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Iconic Birthday Quotes From The Famous And Infamous Born On This Day In History

Everyone was born with something to say, here's a list of the best and most memorable quotes made by famous people born on this day in history

"Destiny may ride with us today, but there is no reason for it to interfere with lunch"

Peter the Great
Emperor of Russia
Born on: 30th May 1672

"I have conquered an empire but I have not been able to conquer myself"

Peter the Great
Emperor of Russia
Born on: 30th May 1672

"Soldiers' bellies are not satisfied with empty promises and hopes"

Peter the Great
Emperor of Russia
Born on: 30th May 1672

"I desire no fatigues, but only inclination, which even sickness itself cannot hinder" (said to his son Alexi)

Peter the Great
Emperor of Russia
Born on: 30th May 1672

"I am a man and consequently I must die. To whom shall I leave after me to finish what by the grace of God I have begun"

Peter the Great
Emperor of Russia
Born on: 30th May 1672

"I will have you to know that I will deprive you of the succession, as one may cut off a useless member" (said to his son Alexi)

Peter the Great
Emperor of Russia
Born on: 30th May 1672

"I hate liberality - nine times out of ten it is cowardice, and the tenth time lack of principle"

Henry Addington
Former British prime minister
Born on: 30th May 1757

"In youth, the absence of pleasure is pain, in old age, the absence of pain is pleasure"

Henry Addington
Former British prime minister
Born on: 30th May 1757

"It was impossible not to discover those seeds of animosity, which have been matured by circumstances into insurrection and rebellion" (about Ireland)

Henry Addington
Former British prime minister
Born on: 30th May 1757

"Make them look with irritation at power"

Henry Addington
Former British prime minister
Born on: 30th May 1757

"It is with deep regret that the determination to assemble Parliament has been so long delayed"

Henry Addington
Former British prime minister
Born on: 30th May 1757

"Where shall I take so many craftsmen from?"

Peter Carl Faberge
Russian jeweler
Born on: 30th May 1846

"What can I do with a dead banker?"

Peter Carl Faberge
Russian jeweler
Born on: 30th May 1846

"Indeed, your Highness, I too have no idea what for"

Peter Carl Faberge
Russian jeweler
Born on: 30th May 1846

"Fortune favours the prepared"

Howard Hawks
Movie director
Born on: 30th May 1896

"They're moving pictures, let's make 'em move"

Howard Hawks
Movie director
Born on: 30th May 1896

"There's action only if there is danger"

Howard Hawks
Movie director
Born on: 30th May 1896

"You can't fix a bad script after you start shooting. The problems on the page only get bigger as they move to the big screen"

Howard Hawks
Movie director
Born on: 30th May 1896

"Cary Grant was so far the best that there isn't anybody to be compared to him"

Howard Hawks
Movie director
Born on: 30th May 1896

"John Wayne represents more force, more power, than anybody else on the screen"

Howard Hawks
Movie director
Born on: 30th May 1896

"If I am going to be a poet at all, I am going to be poet and not negro poet"

Countee Cullen
Poet and author
Born on: 30th May 1903

"We shall not always plant while others reap"

Countee Cullen
Poet and author
Born on: 30th May 1903

"My poetry has become the way of my giving out what music is within me"

Countee Cullen
Poet and author
Born on: 30th May 1903

"I marvel at this curious thing: To make a poet black and bid him sing"

Countee Cullen
Poet and author
Born on: 30th May 1903

"The loss of love is a terrible thing; They lie who say that death is worse"

Countee Cullen
Poet and author
Born on: 30th May 1903

"Whatever lives is granted breath, but by the grace and sufferance of death"

Countee Cullen
Poet and author
Born on: 30th May 1903

"We didn't make pictures for children. We didn't make pictures for adults. We made them for ourselves"

Mel Blanc
Actor and comedian
Born on: 30th May 1908

"He's a little stinker. That's why people love him. He does what most people would like to do but don't have the guts to do" (about Bugs Bunny)

Mel Blanc
Actor and comedian
Born on: 30th May 1908

"Today was tomorrow yesterday so don't inhale"

Mel Blanc
Actor and comedian
Born on: 30th May 1908

"I had many opportunities to do the wrong things, and I might have done them if it were not for DeMolay"

Mel Blanc
Actor and comedian
Born on: 30th May 1908

"It's just my normal speaking voice with a spray at the end" (about his voice over for Sylvester the cat)

Mel Blanc
Actor and comedian
Born on: 30th May 1908

"When I was a kid, I used to look at animals and wonder, how would that kitten sound if it could talk? I'd tighten up my throat and make a very small voice, not realizing I was rehearsing"

Mel Blanc
Actor and comedian
Born on: 30th May 1908

"If a guy's got it, let him give it. I'm selling music, not prejudice"

Benny Goodman
Bandleader and musician
Born on: 30th May 1909

"If you want to do something, you do it anyway, and handle the obstacles as they come"

Benny Goodman
Bandleader and musician
Born on: 30th May 1909

"Creativity grows out of two things: Curiosity and imagination"

Benny Goodman
Bandleader and musician
Born on: 30th May 1909

"It takes the black keys and the white keys both, to make perfect harmony"

Benny Goodman
Bandleader and musician
Born on: 30th May 1909

"You have to know what the hell and who the hell you are in this business. Music may change, but I don’t think that ever will"

Benny Goodman
Bandleader and musician
Born on: 30th May 1909

"There's no one else like her, and I presume there never will be" (about Peggy Lee)

Benny Goodman
Bandleader and musician
Born on: 30th May 1909

"One of the most important qualities in doing research, I found, was to ask the right questions at the right time"

Julius Axelrod
Biochemist who was awarded the 1970 Nobel prize in medicine
Born on: 30th May 1912

"I soon learned that it did not require a great brain to do original research"

Julius Axelrod
Biochemist
Born on: 30th May 1912

"I used to wear a black patch over my eye when I was young, It was very dashing"

Julius Axelrod
Biochemist
Born on: 30th May 1912

"You get all kinds of letters from very sick people who want help - some schizophrenics"

Julius Axelrod
Biochemist
Born on: 30th May 1912

"People are so desperate. They grasp at any straw, even a little item in a newspaper about me"

Julius Axelrod
Biochemist
Born on: 30th May 1912

"This is the dream of every scientist to win one" (about winning the Nobel prize in medicine)

Julius Axelrod
Biochemist
Born on: 30th May 1912

"I felt lost between the sexes"

Christine Jorgensen
Actress and author
Born on: 30th May 1926

"Nature made a mistake that I have had corrected"

Christine Jorgensen
Actress and author
Born on: 30th May 1926

"I enjoy being a girl"

Christine Jorgensen
Actress and author
Born on: 30th May 1926

"Remember the shy, miserable person who left America? Well, that person is no more and, as you can see, I'm in marvelous spirits"

Christine Jorgensen
Actress and author
Born on: 30th May 1926

"At first I was very self-conscious and very awkward. But once the notoriety hit, it did not take me long to adjust" (about life after his sex change operation)

Christine Jorgensen
Actress and author
Born on: 30th May 1926

"I decided if they wanted to see me, they would have to pay for it"

Christine Jorgensen
Actress and author
Born on: 30th May 1926

"I learned that if you want to make it bad enough, no matter how bad it is, you can make it"

Gale Sayers
American footballer
Born on: 30th May 1943

"We must stop the trend of closing schools and building prisons"

Gale Sayers
American footballer
Born on: 30th May 1943

"Football really prepares you for nothing. The only thing I got out of football was the ability to work hard, and that's it"

Gale Sayers
American footballer
Born on: 30th May 1943

"When you step onto that field, you cannot concede a thing"

Gale Sayers
American footballer
Born on: 30th May 1943

"There comes a time when you have to stand up and be counted"

Gale Sayers
American footballer
Born on: 30th May 1943

"I want to be remembered as a winner in life"

Gale Sayers
American footballer
Born on: 30th May 1943

"Death by drink driving is the only socially acceptable form of homicide"

Candy Lightner
Activist and author
Born on: 30th May 1946

"I didn't start MADD to deal with alcohol. I started MADD to deal with the issue of drunk driving" (about mothers against drink driving)

Candy Lightner
Activist and author
Born on: 30th May 1946

"Over time, my efforts helped incite others to action"

Candy Lightner
Activist and author
Born on: 30th May 1946

"You kick a few pebbles, you turn a few stones, and eventually you have an avalanche"

Candy Lightner
Activist and author
Born on: 30th May 1946

"The road through grief is a rocky one. Traveling along it requires courage, patience, wisdom, and hope"

Candy Lightner
Activist and author
Born on: 30th May 1946

"They're just as affected by drunk driving as anyone else. Drunk driving certainly doesn't enhance their business" (about the liquor industry)

Candy Lightner
Activist and author
Born on: 30th May 1946

"Its easier to get a divorce than pass the driving test"

Paul Coleridge
U.K. high court judge
Born on: 30th May 1949

"Something can and should be done to stem the tide of family breakdown"

Paul Coleridge
U.K. high court judge
Born on: 30th May 1949

"If your relationship is not stable enough to cope with children you should not have them"

Paul Coleridge
U.K. high court judge
Born on: 30th May 1949

"In the courts people talk about their rights - you have no right where children are concerned … what you have are responsibilities"

Paul Coleridge
U.K. high court judge
Born on: 30th May 1949

"I kind of have an interest in all history. And I suspect it comes from being Irish"

Colm Meaney
Actor
Born on: 30th May 1953

"I'm not a big method actor. I'm much more superficial"

Colm Meaney
Actor
Born on: 30th May 1953

"I usually read a script from an audience perspective first, and then look more closely at the character only"

Colm Meaney
Actor
Born on: 30th May 1953

"Even in drama, I like to try to find the humour because I think it's very human"

Colm Meaney
Actor
Born on: 30th May 1953

"I loved the energy, but became aware that there wasn't a lot of work apart from daytime soaps. Even Broadway was dead" (about New York in the 1980's)

Colm Meaney
Actor
Born on: 30th May 1953

"I believed they had to negotiate, and the Provisionals came to that position in the mid-90s" (about the I.R.A.)

Colm Meaney
Actor
Born on: 30th May 1953

"Writer's block! It doesn't exist. You just long for ideas to go away so you have an idea of peace"

Colm Toibin
Irish author and novelist
Born on: 30th May 1955

"Life has a funny way of becoming ordinary as soon as it can"

Colm Toibin
Irish author and novelist
Born on: 30th May 1955

"A novelist could probably run a military campaign with some success. They could certainly run a country"

Colm Toibin
Irish author and novelist
Born on: 30th May 1955

"Ending a novel is almost like putting a child to sleep - it can't be done abruptly"

Colm Toibin
Irish author and novelist
Born on: 30th May 1955

"If you have to read to cheer yourself up, read biographies of writers who went insane"

Colm Toibin
Irish author and novelist
Born on: 30th May 1955

"As a gay man living in Ireland, I and people like me found it easy to feel less than citizens"

Colm Toibin
Irish author and novelist
Born on: 30th May 1955

"In college I castrated 21 rats, and I got pretty good at it"

Lisa Kudrow
Actress
Born on: 30th May 1963

"Blonde is dumb comedy, red hair is smart, sexy comedy"

Lisa Kudrow
Actress
Born on: 30th May 1963

"An actress, around 40, on television, that's where you get the most torture"

Lisa Kudrow
Actress
Born on: 30th May 1963

"It's important to me to have privacy and for my life not to be a marketing device for a movie or a TV show"

Lisa Kudrow
Actress
Born on: 30th May 1963

"Life's a lot easier when you're dumb"

Lisa Kudrow
Actress
Born on: 30th May 1963

"I just want to start writing, whether or not any of it is useable or marketable"

Lisa Kudrow
Actress
Born on: 30th May 1963

"The failures and successes are necessary for learning"

Wynonna Judd
Singer and songwriter
Born on: 30th May 1964

"Sometimes all it takes is just a smile to change somebody's weather"

Wynonna Judd
Singer and songwriter
Born on: 30th May 1964

"Silence is refreshment for the soul"

Wynonna Judd
Singer and songwriter
Born on: 30th May 1964

"To heal from the inside out is the key"

Wynonna Judd
Singer and songwriter
Born on: 30th May 1964

"Without love in your life, you have nothing"

Wynonna Judd
Singer and songwriter
Born on: 30th May 1964

"I literally went from the outhouse to the White House"

Wynonna Judd
Singer and songwriter
Born on: 30th May 1964

"Sometimes I guess you need to lose everything before you realize what's really important"

Karen White
Novelist
Born on: 30th May 1964

"Happiness is something we reach for while we try to learn from our disappointments"

Karen White
Novelist
Born on: 30th May 1964

"A life without rain is like the sun without shade"

Karen White
Novelist
Born on: 30th May 1964

"Moving on doesn't mean forgetting"

Karen White
Novelist
Born on: 30th May 1964

"Great tragedy gives us opportunities for great kindness"

Karen White
Novelist
Born on: 30th May 1964

"When you lose your sails, row"

Karen White
Novelist
Born on: 30th May 1964

"When you sit back and you just do what you love, things happen"

Idina Menzel
Singer and actress
Born on: 30th May 1971

"Things happen for a reason, and in their own time"

Idina Menzel
Singer and actress
Born on: 30th May 1971

"If you follow your path and focus on love, things will work out"

Idina Menzel
Singer and actress
Born on: 30th May 1971

"The one who tried too hard, the outsider, the oddball. Yeah, that was me"

Idina Menzel
Singer and actress
Born on: 30th May 1971

"It's something I do everywhere I go. In the shower, walking down the street. I don't need any impetus to do it. I just sing"

Idina Menzel
Singer and actress
Born on: 30th May 1971

"As I get older, I realize all I've done is sing and act and hone those skills"

Idina Menzel
Singer and actress
Born on: 30th May 1971

"When you don’t feel good, and you still get hits, that’s when you know you are a bad man"

Manny Ramirez
Baseball player
Born on: 30th May 1972

"I don't believe in curses, I think you make your own destination"

Manny Ramirez
Baseball player
Born on: 30th May 1972

"Why do people want to know what I think? I like to play the game. I don't like to give opinions"

Manny Ramirez
Baseball player
Born on: 30th May 1972

"We're just going to go and practice and keep it going"

Manny Ramirez
Baseball player
Born on: 30th May 1972

"I won’t be here next year, so I just want to enjoy myself"

Manny Ramirez
Baseball player
Born on: 30th May 1972

"Whatever happened in Boston, that’s the past. I’m just thinking blue right now"

Manny Ramirez
Baseball player
Born on: 30th May 1972

"Others tell like it is, while I tell it how I would like it to be"

Cee Lo Green
Singer and songwriter
Born on: 30th May 1974

"I don't sell dope, I sell hope"

Cee Lo Green
Singer and songwriter
Born on: 30th May 1974

"You have to dream big, wish hard and chase after your goals, because no one is going to do it for you"

Cee Lo Green
Singer and songwriter
Born on: 30th May 1974

"Your ability is an irony that is undeniable"

Cee Lo Green
Singer and songwriter
Born on: 30th May 1974

"There's a difference between singing and sanging"

Cee Lo Green
Singer and songwriter
Born on: 30th May 1974

"She encourages me to dream with my eyes open"

Cee Lo Green
Singer and songwriter
Born on: 30th May 1974

"Passion is a gender-neutralizing force"

Marissa Mayer
American business executive and computer scientist
Born on: 30th May 1975

"If you're the smartest person in the room, you're in the wrong room"

Marissa Mayer
American business executive and computer scientist
Born on: 30th May 1975

"You can do it your way, on your terms"

Marissa Mayer
American business executive and computer scientist
Born on: 30th May 1975

"You can't have everything you want, but you can have the things that really matter to you"

Marissa Mayer
American business executive and computer scientist
Born on: 30th May 1975

"We are all capable of so much more than we think"

Marissa Mayer
American business executive and computer scientist
Born on: 30th May 1975

"Success is never getting to the bottom of your to-do list"

Marissa Mayer
American business executive and computer scientist
Born on: 30th May 1975

"Let today be the day you give up who you've been for who you can become"

Hal Elrod
Author
Born on: 30th May 1979

"No extraordinary result ever came from mediocre effort"

Hal Elrod
Author
Born on: 30th May 1979

"Give more than you get. Everyday. Everywhere. With everyone. Always"

Hal Elrod
Author
Born on: 30th May 1979

"Need nothing. Enjoy everything. Love all"

Hal Elrod
Author
Born on: 30th May 1979

"Who you become today will determine what you are capable of creating tomorrow"

Hal Elrod
Author
Born on: 30th May 1979

"Although actions may speak louder than words, it is our intentions that reveal our soul"

Hal Elrod
Author
Born on: 30th May 1979

"I came out of the womb born to sing and dance"

Jennifer Ellison
Actress and singer
Born on: 30th May 1983

"I'm an addict for underwear"

Jennifer Ellison
Actress and singer
Born on: 30th May 1983

"If it's supposed to be a really passionate snog, you slip the tongue in"

Jennifer Ellison
Actress and singer
Born on: 30th May 1983

"The prima ballerinas who taught me were far more scary than Gordon Ramsay ... So after them Gordon was a piece of cake"

Jennifer Ellison
Actress and singer
Born on: 30th May 1983

"Going home and spending time with your family and your real friends keeps you grounded"

Jennifer Ellison
Actress and singer
Born on: 30th May 1983

"I got a mortgage at 17! I didn't even know you could get a mortgage at 17"

Jennifer Ellison
Actress and singer
Born on: 30th May 1983