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"The people must grant a hearing to the best poets they have; else they will never have better."

Harriet Monroe
(12/23/1860 – 09/26/1936)
US poet
William Makepeace Thackeray "Next to excellence is the appreciation of it."

William Makepeace Thackeray
(07/18/1811 – 12/23/1863)
India-born English writer
"Women are early taught that to appear to yield is the only way to govern."

Sarah Moore Grimke
(11/26/1792 – 12/23/1873)
US abolitionist, suffragist
"If we want things to stay as they are, things will have to change."

Giuseppe Tomasi de Lampedusa
(12/23/1896 – 07/23/1957)
Italian writer
Yousuf Karsh "Within every man and woman a secret is hidden, and as a photographer it is my task to reveal it if I can."

Yousuf Karsh
(12/23/1908 – 07/13/2002)
Armenian-Turkish-Canadian photographer
Harry Shearer "If absolute power corrupts absolutely, does absolute powerlessness make you pure?"

Harry Shearer
(12/23/1943 – )
US actor, musician (SNL, "Derek Smalls" in Spinal Tap)
Joan Severance "Do nerds never sleep?"

Joan Severance
(12/23/1958 – )
US actor
Edward Frederick Lindley Wood Halifax "True merit, like a river, the deeper it is, the less noise it makes."

Edward F. Halifax
(04/16/1881 – 12/23/1959)
English statesman
Eddie Vedder "I think celebrities suck."

Eddie Vedder
(12/23/1965 – )
US singer (Pearl Jam)
Victor Borge "You want something by Bach? Which one, Johann Sebastian or Jacques Offen?"

Victor Borge
(01/03/1909 – 12/23/2000)
Danish entertainer
William John Bertanzetti "The name of my condition is Cartilage Hair Hypoplasia, but you can just call me Billy."

Billy Barty
(10/25/1924 – 12/23/2000)
US actor
Oscar Peterson "You not only have to know your own instrument, you must know the others and how to back them up at all times. That's jazz."

Oscar Peterson
(08/15/1925 – 12/23/2007)
Canadian pianist, composer