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"I am the Roman emperor, and am above grammar."

Sigismund
(02/15/1368 – 12/09/1437)
Germanic emperor
John Milton "It is not miserable to be blind; it is miserable to be incapable of enduring blindness."

John Milton
(12/09/1608 – 11/08/1674)
English writer
Peter Kropotkin "The law is an adroit mixture of customs that are beneficial to society, and could be followed even if no law existed, and others that are of advantage to a ruling minority, but harmful to the masses of men, and can be enforced on them only by terror."

Peter Kropotkin
(12/09/1842 – 02/08/1921)
Russian writer
George Grossmith "I am a poor man, but I would gladly give ten shillings to find out who sent me the insulting Christmas card I received this morning."

George Grossmith
(12/09/1847 – 03/01/1912)
English comic actor
"Watch out w'en you'er gittin all you want. Fattenin' hogs ain't in luck."

Joel Chandler Harris
(12/09/1848 – 07/03/1908)
US writer ("Uncle Remus")
Dolores Ibarruri "It is better to die on your feet than to live on your knees."

Dolores Ibarruri
(12/09/1895 – 11/12/1989)
Spanish communist leader
Hermione Gingold "Anything that's white is sweet.
Anything that's brown is meat.
Anything that's grey don't eat."

Hermione Gingold
(12/09/1897 – 05/24/1987)
English actor , on airline food
Emmett Kelly "By laughing at me, the audience really laughs at themselves, and realizing they have done this gives them sort of a spiritual second wind for going back into the battles of life."

Emmett Kelly
(12/09/1898 – 03/28/1979)
US performer
"She ate so many clams that her stomach rose and fell with the tide."

Louis Kronenberger
(12/09/1904 – 04/30/1980)
US writer
Dalton Trumbo "I fought fire with oil."

Dalton Trumbo
(12/09/1905 – 09/10/1976)
US writer (Johnny Got His Gun)
Grace Murray Hopper "It is easier to get forgiveness than permission."

Grace Murray Hopper
(12/09/1906 – 01/01/1992)
US programmer, inventor of COBOL
Douglas Elton Ulman Fairbanks "I was only saying to the Queen the other day how I hate name-dropping."

Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.
(12/09/1911 – 05/07/2000)
US actor (was married to Mary Pickford)
William Broderick Crawford "My trademarks are a hoarse, grating voice and the face of a retired pugilist: small narrowed eyes set in puffy features which look as though they might, years ago, have lost on points."

Broderick Crawford
(12/09/1911 – 04/26/1986)
US actor
Thomas P. O'Neill "There are instances where it is in the best interests of the nation not to vote the will of the people."

"Tip" O’Neill
(12/09/1912 – 01/05/1994)
US house speaker
Issur Danielovitch Demsky "When you become a star, you don't change—everyone else does."

Kirk Douglas
(12/09/1918 – )
US actor (father of Michael Douglas)
John Elroy Sanford "Health nuts are going to feel stupid someday, lying in hospitals dying of nothing."

Redd Foxx
(12/09/1922 – 10/11/1991)
US comic, actor
"Ricardo Montalban is to improvisational acting what Mount Rushmore is to animation."

John Cassavetes
(12/09/1929 – 02/03/1989)
US director
Buck Henry Zuckerman "We need a president who's fluent in at least one language."

Buck Henry
(12/09/1930 – )
US actor, writer (SNL)
Morton Downey, Jr. "A pitiful, rancorous, attacking moron."

Morton Downey, Jr.
(12/09/1933 – 03/12/2001)
US talk show host, actor, composer (wrote Wipe Out and Pipeline!) , on Howard Stern
Judith Olivia Dench "The best moment of playing [Shakespeare's] Juliet is the nanosecond when they offer you the part."

Dame Judi Dench
(12/09/1934 – )
English actor
Lloyd Vernet Bridges III "The one we keep pitching and there are no takers is The Fabulous Baker Boys Go To Hawaii. There don't seem to be any takers on that one!"

Beau Bridges
(12/09/1941 – )
US actor (son of Lloyd Bridges, brother of Jeff Bridges)
Neil Innes "Ladies and gentlemen, I've suffered for my music ... now it's your turn."

Neil Innes
(12/09/1944 – )
English actor, musician (Bonzo Dog Band, Rutles)
Joan Armatrading "In America, you watch TV and think that's totally unreal, then you step outside and it's just the same."

Joan Armatrading
(12/09/1950 – )
Saint Kitts singer
John Malkovich "She has this Jayne Mansfield body and a horrifyingly great brain."

John Malkovich
(12/09/1953 – )
US actor , on Uma Thurman
Donald Clark Osmond "I don't want my album coming out with a 'G' rating. Nobody would buy it."

Donny Osmond
(12/09/1957 – )
US singer (brother of Marie Osmond)
Felicity Huffman "I know as actors our job is usually to shed our skins, but I think as people our job is to become who we really are and so I would like to salute the men and women who brave ostracism, alienation and a life lived on the margins to become who they really are."

Felicity Huffman
(12/09/1962 – )
US actor (married to William H. Macy)
Edith Sitwell "I wish the government would put a tax on pianos for the incompetent."

Dame Edith Sitwell
(09/07/1887 – 12/09/1964)
English writer (sister of Sir Osbert)
Ralph Johnson Bunche "If you want to get across an idea, wrap it up in a person."

Dr. Ralph Johnson Bunche
(08/07/1904 – 12/09/1971)
US diplomat, Nobelist
Louella Rose Oettinger "What I remember most about him was the little boy quality shining forth at you from behind those thick glasses of his, tearing at your heart. He had that extreme and touching idealism of youth which made you wish that he would never have to be disillusioned. Now he won’t be."

Louella Parsons
(08/06/1881 – 12/09/1972)
US gossip , on James Dean
"The most effective way to do it, is to do it."

Toni Cade Bambara
(03/25/1939 – 12/09/1995)
US writer