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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

"A chip on the shoulder is too heavy a piece of baggage to carry through life"

John Hancock
Politician, patriot and the first to sign the Declaration of Independence
Born on: 23rd January 1737

"I glory in publicly avowing my eternal enmity to tyranny"

John Hancock
Politician, patriot and the first to sign the Declaration of Independence
Born on: 23rd January 1737

"There! His Majesty can now read my name without glasses. And he can double the reward on my head!"

John Hancock
Politician, patriot and the first to sign the Declaration of Independence
Born on: 23rd January 1737

"People who pay greater respect to a wealthy villain than to an honest, upright man in poverty, almost deserve to be enslaved"

John Hancock
Politician, patriot and the first to sign the Declaration of Independence
Born on: 23rd January 1737

"My country is saved and by the smile of Heaven I am a free and independent man"

John Hancock
Politician, patriot and the first to sign the Declaration of Independence
Born on: 23rd January 1737

"I paint what I see and not what others like to see"

Edouard Manet
Artist and painter
Born on: 23rd January 1832

"Black is not a colour"

Edouard Manet
Artist and painter
Born on: 23rd January 1832

"Every time I paint, I throw myself into the water in order to learn how to swim"

Edouard Manet
Artist and painter
Born on: 23rd January 1832

"The principal person in a picture is light"

Edouard Manet
Artist and painter
Born on: 23rd January 1832

"Science is all very well, but for us imagination is worth far more"

Edouard Manet
Artist and painter
Born on: 23rd January 1832

"There are no lines in nature, only areas of colour, one against another"

Edouard Manet
Artist and painter
Born on: 23rd January 1832

"This woman's work is exceptional. Too bad she's not a man"

Edouard Manet
Artist and painter
Born on: 23rd January 1832

"Give me blood and I will give you freedom!"

Subhas Chandra Bose
Indian military leader and freedom fighter
Born on: 23rd January 1897

"Freedom is not given - it is taken"

Subhas Chandra Bose
Indian military leader and freedom fighter
Born on: 23rd January 1897

"One individual may die for an idea, but that idea will, after his death, incarnate itself in a thousand lives"

Subhas Chandra Bose
Indian military leader and freedom fighter
Born on: 23rd January 1897

"No real change in history has ever been achieved by discussions"

Subhas Chandra Bose
Indian military leader and freedom fighter
Born on: 23rd January 1897

"The freedom that we shall win through our sacrifice and exertions, we shall be able to preserve with our own strength"

Subhas Chandra Bose
Indian military leader and freedom fighter
Born on: 23rd January 1897

"American capitalism finds its sharpest and most expressive reflection in the American cinema"

Sergei Eisenstein
Movie director
Born on: 23rd January 1898

"Books are attracted to me. They make a beeline for me, and stick to me"

Sergei Eisenstein
Movie director
Born on: 23rd January 1898

"In my hands books burst like ripe fruit. Like magic flowers they unfold their petals to show me the vital thought, the suggestive word, the confirming quotation, the decisive illustration"

Sergei Eisenstein
Movie director
Born on: 23rd January 1898

"Language is much closer to film than painting is"

Sergei Eisenstein
Movie director
Born on: 23rd January 1898

"It is art's task to make manifest the contradictions of being"

Sergei Eisenstein
Movie director
Born on: 23rd January 1898

"When a lady says no, she means perhaps. When she says perhaps, she means yes. But when she says yes, she is no lady"

Alfred Denning, Baron Denning
English lawyer and high court judge
Born on: 23rd January 1899

"When a diplomat says yes, he means perhaps. When he says perhaps, he means no. When he says no, he is not a diplomat"

Alfred Denning, Baron Denning
English lawyer and high court judge
Born on: 23rd January 1899

"There are many things in life more worthwhile than money. One is to be brought up in this our England which is still the envy of less happy lands"

Alfred Denning, Baron Denning
English lawyer and high court judge
Born on: 23rd January 1899

"The House of Commons starts its proceedings with a prayer. The chaplain looks at the assembled members with their varied intelligence and then prays for the country"

Alfred Denning, Baron Denning
English lawyer and high court judge
Born on: 23rd January 1899

"Limitation is not a matter of justice. It is a rule of public policy which has its origin in history and its justification in convenience"

Alfred Denning, Baron Denning
English lawyer and high court judge
Born on: 23rd January 1899

"Jazz attracted me because in it I found a formal perfection and instrumental precision that I admire in classical music, but which popular music doesn't have"

Django Reinhardt
Belgian jazz guitarist
Born on: 23rd January 1910

"You can acquire chic and elegance, but style itself is a rare thing"

Irene Sharaff
Costume designer
Born on: 23rd January 1910

"I've always liked what the Navajos say when they part. They never say goodbye; They say; Go in beauty"

Irene Sharaff
Costume designer
Born on: 23rd January 1910

"Swift justice demands more than just swiftness"

Potter Stewart
Former Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the US
Born on: 23rd January 1915

"Fairness is what justice really is"

Potter Stewart
Former Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the US
Born on: 23rd January 1915

"Ethics is knowing the difference between what you have a right to do and what is right to do"

Potter Stewart
Former Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the US
Born on: 23rd January 1915

"Censorship reflects a society's lack of confidence in itself"

Potter Stewart
Former Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the US
Born on: 23rd January 1915

"This is not something that can be swept under the rug and forgotten in the interest of forced Sunday togetherness"

Potter Stewart
Former Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the US
Born on: 23rd January 1915

"I had no specific bent toward science until my grandfather died of stomach cancer. I decided that nobody should suffer that much"

Gertrude B. Elion
Biochemist who was jointly awarded the 1988 Noble prize for medicine
Born on: 23rd January 1918

"The world was not waiting for me"

Gertrude B. Elion
Biochemist who was jointly awarded the 1988 Noble prize for medicine
Born on: 23rd January 1918

"Nobody . . . took me seriously. They wondered why in the world I wanted to be a chemist when no women were doing that"

Gertrude B. Elion
Biochemist who was jointly awarded the 1988 Noble prize for medicine
Born on: 23rd January 1918

"The Nobel Prize is fine, but the drugs I've developed are rewards in themselves"

Gertrude B. Elion
Biochemist who was jointly awarded the 1988 Noble prize for medicine
Born on: 23rd January 1918

"When you put white lab coats on chemists, they all look alike!"

Gertrude B. Elion
Biochemist who was jointly awarded the 1988 Noble prize for medicine
Born on: 23rd January 1918

"I think of art as a report on civilization at a certain time"

Leon Golub
Artist, painter and anti war activist
Born on: 23rd January 1923

"People say; But photographs are all lies. That's not the point. The lie is a truth, too"

Leon Golub
Artist, painter and anti war activist
Born on: 23rd January 1923

"The future happens. No matter how much we scream"

Derek Walcott
Poet and playwright
Born on: 23rd January 1923

"What are men? Children who doubt"

Derek Walcott
Poet and playwright
Born on: 23rd January 1923

"Summer for prose and lemons for nakedness and languor"

Derek Walcott
Poet and playwright
Born on: 23rd January 1923

"Take down the love letters from the bookshelf, the photographs, the desperate notes, peel your own image from the mirror. Sit. Feast on your life"

Derek Walcott
Poet and playwright
Born on: 23rd January 1923

"If you know what you are going to write when you're writing a poem, it's going to be average"

Derek Walcott
Poet and playwright
Born on: 23rd January 1923

"A culture, we all know, is made by its cities"

Derek Walcott
Poet and playwright
Born on: 23rd January 1923

"The sigh of History rises over ruins, not over landscapes"

Derek Walcott
Poet and playwright
Born on: 23rd January 1923

"If you want to live your life through to the end, you have to live dangerously"

Jeanne Moreau
Actress
Born on: 23rd January 1928

"Beyond the beauty, the sex, the titillation, the surface, there is a human being. And that has to emerge"

Jeanne Moreau
Actress
Born on: 23rd January 1928

"You go up, reach the top and then go down"

Jeanne Moreau
Actress
Born on: 23rd January 1928

"To go out with the setting sun on an empty beach is to truly embrace your solitude"

Jeanne Moreau
Actress
Born on: 23rd January 1928

"I have always had the urge to open forbidden doors: with a curiosity and an obstinacy that verge on masochism"

Jeanne Moreau
Actress
Born on: 23rd January 1928

"Theatre is immediate gratification"

Chita Rivera
Actress
Born on: 23rd January 1933

"I liked being a Gypsy. It's who I was. And it's still a lot of who I am. Gypsy"

Chita Rivera
Actress
Born on: 23rd January 1933

"I can dance for them. Because dance is dialogue without language"

Chita Rivera
Actress
Born on: 23rd January 1933

"I begin with an idea, but as I work, the picture takes over"

Georg Baselitz
German artist and painter
Born on: 23rd January 1938

"There is the struggle between the idea I preconceived... and the picture that fights for its own life"

Georg Baselitz
German artist and painter
Born on: 23rd January 1938

"The reality is the picture, it is most certainly not in the picture"

Georg Baselitz
German artist and painter
Born on: 23rd January 1938

"I hang my work upside down to emphasize surface"

Georg Baselitz
German artist and painter
Born on: 23rd January 1938

"I always feel attacked when I'm asked about my painting"

Georg Baselitz
German artist and painter
Born on: 23rd January 1938

"My paintings are battles"

Georg Baselitz
German artist and painter
Born on: 23rd January 1938

"What really matters is how to deliver a prosperous and peaceful livelihood to all Asean countries"

Megawati Sukarnoputri
Former president of Indonesia
Born on: 23rd January 1947

"All of this is indeed novel to us. We are jointly learning by doing"

Megawati Sukarnoputri
Former president of Indonesia
Born on: 23rd January 1947

"I urge all Indonesians to look forward to the future and unite to improve the life and our dignity as a nation"

Megawati Sukarnoputri
Former president of Indonesia
Born on: 23rd January 1947

"Let us end differences or conflicts which will only prolong the people's problems and sufferings"

Megawati Sukarnoputri
Former president of Indonesia
Born on: 23rd January 1947

"I want to encourage our people, to educate our people to have the courage to understand and fight for their rights"

Megawati Sukarnoputri
Former president of Indonesia
Born on: 23rd January 1947

"That's what we're trained to do"

Chesley Sullenberger
Pilot who successfully landed a disabled Airbus A320 on the Hudson River saving all 155 people on board
Born on: 23rd January 1951

"We have made flying so cheap, I'm afraid we are going to make it cheap at any cost"

Chesley Sullenberger
Pilot who successfully landed a disabled Airbus A320 on the Hudson River saving all 155 people on board
Born on: 23rd January 1951

"There are two words I hate and despise and don’t want to hear; Red carpet and iconic"

Princess Caroline of Monaco
Princess of Hanover
Born on: 23rd January 1957

"There was a rule; No trousers, or slacks, as Americans call them, in the palace. I never saw my mother in jeans"

Princess Caroline of Monaco
Princess of Hanover
Born on: 23rd January 1957

"No one can take away your pain, so don't let anyone take away your happiness"

Mariska Hargitay
Actress
Born on: 23rd January 1964

"Being fearless means busting down those walls of fear and being who you are, not who someone else thinks you are"

Mariska Hargitay
Actress
Born on: 23rd January 1964

"Being sexy is just one part of being a woman and an actress. But if the part calls for sexy....."

Mariska Hargitay
Actress
Born on: 23rd January 1964

"Kick fear to the side, because the payoff is huge"

Mariska Hargitay
Actress
Born on: 23rd January 1964

"You survived the abuse, you’re going to survive the recovery"

Mariska Hargitay
Actress
Born on: 23rd January 1964

"I definitely have my days where I look like I got dressed in the dark"

Mariska Hargitay
Actress
Born on: 23rd January 1964

"A guy at ABC told me to change my name and get a nose job. I said; You get a nose job"

Mariska Hargitay
Actress
Born on: 23rd January 1964

"Experiencing such a traumatic blow about being left out of what I created in Boyz II Men, it made me strong, very early"

Marc Nelson
Singer and songwriter
Born on: 23rd January 1971

"I do so much shopping. I should go to Shoppers Anonymous"

Tiffani Thiessen
Actress
Born on: 23rd January 1974

"I really don't have a career plan. I like being challenged and thrown around"

Tiffani Thiessen
Actress
Born on: 23rd January 1974

"I have more zits now than I did as a teenager. Stress zits"

Tiffani Thiessen
Actress
Born on: 23rd January 1974

"Society is a little more forgiving of two women kissing than two men. It's sad but true"

Tiffani Thiessen
Actress
Born on: 23rd January 1974

"People expect me to be thin and perfect... I'm not"

Tiffani Thiessen
Actress
Born on: 23rd January 1974

"I don’t deserve the breaths I get to take, I don’t feel that I can be redeemed"

Christian Longo
Murderer who killed his wife and 3 young children
Born on: 23rd January 1974