therapy. Spend it in a record store."

Wim Wenders
(08/14/1945 – )
German director
Danielle Steel "A bad review is like baking a cake with all the best ingredients and having someone sit on it."

Danielle Steel
(08/14/1947 – )
US writer
Gary Larson "I never liked my own species."

Gary Larson
(08/14/1950 – )
US cartoonist (The Far Side)
William Randolph Hearst "A politician will do anything to keep his job—even become a patriot."

William Randolph Hearst
(04/29/1863 – 08/14/1951)
US newspaper magnate (LTR with Marion Davies)
Bertolt Brecht "Grub first, then ethics."

Bertolt Brecht
(02/10/1898 – 08/14/1956)
German playwright
Earvin Johnson "They said playing basketball would kill me. Well, not playing basketball was killing me."

"Magic" Johnson
(08/14/1959 – )
US basketball player
Halle Berry "A good role for a woman is hard to come by—be she black, white, or sky-blue pink."

Halle Berry
(08/14/1968 – )
US actor
Oscar Levant "Our loss is their loss."

Oscar Levant
(12/27/1906 – 08/14/1972)
US composer, pianist , on Milton Berle becoming a Christian Scientist
John Boynton Priestly "God knows she had plenty of practice."

J. B. Priestly
(09/13/1894 – 08/14/1984)
English writer , hearing that Mrs. Shaw was a 'good listener'
Roy Buchanan "I never thought that much about my playing. I was adequate."

Roy Buchanan
(09/23/1939 – 08/14/1988)
US guitarist
Elias Canetti "People love as self-recognition what they hate as an accusation."

Elias Canetti
(07/25/1905 – 08/14/1994)
Bulgarian writer
"Child, when hard luck fall it just keep fallin'."

Alice Childress
(10/12/1920 – 08/14/1994)
US writer
Lane Kirkland "We must be part of the general staff at the inception, rather than the ambulance drivers at the bitter end."

Lane Kirkland
(03/12/1922 – 08/14/1999)
US union leader , on labor disputes
Czeslaw Milosz "If you really think about the horror of the world, the only suitable attitude seems to be to reject it."

Czeslaw Milosz
(06/30/1911 – 08/14/2004)
Lithuanian writer
Clare Marie Bowe "I truly believe that God has healed me, and one day the doctors will say to me ‘You can stop the medication now because you are healed’."

Clare Marie Bowe
(06/06/1975 – 08/14/2007)
English daughter of friend of the quotekeeper