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"Commonly they must use their feet for defense whose only weapon is their tongue."

Sir Philip Sidney
(11/30/1554 – 10/17/1586)
English statesman
Ninon de l'Enclos "Love never dies of starvation, but often of indigestion."

Ninon de l'Enclos
(11/10/1620 – 10/17/1705)
French courtesan
Earl of Sandwich: "I am convinced, Mr. Wilkes, that you will die either of a pox or on the gallows."
John Wilkes: "That depends, my lord, on whether I embrace your mistress or your principles."
(10/17/1725 – 12/26/1797)
English statesman
Elinor Glyn "American husbands are the best in the world; no other husbands are so generous to their wives, or can be so easily divorced."

Elinor Glyn
(10/17/1864 – 09/23/1943)
English writer
"Fight for your opinions, but do not believe that they contain the whole truth or the only truth."

Charles Anderson Dana
(08/08/1819 – 10/17/1897)
US newspaper magnate
Shinichi Suzuki "Music exists for the purpose of growing an admirable heart."

Shinichi Suzuki
(10/17/1898 – 01/26/1998)
Japanese violinist, teacher
Julia Ward Howe "The strokes of the pen need deliberation as much as the sword needs swiftness."

Julia Ward Howe
(05/27/1819 – 10/17/1910)
US writer (wrote "The Battle Hymn of the Republic")
"If someone had told me I would be Pope one day, I would have studied harder."

Pope John Paul I
(10/17/1912 – 09/29/1978)
Italian Pope
Arthur Miller "The word 'now' is like a bomb through the window, and it ticks."

Arthur Miller
(10/17/1915 – 02/10/2005)
US playwright (was married to Marilyn Monroe)
Ella Geisman "I tried to be a good listener. I decided that was what she wanted all along—not so much a friend as an audience."

June Allyson
(10/17/1917 – 07/08/2006)
US actor (was married to Dick Powell) , on Joan Crawford
Margarita Carmen Cansino "Men go to bed with Gilda, but wake up with me."

Rita Hayworth
(10/17/1918 – 05/14/1987)
US actor (was married to Orson Welles) , on her role in the movie "Gilda"
Edward Montgomery Clift "Look, if you're playing Romeo and your Juliet is a pig, you find something you can love about pigs!"

Montgomery Clift
(10/17/1920 – 07/23/1966)
US actor
"Nixon is a purposeless man, but I have great faith in his cowardice."

Jimmy Breslin
(10/17/1930 – )
US writer
Michael McKean "When we've done it—and this sounds like I'm talking about sex, doesn't it?—we've done it every way you can."

Michael McKean
(10/17/1947 – )
US comic actor (married to Annette O'Toole; SNL, "David St. Hubbins" in Spinal Tap) , on writing songs with his wife
Margaret Ruth Kidder "God, George Bush makes me want to slash my wrists. He's so embarrassing I have to leave the room when he's on the news. What a monkey."

Margot Kidder
(10/17/1948 – )
Canadian actor
George Wendt "I not only get recognized—I get recognized from behind."

George Wendt
(10/17/1948 – )
US actor
Dolph Lundgren "We live in a time when nearly everything can be summed up in ones and zeroes, right? And that causes a certain amount of despair."

Dolph Lundgren
(10/17/1959 – )
Swedish actor, former chemical engineer
Mike Judge "I don't think people come home from work thinking, 'I want to be shocked and startled.' You want to check in with your favorite characters, and it's nice knowing they're not going to change that much."

Mike Judge
(10/17/1962 – )
Ecuadorian cartoonist , on his show "King of the Hill"
Norm Macdonald "I was in my peak physical condition when I was about like, uh. . . one. Oh God, I looked good, young and fresh! You wouldn't know me now if you'd seen me when I was one, you know? I even looked good for my age. People would come up to me and go, 'what are you, zero?' And I'd go, 'no, I'm one over here!'"

Norm Macdonald
(10/17/1963 – )
Canadian comic, actor (SNL)
Marshall Bruce Mathers III "Don't do drugs, don't have unprotected sex, don't be violent. Leave that to me."

Eminem
(10/17/1972 – )
US rapper
Simeon Joseph Perelman "There is no danger of my getting scurvy [while in England], as I have to consume at least two gin-and-limes every evening to keep the cold out."

S. J. Perelman
(02/01/1904 – 10/17/1979)
US screenwriter
Albert Hunter "I've got the world in a jug
The stopper's in my hand."

Alberta Hunter
(04/01/1895 – 10/17/1984)
US singer
Tennessee Ernie Ford "You can't cheat the public for long."

Tennessee Ernie Ford
(02/13/1919 – 10/17/1991)
US singer
Eleanor Hunt "I made some movies, but lucky for me, I made even better friends."

Joyce Compton
(01/27/1907 – 10/17/1997)
US actor
Joseph Abraham Gottlieb "Today you can go to a gas station and find the cash register open and the toilets locked. They must think toilet paper is worth more than money."

Joey Bishop
(02/03/1918 – 10/17/2007)
US comic, actor, TV host