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"To be occasionally quoted is the only fame I care for."

Alexander Smith
(12/31/1830 – 01/06/1867)
Scottish writer (died near his birthday)
Henri Matisse "I don't paint things. I only paint the difference between things."

Henri Matisse
(12/31/1869 – 11/03/1954)
French artist
Elizabeth Arden "Treat a horse like a woman and a woman like a horse. And they'll both win for you."

Elizabeth Arden
(12/31/1884 – 10/19/1966)
US cosmetician
Barbara Apollina Chalupiec "Love is disgusting when you no longer possess yourself."

Pola Negri
(12/31/1894 – 08/01/1987)
Polish actor
Simon Wiesenthal "Technology without hatred can be a blessing. Technology with hatred is always a disaster."

Simon Wiesenthal
(12/31/1908 – 09/20/2005)
Ukrainian Nazi-hunter
"Public office is the last refuge of the incompetent."

Boies Penrose
(11/01/1860 – 12/31/1921)
US senator (PA)
"Never speak more clearly than you think."

Jeremy Bernstein
(12/31/1929 – )
US physicist
"Science is a cemetery of dead ideas."

Miguel de Unamuno Y Jugo
(09/29/1864 – 12/31/1936)
Spanish writer
Anthony Hopkins "I was lousy in school. Real screwed up. A moron. I was antisocial and didn't bother with the other kids. A really bad student. I didn't have any brains. I didn't know what I was doing there. That's why I became an actor."

Sir Anthony Hopkins
(12/31/1937 – )
English actor
Sarah Miles "Filming is a frustrating unfulfilling process, only made bearable by those few minutes, five maybe, of genuine creativity between 'Action!' and 'Cut!'"

Sarah Miles
(12/31/1941 – )
English actor
Henry John Deutschendorf, Jr. "Music makes pictures and often tells stories.
All of it magic, and all of it true."

John Denver
(12/31/1943 – 10/12/1997)
US singer, songwriter
Burton Cummings "You could live in Winnipeg a thousand years and not meet Ringo, Paul McCartney, or Bob Dylan."

Burton Cummings
(12/31/1947 – )
Canadian singer (the Guess Who)
LaDonna Andrea Gaines "Most people don't get called a queen. I appreciate the reference and that I've gotten to be part of people's lives. But now I have to make a new title for myself. That diva thing is getting a little used."

Donna Summer
(12/31/1948 – )
US singer
George, thoroughly bad "There are two kinds of music: the blues, and that bullsh*t they play on MTV."

George Thorogood
(12/31/1952 – )
US singer, guitarist
Beatrice Neuwirth "If you have to ask how to be sexy after 40, you probably can't do it."

Bebe Neuwirth
(12/31/1958 – )
US actor, singer, dancer
Val Kilmer "The only time it's ever like work is when you don't like what you've done."

Val Kilmer
(12/31/1959 – )
US actor
Paul Westerberg "A rock'n'roll band needs to be able to get under people's skin. You should be able to clear the room at the drop of a hat."

Paul Westerberg
(12/31/1959 – )
US singer (Replacements)
"The repressed memory is like a noisy intruder being thrown out of the concert hall. You can throw him out, but he will bang on the door and continue to disturb the concert. The analyst opens the door and says, 'If you promise to behave yourself, you can come back in.'"

Theodor Reik
(05/12/1888 – 12/31/1969)
US psychoanalyst
Marshall McLuhan "Diaper backward spells repaid. Think about it."

Marshall McLuhan
(07/21/1911 – 12/31/1980)
Canadian writer, social critic
Eric Hilliard Nelson "A career is a series of comebacks."

Rick Nelson
(05/08/1940 – 12/31/1985)
US singer
"If you want to catch more fish, use more hooks."

George Allen
(04/29/1922 – 12/31/1990)
US football coach