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"Un sot trouve toujours un plus sot qui l'admire.
(A fool always finds a greater fool to admire him.)"

Nicolas Boileau-Despréaux
(11/01/1636 – 03/13/1711)
French writer
"Public office is the last refuge of the incompetent."

Boies Penrose
(11/01/1860 – 12/31/1921)
US senator (PA)
Stephen Crane "A man said to the universe: 'Sir, I exist!' 'However,' replied the universe, 'That fact has not created in me a sense of obligation.'"

Stephen Crane
(11/01/1871 – 06/05/1900)
US writer
Sholem Asch "It has been said that writing comes more easily if you have something to say."

Sholem Asch
(11/01/1880 – 07/10/1957)
Polish-Yiddish writer
"All wars are planned by old men, in council rooms apart."

Grantland Rice
(11/01/1880 – 07/13/1954)
US writer
"The world has always gone through periods of madness so as to advance a bit on the road to reason."

Hermann Broch
(11/01/1886 – 05/30/1951)
German writer
Naomi Margaret Haldane "Keep it light so you can say a lot more, especially if it's something you care about."

Naomi Mitchison
(11/01/1897 – 01/11/1999)
Scottish writer (sister of J. B. S. Haldane)
Alfred Jarry "God is the tangential point between zero and infinity."

Alfred Jarry
(09/08/1873 – 11/01/1907)
French "pataphysical" writer
"I've been around so long that all the statues in Symphony Hall were little boys when I started."

Harry Ellis Dickson
(11/01/1908 – 03/29/2003)
US conductor
"Some people like my advice so much that they frame it upon the wall instead of using it."

Gordon R. Dickson
(11/01/1923 – 01/31/2001)
Canadian writer
"The harder you work, the luckier you get."

Gary Player
(11/01/1935 – )
US golfer
"Sometimes the best songs almost write themselves."

Bill Anderson
(11/01/1937 – )
US singer, songwriter
Shere Hite "I'm suggesting we call sex something else, and it should include everything from kissing to sitting close together."

Shere Hite
(11/01/1942 – )
US researcher, writer (The Hite Report)
Richard Friedman "I even went so far as to become a Southern Baptist for a while, until I realized that they didn't hold 'em under long enough."

Kinky Friedman
(11/01/1944 – )
US singer, songwriter
"Any fool can criticize, condemn, and complain—and most fools do."

Dale Carnegie
(11/24/1888 – 11/01/1955)
US writer
Me, 1961 "I have riches beneath my wildest dreams."

Steven Miller
(11/01/1957 – )
US artist, writer, musician, photographer, and collector of quotes
"I write so the endangered thoughts roaming naked and vulnerable through the misty jungles of my mind aren't slain by the guns of practical living."

Kim Krizan
(11/01/1961 – )
US writer, actor
Anthony Kiedis "I inherited my father's insatiable desire to meet all the beautiful girls in the world."

Anthony Kiedis
(11/01/1962 – )
US singer (Red Hot Chili Peppers)
Elsa Maxwell "Serve the dinner backward, do anything but for goodness sake, do something weird."

Elsa Maxwell
(05/24/1883 – 11/01/1963)
US writer, hostess
"For every action there is an equal and opposite government program."

Bob Wells
(11/01/1966 – )
US magazine editor
"Every man of genius is considerably helped by being dead."

Robert Staughton Lynd
(09/26/1892 – 11/01/1970)
US writer
Antonia Collette "Sometimes life hits you on the head with a saucepan. But I'm not here to talk about saucepans."

Toni Collette
(11/01/1972 – )
Australian actor
Jenny McCarthy "I was a puke brunette."

Jenny McCarthy
(11/01/1972 – )
US model, actor
Ezra Pound "Literature is news that stays news."

Ezra Pound
(10/30/1885 – 11/01/1972)
US poet (died near his birthday)
"For your born writer, nothing is so healing as the realization that he has come upon the right word."

Catherine Drinker Bowen
(01/01/1897 – 11/01/1973)
US writer
"He got a reputation as a great actor by just thinking hard about the next line."

Elbert "King" Vidor
(02/08/1888 – 11/01/1982)
US writer-director , on Gary Cooper
"If you want to win anything—a race, yourself, your life—you have to go a little berserk."

Dr. George Sheehan
(11/05/1918 – 11/01/1993)
US physician, running enthusiast (died near his birthday)
Walter Payton "I want to be remembered as the guy who gave his all whenever he was on the field."

Walter Payton
(07/25/1954 – 11/01/1999)
US football player
"I believe that the supreme duty of the historian is to write history, that is to say, to attempt to record in one sweeping sequence the greater events and movements that have swayed the destiny of man."

Sir Stephen Runciman
(07/07/1903 – 11/01/2000)
Scottish historian
William Styron "The good writing of any age has always been the product of someone's neurosis."

William Styron
(06/11/1925 – 11/01/2006)
US writer
"The world began without man, and it will complete itself without him."

Claude Levi-Strauss
(11/28/1908 – 11/01/2009)
French philosopher