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Ludwig van Beethoven

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Author Profession: German Composer
Born: 1770-12-17
Died: 1827-03-26

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Ludwig van Beethoven

Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy.
Pope Francis

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Author Profession: Argentinian Clergyman
Born: 1936-12-17
Died: —

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Pope Francis

A little bit of mercy makes the world less cold and more just.
Milla Jovovich:

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Author Profession: Russian model, actor
Born: 1975-12-17
Died: —

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Milla Jovovich:

How did you like the birds?
Juliet Aubrey

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Author Profession: English Actress
Born: 1965-12-17
Died: —

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Juliet Aubrey

I dont want to be the next anyone. Im just me.
Dave Madden

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Author Profession: Canadian Actor
Born: 1931-12-17
Died: 2014-01-16

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Dave Madden

I found fame to be somewhat of a prison. The more famous you were, the smaller the cell that you had to live in.
Deborah Sampson

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Author Profession: US Soldier
Born: 1760-12-17
Died: 1827-04-29

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Deborah Sampson

My mind became agitated with the enquiry - why a nation, separated from us by an ocean more than three thousand miles in extent, should endeavor to enforce on us plans of subjugation, the most unnatural in themselves, unjust, inhuman in their operations, and unpractised even by the uncivilized savages of the wilderness?
Eli Pariser

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Author Profession: US Businessman
Born: 1980-12-17
Died: —

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Eli Pariser

I think its easier than ever to hear only what you want to hear. That doesnt make a good citizen.
John Abraham

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Author Profession: Indian Actor
Born: 1972-12-17
Died: —

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John Abraham

I make films from the heart. I want to concentrate on the job of doing great and honest performances, and Im gonna get better with every performance of mine, with every film of mine.
Kerry Packer

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Author Profession: Australian Businessman
Born: 1937-12-17
Died: 2005-12-26

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Kerry Packer

The good news is theres no devil. The bad news is theres no heaven. Theres nothing.
Manny Pacquiao

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Author Profession: Filipino Athlete
Born: 1978-12-17
Died: —

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Manny Pacquiao

Boxing is a sport. We allow each other to hit each other, but Im not treating my opponent like my enemy. Were doing a job to entertain people.
Paula Radcliffe

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Author Profession: English Athlete
Born: 1973-12-17
Died: —

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Paula Radcliffe

Its important that athletes can compete on a level playing field. And youngsters coming into the sport can know that if they are working hard and training hard, theyll see a true reflection of where they stand and what they can achieve worldwide and not be swayed by people who are cheating.
Peter Farrelly

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Author Profession: US Director
Born: 1956-12-17
Died: —

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Peter Farrelly

I know this is silly, its shallow, its bad, I wish I wasnt this way-but if I meet a girl with no teeth, I just dont want to date her. Its creepy of me, I wish I was a bigger person, but thats my real turn-off.
Robert A. Dahl

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Author Profession: US Writer
Born: 1915-12-17
Died: —

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Robert A. Dahl

Ironically, the very fact that democracy has such a lengthy history has actually contributed to confusion and disagreement, for democracy has meant different things to different people at different times and places.
Sarah MacLean

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Author Profession: US Author
Born: 1978-12-17
Died: —

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Sarah MacLean

There is perhaps no more rewarding romance heroine than she who is not expected to find love. The archetype comes in many disguises - the wallflower, the spinster, the governess, the single mom - but always with one sad claim: Love is not in her cards.
Sylvia Ashton-Warner

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Author Profession: New Zealander Educator
Born: 1908-12-17
Died: 1984-04-28

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Sylvia Ashton-Warner

As the blackness of the night recedes so does the nadir of yesterday. The child I am forgets so quickly.
Thomas Chandler Haliburton

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Author Profession: Canadian Author
Born: 1796-12-17
Died: 1865-08-27

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Thomas Chandler Haliburton

A woman has two smiles that an angel might envy, the smile that accepts a lover before words are uttered, and the smile that lights on the first born babe, and assures it of a mothers love.
William Safire

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Author Profession: US writer, grammarian
Born: 1929-12-17
Died: —

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William Safire

Is sloppiness in speech caused by ignorance or apathy? I don't know and I don't care.
Sir Humphrey Davy

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Author Profession: English chemist (discovered laughing gas, bless him)
Born: 1778-12-17
Died: 1829-05-29

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Sir Humphrey Davy

The finest collection of frames I ever saw.
John Greenleaf Whittier

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Author Profession: US writer
Born: 1807-12-17
Died: 1892-09-07

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John Greenleaf Whittier

He never seemed to be doing anything, and yet he did not like to be disturbed at it.
Henry Drummond

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Author Profession: Scottish evangelist, writer
Born: 1851-12-17
Died: 1897-03-11

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Henry Drummond

Therefore keep in the midst of life. Do not isolate yourself. Be among men and things, and among troubles, and difficulties, and obstacles.
Sir Herbert Beerbohm Tree

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Author Profession: English actor, writer
Born: 1853-12-17
Died: 1917-07-02

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Sir Herbert Beerbohm Tree

Ladies, just a little more virginity, if you don't mind.
Ford Madox Ford

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Author Profession: English writer
Born: 1873-12-17
Died: 1939-06-26

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Ford Madox Ford

I may really say that for a quarter of a century I have kept before me one unflinching aimto register my own times in terms of my own time, and still more to urge those who are better poets and better prose-writers than myself to have the same aim.
George Lindsey

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Author Profession: US comic, actor
Born: 1928-12-17
Died: 2012-05-06

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George Lindsey

It's not hard to tell we was poorwhen you saw the toilet paper dryin' on the clothesline.
Bill Pullman

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Author Profession: US actor
Born: 1953-12-17
Died: —

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Bill Pullman

Oh, great. This is going to be like shooting baskets with Magic Johnson watching.
Penelope Houston

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Author Profession: US singer, songwriter
Born: 1958-12-17
Died: —

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Penelope Houston

If it's a man's world, then I'm glad I'm a girl.