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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

"I would rather be politically dead than hypocritically immortalized"

Davy Crockett
Soldier and adventurer
Born on: 17th August 1786

"Fame is like a shaved pig with a greased tail, and it is only after it has slipped through the hands of some thousands, that some fellow, by mere chance, holds on to it!"

Davy Crockett
Soldier and adventurer
Born on: 17th August 1786

"I know not whether, in the eyes of the world, a brilliant death is not preferred to an obscure life of rectitude. Most men are remembered as they died, and not as they lived"

Davy Crockett
Soldier and adventurer
Born on: 17th August 1786

"Provoking, isn't it? that when one is most in need of sensible words, one finds them not"

Charlotte Forten Grimke
Poet
Born on: 17th August 1837

"God makes stars. I just produce them"

Samuel Goldwyn
Movie producer
Born on: 17th August 1879

"Ninety percent of the art of living consists of getting along with people you cannot stand"

Samuel Goldwyn
Movie producer
Born on: 17th August 1879

"Don't pay any attention to the critics - don't even ignore them"

Samuel Goldwyn
Movie producer
Born on: 17th August 1879

"A verbal contract isn't worth the paper it's written on"

Samuel Goldwyn
Movie producer
Born on: 17th August 1879

"No person who is enthusiastic about his work has anything to fear from life"

Samuel Goldwyn
Movie producer
Born on: 17th August 1879

"Intelligence rules the world, ignorance carries the burden"

Marcus Garvey
Publisher and activist
Born on: 17th August 1887

"Be Black, buy Black, think Black, and all else will take care of itself"

Marcus Garvey
Publisher and activist
Born on: 17th August 1887

"Hunger is not debatable"

Harry Hopkins
US Politician
Born on: 17th August 1890

"It is better to be looked over than overlooked"

Mae West
Actress
Born on: 17th August 1893

"Sex is emotion in motion"

Mae West
Actress
Born on: 17th August 1893

"Is that a gun in your pocket, or are you just happy to see me?"

Mae West
Actress
Born on: 17th August 1893

"Anything worth doing is worth doing slowly"

Mae West
Actress
Born on: 17th August 1893

"I used to be Snow White, but I drifted"

Mae West
Actress
Born on: 17th August 1893

"Ten men waiting for me at the door? Send one of them home, I'm tired"

Mae West
Actress
Born on: 17th August 1893

"I'm the guy they used to call 'Deep Throat'!"

William Mark Felt
Associate director of the FBI and source of the Watergate scandal information
Born on: 17th August 1913

"There is nothing worse than having your personal problems become somebody else's entertainment"

Maureen O'Hara
Actress
Born on: 17th August 1920

"I'm really honestly terrified about how much I should tell and how much I should still keep secret"

Maureen O'Hara
Actress
Born on: 17th August 1920

"It takes two hands to clap"

Jiang Zemin
Former General Secretary of the Communist Party of China
Born on: 17th August 1926

"You are who you choose to be"

Ted Hughes
Poet
Born on: 17th August 1930

"Where white is black and black is white, I won"

Ted Hughes
Poet
Born on: 17th August 1930

"We make ourselves according to the ideas we have of our possibilities"

V. S. Naipaul
Author
Born on: 17th August 1932

"I never walk into a place I don't know how to walk out of"

Robert De Niro
Actor
Born on: 17th August 1943

"Better to be king for a night than a schmuck for a lifetime"

Robert De Niro
Actor
Born on: 17th August 1943

"If you don't go, you'll never know"

Robert De Niro
Actor
Born on: 17th August 1943

"If you don't co-operate you're gonna suffer from fistophobia"

Robert De Niro
Actor
Born on: 17th August 1943

"Life's too short to be a Go-Go for twenty years"

Belinda Carlisle
Singer
Born on: 17th August 1958

"Fiction is a solution, the best solution, to the problem of existential solitude"

Jonathan Franzen
Novelist
Born on: 17th August 1959

"When everything gets answered, it's fake"

Sean Penn
Actor
Born on: 17th August 1960

"What's important is self-appreciation"

Donnie Wahlberg
Actor
Born on: 17th August 1969

"I don't want anyone messing with my dirt"

Jorge Posada
Baseball player
Born on: 17th August 1971

"I’ll never forget the club or him I don’t see Arsenal without Arsene Wenger"

Thierry Henry
Footballer
Born on: 17th August 1977

"I am not mad I am just passionate"

Thierry Henry
Footballer
Born on: 17th August 1977

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