Thomas Paine "When we are planning for posterity, we ought to remember that virtue is not hereditary."

Thomas Paine
(02/09/1737 – 06/08/1809)
English-US author, founding father, patriot
William Henry Harrison "But I contend that the strongest of all governments is that which is most free."

William Henry Harrison
(02/09/1773 – 04/04/1841)
US President (9) for a month (grandfather of Benjamin Harrison)
"My only great qualification for being put at the head of the Navy is that I am very much at sea."

Lord Edward Carson
(02/09/1854 – 10/22/1935)
Irish statesman
Anthony Hope Hawkins "Boys will be boys. And even that wouldn't matter if only we could prevent girls from being girls."

Sir Anthony Hope Hawkins
(02/09/1863 – 07/08/1933)
English writer
Beatrice Stella Tanner Campbell "Does it really matter what these affectionate people do—so long as they don’t do it in the streets and frighten the horses!"

Mrs. Patrick Campbell
(02/09/1865 – 04/09/1940)
English actor
George Ade "'Whom are you?' he asked, for he had attended business college."

George Ade
(02/09/1866 – 05/16/1944)
US humorist
Amy Lowell "All books are either dreams or swords, you can cut, or you can drug, with words."

Amy Lowell
(02/09/1874 – 05/12/1925)
US writer (granddaughter of Abbott Lawrence Lowell)
Fyodor Dostoevsky "The degree of civilization in a society can be judged by entering its prisons."

Fyodor Dostoevsky
(11/11/1821 – 02/09/1881)
Russian writer
James Stephens "If a person desires to be a humorist it is necessary that the people around him shall be at least as wise as he is, otherwise his humor will not be comprehended."

James Stephens
(02/09/1880 – 12/26/1950)
Irish writer
Paul Laurence Dunbar "People are taking it for granted that [the African-American] ought not to work with his head. And it is so easy for these people among whom we are living to believe this; it flatters and satisfies their self-complacency."

Paul Laurence Dunbar
(06/27/1872 – 02/09/1906)
US writer
Maria do Carmo Miranda da Cunha "Look at me and tell me if I don't have Brazil in every curve of my body."

Carmen Miranda
(02/09/1909 – 08/05/1955)
Portuguese-Brazilian singer, dancer, actor
David Dean Rusk "Physicists and astronomers see their own implications in the world being round, but to me it means that only one-third of the world is asleep at any given time and the other two-thirds is up to something."

Dean Rusk
(02/09/1909 – 12/20/1994)
US secretary of state
"Look, we play the Star Spangled Banner before every game. You want us to pay income taxes, too?"

Bill Veeck
(02/09/1914 – 01/02/1986)
US baseball player, team owner
"He dares to be a fool, and that is the first step in the direction of wisdom."

James Gibbons Huneker
(01/31/1857 – 02/09/1921)
US critic
("Painted Veils")
Brendan Francis Aidan Behan "I have never seen a situation so dismal that a policeman couldn't make it worse."

Brendan Behan
(02/09/1923 – 03/20/1964)
Irish writer
"Great things are only possible with outrageous requests."

Thea Alexander
(02/09/1936 – )
US writer
Carol Joan Klein "I can't believe I'm 60 years old and I'm still writing songs and putting out records. Write from your heart, from your passions. If you think it's a difficult road, you're right, but don't give up."

Carole King
(02/09/1942 – )
US songwriter (quoted in 2002)
Alice Walker "The quietly pacifist peaceful always die to make room for men who shout."

Alice Walker
(02/09/1944 – )
US writer
Maria de Lourdes Villiers Farrow "I can match bottoms with anyone in Hollywood."

Mia Farrow
(02/09/1945 – )
US actor (daughter of Maureen O'Sullivan and John Farrow; was married to Frank Sinatra, André Previn; LTR with Woody Allen)
Eve Valois "I hate reality—I want to be wholly artificial." *

Lolo Ferrari
(02/09/1963 – 03/05/2000)
French porn star
Sofya Kalish "I've been rich and I've been poor. Rich is better."

Sophie Tucker
(01/13/1886 – 02/09/1966)
Russian singer
"There are no illegitimate children—only illegitimate parents." *

Leon Rene Yankwich
(09/25/1888 – 02/09/1975)
US judge (CA) , decision in Zipkin v. Mozon, June 1928
Dennis Gabor "Till now man has been up against Nature; from now on he will be up against his own nature."

Dennis Gabor
(06/05/1900 – 02/09/1979)
Hungarian scientist (invented the hologram)
"Tradition is what you resort to when you don't have the time or the money to do it right."

Kurt Herbert Adler
(04/02/1905 – 02/09/1988)
Austrian opera director
James William Fulbright "In the long course of history, having people who understand your thought is much greater security than another submarine."

J. William Fulbright
(04/09/1905 – 02/09/1995)
US Senator (Arkansas)
Princess Margaret "I'm no angel, but I'm no Bo-Beep either."

Princess Margaret
(08/21/1930 – 02/09/2002)
English royalty