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

John Hancock
(01/23/1737 – 10/08/1793)
US founding father
"Men first feel necessity, then look for utility, next attend to comfort, still later amuse themselves with pleasure, thence grow dissolute in luxury, and finally go mad and waste their substance."

Giambattista Vico
(06/23/1668 – 01/23/1744)
Italian philosopher
Marie-Henri Beyle "Nothing is so hideous as an obsolete fashion."

Stendhal
(01/23/1783 – 03/23/1842)
French writer
Edouard Manet "I won't change a thing in his portrait. Is it my fault if Moore looks like a squashed egg yolk and if his face is all lopsided? Anyway, the same applies to everybody's face... There's no symmetry in nature. One eye is never exactly the same as the other, there's always a difference. We all have a more or less crooked nose and an irregular mouth."

Edouard Manet
(01/23/1832 – 04/30/1883)
French artist (Monet is here) , on his portrait of George Augustus Moore
Thomas Love Peacock "The mountain sheep are sweeter,
but the valley sheep are fatter;
we therefore deem it meeter
to carry off the latter."

Thomas Love Peacock
(10/18/1785 – 01/23/1866)
English writer
Charles Kingsley "Young blood must have its course, lad, and every dog its day."

Charles Kingsley
(06/12/1819 – 01/23/1875)
English clergy
Phillips Brooks "Be such a man, and live such a life, that if every man were such as you, and every life a life like yours, this earth would be God's Paradise."

Phillips Brooks
(12/13/1835 – 01/23/1893)
US clergyman
Potter Stewart "Swift justice demands more than just swiftness."

Potter Stewart
(01/23/1915 – 12/07/1985)
US Supreme Court justice
Ernie Kovacs "There is currently a formula for success in the entertainment medium, that is: beat it to death if it succeeds."

Ernie Kovacs
(01/23/1919 – 01/13/1962)
US TV pioneer
Jeanne Moreau "[Burt Lancaster] couldn't pick up an ashtray before discussing his motivation for an hour or so."

Jeanne Moreau
(01/23/1928 – 07/31/2017)
French actor (was married to William Friedkin)
Anna Pavlova "Get my Swan costume ready."

Anna Pavlova
(02/12/1881 – 01/23/1931)
Russian dancer , last words
Leola Baird Leonard "That nonchalant attempt of Eve's
to fashion garments from leaves
was not, as you have heard, inspired
by shame at being unattired." *

Mrs. Harry St. Clair Zogbaum
(05/16/1888 – 01/23/1941)
US writer
Alexander Woollcott "Excuse me, my leg has gone to sleep. Do you mind if I join it?"

Alexander Woollcott
(01/19/1887 – 01/23/1943)
US writer (died near his birthday)
Rutger Hauer "I run; I am a coward at heart. I swear, when I smell violence or aggression the coward comes out in me. I have no desire to fight anybody except myself."

Rutger Hauer
(01/23/1944 – 07/19/2019)
Dutch actor
Pierre Bonnard "Draw your pleasure, paint your pleasure, and express your pleasure strongly."

Pierre Bonnard
(10/03/1867 – 01/23/1947)
French artist
Paul Bustill Robeson "We ask for nothing that is not right, and herein lies the great power of our demand."

Paul Robeson
(04/09/1898 – 01/23/1976)
US actor, singer, activist
Salvador Dali "This is a thousand times more frightening than 'The Exorcist.' I intend to cover it with mayonnaise."

Salvador Dali
(05/11/1904 – 01/23/1989)
Spanish surrealist , on being presented with an inflatable statue of Bugs Bunny
"Between religion's 'this is' and poetry's 'but suppose this is,' there must always be some kind of tension, until the possible and the actual meet at infinity."

Northrop Frye
(07/14/1912 – 01/23/1991)
Canadian writer
Nell Ruth Hardy "Rich means you have to stay there to maintain it."

Nell Carter
(09/13/1948 – 01/23/2003)
US actor
Bob Keeshan "I was impressed with the potential positive relationship between grandparents and grandchildren, so I chose an elderly character."

Captain Kangaroo
(06/27/1927 – 01/23/2004)
US entertainer
Helmut Newton "Today I have a strong desire to photograph women clothed from head to foot with hardly an inch of flesh. It will be a challenge to work under such restraints."

Helmut Newton
(10/31/1920 – 01/23/2004
German-Australian photographer
Johnny Carson "For three days after death, hair and fingernails continue to grow, but phone calls taper off."

Johnny Carson
(10/23/1925 – 01/23/2005)
US Tonight Show host
Francois Henri LaLanne "I can't die. It would ruin my image."

Jack LaLanne
(09/26/1914 – 01/23/2011)
US exercise maven