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"There have been many most excellent poets that have never versified, and now swarm many versifiers that need never answer to the name of poets."

Sir Philip Sidney
(11/30/1554 – 10/17/1586)
English statesman
John Selden "A glorious Church is like a magnificent feast; there is all the variety that may be, but every one chooses out a dish or two that he likes, and lets the rest alone."

John Selden
(12/16/1584 – 11/30/1654)
English jurist
Jonathan Swift "Big fleas have little fleas
upon their backs to bite 'em;
and little fleas have lesser fleas,
and so ad infinitum."

Jonathan Swift
(11/30/1667 – 10/19/1745)
English writer , on the invention of the microscope
Samuel Langhorne Clemens "His ignorance covered the whole earth like a blanket, and there was hardly a hole in it anywhere."

Mark Twain
(11/30/1835 – 04/21/1910)
US writer
Lucy Maud Montgomery "As a rule, I am very careful to be shallow and conventional where depth and originality are wasted."

Lucy Maud Montgomery
(11/30/1874 – 04/24/1942)
Canadian writer (Anne of the Green Gables)
Winston Churchill "Life is fraught with opportunities to keep your mouth shut."

Winston Churchill
(11/30/1874 – 01/24/1965)
British Prime Minister (41) (son of Jennie Jerome Churchill; see other British Prime Ministers)
"The only cure for grief is action."

G. H. Lewes
(04/18/1817 – 11/30/1878)
English psychologist
Oscar Wilde "Biography lends to death a new terror."

Oscar Wilde
(10/16/1854 – 11/30/1900)
Irish writer and wit
"The piano is the social instrument par excellence. . . . drawing-room furniture, a sign of bourgeois prosperity, the most massive of the devices by which the young are tortured in the name of education and the grown-up in the name of entertainment."

Jacques Barzun
(11/30/1907 – )
French educator
Virginia Clara Jones "He just sat there watching me, and then he walked right up and kissed me."

Virginia Mayo
(11/30/1920 – 01/17/2005)
US actor , on how she met her husband, Michael O'Shea
Shirley Chisholm "Tremendous amounts of talent are being lost to our society just because that talent wears a skirt."

Shirley Chisholm
(11/30/1924 – 01/01/2005)
US Rep (NY)
Allan Copelon "Even if Scrabble had been invented then, I wouldn't have wanted to play Scrabble, because the highest triple word score in the world would not have expressed how much I liked the game Natalie and I played every afternoon."

Allan Sherman
(11/30/1924 – 11/20/1973)
US comic
Jacob Chic Hecht "I am sure I will feel at home in the Bahamas. I've been involved in gambling in the Bahamas. I've been involved in gambling in Nevada and I've been involved in banking."

Chic Hecht
(11/30/1928 – 05/15/2006)
US Ambassador (Bahamas) , on his qualifications for the job
"Humor is always based on a modicum of truth. Have you ever heard a joke about a father-in-law?"

Dick Clark
(11/30/1929 – )
US ageless celebrity
"If I can go from burglar for the government to talk show host, you can go from entertainer to congressman."

G. Gordon Liddy
(11/30/1930 – )
US political fixture , to Sonny Bono
Abbott Hoffman "Avoid all needle drugs. The only dope worth shooting is Richard Nixon."

Abbie Hoffman
(11/30/1936 – 04/12/1989)
US writer, 60s revolutionary , hadn't met George W. Bush
Ridley Scott "Sex is boring unless you're doing it."

Sir Ridley Scott
(11/30/1937 – )
English director , on why his films don't have sex scenes
Etty Hillesum "Sometimes the most important thing in a whole day is the rest we take between two deep breaths, or the turning inwards in prayer for five short minutes."

Etty Hillesum
(01/15/1914 – 11/30/1943)
Dutch lawyer, writer (died at Auschwitz)
"(Broadway critics) Frank Rich and John Simon are the syphilis and gonorrhea of the theatre."

David Mamet
(11/30/1947 – )
US playwright
Francis Picabia "If you want to have clean ideas, change them as often as your shirt."

Francis Picabia
(01/22/1879 – 11/30/1953)
French artist
Lawrence Summers "I've always thought that underpopulated countries in Africa are vastly underpolluted."

Lawrence Summers
(11/30/1954 – )
US economist, Harvard president , on exporting toxic waste to Third World countries
William Broad "The biggest misconception people have about me is that I'm stupid."

Billy Idol
(11/30/1955 – )
English singer (Generation X)
Ben Stiller "There's an old saying in Hollywood: It's not the length of your film, it's how you use it."

Ben Stiller
(11/30/1965 – )
US actor
"Women do not find it difficult nowadays to behave like men, but they often find it extremely difficult to behave like gentlemen."

Sir Compton Mackenzie
(01/17/1883 – 11/30/1972)
English writer
"When you're between any sort of devil and the deep blue sea, the deep blue sea sometimes looks very inviting."

Sir Terence Mervyn Ratigan
(06/10/1911 – 11/30/1977)
English writer
Joyce Grenfell "Happiness is the sublime moment when you get out of your corsets at night."

Joyce Grenfell
(02/10/1910 – 11/30/1979)
English comic, actor
Elisha Cuthbert "I feel like I'm one of the Simpsons."

Elisha Cuthbert
(11/30/1982 – )
Canadian actor , on wearing the same clothing for an entire season for "24"
"No one really knows enough to be a pessimist."

Norman Cousins
(06/24/1912 – 11/30/1990)
US writer
"Young people everywhere have been allowed to choose between love and a garbage disposal unit. Everywhere they have chosen the garbage disposal unit."

Guy deBord
(12/28/1931 – 11/30/1994)
French writer
Herbert Khaury "I remember calling up Variety and accusing the Beatles of stealing my look. The woman there said, 'Look, sir, let me tell you something. Their hair is like the Three Stooges, not yours!'"

Tiny Tim
(04/12/1932 – 11/30/1996)
US singer
"Friends and good manners will carry you where money won't go."

Margaret Walker
(07/07/1915 – 11/30/1998)
US writer
Pierre Berton "Racism is a refuge for the ignorant. It seeks to divide and to destroy. It is the enemy of freedom, and deserves to be met head-on and stamped out."

Pierre Berton
(07/12/1920 – 11/30/2004)
Canadian writer