Notable January 17 birthdays:

Muhammad "The Greatest" Ali ( 1942 - 2016 ), American boxing champion, activist: "Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth...Don’t count the days; make the days count...If my mind can conceive it, and my heart can believe it, then I can achieve it...Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they’ve been given than to explore the power they have to change it. Impossible is not a fact. It’s an opinion. Impossible is not a declaration. It’s a dare. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing."

Jim Carrey ( 1962 - ), Canadian-American actor, comedian, writer: "Life opens up opportunities to you, and you either take them or you stay afraid of taking them...If you aren't in the moment, you are either looking forward to uncertainty, or back to pain and regret...Your need for acceptance can make you invisible in this world. Don't let anything stand in the way of the light that shines through this form risk being seen in all of your glory."

Al "Scarface" Capone ( 1899 - 1947 ), American gangster, businessman: "Do not mistake my kindness for weakness, I am kind to everyone, but if you are unkind to me it will not be weakness that you will remember me for...Be careful who you call your friends...You can get much further with a kind word and a gun than you can with a kind word alone...Do not mistake my kindness for weakness, my calmness for ignorance or acceptance!...When I sell liquor, it's bootlegging. When my patrons serve it on a silver tray on Lakeshore Drive, it's hospitality...I don't even know what street Canada is on."  

Michelle Obama ( 1964 - ), US First Lady ( 2009 - 2017 ), attorney, author: "When they go low, we go high...I am coming down from the mountaintop to tell every young person that is poor and working class, and has been told regardless of the color of your skin that you don't belong, don't listen to them. They don't even know how they got at those seats...Whether you come from a council estate or a country estate, your success will be determined by your own confidence and fortitude."

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