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June 24 Notable Births, with Quotes

Published by: Carolyn Brooks Fleming on Jun 23, 2022.

Explore memorable and revealing quotes from public figures, past and present, who were born on June 24.

Jack Dempsey, boxer (June 24, 1895–May 31, 1983)

“As a young fellow I was knocked down plenty and I wanted to stay down but I had to get up to collect the two bucks for winning. It was get up or don't eat. That made me one of those hungry fighters.” —Jack Dempsey
Powell, Jeff. “Jack Dempsey ruled the ring and opened the door for so many boxers to follow... his sportsmanship and phenomenal punching power live on 100 years after he first became world champion.” Mail Online, July 1, 2019, https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/boxing/article-7202853/Jack-Dempsey-ruled-ring-1920s-spirit-lives-hearts-boxing-fans.html.

“I've never eaten a meal or gone to bed in my life without saying a prayer. Those prayers have been answered a thousand times.”  —Jack Dempsey
Powell, Jeff. “Jack Dempsey ruled the ring and opened the door for so many boxers to follow... his sportsmanship and phenomenal punching power live on 100 years after he first became world champion.” Mail Online, July 1, 2019, https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/boxing/article-7202853/Jack-Dempsey-ruled-ring-1920s-spirit-lives-hearts-boxing-fans.html.

Ambrose Bierce, writer (June 24, 1842–ca. 1914)

“QUOTATION, n. The act of repeating erroneously the words of another.” —Ambrose Bierce
Bierce, Ambrose. “The Project Gutenberg eBook of The Devil’s Dictionary.” Project Gutenberg, June 27, 2021, https://www.gutenberg.org/files/972/972-h/972-h.htm.

“PATRIOTISM, n. Combustible rubbish ready to the torch of any one ambitious to illuminate his name. In Dr. Johnson's famous dictionary patriotism is defined as the last resort of a scoundrel. With all due respect to an enlightened but inferior lexicographer I beg to submit that it is the first.” —Ambrose Bierce
Bierce, Ambrose. “The Project Gutenberg eBook of The Devil’s Dictionary.” Project Gutenberg, June 27, 2021, https://www.gutenberg.org/files/972/972-h/972-h.htm.

“SAINT, n. A dead sinner revised and edited.” —Ambrose Bierce
Bierce, Ambrose. “The Project Gutenberg eBook of The Devil’s Dictionary.” Project Gutenberg, June 27, 2021, https://www.gutenberg.org/files/972/972-h/972-h.htm.

“CLOCK, n. A machine of great moral value to man, allaying his concern for the future by reminding him what a lot of time remains to him.” —Ambrose Bierce
Bierce, Ambrose. “The Project Gutenberg eBook of The Devil’s Dictionary.” Project Gutenberg, June 27, 2021, https://www.gutenberg.org/files/972/972-h/972-h.htm.

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