Benjamin Rush "The turgid style of Johnson, the purple glare of Gibbon, and even the studied and thickset metaphors of Junius are all equally unnatural, and should not be admitted into our company."

Benjamin Rush
(01/04/1746 – 04/19/1813)
US physician, statesman ("Medical Inquiries and Observations upon Diseases of the Mind")
Max Eastman "Robert Benchley has a style that is weak and lies down frequently to rest."

Max Eastman
(01/04/1883 – 03/25/1969)
US writer ("Great Companions: Critical Memoirs of Some Famous Friends")
Augustus Edwin John "In case it is one of mine." *

Augustus Edwin John
(01/04/1878 – 10/31/1961)
Welsh artist , patting the head of a child in Chelsea as he passed by
Everett Dirksen "I am a man of fixed and unbending principles, the first of which is to be flexible at all times."

Everett Dirksen
(01/04/1896 – 09/07/1969)
US senator (IL)
"For her fifth wedding, the bride wore black and carried a scotch and soda."

Phyllis Battelle
(01/04/1922 – )
US journalist
Don Shula "Sure, luck means a lot in football. Not having a good quarterback is bad luck."

Don Shula
(01/04/1930 – 05/04/2020)
US football coach
Floyd Patterson "There is so much hate among people, so much contempt inside people who'd like you to think they're moral, that they have to hire prizefighters to do their hating for them. And we do. We get into a ring and act out other people's hates."

Floyd Patterson
(01/04/1935 – 05/11/2006)
US boxer
Samile Diane Friesen "He made me think differently... besides his smile makes my tummy warm."

Dyan Cannon
(01/04/1937 – )
US actor ("Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice") , on Albert Einstein
(was married to Cary Grant)
Henri Bergson "Sex appeal is the keynote of our civilization."

Henri Bergson
(10/18/1859 – 01/04/1941)
French philosopher ("Time and Free Will")
"I will feel equality has arrived when we can elect to office women who are as incompetent as some of the men who are already there."

Maureen Reagan
(01/04/1941 – 08/08/2001)
US first family member
(daughter of Ronald Reagan and Jane Wyman; sister of Michael Reagan; stepdaughter of Nancy Reagan)
Albert Camus "Nobody realizes that some people expend tremendous energy merely to be normal."

Albert Camus
(11/07/1913 – 01/04/1960)
French existential writer ("The Plague")
(relationship with Juliette Gréco)
Michael Stipe "Since every record surely contains something offensive to someone, sticker them all. Make this as meaningless as the bar code."

Michael Stipe
(01/04/1960 – )
US singer (REM) ("Man on the Moon") , on warning labels for music
Thomas Stearns Eliot "Yes, I suppose some editors are failed writers—but so are most writers."

T. S. Eliot
(09/26/1888 – 01/04/1965)
US writer ("The Waste Land")
Christopher Isherwood "We live in stirring times—tea-stirring times."

Christopher Isherwood
(08/26/1904 – 01/04/1986)
English writer ("Goodbye to Berlin")
Lester Raymond Brown "She was every bandleader's dream, a vocalist who had natural talent, a keen regard for the lyrics, and an attractive appearance."

Les Brown
(03/14/1912 – 01/04/2001)
US bandleader ("I've Got the World on a String") , on Doris Day
"Stories ought not to be just little bits of fantasy that are used to while away an idle hour; from the beginning of the human race stories have been used—by priests, by bards, by medicine men—as magic instruments of healing, of teaching, as a means of helping people come to terms with the fact that they continually have to face insoluble problems and unbearable realities."

Joan Delano Aiken
(09/04/1924 – 01/04/2004)
English writer ("The Wolves of Willoughby Chase")
"Sometimes when reading Goethe I have the paralyzing suspicion that he is trying to be funny."

Guy Davenport
(11/23/1927 – 01/04/2005)
US writer, educator ("Da Vinci's Bicycle")
Israel Pincu Lazarovitch "When you argue with your inferiors, you convince them of only one thing: they are as clever as you."

Irving Layton
(03/12/1912 – 01/04/2006)
Romanian-Canadian writer ("The Improved Binoculars: Selected Poems")
"People who lose their parents when young are permanently in love with them."

Aharon Appelfeld
(02/16/1932 – 01/04/2018)
Romanian writer ("Badenheim 1939")