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Giovanni Boccaccio "While farmers generally allow one rooster for ten hens, ten men are scarcely sufficient to service one woman."

Giovanni Boccaccio
(??/??/1313 – 12/21/1375)
Italian writer
Benjamin Disraeli Otto von Bismarck: "The Germans have just bought a new country in Africa where Jews and pigs will be tolerated."
Benjamin Disraeli: "Fortunately, we are both here (in England)."
(12/21/1804 – 04/19/1881)
English Prime Minister (29) (see other British PMs)
"There is only one absinthe drinker, and that's the man who painted this idiotic picture."

Thomas Couture
(12/21/1815 – 03/30/1879)
French artist , on Manet's "Absinthe Drinker"
Charles Stuart Blayds "Read not Milton, for he is dry."

C. S. Calverley
(12/21/1831 – 02/17/1884)
English writer
"The birds are moulting. If only man could moult also—his mind once a year its errors, his heart once a year its useless passions."

James Allen
(12/21/1849 – 02/18/1925)
US writer
Rebecca West "It was in dealing with the early feminist that the Government acquired the tact and skillfulness with which it is now handling Ireland."

Dame Rebecca West
(12/21/1892 – 03/15/1983)
English writer
Walter Hagen "I never wanted to be a millionaire, I just wanted to live like one."

Walter Hagen
(12/21/1892 – 10/05/1969)
US golfer
"Dinner at the Huntercombes' possessed only two dramatic features—the wine was a farce, and the food a tragedy."

Anthony Powell
(12/21/1905 – 03/28/2000)
English writer
"Nostalgia is a seductive liar."

George Wildman Ball
(12/21/1909 – 05/26/1994)
US United Nations rep
"The air currents of the world never ventilated his mind."

Walter H. Page
(08/15/1855 – 12/21/1918)
US journalist , on Woodrow Wilson
Joe Paterno "Publicity is like poison; it doesn't hurt unless you swallow it."

Joe Paterno
(12/21/1926 – )
US football coach
Jane Fonda "Working in Hollywood does give one a certain expertise in the field of prostitution."

Jane Fonda
(12/21/1937 – )
US actor (daughter of Henry, sister of Peter, aunt of Bridget; was married to Ted Turner)
Frank Vincent Zappa "I think pop music has done more for oral intercourse than anything else that ever happened, and vice versa."

Frank Zappa
(12/21/1940 – 12/04/1993)
US musician, composer (was married to Gail)
F. Scott Fitzgerald "Always willing to lend a helping hand to the one above him."

F. Scott Fitzgerald
(09/24/1896 – 12/21/1940)
US writer (husband of Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald) , on Ernest Hemingway
George S. Patton "The object of war is not to die for your country but to make the other bastard die for his."

General George S. Patton
(11/11/1885 – 12/21/1945)
US military
Samuel L. Jackson "People mistake me for Laurence Fishburne all the time. And he always gets mistaken for me. (And why not? We've both starred in Spike Lee movies, haven't we?) Even when we're standing together, people have called him by my name and me by his. A woman recently ran up to him and said, 'My daughter loved you in Pulp Fiction! Could she have your autograph?' So he signed it, 'Respectfully yours, Samuel Jackson."

Samuel L. Jackson
(12/21/1948 – )
US actor
"There is one word in America that says it all, and that one word is 'you never know.'"

Joaquin Andujar
(12/21/1952 – )
Dominican baseball player
Chris Evert "It's high time the press finally got one thing right about me."

Chris Evert
(12/21/1954 – )
US tennis player (was engaged to Jimmy Connors) , on the Daily Mirror proclaiming she "has the best boobs in the business"
Jane Kaczmarek "Student teaching is the hardest job there is. Secondary school kids didn't want to be there. I skipped out one afternoon and went to the mall, and there were some of my students there. But they couldn't report me, could they?"

Jane Kaczmarek
(12/21/1955 – )
US actor
Jim Rose "It's a strange way to make a living, and my dentist has made me cut down on eating light bulbs, but I'm never bored."

Jim Rose
(12/21/1956 – )
US performance artist
Ray Romano "I feel like this is a dream—and I apologize for how I dressed some of you."

Ray Romano
(12/21/1957 – )
US actor , accepting a Golden Globe award
Florence Delorez Griffith "A muscle is like a car. If you want it to run well early in the morning, you have to warm it up."

Florence Griffith-Joyner
(12/21/1960 – 09/21/1998)
US runner
Andy Van Slyke "I have an Alka Seltzer bat. You know, plop plop fizz fizz. When the pitcher sees me walking up there they say, 'Oh what a relief it is.'"

Andy Van Slyke
(12/21/1960 – )
US baseball player
"Euclid taught me that without assumptions there is no proof. Therefore, in any argument, examine the assumptions."

Eric Temple Bell
(02/07/1883 – 12/21/1960)
Scottish-US mathematician
Teresa A. Schweitzer "You can't judge a band by their covers."

Terrie Schweitzer
(12/21/1963 – )
US artist, writer, citizen scientist, permaculturist, web producer (friend of the quotekeeper)
Andy Thomlinson "I don't like my body, it's oddly-proportioned. I'd like to be, like, dumpy."

Andy Dick
(12/21/1965 – )
US actor
Kiefer William Frederick Dempsey George Rufus Sutherland "Now I know how Charlie (Sheen) feels; I've lost all feeling in my lower half."

Kiefer Sutherland
(12/21/1966 – )
Canadian actor (son of Donald) , on winning a Golden Globe award
"There are very few jobs which require a penis or a vagina."

Florynce Kennedy
(02/11/1916 – 12/21/2000)
US lawyer, activist