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Samuel Adams "Mankind are governed more by their feelings than by reason."

Samuel Adams
(09/27/1722 – 10/02/1803)
US patriot, brewer (died near his birthday)
Marechal Ferdinand Foch "Airplanes are interesting toys, but of no military value."

Marechal Ferdinand Foch
(10/02/1851 – 03/20/1929)
French general
Mahatma Gandhi Reporter: "What do you think of Western Civilization?"
Mahatma Gandhi: "I think it would be a good idea."
(10/02/1869 – 01/31/1948)
Indian political, religious leader
Wallace Stevens "They will get it straight one day at the Sorbonne.
We shall return at twilight from the lecture
pleased that the irrational is rational."

Wallace Stevens
(10/02/1879 – 08/02/1955)
US writer
Julius Marx "She got her good looks from her father. He's a plastic surgeon."

Groucho Marx
(10/02/1890 – 08/19/1977)
US comic, actor (Marx Brothers: Groucho, Chico, Harpo, Zeppo, Gummo)
Ernest Renan "O Lord, if there is a Lord, save my soul, if I have a soul."

Ernest Renan
(02/28/1823 – 10/02/1892)
French philosopher, historian
Graham Greene "His hilarity was like a scream from a crevasse."

Graham Greene
(10/02/1904 – 04/03/1991)
English writer
"I sometimes think that Thomas Cook should be numbered among the secular saints. He took travel from the privileged and gave it to the people."

Robert Runcie
(10/02/1921 – 07/11/2000)
English archbishop
"(Travel seems) not just a way of having a good time, but something that every self-respecting citizen ought to undertake, like a high-fiber diet, say, or a deodorant."

Jan Morris
(10/02/1926 – )
English writer
"If a swamp alligator could talk, it would sound like Tennessee Williams."

Rex Reed
(10/02/1938 – )
US critic
Annie Leibovitz "If you are going to America, bring food."

Annie Leibovitz
(10/02/1949 – )
US photographer
Richard Meyers "Rock'n'roll is trying to convince girls to pay money to be near you."

Richard Hell
(10/02/1949 – )
US singer, bassist (Television, Voidoids)
Gordon Sumner "When you're as rich as I am, you don't have to be political."

(10/02/1951 – )
English bassist, singer (Police)
Hattie McDaniel "Hell, I'd rather play a maid than be one!"

Hattie McDaniel
(06/10/1895 – 10/02/1952)
US actor
"The 49ers were so badly flattened that they didn't fly back to San Francisco, they were faxed."

Scott Ostler
(10/02/???? – )
US columnist , on a 1993 football playoff loss
Marcel Duchamp "I have forced myself to contradict myself in order to avoid conforming to my own taste."

Marcel Duchamp
(07/28/1887 – 10/02/1968)
French surrealist
Tiffany Renee Darwisch "It's definitely going to change my image. Rock stations are calling me now because I'm naked."

(10/02/1971 – )
US singer , on posing nude for Playboy
Hazel Scott "I have always respected everyone's religion. As I say, there is only one God and a lot of confused people."

Hazel Scott
(06/11/1920 – 10/02/1981)
Trinidadi-US pianist, singer
Roy Harold Scherer Jr. "I had to overcome the name Rock. If I'd been as hip then as I am now, I would have never consented to be named Rock."

Rock Hudson
(11/17/1925 – 10/02/1985)
US actor
Peter Brian Medawar "I cannot give any scientist of any age better advice than this: the intensity of a conviction that a hypothesis is true has no bearing over whether it is true or not."

Sir Peter B. Medawar
(02/28/1915 – 10/02/1987)
Brazil-born British zoologist (same birth and death dates as Ernest Renan)
August Wilson "I found out life's hard but it ain't impossible."

August Wilson
(04/27/1945 – 10/02/2005)
US playwright