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Ella Wheeler Wilcox "We flatter those we scarcely know,
We please the fleeting guest,
And deal full many a thoughtless blow
To those who love us best."

Ella Wheeler Wilcox
(11/05/1850 – 10/30/1919)
US writer (died near her birthday)
Eugene Debs "Intelligent discontent is the mainspring of civilization."

Eugene Debs
(11/05/1855 – 10/20/1926)
US labor organizer
"The poet's business is not to save the soul of man but to make it worth saving."

James Elroy Flecker
(11/05/1884 – 01/03/1915)
English writer
Ariel and Will Durant "One of the lessons of history is that nothing is often a good thing to do and always a clever thing to say."

Will Durant
(11/05/1885 – 11/07/1981)
US historian (died near his birthday; was married to Ariel Durant)
"It is my supposition that the Universe in not only queerer than we imagine, it is queerer than we CAN imagine."

John B. S. Haldane
(11/05/1892 – 12/01/1964)
Scottish scientist (brother of Naomi Mitchison)
Leonard Franklin Slye "Today they're making pictures that I wouldn't want Trigger to see."

Roy Rogers
(11/05/1911 – 07/06/1998)
US actor, singer
"Exercise is done against one's wishes and maintained only because the alternative is worse."

Dr. George Sheehan
(11/05/1918 – 11/01/1993)
US physician, running enthusiast (died near his birthday)
"Political history is largely an account of mass violence and of the expenditure of vast resources to cope with mythical fears and hopes."

Murray J. Edelman
(11/05/1919 – 01/26/2001)
US writer
"I knew I'd been living in Berkeley too long when I saw a sign that said 'Free firewood' and my first thought was 'Who was Firewood and what did he do?'"

John Berger
(11/05/1926 – )
English painter
"What does accelerating computer power have to do with intelligence? If you move your arms faster, do you get smarter?"

Michael L. Dertouzos
(11/05/1936 – 08/27/2001)
Greek writer
Arthur Ira Garfunkel "You'll never find the answer to 'What's the right hat?'"

Art Garfunkel
(11/05/1941 – )
US singer (also see Paul Simon)
"Man cannot remake himself without suffering, for he is both the marble and the sculptor."

Alexis Carrel
(06/28/1873 – 11/05/1944)
French surgeon
Peter Noone "Aside from what they did musically, the Beatles were great ambassadors. They made everything English very cool at the time. By the time we got (to America), everyone was ready for us. Just the fact that we were English opened every door for us."

Peter Noone
(11/05/1947 – )
English singer (Herman's Hermits)
"A lot of people understand what not saying anything means, so, in effect, not saying anything is really saying a lot."

Bill Walton
(11/05/1952 – )
US basketball player
Bryan Adams "I draw on my memories but blended with a lot of fantasy...but let's set the record straight on something! "The Summer of '69" has nothing to do with the actual year 1969. It's about making love (69—get it?) and looking back at the good old times."

Bryan Adams
(11/05/1959 – )
Canadian singer
Katherine Matilda Swinton "There is something insane about a lack of doubt. Doubt, to me anyway, is what makes you human, and without doubt even the righteous lose their grip not only on reality but also on their humanity."

Tilda Swinton
(11/05/1960 – )
English actor
Michael Sinnott "We never make sport of religion, politics, race, or mothers. A mother never gets hit with a custard pie. Mothers-in-law—yes. But mothers—never."

Mack Sennett
(01/17/1880 – 11/05/1960)
US filmmaker
Famke Beumer "We've always been ready for female superheroes. Because women want to be them and men want to do them."

Famke Janssen
(11/05/1965 – )
Dutch actor
"We who are liberal and progressive know that the poor are our equals in every sense except that of being equal to us."

Lionel Trilling
(07/04/1905 – 11/05/1975)
US writer
Alfred Gerald Caplin "Abstract art is a product of the untalented, sold by the unprincipled to the utterly bewildered."

Al Capp
(09/28/1909 – 11/05/1979)
US cartoonist (Li'l Abner)
Vladimir Horowitz "I am a general. My soldiers are the keys and I have to command them."

Vladimir Horowitz
(10/01/1903 – 11/05/1989)
Russian pianist
Fred MacMurray "A cowboy actor needs two changes of expression—hat on and hat off."

Fred MacMurray
(08/30/1908 – 11/05/1991)
US actor
David Brower "All technology should be assumed guilty until proven innocent."

David Brower
(07/01/1912 – 11/05/2000)
US environmentalist
"An answer is always a form of death."

John Fowles
(03/31/1926 – 11/05/2005)
English writer