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"It is no use walking anywhere to preach unless our walking is our preaching."

Francis of Assisi
(09/26/1181 – 10/03/1226)
Umbrian saint (died near his birthday)
"I hardly know so true a mark of a little mind as the servile imitation of others."

Fulke Greville
(10/03/1554 – 09/30/1628)
English writer (died near his birthday), 'Servant to Q. Eliz., councellor to King James, and friend to Sir Philip Sidney'
George Bancroft "Truth is not exciting enough to those who depend on the characters and lives of their neighbors for all their amusement."

George Bancroft
(10/03/1800 – 01/17/1891)
US historian, statesman
"The race cannot succeed, nor build strong citizens, until we have a race of women competent to do more than bear a brood of negative men."

T. Thomas Fortune
(10/03/1856 – 06/02/1928)
US writer
Eleonora Duse "If the sight of the blue skies fills you with joy, if a blade of grass springing up in the fields has power to move you, if the simple things of nature have a message that you understand, rejoice, for your soul is alive..."

Eleonora Duse
(10/03/1858 – 04/21/1924)
Italian actor
Pierre Bonnard "What I am after is the first impression—I want to show all one sees on first entering the room—what my eye takes in at first glance."

Pierre Bonnard
(10/03/1867 – 01/23/1947)
French artist
William Morris "If you want a golden rule that will fit everything, this is it: Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful."

William Morris
(03/24/1834 – 10/03/1896)
English writer
Louis Aragon "We know that the nature of genius is to provide idiots with ideas twenty years later."

Louis Aragon
(10/03/1897 – 12/24/1982)
French writer
Thomas Wolfe "Where they got you stationed now, Luke?"
"At the p-p-p-present time in Norfolk at the Navy base, m-m-making the world safe for hypocrisy."

Thomas Wolfe
(10/03/1900 – 09/15/1938)
US writer
"Like Webster's Dictionary, we're Morocco bound!"

Johnny Burke
(10/03/1908 – 02/25/1964)
US songwriter
"A dead atheist is someone who's all dressed up with no place to go."

James Duffecy
(10/03/1912 – 11/17/1983)
Australian evangelist
Gore Vidal "With history one can never be certain, but I think I can safely say that Aristotle Onassis would not have married Mrs. Khrushchev."

Gore Vidal
(10/03/1925 – )
US writer , on what would've happened if Khrushchev had been assassinated instead of JFK
"When in doubt, punt."

John Heisman
(10/23/1869 – 10/03/1936)
US football coach
Edgar Watson Howe "A boy doesn't have to go to war to be a hero; he can say he doesn't like pie when he sees there isn't enough to go around."

Edgar Watson Howe
(05/03/1853 – 10/03/1937)
US writer
Ernest Evans "I want my flowers while I'm alive. I can't smell them when I'm dead. I will not have the music business ignore my position in the industry."

Chubby Checker
(10/03/1941 – )
US singer , demanding a statue at the Rock'n'Roll Hall of Fame (2001)
John Perry Barlow "Groundless hope, like unconditional love, is the only kind worth having."

John Perry Barlow
(10/03/1947 – )
US lyricist
"Farrah is uniquely suited to play a woman of limited intelligence."

Michael Medved
(10/03/1948 – )
US critic
"These days baseball is different. You come to spring training, you get your legs ready, you arms loose, your agents ready, your lawyer lined up."

Dave Winfield
(10/03/1951 – )
US baseball player
Al Sharpton "The issue of government is not to determine who may sleep together in the bedroom, it's to help those that might not be eating in the kitchen."

Reverend Al Sharpton
(10/03/1954 – )
US religious/political leader
Stevie Ray Vaughan "The way I like to look at it is....if that's the last time I ever got to play, I'd better give it everything I've got."

Stevie Ray Vaughan
(10/03/1954 – 08/27/1990)
US musician (brother of Jimmie)
Tommy Lee "Getting married in four days was the biggest ... mistake I've ever made. I have two beautiful kids, but ... how can you know somebody in four days? Bonehead."

Tommy Lee
(10/03/1962 – )
Greece-born drummer (Motley Crue) (also see Nikki Sixx; was married to Heather Locklear and Pamela Anderson)
"As you grow older, you'll find the only things you regret are the things you didn't do."

Zachary Scott
(02/24/1914 – 10/03/1965)
US actor
Woodrow Wilson Guthrie "As through this world I've wandered I've seen lots of funny men;
Some will rob you with a six-gun, And some with a fountain pen."

Woody Guthrie
(07/14/1912 – 10/03/1967)
US singer, songwriter (father of Arlo)
Gwen Stefani "Being in a band you can wear whatever you want—it's like an excuse for halloween every day."

Gwen Stefani
(10/03/1969 – )
US singer (No Doubt)
Neve Campbell "I figure when I'm 50 and broke, I'll want to do another one. Maybe my character, Sidney, has been in an insane asylum for all these years. She breaks out and becomes a killer herself."

Neve Campbell
(10/03/1973 – )
US actor , on the prospect of making another sequel after "Scream 3"
Ashlee Simpson "Clean underwear? Are you kidding me!?"

Ashlee Simpson
(10/03/1984 – )
US singer (lip-syncher?) (sister of Jessica Simpson)
"Beauty is one of the rare things that do not lead to doubt of God."

Jean Anouilh
(06/23/1910 – 10/03/1987)
French playwright
Roderick Andrew Anthony Jude McDowall "Intellectually I'd love to play Stanley Kowalski in A Streetcar Named Desire. Can't you just imagine me down in the streets yelling 'Stella! Stella!' God, the critics would have a lot of fun with that one."

Roddy McDowall
(09/17/1928 – 10/03/1998)
English actor (not related to Malcolm McDowell)
Bruce Paltrow "It's a prizefight. Get off the stool, take your beating, go back to your corner, rest, and take a beating again. Believe in your own talent. Marry well."

Bruce Paltrow
(11/26/1943 – 10/03/2002)
US actor (was married to Blythe Danner; father of Gwyneth Paltrow)
Jeanette Helen Morrison "'Psycho' scared the hell out of me when I saw it finished. Making it and seeing it are two different things. That staccato music and the knife flashing. You'd swear it's going into the body. I still don't take showers, and that's the truth."

Janet Leigh
(07/06/1927 – 10/03/2004)
US actor (mother of Jamie Lee Curtis; was married to Tony Curtis)
Ronnie Barker "In a packed programme tonight we will be talking to an out-of-work contortionist who says he can no longer make ends meet."

Ronnie Barker
(09/25/1929 – 10/03/2005)
English comic