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"Men often make up in wrath what they want in reason. "

William Rounseville Alger
(12/30/1822 – ??/??/1905)
US theologian
Rudyard Kipling "Satan himself can't save a woman who wears thirty-shilling corsets under a thirty-guinea costume."

Rudyard Kipling
(12/30/1865 – 01/18/1936)
English writer Note: 21 Shillings = 1 Guinea, and a shilling might have been worth about 40 cents US in the 1800.
Stephen Leacock "Astronomy teaches the correct use of the sun and the planets."

Stephen Leacock
(12/30/1869 – 03/28/1944)
Canadian writer
"No sane local official who has hung up an empty stocking over the municipal fireplace, is going to shoot Santa Claus just before a hard Christmas."

Alfred Emanuel Smith
(12/30/1873 – 10/04/1944)
US Governor (NY)
Leslie Poles Hartley "The past is a foreign country; they do things differently there."

L. P. Hartley
(12/30/1895 – 12/13/1972)
English writer
Paul Bowles "The sky hides the night behind it, and shelters the people beneath from the horror that lies above."

Paul Bowles
(12/30/1910 – 11/18/1999)
US writer, composer, and traveler
Ellas Otha Bates "I thank you in advance for the great round of applause I'm about to get."

Bo Diddley
(12/30/1928 – 06/02/2008)
US singer, songwriter
Robert Michael Nesmith "You can't get the Monkees back together as a rock'n'roll group. That would be like Raymond Burr opening up a law practice."

Michael Nesmith
(12/30/1942 – )
US singer, songwriter, videographer, White-Out heir (Monkees, First National Band)
Romain Rolland "A hero is one who does what he can."

Romain Rolland
(01/29/1866 – 12/30/1944)
French writer
David Thomas Jones "The Monkees are like the mafia. You're in for life. Nobody gets out."

Davy Jones
(12/30/1945 – 02/29/2012)
English actor, singer, dancer (Monkees)
Patti Smith "As far as I'm concerned, being any gender is a drag."

Patti Smith
(12/30/1946 – )
US singer, songwriter, poet
Alfred North Whitehead "Knowledge keeps no better than fish."

Alfred North Whitehead
(02/15/1861 – 12/30/1947)
English mathematician, philosopher
Ruth Draper "Aren't the artists brave to go out and paint a sea as rough as that? I don't see how he kept his canvas dry."

Ruth Draper
(12/02/1884 – 12/30/1956)
English monologuist
Matt Lauer "I get letters from women, and they say, 'I love your Roman nose.' If I weren't on TV and I walked past that same woman, she'd go, 'Did you see the beak on that guy?'"

Matt Lauer
(12/30/1957 – )
US telejournalist
Tracey Ullman "If God had intended for breasts to be seen, He wouldn't have created large woolen pullovers."

Tracey Ullman
(12/30/1959 – )
English singer, actor
Charles L. Liston "Newspapermen ask dumb questions. They look up at the sun and ask if it is shining."

Sonny Liston
(05/08/1932 – 12/30/1970)
US boxer
Eldrick T. Woods "Hockey is a sport for white men. Basketball is a sport for black men. Golf is a sport for white men dressed like black pimps."

Tiger Woods
(12/30/1975 – )
US golfer
Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein, and Yao Shan Tung "What's wrong with sweetness and light? It's been around quite awhile."

Richard Rodgers
(06/28/1902 – 12/30/1979)
US composer (also see Oscar Hammerstein)
Eliza Dushku "Go big or go home. Because it's true. What do you have to lose?"

Eliza Dushku
(12/30/1980 – )
US actor
Kristin Kreuk "Just because I don't do bad things doesn't mean I don't have bad thoughts."

Kristin Kreuk
(12/30/1982 – )
Canadian actor
"Yes, Warner Bros."

Julius Epstein
(08/22/1909 – 12/30/2000)
US screenwriter , on being asked if he'd ever belonged to a subversive organization
John Gregory Dunne "Writing is manual labor of the mind: a job, like laying pipe."

John Gregory Dunne
(05/25/1932 – 12/30/2003)
US writer (was married to Joan Didion)
Arthur Jacob Arshawsky "It's like having a gangrenous arm. The only thing you can do is amputate it. Obviously you're gonna miss the arm, but if you don't cut it off you'll die."

Artie Shaw
(05/23/1910 – 12/30/2004)
US bandleader (was married to Lana Turner, Ava Gardner, Evelyn Keyes, and five others) , on leaving fame behind in 1954
Saddam Hussein "If you want to execute me, I'll bring my own f890ing rope."

Saddam Hussein
(04/28/1937 – 12/30/2006)
Iraqi despot