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Later today I’ll be making yet another quotes post for an agreed new daily feature: ‘Today’s Birthday Quotes’.

‘Quotes from writers born this day’ is now a weekly article. Another change for 2016 is to write a monthly preview article for some of the birthdays occurring within that month. This is the first post for this new monthly feature, split into two parts. Happy New Year and welcome!

In January, I’m especially looking forward to posting for these birthdays:

1st January, Grandmaster Flash: “…Once I find my way, then I am hitting you, and hitting you all night.”

2nd January, undecided

3rd January, artist Jack Levine: “Impulses are hard to come by these days.”

4th January, undecided

5th January, ‘musician’ Marilyn Manson: “Marilyn Manson is a criticism of gimmickry, while itself being a gimmick.”

6th January: comedian Rowan Atkinson: “I like to juggle with one ball at a time. Then I put the ball down and do nothing for extended periods of time.” (Also, interested to find out about the poet Carl Sandburg, born 6/1/1878)

7th January: Estee Lauder, Gerald Durrell, Nicholas Cage and UK politician Nck Clegg all have birthdays this day…

8th January: Sean Paul, David Bowie, Stephen Hawking, Elvis Presley, Shirley Bassey, Henry James Byron and Robert Schumann all have this birthday.

9th January: Kim Mathers, a celebrity? Jimmy Page, Joan Baez and Joseph Epstein are among the famous birthdays this day.

10th January: Rod Stewart and poet Philip Levine are in my sights…

11th January: undecided

12th January: born this day in 1856, artist John Singer Sargent has this sound advice: “Sketch everything and keep your curiosity fresh.”

13th January: undecided

14th January: Something to look into and a reminder to cross-reference source info – Brainyquote.com has Dave Grohl as born this day, but I thought DG’s birthday is September 29th – so one of us is in error! Photographer Cecil Beaton and artist Berthe Morisot also appear to have birthdays today.

15th January: born 1973, musician Pitbull:”If you work hard, let that be the fuel to your fire.” Also born this day were Martin Luther King, Jnr. (1929); physicist Edward Teller, (1908); poet Franz Grillparzer, (1791) and French playwright Moliere, (1622) from whom I bring you this closing quote: “The duty of comedy is to correct men by amusing them.”

January’s Birthday Quotes Preview part 2 can be read here