"If a faithful account was rendered of Man's ideas upon Divinity, he would be obliged to acknowledge, that for the most part the word 'gods' has been used to express the concealed, remote, unknown causes of the effects he witnessed; that he applies this term when the spring of the natural, the source of known causes, ceases to be visible: as soon as he loses the thread of these causes, or as soon as his mind can no longer follow the chain, he solves the difficulty, terminates his research, by ascribing it to his gods... When, therefore, he ascribes to his gods the production of some phenomenon... does he, in fact, do any thing more than substitute for the darkness of his own mind, a sound to which he has been accustomed to listen with reverential awe?"

Baron d'Holbach
(12/08/1723 – 01/21/1789)
German philosopher
Thomas Jonathan Jackson "I like liquor—its taste and its effects—and that is just the reason why I never drink it."

"Stonewall" Jackson
(01/21/1824 – 05/10/1863)
US Confederate General
Israel Zangwill "The way Bernard Shaw believes in himself is very refreshing in these atheistic days when so many people believe in no God at all."

Israel Zangwill
(01/21/1864 – 08/01/1926)
English writer
Karl Wallenda "Being on the tightrope is living; everything else is waiting." *

Karl Wallenda
(01/21/1905 – 03/22/1978)
Austro-Hungarian aerialist
Christian Dior "My dream is to save women from nature."

Christian Dior
(01/21/1905 – 10/24/1957)
French fashion designer
Vladimir Ilich Ulyanov "Whenever the cause of the people is entrusted to professors, it is lost."

Vladimir Ilich Lenin
(04/22/1870 – 01/21/1924)
Russian political leader
Alfred Hawthorn Hill "Just because nobody complains doesn't mean all parachutes are perfect."

Benny Hill
(01/21/1924 – 04/20/1992)
English comic actor
"If this is dying, then I don't think much of it."

Lytton Strachey
(03/01/1880 – 01/21/1932)
English biographer , last words?
George Augustus Moore "A literary movement consists of five or six people who live in the same town and hate each other cordially."

George Augustus Moore
(02/24/1852 – 01/21/1933)
Irish writer
Mary Bickford Dunn "The easy life is not the best life, after all."

Marie Prevost
(11/08/1896 – 01/21/1937)
US actor
Scott Davis "One of my real goals was to hear someone whistling a song I'd written."

Mac Davis
01/21/1942 – 09/29/2020)
US singer, songwriter, actor
Eric Arthur Blair "Advertising is the rattling of a stick inside a swill bucket."

George Orwell
(06/25/1903 – 01/21/1950)
English writer
"The last time I saw anything like this I was playing for Tastee Freeze in the Little League." *

Dave Smith
(01/21/1955 – 12/17/2008)
US pitcher (Astros) , on being behind by 14 runs in the first inning
Virginia Elizabeth Davis "I've always looked up to him, even though he is shorter."

Geena Davis
(01/21/1956 – )
US actor (was married to Jeff Goldblum) , on Dustin Hoffman
Cecil B. de Mille "It is impossible for us to break the law. We can only break ourselves against the law."

Cecil B. de Mille
(08/12/1881 – 01/21/1959)
US director (uncle of Agnes de Mille)
Clara Lou Sheridan "I can whistle through my fingers, bulldog a steer, light a fire with two sticks, shoot a pistol with fair accuracy, set type, and teach school..."

Ann Sheridan
(02/21/1915 – 01/21/1967)
US actor
Charlyn Marie Marshall "I wanted to save the world. I still do. But half the time I'm still trying to save myself first."

Cat Power
(01/21/1972 – )
US singer, songwriter
James Beard "I believe that if ever I had to practice cannibalism, I might manage if there were enough tarragon around."

James Beard
(05/05/1903 – 01/21/1985)
US chef
Norma Egstrom "You can't beat The Beatles, you join 'em."

Peggy Lee
(05/26/1920 – 01/21/2002)
US singer
"Success has gone to my stomach."

Michael Winner
(10/30/1935 – 01/21/2013)
English writer, director
"Is fuel efficiency really what we need most desperately? I say that what we really need is a car that can be shot when it breaks down."

Russell Baker
(08/14/1925 – 01/21/2019)
US columnist
Terry Jones "Some people are passionate about aisles, others about window seats."

Terry Jones
(02/01/1942 – 01/21/2020)
English comic, actor (Monty Python's Flying Circus)