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"Since you have chosen to elect a man with a timber toe to succeed me, you may all go to hell and I will go to Texas."

Davy Crockett
(08/17/1786 – 03/06/1836)
US explorer, politician
King Frederick II "A crown is merely a hat that lets the rain in."

King Frederick II the Great
(01/24/1712 – 08/17/1786)
Prussian royalty
"Acquired concussion won't open the doors of country houses. The better classes are born concussed."

Oliver St. John Gogarty
(08/17/1878 – 09/22/1957)
Irish writer , to a social climber notorious for falling off his horse
"Liberate the minds of men and ultimately you will liberate the bodies of men."

Marcus Garvey
(08/17/1887 – 06/10/1940)
Jamaican organizer
Mary Jane West "Let's forget the six feet and talk about the seven inches."

Mae West
(08/17/1892 – 11/22/1980)
US actor
"To be fair is not enough any more. We must be ferociously fair."

John Hay Whitney
(08/17/1905 – 02/08/1982)
US gazillionaire
Elinor Smith "It sometimes happens, even in the best of families, that a baby is born. This is not necessarily cause for alarm. The important thing is to keep your wits about you and borrow some money."

Elinor Smith
(08/17/1911 – 03/19/2010)
US pilot
"It took the whole of Creation to produce my foot, my each feather: Now I hold Creation in my foot."

Ted Hughes
(08/17/1930 – 10/28/1998)
US writer (was married to Sylvia Plath)
"Ignorant people in preppy clothes are more dangerous to America than oil embargoes."

V. S. Naipaul
(08/17/1932 – )
Trinidadian writer
Robert de Niro "There is a certain combination of anarchy and discipline in the way I work."

Robert de Niro
(08/17/1943 – )
US actor
Sean Penn "You tolerate me, you really tolerate me."

Sean Penn
(08/17/1960 – )
US actor (was married to Madonna), parodying Sally Field while accepting "Independent Spirit" Award
"Opera is when a guy gets stabbed in the back and, instead of bleeding, he sings."

Ed Gardner
(06/29/1905 – 08/17/1963)
US actor
Ludwig Mies van der Rohe "A chair is a very difficult object. A skyscraper is almost easier. That is why Chippendale is famous."

Ludwig Mies van der Rohe
(03/27/1886 – 08/17/1969)
German architect
Vivian Roberta Jones "When I die, there will be people who send flowers to Ethel Mertz."

Vivian Vance
(07/26/1902 – 08/17/1979)
US actor , on her "I Love Lucy" character
Israel Gershowitz "A song without music is a lot like H2 without the O."

Ira Gershwin
(12/06/1896 – 08/17/1983)
US lyricist (brother of George)
Pearl Bailey "What the world really needs is more love and less paperwork."

Pearl Bailey
(03/29/1918 – 08/17/1990)
US singer, actor