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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 drank, deeply of the CastaHan spring, but did not find my poetic faculty improved thereby"

Charles Barry
English architect
Born on: 23rd May 1795

"The columns stepping up one after another, and the cornice and entablature following the rise of the steps, have to my mind an unnatural, and therefore a disgusting, appearance"

Charles Barry
English architect
Born on: 23rd May 1795

"Egypt, is a country which, so far as I know, has never yet been explored by an English architect"

Charles Barry
English architect
Born on: 23rd May 1795

"Even the hieroglyphics and the most delicate parts of the ornamentation were as sharp and vigorous as when they were first executed"

Charles Barry
English architect
Born on: 23rd May 1795

"In comparison with which even those of Greece and Rome sink into insignificance"

Charles Barry
English architect
Born on: 23rd May 1795

"No object I have yet seen, not even the Parthenon itself (the truest model of beauty and symmetry existing), has made so forcible an impression upon me" (About the great temple of Dendera)

Charles Barry
English architect
Born on: 23rd May 1795

"It astonished us, by its unexpected magnitude, and gave me a high idea of the skill and knowledge of the principles of architecture displayed by the Egyptians"

Charles Barry
English architect
Born on: 23rd May 1795

"The most striking feature of the building is its vast portico, six columns in front and four in depth, giving a depth of shadow and an air of majestic gravity such as I have never before seen"

Charles Barry
English architect
Born on: 23rd May 1795

"In comparison with which even those of Greece and Rome sink into insignificance" [about Egypt's architecture]"

Charles Barry
English architect
Born on: 23rd May 1795

"The finest street, except the High Street of Oxford, I ever saw" [about the Toledo at Naples]"

Charles Barry
English architect
Born on: 23rd May 1795

"I wish I could say that my faith had been strengthened by a pilgrimage in the Holy Land"

Charles Barry
English architect
Born on: 23rd May 1795

"The civilized man is a larger mind but a more imperfect nature than the savage"

Margaret Fuller
Womens rights activist and writer
Born on: 23rd May 1810

"Today a reader, tomorrow a leader"

Margaret Fuller
Womens rights activist and writer
Born on: 23rd May 1810

"If you have knowledge, let others light their candles in it"

Margaret Fuller
Womens rights activist and writer
Born on: 23rd May 1810

"Men for the sake of getting a living forget to live"

Margaret Fuller
Womens rights activist and writer
Born on: 23rd May 1810

"I am suffocated and lost when I have not the bright feeling of progression"

Margaret Fuller
Womens rights activist and writer
Born on: 23rd May 1810

"Wine is earth's answer to the sun"

Margaret Fuller
Womens rights activist and writer
Born on: 23rd May 1810

"Truth is the nursing mother of genius"

Margaret Fuller
Womens rights activist and writer
Born on: 23rd May 1810

"The South, in ruin and desolation, will bitterly repent the day when she attempted to overthrow a wise and beneficent government"

Ambrose Burnside
Union army general
Born on: 23rd May 1824

"I cannot feel justified in specifying particular instances of fidelity. The officers and men were prompt, steady, and brave, and performed the several parts assigned to them in the most gallant manner"

Ambrose Burnside
Union army general
Born on: 23rd May 1824

"Defeat should only make us more faithful still to the great cause of humanity and civilization, in order that every disaster should be more than compensated for by an enduring victor"

Ambrose Burnside
Union army general
Born on: 23rd May 1824

"My servant, Robert Holloway, a negro, was taken prisoner at Bull Run. As he has been with me for many years I of course am anxious to get him again"

Ambrose Burnside
Union army general
Born on: 23rd May 1824

"Thus my whole brigade was brought into the engagement at the earliest possible moment, and succeeded in compelling the enemy to retire"

Ambrose Burnside
Union army general
Born on: 23rd May 1824

"McClellan appears to think I am not trying my best to carry this bridge"

Ambrose Burnside
Union army general
Born on: 23rd May 1824

"I was not informed of any duty upon which I am to be placed"

Ambrose Burnside
Union army general
Born on: 23rd May 1824

"Any person found guilty of treason will be tried by a military tribunal and either imprisoned or banished to enemy lines"

Ambrose Burnside
Union army general
Born on: 23rd May 1824

"I will never give my influence, either as a private citizen or a public servant, for war, so long as it can be honorably avoided"

Ambrose Burnside
Union army general
Born on: 23rd May 1824

"Major Ballou, ... was deserving of the highest commendation as a brave soldier and a true man"

Ambrose Burnside
Union army general
Born on: 23rd May 1824

"Captain Reynolds is deserving of praise for the skill with which he saved the lives of his men"

Ambrose Burnside
Union army general
Born on: 23rd May 1824

"Defeat should only make us more faithful still to the great cause of humanity and civilization"

Ambrose Burnside
Union army general
Born on: 23rd May 1824

"It is a sad duty to record a defeat accompanied with a loss of so many valuable lives"

Ambrose Burnside
Union army general
Born on: 23rd May 1824

"Every disaster should be more than compensated for by an enduring victory"

Ambrose Burnside
Union army general
Born on: 23rd May 1824

"It is not death therefore that is burdensome, but the fear of death"

Ambrose Burnside
Union army general
Born on: 23rd May 1824

"No troops could have behaved better under fire"

Ambrose Burnside
Union army general
Born on: 23rd May 1824

"Spring comes: the flowers learn their coloured shapes"

Maria Konopnicka
Polish poet
Born on: 23rd May 1842

"The man who puts life into an idea is acclaimed a genius, because he does the right thing at the right time. Therein lies the difference between the genius and a commonplace man"

Douglas Fairbanks
Actor
Born on: 23rd May 1883

"Good Night Sweet Prince and a flight of angels sing to thy rest"

Douglas Fairbanks
Actor
Born on: 23rd May 1883

"The man that's out to do something has to keep in high gear all the time"

Douglas Fairbanks
Actor
Born on: 23rd May 1883

"Griffith told me to go into Keystone comedies"

Douglas Fairbanks
Actor
Born on: 23rd May 1883

"Happiness is fundamentally a state of mind - not a state of body"

Douglas Fairbanks
Actor
Born on: 23rd May 1883

"Science is a field which grows continuously with ever expanding frontiers"

John Bardeen
Physicist and the only man to be awarded the Nobel prize in physics twice
Born on: 23rd May 1908

"The Nobel awards should be regarded as giving recognition to this general scientific progress as well as to the individuals involved"

John Bardeen
Physicist
Born on: 23rd May 1908

"Science is a collaborative effort"

John Bardeen
Physicist
Born on: 23rd May 1908

"The combined results of several people working together is often much more effective than could be that of an individual scientist working alone"

John Bardeen
Physicist
Born on: 23rd May 1908

"You have no idea of the women I didn't marry"

Artie Shaw
Musician and bandleader
Born on: 23rd May 1910

"All jazz musicians should swing. There is no such thing as a 'swing band' in music"

Artie Shaw
Musician and bandleader
Born on: 23rd May 1910

"I did all you can do with a clarinet. Any more would have been less"

Artie Shaw
Musician and bandleader
Born on: 23rd May 1910

"Jazz was born out of the whiskey bottle, was raised on marijuana, and will expire on cocaine"

Artie Shaw
Musician and bandleader
Born on: 23rd May 1910

"An entertainer pleases others while an artist only has to please himself"

Artie Shaw
Musician and bandleader
Born on: 23rd May 1910

"An audience is in many respects no more than a mob under loose control"

Artie Shaw
Musician and bandleader
Born on: 23rd May 1910

"I wasn't hired as a singer, I was hired as a talker, a pleasant switch"

Helen O'Connell
Singer and songwriter
Born on: 23rd May 1920

"Go fly a kite and tie your troubles to the tail"

Helen O'Connell
Singer and songwriter
Born on: 23rd May 1920

"When a woman dresses up for an occasion, the man should become the black velvet pillow for the jewel"

John Weitz
Novelist
Born on: 23rd May 1923

"Cats are always elegant"

John Weitz
Novelist
Born on: 23rd May 1923

"We believe only what we see. So, with television, we believe everything"

Dieter Hildebrandt
Cabaret artist
Born on: 23rd May 1927

"I'm the only instrument that's got the words"

Rosemary Clooney
Singer and songwriter
Born on: 23rd May 1928

"You can't do everything alone"

Rosemary Clooney
Singer and songwriter
Born on: 23rd May 1928

"No matter how great a man is, the size of his funeral usually depends on the weather"

Rosemary Clooney
Singer and songwriter
Born on: 23rd May 1928

"I felt trapped and fabricated in the fifties living up to other people's expectations"

Rosemary Clooney
Singer and songwriter
Born on: 23rd May 1928

"The problem with beauty is that it's like being born rich and getting poorer"

Joan Collins
Actress
Born on: 23rd May 1933

"Life is not life unless you make mistakes"

Joan Collins
Actress
Born on: 23rd May 1933

"There is a very fine line between a daring, sexy older woman and mutton dressed as lamb"

Joan Collins
Actress
Born on: 23rd May 1933

"Loneliness is the universal problem of rich people"

Joan Collins
Actress
Born on: 23rd May 1933

"Life is a predator: you have to eat it before it eats you"

Joan Collins
Actress
Born on: 23rd May 1933

"After a certain age, you get the face you deserve"

Joan Collins
Actress
Born on: 23rd May 1933

"I've never yet met a man who could look after me. I don't need a husband. What I need is a wife"

Joan Collins
Actress
Born on: 23rd May 1933

"The compartment that's easy to put me in is; Freethinking, sexy broad with a dirty mouth, who pretty much does what she wants"

Joan Collins
Actress
Born on: 23rd May 1933

"Even when you win the rat race, you're still a rat"

Joan Collins
Actress
Born on: 23rd May 1933

"Rossellini was a stubborn, opinionated genius who had total autonomy over all his productions"

Joan Collins
Actress
Born on: 23rd May 1933

"I guess the craft comes in knowing what science to use and what science not to use"

Robert Moog
Inventor and pioneer of electronic music
Born on: 23rd May 1934

"Everything has some consciousness, and we tap into that. It is about energy at its most basic level"

Robert Moog
Inventor and pioneer of electronic music
Born on: 23rd May 1934

"Other kids went out and beat each other up or played baseball, and I built electronics"

Robert Moog
Inventor and pioneer of electronic music
Born on: 23rd May 1934

"All material can respond to some extent or another to vibrations of energy that is different to energy you learn about in physics"

Robert Moog
Inventor and pioneer of electronic music
Born on: 23rd May 1934

"Self-indulgence leads only to misery"

Maryam Jameelah
Author
Born on: 23rd May 1934

"Nothing great or even worthwhile is ever accomplished without struggle through adversity and self-sacrifice"

Maryam Jameelah
Author
Born on: 23rd May 1934

"When you're starting out as an actor, you keep raising the stakes"

Charles Kimbrough
Actor
Born on: 23rd May 1936

"It's a nice illusion now to think of all of us as terribly successful and talented people at the top of our profession, but that's hindsight"

Charles Kimbrough
Actor
Born on: 23rd May 1936

"If there was a stiff-guy part, the director would brighten up when I came in"

Charles Kimbrough
Actor
Born on: 23rd May 1936

"Chess is my life, but my life is not chess"

Anatoly Karpov
Russian world chess champion
Born on: 23rd May 1951

"Chess is everything: Art, science, and sport"

Anatoly Karpov
Russian world chess champion
Born on: 23rd May 1951

"Happiness should always remain a bit incomplete. After all, dreams are boundless"

Anatoly Karpov
Russian world chess champion
Born on: 23rd May 1951

"Blunders rarely travel alone"

Anatoly Karpov
Russian world chess champion
Born on: 23rd May 1951

"My relations with Korchnoi depend on whether he has slept well"

Anatoly Karpov
Russian world chess champion
Born on: 23rd May 1951

"The chaos in the chess world is caused by “leaders” who are unable to do their job properly"

Anatoly Karpov
Russian world chess champion
Born on: 23rd May 1951

"I like acting very much because I don't get punched, and it's not real"

Marvelous Marvin Hagler
Former middleweight world boxing champion
Born on: 23rd May 1954

"Don't doubt me, because that's when I get stronger"

Marvelous Marvin Hagler
Former middleweight world boxing champion
Born on: 23rd May 1954

"Nothing can intimidate me"

Marvelous Marvin Hagler
Former middleweight world boxing champion
Born on: 23rd May 1954

"When a man goes into the ring, he's going to war"

Marvelous Marvin Hagler
Former middleweight world boxing champion
Born on: 23rd May 1954

"It’s tough to get out of bed to do roadwork at 5 am when you've been sleeping in silk pajamas"

Marvelous Marvin Hagler
Former middleweight world boxing champion
Born on: 23rd May 1954

"Accept who you are; And revel in it"

Mitch Albom
Author
Born on: 23rd May 1958

"Love is how you stay alive, even after you are gone"

Mitch Albom
Author
Born on: 23rd May 1958

"Faith is about doing. You are how you act, not just how you believe"

Mitch Albom
Author
Born on: 23rd May 1958

"Hatred is a curved blade...and the harm we do to others...we also do to ourselves"

Mitch Albom
Author
Born on: 23rd May 1958

"Nothing haunts us like the things we don't say"

Mitch Albom
Author
Born on: 23rd May 1958

"Desire sets our compass, but real life steers our course"

Mitch Albom
Author
Born on: 23rd May 1958

"Libertarians are conservatives who still get high"

Drew Carey
Actor and comedian
Born on: 23rd May 1961

"Everything and anything you want to do, you can do in Las Vegas. You can pretty much do it all day and all night if you want to"

Drew Carey
Actor and comedian
Born on: 23rd May 1961

"Hollywood people are filled with guilt: White guilt, liberal guilt, money guilt. They feel bad that they're so rich, they feel they don't work that much for all that money"

Drew Carey
Actor and comedian
Born on: 23rd May 1961

"What good is democracy if you can't get what you want?"

Drew Carey
Actor and comedian
Born on: 23rd May 1961

"Nothing's funny about someone who's successful"

Drew Carey
Actor and comedian
Born on: 23rd May 1961

"I have a position of indirect respect and oblique power"

Drew Carey
Actor and comedian
Born on: 23rd May 1961

"Love bravely, live bravely, be courageous; There's really nothing to lose"

Jewel Kilcher
Singer and songwriter
Born on: 23rd May 1974

"In the end only kindness matters"

Jewel Kilcher
Singer and songwriter
Born on: 23rd May 1974

"Forgiveness is the needle that knows how to mend"

Jewel Kilcher
Singer and songwriter
Born on: 23rd May 1974

"All things change. Cultivate flexibility rather than perfection"

Jewel Kilcher
Singer and songwriter
Born on: 23rd May 1974

"Your life becomes what you believe"

Jewel Kilcher
Singer and songwriter
Born on: 23rd May 1974

"Everything is temporary if you give it enough time"

Jewel Kilcher
Singer and songwriter
Born on: 23rd May 1974

"Love is a flame neither timid nor tame"

Jewel Kilcher
Singer and songwriter
Born on: 23rd May 1974

"Cynicism isn't smarter, it's only safer"

Jewel Kilcher
Singer and songwriter
Born on: 23rd May 1974

"I would stare at maps of Delaware for hours"

Ken Jennings
Game show contestant and author
Born on: 23rd May 1974

"Being a nerd really pays off sometimes"

Ken Jennings
Game show contestant and author
Born on: 23rd May 1974

"If it's on the Internet, then it's gotta be true"

Ken Jennings
Game show contestant and author
Born on: 23rd May 1974

"There’s just something hypnotic about maps"

Ken Jennings
Game show contestant and author
Born on: 23rd May 1974

"No makeup is the best makeup"

Kelly Monaco
Model and actress
Born on: 23rd May 1976

"The key in all situations. . . is always to know your audience. It's not about what you know or what you want to say. It's about doing all of those things at the right time for the right audience"

Kelly Monaco
Model and actress
Born on: 23rd May 1976

"I won this challenge fair and square. That is our win, that is our trophy and that's the way it's going to stay"

Kelly Monaco
Model and actress
Born on: 23rd May 1976

"I think it's amazing, ... We all came out winners in the end, didn't we?"

Kelly Monaco
Model and actress
Born on: 23rd May 1976

"No, I'm not going to dance. That's what people would expect"

Kelly Monaco
Model and actress
Born on: 23rd May 1976

"I love playing Sam. It's been a pleasure tweeting with best fans in daytime"

Kelly Monaco
Model and actress
Born on: 23rd May 1976

"Omg! why are we such freaks?"

Kelly Monaco
Model and actress
Born on: 23rd May 1976

"I don't make plans on the weekend... I go with the flow"

Kelly Monaco
Model and actress
Born on: 23rd May 1976

"To be recognised I think is giving it the respect we deserved"

Kelly Monaco
Model and actress
Born on: 23rd May 1976

"I'm hosting the Emmy's I'm not going to find any problems finding a dress"

Kelly Monaco
Model and actress
Born on: 23rd May 1976

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