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Jonathan Swift "I have heard of a man who had a mind to sell his house, and therefore carried a piece of brick in his pocket, which he shewed as a pattern to encourage purchasers."

Jonathan Swift
(11/30/1667 – 10/19/1745)
English writer
"The same people who can deny others everything are famous for refusing themselves nothing."

(James Henry) Leigh Hunt
(10/19/1784 – 08/28/1859)
English writer
Lewis Mumford "A man of courage never needs weapons, but he may need bail."

Lewis Mumford
(10/19/1895 – 01/26/1990)
US writer
"Having your book turned into a movie is like seeing your oxen turned into bouillon cubes."

John Le Carre
(10/19/1931 – )
English writer
"If folks can learn to be racist, then they can learn to be anti-racist. If being sexist ain't genetic, then, dad gum, people can learn about gender equality."

Johnnetta Betsch Cole
(10/19/1936 – )
US educator
Ernest Rutherford "All science is either physics or stamp collecting."

Ernest Lord Rutherford
(08/30/1871 – 10/19/1937)
New Zealand physicist
John Lithgow "I lead a pretty boring life. I once met an editor from the National Enquirer who said to me, almost apologetically, 'I'm sorry, but we're really not interested in you.' I'm afraid that's true."

John Lithgow
(10/19/1945 – )
US actor
Edna St. Vincent Millay "Set the foot down with distrust on the crust of the world—it is thin."

Edna St. Vincent Millay
(02/22/1892 – 10/19/1950)
US writer
Elizabeth Arden "I'm not interested in age. People who tell me their age are silly. You're as old as you feel."

Elizabeth Arden
(12/31/1884 – 10/19/1966)
US cosmetician
Amy Carter "No."

Amy Carter
(10/19/1967 – )
US first daughter (granddaughter of Lillian Carter, daughter of Rosalyn and Jimmy Carter) , when asked if she had any message for the children of America
Margaret Yvonne Teresa Reed "I have the face of a vulture and the voice of a crow. If you threw a rock at me, you could kill two birds with one stone."

Martha Raye
(08/27/1916 – 10/19/1994)
US actor
Richard Selzer "A bag of tattooed bones in a sequined slingshot."

Mr. Blackwell
(08/29/1922 – 10/19/2008)
US critic , on Cher