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May 11 Notable Births, with Quotes

Published by: Carolyn Brooks Fleming on May 10, 2022.

Explore memorable and revealing quotes from public figures, past and present, who were born on May 11.

Richard Feynman, physicist (May 11, 1918–February 15, 1988)

“It’s interesting that some people find science so easy, and others find it kind of dull and difficult. Especially kids, you know, some of them eat it up, and I don’t know why it is.” —Richard Feynman
BBC TV. “Physics is fun to imagine.” TED, July 1983, https://www.ted.com/talks/richard_feynman_physics_is_fun_to_imagine.

“I find myself trying to imagine all kinds of things all the time, and I get a kick out of it, just like a runner gets a kick out of sweating. I get a kick out of thinking.” —Richard Feynman
BBC TV. “Physics is fun to imagine.” TED, July 1983, https://www.ted.com/talks/richard_feynman_physics_is_fun_to_imagine.

Salvador Dali, artist (May 11, 1904–January 23, 1989)

“At the age of six, I wanted to be a cook. At seven I wanted to be Napoleon. And my ambition has been growing steadily ever since.” —Salvador Dali
Meisler, Stanley. “The Surreal World of Salvador Dali.” Smithsonian Magazine, April 2005, https://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/the-surreal-world-of-salvador-dali-78993324/.

“Every morning upon awakening, I experience a supreme pleasure: that of being Salvador Dali, and I ask myself, wonderstruck, what prodigious thing will he do today, this Salvador Dali.” —Salvador Dali
Meisler, Stanley. “The Surreal World of Salvador Dali.” Smithsonian Magazine, April 2005, https://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/the-surreal-world-of-salvador-dali-78993324/.

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