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July 19 Notable Births, with Quotes

Published by: Carolyn Brooks Fleming on Jul 18, 2022.

Explore memorable and revealing quotes from public figures, past and present, who were born on July 19.

Brian May, musician (July 19, 1947–present)

“On the Back to the Light album you hear me in a very raw state. At the beginning of it we were starting to lose Freddie; in the middle of it we lost him; by the end I was getting accustomed to it. So what you hear is a desperate grasping at a straw that will lead me back to the light.” —Brian May
Hann, Michael. “Brian May: ‘I never have a single day without thinking about Freddie.’” The Guardian, August 5, 2021, https://www.theguardian.com/music/2021/aug/05/brian-may-i-never-have-a-single-day-without-thinking-about-freddie.

“Now I realise that Queen is in me and I am in Queen, and that can’t change. And we got to the point where it now seems like Freddie is with us. It doesn’t seem like he left any more, because he’s in everything we do. I can never have a single day without thinking about Freddie.” —Brian May
Hann, Michael. “Brian May: ‘I never have a single day without thinking about Freddie.’” The Guardian, August 5, 2021, https://www.theguardian.com/music/2021/aug/05/brian-may-i-never-have-a-single-day-without-thinking-about-freddie.

Edgar Degas, artist (July 19, 1834–September 27, 1917)

“I assure you no art was ever less spontaneous than mine.” —Edgar Degas
Thompson, Lauren. “20 Quotes from Edgar Degas.” Denver Art Museum, January 30, 2018, https://www.denverartmuseum.org/en/blog/20-quotes-edgar-degas.

“You must aim high, not in what you are going to do at some future date, but in what you are going to make yourself do today. Otherwise working is just a waste of time.” —Edgar Degas
Thompson, Lauren. “20 Quotes from Edgar Degas.” Denver Art Museum, January 30, 2018, https://www.denverartmuseum.org/en/blog/20-quotes-edgar-degas.

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