Jean-Baptiste Poquelin "Of all the noises known to man, opera is the most expensive."

Jean-Baptiste Moliere
(01/15/1622 – 02/17/1673)
French writer ("The Misanthrope, or the Cantankerous Lover")
"The newspapers are the cemeteries of ideas."

Pierre-Joseph Proudhon
(01/15/1809 – 01/19/1865)
French writer ("What is Property?")
(died near his birthday)
Edward Everett "Education is a better safeguard of liberty than a standing army."

Edward Everett
(04/11/1794 – 01/15/1865)
US politician, educator ("An Account of Some Greek Manuscripts, Procured at Constantinople in 1819...")
David Ivor Davies "The beautiful heroine might be thinking, How long must I bury my face on this wretched man's shoulder? Such is not always the case, but quite often it is."

Ivor Novello
(01/15/1893 – 03/06/1951)
Welsh actor ("The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog")
Goodman Aiskowitz and Jane Epstein "Familiarity breeds attempt."

Goodman Ace
(01/15/1899 – 03/25/1982)
US humorist ("Easy Aces")
(was married to Jane Ace)
Edward Teller "Life improves slowly and goes wrong fast, and only catastrophe is clearly visible."

Edward Teller
(01/15/1908 – 09/09/2003)
US scientist
Lloyd Bridges "Carrying those double tanks around all the time got to be a little rough on me. I had to put that damn wetsuit on and take it off, sometimes three or four times a day."

Lloyd Bridges
(01/15/1913 – 03/10/1998)
US actor ("Airplane!") , on his role in the "Sea Hunt" TV series
(father of Beau and Jeff Bridges)
Esther Hillesum "Life cannot be captured in a few axioms. And that is just what I keep trying to do. But it won't work, for life is full of endless nuances and cannot be captured in just a few formulae."

Etty Hillesum
(01/15/1914 – 11/30/1943)
Dutch lawyer, writer ("An interrupted Life: The Diaries of Etty Hillesum 1941 -1943")
(died at Auschwitz)
Martin Luther King, Jr. "Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity."

Martin Luther King, Jr.
(01/15/1929 – 04/04/1968)
US religious leader, civil rights activist ("Stride Toward Freedom: The Montgomery Story")
(was married to Coretta Scott King)
Ernest J. Gaines "Question everything. Every stripe, every star, every word spoken. Everything."

Ernest J. Gaines
(01/15/1933 – 11/05/2019)
US writer ("The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman")
Angela Maxine O'Brien "When I cry, do you want the tears to run all the way or shall I stop halfway down?"

Margaret O'Brien
(01/15/1937 – )
precocious US actor ("Meet Me in St. Louis") , at age 6
Don Van Vliet "I don't know anything about music. I don't think I do music. I think I do spells."

Captain Beefheart
(01/15/1941 – 12/17/2010)
US musician ("Ice Cream for Crow")
Harry Nilsson "That incident ruined my reputation for 10 years. Get one Beatle drunk and look what happens!"

Harry Nilsson
(06/15/1941 – 01/15/1994)
US singer, songwriter ("Without You") , on his participation in John Lennon's "Lost Weekend"
"The time of the rack and the screws is come. Summer television has set in with its usual severity. And the small screen, where late the sweet birds sang, is now awash with repeats, reruns, rejects, replacements and reversions to the primitive."

Harriet van Horne
(05/17/1920 – 01/15/1998)
US columnist
Randy Goldfield "The people who work in publishing are crazier than the people who work in Hollywood."

Olivia Goldsmith
(01/01/1949 – 01/15/2004)
US writer ("The First Wives Club")
Ruth Warrick "I do like to shock and surprise people. When it's all in good fun, of course."

Ruth Warrick
(06/29/1916 – 01/15/2005)
US actor ("All My Children")
"As long as mixed grills and combination salads are popular, anthologies will undoubtedly continue in favor."

Elizabeth Janeway
(10/07/1913 – 01/15/2005)
US writer ("The Walsh Girls")
Carol Channing "I am terribly shy, but of course no one believes me. Come to think of it, neither would I."

Carol Channing
(01/31/1921 – 01/15/2019)
US singer, actor ("Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friend")