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(Quote source: Brainyquote.com, except for Mendeleev remark, found at wikipedia article)

Robert Burton, English writer, (1577-1640)

A quiet mind cureth all.

John Ruskin, English writer (1819-1900):

All great and beautiful work has come of first gazing without shrinking into the darkness.

Martin Buber, German philosopher (1878-1965):

To be old can be glorious if one has not unlearned how to begin.

Other birthdays today include English environmentalist Henry Walter Bates (1825-1892); French author Jules Verne (1828-1905); German artist Franz Marc (1880-1916); American poet Elizabeth Bishop (1911-1979); American writers Neal cassidy (1926-1968) and John Grisham (b.1955) and English writer Malorie Blackman (b.1962).

Russian scientist, Dimitri Mendeleev was born this day in 1834 (d.1907) and is the subject of todays’ google doodle. He is apparently credited with a remark that burning petroleum as a fuel “would be akin to firing up a kitchen stove with bank notes.”

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On this day in 1587, Mary Queen of Scots was executed for allegedly conspiring for the murder of her cousin, Queen Elizabeth I; in 1952 on this day, Elizabeth II became Queen; in 1960, the first star plaques in Hollywood’s Hall of Fame were laid (eight of them) and in 1963 the world’s first full colour television programme was broadcast in Mexico City.