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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

"We do not doubt to assert, that air does not serve for the motion of the lungs, but rather to communicate something to the blood"

John Mayow
Chemist and physiologist
Born on: 24th May 1640

"It is very likely that it is the fine nitrous particles, with which the air abounds, that are communicated to the blood through the lungs"

John Mayow
Chemist and physiologist
Born on: 24th May 1640

"I gathered that a thermometer might be perhaps constructed with mercury"

Gabriel D. Fahrenheit
Physicist
Born on: 24th May 1686

"The important thing is not what they think of me, but what I think of them"

Queen Victoria
Queen of England
Born on: 24th May 1819

"We will not have failure - only success and new learning"

Queen Victoria
Former Queen of England
Born on: 24th May 1819

"Great events make me quiet and calm; It is only trifles that irritate my nerves"

Queen Victoria
Former Queen of England
Born on: 24th May 1819

"We are not interested in the possibilities of defeat. They do not exist"

Queen Victoria
Former Queen of England
Born on: 24th May 1819

"Being pregnant is an occupational hazard of being a wife"

Queen Victoria
Former Queen of England
Born on: 24th May 1819

"Law never is, but is always about to be"

Benjamin Cardozo
Former Justice of the Supreme Court of the U.S.
Born on: 24th May 1870

"Justice is not to be taken by storm. She is to be wooed by slow advances"

Benjamin Cardozo
Former Justice of the Supreme Court of the U.S.
Born on: 24th May 1870

"Method is much, technique is much, but inspiration is even more"

Benjamin Cardozo
Former Justice of the Supreme Court of the U.S.
Born on: 24th May 1870

"Consequences cannot alter statutes, but may help to fix their meaning"

Benjamin Cardozo
Former Justice of the Supreme Court of the U.S.
Born on: 24th May 1870

"Inaction without more is not tantamount to choice"

Benjamin Cardozo
Former Justice of the Supreme Court of the U.S.
Born on: 24th May 1870

"The heroic hours of life do not announce their presence by drum and trumpet"

Benjamin Cardozo
Former Justice of the Supreme Court of the U.S.
Born on: 24th May 1870

"Hypnosis is not sleep, … it has no special relationship to sleep, and the whole concept of sleep when applied to hypnosis obscures the situation"

Clark L. Hull
Psychologist
Born on: 24th May 1884

"Let the psychological theorist begin with neurological postulates"

Clark L. Hull
Psychologist
Born on: 24th May 1884

"We must be extremely careful to insure the rigor of our deductions"

Clark L. Hull
Psychologist
Born on: 24th May 1884

"Sound scientific theory has usually led not only to prediction but to control"

Clark L. Hull
Psychologist
Born on: 24th May 1884

"Sometimes the deduction failure may appear to be the result of ignoring some law not yet formulated"

Clark L. Hull
Psychologist
Born on: 24th May 1884

"What I really wanted was an occupation allied to philosophy in the sense of involving theory"

Clark L. Hull
Psychologist
Born on: 24th May 1884

"Learn to listen with your fingers"

Helen B. Taussig
Physician
Born on: 24th May 1898

"A little wine tones up the system just right. One cannot always be serious. There must be some sparkle too"

Suzanne Lenglen
French tennis player
Born on: 24th May 1899

"A great many persons have thought that my confidence reflected egotism in its worst form"

Suzanne Lenglen
French tennis player
Born on: 24th May 1899

"Under these absurd and antiquated amateur rulings, only a wealthy person can compete"

Suzanne Lenglen
French tennis player
Born on: 24th May 1899

"In the twelve years I have been champion I have earned literally millions of francs for tennis and have paid thousands of francs in entrance fees to be allowed to do so"

Suzanne Lenglen
French tennis player
Born on: 24th May 1899

"Should I smile at the prospect of actual poverty and continue to earn a fortune - for whom?"

Suzanne Lenglen
French tennis player
Born on: 24th May 1899

"In my whole lifetime I have not earned $5,000 - not one cent of that by my specialty, my life study - tennis"

Suzanne Lenglen
French tennis player
Born on: 24th May 1899

"When the army shoots, it shoots to hit"

U Ne Win
Former dictator of Burma
Born on: 24th May 1911

"All those who would be directly concerned with the practical aspects of the work should exercise utmost caution"

U Ne Win
Former dictator of Burma
Born on: 24th May 1911

"You are to uphold law and justice without fear or favour, not to bend the law and stretch it to please me or anyone else" (said to Maung Maung in 1965)

U Ne Win
Former dictator of Burma
Born on: 24th May 1911

"If the disturbances were intended to challenge us we will fight sword with sword and spear with spear"

U Ne Win
Former dictator of Burma
Born on: 24th May 1911

"Let us heal rather than reopen our wounds"

U Ne Win
Former dictator of Burma
Born on: 24th May 1911

"Federalism is impossible, It will destroy the union"

U Ne Win
Former dictator of Burma
Born on: 24th May 1911

"Courage is one step ahead of fear"

Coleman Young
Former mayor of Detroit
Born on: 24th May 1918

"We must take the profit out of prejudice"

Coleman Young
Former mayor of Detroit
Born on: 24th May 1918

"Racism is like high blood pressure - the person who has it doesn't know he has it until he drops over with a God damned stroke"

Coleman Young
Former mayor of Detroit
Born on: 24th May 1918

"My son gave me the permission to accept my success"

Gary Burghoff
Actor
Born on: 24th May 1940

"I began to mold Radar into a more innocent, naïve character as contrast to the other characters" (About his character in MASH)

Gary Burghoff
Actor
Born on: 24th May 1940

"Family, to me, became the most important thing... I was not available as a father because of my work"

Gary Burghoff
Actor
Born on: 24th May 1940

"I was just a kid, but I was a rotten kid"

Gary Burghoff
Actor
Born on: 24th May 1940

"Darkness restores what light cannot repair"

Joseph Brodsky
Poet
Born on: 24th May 1940

"Geography blended with time equals destiny"

Joseph Brodsky
Poet
Born on: 24th May 1940

"There are worse crimes than burning books. One of them is not reading them"

Joseph Brodsky
Poet
Born on: 24th May 1940

"Life is a game with many rules but no referee"

Joseph Brodsky
Poet
Born on: 24th May 1940

"Life - the way it really is - is a battle not between good and bad, but between bad and worse"

Joseph Brodsky
Poet
Born on: 24th May 1940

"The moment that you place blame somewhere, you undermine your resolve to change anything"

Joseph Brodsky
Poet
Born on: 24th May 1940

"Man is what he reads"

Joseph Brodsky
Poet
Born on: 24th May 1940

"Bad literature is a form of treason"

Joseph Brodsky
Poet
Born on: 24th May 1940

"I accept chaos, I'm not sure whether it accepts me"

Bob Dylan
Singer and songwriter
Born on: 24th May 1941

"Behind every beautiful thing, there's some kind of pain"

Bob Dylan
Singer and songwriter
Born on: 24th May 1941

"Anything I can sing, I call a song. Anything I can't sing, I call a poem"

Bob Dylan
Singer and songwriter
Born on: 24th May 1941

"I'm not the kind of cat that's going to cut off an ear if I can't do something"

Bob Dylan
Singer and songwriter
Born on: 24th May 1941

"Instinct is what makes a genius a genius"

Bob Dylan
Singer and songwriter
Born on: 24th May 1941

"Truth is like a waterslide - only fun when it's slippery and wet"

Bob Dylan
Singer and songwriter
Born on: 24th May 1941

"You've got to lose your passion for dumbness"

Bob Dylan
Singer and songwriter
Born on: 24th May 1941

"Money doesn't talk, it swears"

Bob Dylan
Singer and songwriter
Born on: 24th May 1941

"You've got to know business before you go to show business"

Patti LaBelle
Singer and songwriter
Born on: 24th May 1944

"Love is demonstration, not declaration"

Patti LaBelle
Singer and songwriter
Born on: 24th May 1944

"Every exit is an entrance to someplace else"

Patti LaBelle
Singer and songwriter
Born on: 24th May 1944

"Many a false step is made standing still"

Patti LaBelle
Singer and songwriter
Born on: 24th May 1944

"I got a doctorate. I am Doctor Patti"

Patti LaBelle
Singer and songwriter
Born on: 24th May 1944

"As a person, he was wonderful. He really was a great person. He was full of life. He had a great sense of humor"

Priscilla Presley
Actress
Born on: 24th May 1946

"I don't want to be someone's entertainment"

Priscilla Presley
Actress
Born on: 24th May 1946

"L.A. is a very difficult town to find someone, because people are too fickle and they have other agendas"

Priscilla Presley
Actress
Born on: 24th May 1946

"I realized I couldn't give him the kind of adulation he got from his fans, and he needed that adulation desperately. Without it he was nothing"

Priscilla Presley
Actress
Born on: 24th May 1946

"Elvis was my first love, he'll be my last"

Priscilla Presley
Actress
Born on: 24th May 1946

"It's funny how a film about a murderous old English toff can help you"

Jim Broadbent
Actor
Born on: 24th May 1949

"Other people have a much better idea of what I might do than I"

Jim Broadbent
Actor
Born on: 24th May 1949

"We seem to have reached the age where life stops giving us things and starts taking them away"

Jim Broadbent
Actor
Born on: 24th May 1949

"I'd like to go back and live in Shakespeare's London"

Jim Broadbent
Actor
Born on: 24th May 1949

"It's fatal to talk about acting. It sounds faintly ridiculous if you start analysing it"

Jim Broadbent
Actor
Born on: 24th May 1949

"Even at drama school if there was a part of some eastern European thug it would be me"

Alfred Molina
Actor
Born on: 24th May 1953

"To be challenged means to strive"

Alfred Molina
Actor
Born on: 24th May 1953

"When you're kind of my size and look the way I do, leading man romantic leads aren't going to come your way"

Alfred Molina
Actor
Born on: 24th May 1953

"I love being added to that list of English actors playing villains"

Alfred Molina
Actor
Born on: 24th May 1953

"I guess somewhere in the history of American film and television someone decided that the English accent sounded somehow villainous"

Alfred Molina
Actor
Born on: 24th May 1953

"Art is a more trustworthy expression of God than religion"

Rosanne Cash
Singer and songwriter
Born on: 24th May 1955

"Reading inspirational and motivational quotes daily is like taking my vitamins"

Rosanne Cash
Singer and songwriter
Born on: 24th May 1955

"With time the unbearable becomes shocking, becomes sad, and finally becomes poignant"

Rosanne Cash
Singer and songwriter
Born on: 24th May 1955

"I adhere to the religion of art and music and small children"

Rosanne Cash
Singer and songwriter
Born on: 24th May 1955

"It was never too late to undo who you had become"

Rosanne Cash
Singer and songwriter
Born on: 24th May 1955

"Having a leading man who is actually prettier than you are is quite upsetting"

Kristin Scott Thomas
Actress
Born on: 24th May 1960

"Having a career is a bit like navigating an Atlantic crossing"

Kristin Scott Thomas
Actress
Born on: 24th May 1960

"Successful films are very dangerous things"

Kristin Scott Thomas
Actress
Born on: 24th May 1960

"Everyone loves to hate a spin doctor"

Kristin Scott Thomas
Actress
Born on: 24th May 1960

"Why be simple when you can be complicated?"

Kristin Scott Thomas
Actress
Born on: 24th May 1960

"There is no force more powerful than that of an unbridled imagination"

Michael Chabon
Novelist and screenwriter
Born on: 24th May 1963

"Never say love is "like" anything... It isn't"

Michael Chabon
Novelist and screenwriter
Born on: 24th May 1963

"Nostalgia is an involuntary emotion. I think it's just a natural human response to loss"

Michael Chabon
Novelist and screenwriter
Born on: 24th May 1963

"Dreams are effluvia, bodily information, to be shared only with intimates and doctors"

Michael Chabon
Novelist and screenwriter
Born on: 24th May 1963

"During my own adolescence, my imagination, the kingdom inside my own skull, was my sole source of refuge, my fortress of solitude, at times my prison"

Michael Chabon
Novelist and screenwriter
Born on: 24th May 1963

"All novels are sequels; Influence is bliss"

Michael Chabon
Novelist and screenwriter
Born on: 24th May 1963

"Beauty can be its own prison"

John C. Reilly
Actor
Born on: 24th May 1965

"One of the reasons people find me a believable actor is that I don't seem like one of the gods from Olympus"

John C. Reilly
Actor
Born on: 24th May 1965

"Surprising people is the key to career longevity for someone like me"

John C. Reilly
Actor
Born on: 24th May 1965

"I'm just trying to become the Michael Caine/Gene Hackman of my generation"

John C. Reilly
Actor
Born on: 24th May 1965

"I had a blues band in L.A., but I realized I was too optimistic to play the blues. I did not have the misery in my heart that the blues required"

John C. Reilly
Actor
Born on: 24th May 1965

"When the seagulls follow the trawler, it is because they think that sardines will be thrown into the sea"

Eric Cantona
French footballer
Born on: 24th May 1966

"Behind the windows of Manchester, there is an insane love of football, of celebration and of music"

Eric Cantona
French footballer
Born on: 24th May 1966

"You may find another Beckham or Ronaldo, but never ever will you find another Sir Alex Ferguson"

Eric Cantona
French footballer
Born on: 24th May 1966

"The ball is like a woman, she loves to be caressed"

Eric Cantona
French footballer
Born on: 24th May 1966

"A life built on memories is not much of a life"

Eric Cantona
French footballer
Born on: 24th May 1966

"In football you have an adversary; in cinema that adversary is yourself"

Eric Cantona
French footballer
Born on: 24th May 1966

"I would love him to save me a place in his team - George Best that is, not God"

Eric Cantona
French footballer
Born on: 24th May 1966

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