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Thomas Gray "If the best man's faults were written on his forehead, he would draw his hat over his eyes."

Thomas Gray
(12/26/1716 – 07/30/1771)
English writer
"Genius is nothing but continued attention."

Claude-Adriene Helvetius
(01/26/1715 – 12/26/1771)
French philosopher
Charles Babbage "Errors using inadequate data are much less than those using no data at all."

Charles Babbage
(12/26/1792 – 10/20/1871)
English mathematician
Voter: "I'd sooner vote for the devil."
John Wilkes: "And if your friend is not standing?"
(10/17/1725 – 12/26/1797)
English statesman
Edwin Hubbel Chapin "Neutral men are the devil's allies."

Edwin Hubbel Chapin
(12/29/1814 – 12/26/1880)
US clergyman (died near his birthday)
Henry Miller "Chaos is the score upon which reality is written."

Henry Miller
(12/26/1891 – 06/07/1980)
US writer
Mao Tse-Tung "In waking a tiger, use a long stick."

Mao Tse-Tung
(12/26/1893 – 09/09/1976)
Chinese political leader
Steve Allen "The hair is real; it's the head that's fake."

Steve Allen
(12/26/1921 – 10/30/2000)
US comic, actor, composer, writer (other "Tonight Show" hosts: Paar, Carson, and Leno)
"Men who wear turtlenecks look like turtles."

Doris Lilly
(12/26/1926 – 10/09/1991)
US writer
Frank McKinney Hubbard "It's going to be fun to watch and see how long the meek can keep the earth after they inherit it."

"Kin" Hubbard
(09/01/1868 – 12/26/1930)
US writer
Phil Spector "I'm dealing in rock'n'roll. I'm, like, I'm not a bona fide human being."

Phil Spector
(12/26/1940 – )
US music producer, handgun user
James Stephens "'Finality is death. Perfection is finality. Nothing is perfect. There are lumps in it,' said the Philosopher."

James Stephens
(02/09/1882 – 12/26/1950)
Irish writer
Lars Ulrich "That's what we're all about; taking advantage of people."

Lars Ulrich
(12/26/1963 – )
US drummer (Metallica)
Jared Leto "I used to like to break into other people's houses and sit in their rooms. I found it very comforting to be in someone's empty house."

Jared Leto
(12/26/1971 – )
US actor
Harry S Truman "[Adlai] Stevenson was a man who could never make up his mind whether he had to go to the bathroom or not."

Harry S Truman
(05/08/1884 – 12/26/1972)
US President (33), VP (34) (was married to Bess Truman; see all US Presidents, VPs)
Dian Fossey "The man who kills the animals today is the man who kills the people who get in his way tomorrow."

Dian Fossey
(01/16/1932 – 12/26/1985)
US zoologist
Elsa Lanchester "I thought she was a Method Actress. Afterwards somebody informed me that she was merely a manic-depressive."

Elsa Lanchester
(10/28/1902 – 12/26/1986)
US actor (was married to Charles Laughton) , on Patty Duke
Curtis Mayfield "Painless preaching is as good a term as any for what we do."

Curtis Mayfield
(06/03/1942 – 12/26/1999)
US singer
Jason Robards, Jr. "All I know is, I don't do a lot of analysis. I know those words have to move me. I rely on the author. I don't want actors reasoning with me about 'motivation' and all that bull. All I want 'em to do is learn the goddamn lines and don't bump into each other."

Jason Robards
(07/26/1922 – 12/26/2000)
US actor (was married to Lauren Bacall)
Leslie Lynch King, Jr. "Mick Jagger—isn't he that motorcycle rider?"

Gerald Ford
(07/14/1913 – 12/26/2006)
US President (38), VP (40) (was married to Betty Ford; see all US Presidents; US VPs)