BIRTHDAYS & QUOTATIONS

Happy Birthday To . . . Stephen & Jessamyn

July 17, 1937 Stephen Levine "If you were going to die soon and had only one phone call you could make, who would you call and what would you say? And why are you waiting?" July 18, 1902 Jessamyn West "It is very east to forgive others their mistakes; it takes more...

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Happy Birthday To . . Henry and Oscar

July 12, 1817 Henry David Thoreau "If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away." July 12, 1895 Oscar Hammerstein "You've got to be taught...

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Happy Birthday To . . Dorothy & Myles

July 9, 1893 Dorothy Thompson "The most destructive element in the human mind is fear. Fear creates aggressiveness." July 9, 1905 Myles Horton “Nothing will change until we change — until we throw off our dependence and act for ourselves.”

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Happy Birthday To . . . Satchel & David

July 7, 1906 Leroy Satchel Paige "Don't look back. Something might be gaining on you." July 7, 1933 David McCullough "History is a guide to navigation in perilous times. History is who we are and why we are the way we are."

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Happy Birthday To . . Abby & Ann

July 4, 1918 Abigail Van Buren "People who fight fire with fire usually end up with ashes." July 4, 1918 Ann Landers "Keep in mind that the true measure of an individual is how he treats a person who can do him absolutely no good."

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Happy Birthday To . . David & Diana

July 1, 1912 David Brower "When people say, 'You're not being realistic,' they're just trying to tag some thoughts that they can't otherwise handle." July 1, 1961 Princess Diana "Carry out a random act of kindness, with no expectation of reward, safe in the knowledge...

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Happy Birthday To . . . John & Jean-Jacques

June 28, 1703 John Wesley "I deny that villainy is ever necessary. It is impossible that it should ever be necessary for any reasonable creature to violate all the laws of justice, mercy, and truth. No circumstances can make it necessary for a man to burst in sunder...

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Happy Birthday To . . . Octavia & Elizabeth

June 22, 1947 Octavia E. Butler "Simple peck-order bullying is only the beginning of the kind of hierarchical behavior that can lead to racism, sexism, ethnocentrism, classism, and all the other 'isms' that cause so much suffering in the world." June 22, 1949...

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Happy Birthday To . . Mo & Ice

June 15, 1922 Mo Udall "Lord, give us the wisdom to utter words that are gentle and tender, for tomorrow we may have to eat them." June 15, 1969 Ice Cube "It's funny how people who ain't never been down there can think that America is so fair and that we should be...

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Happy Birthday To . . . Bertha and Kiran

June 9, 1843 Bertha Von Suttner "How can justice be attained when, in the expiation of an old wrong, another wrong is to be committed? No reasonable creature would conceive of the idea of obliterating ink stains with ink, or spots of oil with oil. Only blood must be...

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Happy Birthday To . . . Frederico & Bill

June 5, 1898 Federico García Lorca "I will always be on the side of those who have nothing and who are not even allowed to enjoy the nothing they have in peace.” June 5, 1934 Bill Moyers "What's right and good doesn't come naturally. You have to stand up and fight for...

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Happy Birthday To . . Julia & Hubert

May 27, 1819 Julia Ward Howe "Ambitious people climb, but faithful people build." May 27, 1911 Hubert Humphrey "Compassion is not weakness, and concern for the unfortunate is not socialism."

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Happy Birthday To . . Arthur & Harvey

May 22, 1859 Arthur Conan Doyle "When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth." May 22, 1930 Harvey Milk "The fact is that more people have been slaughtered in the name of religion than for any other single reason....

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Happy Birthday To . . . Anna & Tara

May 17, 1794 Anna Jameson "In morals what begins in fear usually ends in wickedness; in religion what begins in fear usually ends in fanaticism. Fear, either as a principle or a motive, is the beginning of all evil." May 17, 1953 Tara Brach "Feeling compassion for...

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Happy Birthday To . . . Richard & Florence

May 11, 1918 Richard P. Feynman "The most interesting phenomena are, of course, in the new places, the places where the rules do not work - not the places where they do work! That is the way in which we discover new rules." May 12, 1820 Florence Nightingale "So never...

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Happy Birthday To . . . Jacob & Pete

May 3, 1849 Jacob Riis "I'd look at one of my stonecutters hammering away at the rock, perhaps a hundred times without as much as a crack showing in it. Yet, at the hundred and first blow it would split in two, and I knew it was not that blow that did it, but all that...

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Happy Birthday To . . . Nell & Terry

April 28, 1926 Nell Harper Lee "Real courage is when you know you're licked before you begin, but you begin anyway and see it through no matter what." April 28, 1948 Terry Pratchett "It's not worth doing something unless you were doing something that someone,...

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Happy Birthday To . . . Ludwig & Carol

April 26, 1889 Ludwig Wittgenstein "A man will be imprisoned in a room with a door that's unlocked and opens inwards; as long as it does not occur to him to pull rather than push." April 26, 1933 Carol Burnett "You have to go through the falling down in order to learn...

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Happy Birthday To . . . Rollo & Helen

April 21, 1909 Rollo May "Freedom is the capacity to pause in the face of stimuli from many directions at once and, in this pause, to throw one’s weight toward this response rather than that one....The pause is especially important for the freedom of being, what I...

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Happy Birthday To … Charlie & Wendell

April 16, 1889 Charlie Chaplin "We think too much and feel too little. More than machinery we need humanity. More than cleverness we need kindness and gentleness. Without these qualities, life will be violent and all will be lost.” April 16, 1906 Wendell Johnson...

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Happy Birthday To . . . Sam & Sam

April 13, 1840 Samuel Ullman "Nobody grows old merely by living a number of years. We grow old by deserting our ideals. Years may wrinkle the skin, but to give up enthusiasm wrinkles the soul." April 13, 1906 Samuel Beckett "Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try...

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Happy Birthday to . . . Marjory & Billie

April 7, 1890 Marjory Stoneman Douglas "You can't conserve what you haven't got." April 7, 1915 Billie Holliday "You've got to have something to eat and a little love in your life before you can hold still for any damn body's sermon on how to behave."

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Happy Birthday To . . . Washington & Tony

April 3, 1783 Washington Irving "There is a sacredness in tears. They are not the mark of weakness, but of power. They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues. They are the messengers of overwhelming grief, of deep contrition, and of unspeakable love." April...

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Happy Birthday To . . . Maimonides & Anna

March 30, 1135 BCE Maimonides "Anticipate charity by preventing poverty." March 30, 1820 Anna Sewell "My doctrine is this, that if we see cruelty or wrong that we have the power to stop, and do nothing, we make ourselves sharers in the guilt."

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Happy Birthday To … Alan & Mary

March 25, 1906 A.J.P. Taylor "There is nothing more agreeable in life than to make peace with the Establishment—and nothing more corrupting." March 25, 1925 Flannery O'Connor "Conviction without experience makes for harshness."

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Happy Birthday To . . Anne & Henrik

March 20, 1612 Anne Bradstreet "Authority without wisdom is like a heavy ax without an edge, fitter to bruise than polish." March 20, 1828 Henrik Ibsen "Never wear your best trousers when you go out to fight for freedom and truth."

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Happy Birthday To . . . Sully & Jorge

March 16, 1839 René François Armand Prudhomme "The great are only great because we are on our knees. Let us rise up." March 16, 1958 Jorge Ramos "Neutrality is for referees in a football game. You have to take a stand. The really, really good journalists always take a...

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Happy Birthday To . . . Torquato & Douglas

March 11, 1544 Torquato Tasso "The day of fortune is like a harvest day, We must be busy when the corn is ripe." March 11, 1952 Douglas Adams "If it looks like a duck, and quacks like a duck, we have at least to consider the possibility that we have a small aquatic...

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Happy Birthday To . . . Michelangelo & Elizabeth

March 6, 1475 Michelangelo "The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark." March 6, 1806 Elizabeth Barrett Browning "An ignorance of means may minister to greatness,...

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Happy Birthday To . . . William & Jackie

March 3, 1756 William Godwin "Innocence is not virtue. Virtue demands the active employment of an ardent mind in the promotion of the general good. No man can be eminently virtuous who is not accustomed to an extensive range of reflection." March 3, 1962 Jackie...

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Happy Birthday To . . . Ralph & Robert

March 1, 1914 Ralph Ellison "Some people are your relatives but others are your ancestors, and you choose the ones you want to have as ancestors. You create yourself out of those values." March 1, 1917 Robert Lowell "If we see light at the end of the tunnel, it the...

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Happy Birthday To . . . Carmen & Victor

February 25, 1963 Carmen Yulin Cruz "You cannot make life better if you are in a helicopter. You can't make life better for them if you can't touch them." February 26, 1802 Victor Hugo "He who opens a school door, closes a prison."

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Happy Birthday To . . W.H. & Barbara

February 21, 1907 W.H. Auden "Good can imagine Evil; but Evil cannot imagine Good." February 21, 1936 Barbara Jordan "What a better world it would be if we all, the whole world, had cookies and milk about three o’clock every afternoon and then lay down on our blankets...

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Happy Birthday To . . . Nikos & Toni

February 18, 1883 Nikos Kazantzakis "True teachers use themselves as bridges over which they invite their students to cross; then, having facilitated their crossing, joyfully collapse, encouraging them to create bridges of their own." February 18, 1931 Toni Morrison...

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Happy Birthday To . . . Elihu & Matt

February 15, 1845 Elihu Root "The wolf always charges the lamb with muddying the stream." February 15, 1954 Matt Groening "If you don't want your kids to be like Bart Simpson, don't act like Homer Simpson."

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Happy Birthday To . . Pico & Sheryl

February 11, 1957 Pico Iyer "It's no coincidence that the word 'holiday' suggests a holy day, or that the longest book in the Torah concerns the Sabbath. If you wish to advance in any sphere, the best way is to take a retreat." February 11, 1962 Sheryl Crowe "No...

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Happy Birthday To . . . Laura & Eubie

February 7, 1867 Laura Ingalls Wilder "Once you begin being naughty, it is easier to go and on and on, and sooner or later something dreadful happens." February 7, 1887 Eubie Blake "Be grateful for luck. Pay the thunder no mind - listen to the birds. And don't hate...

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Happy Birthday To . . . Judith & Tommy

February 2, 1932 Judith Viorst "Strength is the capacity to break a chocolate bar into four pieces with your bare hands—and then eat just one of the pieces." February 2, 1937 Tom Smothers "Freedom of expression and freedom of speech aren't really important unless...

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Happy Birthday To . . . Frederico & Clarissa

January 27, 1934 Federico Mayor Zaragoza "We must construct a new set of values and attitudes to replace the culture of war which, for centuries, has been influencing the course of civilization. Winning peace means the triumph of our pledge to establish, on a...

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Happy Birthday To . . Potter & Derek

January 23, 1915 Potter Stewart "Ethics is knowing the difference between what you have a right to do and what is right to do." January 23, 1930 Derek Walcott "Break a vase, and the love that reassembles the fragments is stronger than that love which took its symmetry...

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