Thomas Campion "Follow thy fair sun, unhappy shadow."

Thomas Campion
(02/12/1567 – 03/01/1620)
English writer, composer, physician
Immanuel Kant "Out of timber so crooked as that from which man is made nothing entirely straight can be carved."

Immanuel Kant
(04/22/1724 – 02/12/1804)
German philosopher
Abraham Lincoln "Whenever I hear anyone arguing for slavery, I feel a strong impulse to see it tried on him personally."

Abraham Lincoln
(02/12/1809 – 04/15/1865)
US President (12) (was married to Mary Todd Lincoln)
Charles Darwin "An American Monkey after getting drunk on Brandy would never touch it again, and thus is much wiser than most men."

Charles Darwin
(02/12/1809 – 04/19/1882)
English scientist
George Meredith "Kissing don't last: cookery do!"

George Meredith
(02/12/1828 – 05/18/1909)
English writer
John Lewellyn Lewis "I don't think the federation has a head; its neck has just grown up and haired over."

John L. Lewis
(02/12/1880 – 06/11/1969)
US labor leader
Anna Pavlova "Although one may fail to find happiness in theatrical life, one never wishes to give it up after having once tasted its fruits."

Anna Pavlova
(02/12/1881 – 01/23/1931)
Russian dancer
Alice Roosevelt Longworth "If you haven't got anything nice to say about anybody, come sit next to me."

Alice Roosevelt Longworth
(02/12/1884 – 02/20/1980)
US royalty (daughter of Theodore Roosevelt)
Omar Bradley "I am convinced that the best service a retired general can perform is to turn in his tongue along with his suit and to mothball his opinions."

General Omar Bradley
(02/12/1893 – 04/08/1981)
US military
"One thing you learn as a Cubs fan: When you bought your ticket, you could bank on seeing the bottom of the ninth."

Joe Garagiola
(02/12/1926 – 03/23/2016)
US baseball player
Bill Russell "Most people have a harder time letting themselves love than finding someone to love them."

Bill Russell
(02/12/1934 – )
US basketball player
Grant Wood "All the good ideas I ever had came to me while I was milking a cow."

Grant Wood
(02/13/1891 – 02/12/1942)
US artist (died near his birthday)
Louis Wilson Joseph "No applause—just throw money."

Joe Frisco
(11/04/1889 – 02/12/1958)
US actor
Salvatore Mineo, Jr. "No one ever said movies are for developing your range. Hardly anyone gets that opportunity. Which is why I think the stage is so good. It's less bread, but you can play different types, and you can initiate your own projects."

Sal Mineo
(01/10/1939 – 02/12/1976)
US actor
Jean Renoir "My dream is of a craftsman's cinema in which the author can express himself as directly as the painter in his paintings or the writer in his books."

Jean Renoir
(09/15/1894 – 02/12/1979)
French filmmaker (son of Pierre Auguste)
Muriel Rukeyser "Our poems will have failed if our readers are not brought by them beyond the poems."

Muriel Rukeyser
(12/15/1913 – 02/12/1980)
US writer
Christina Ricci "I certainly hope I'm not still answering child-star questions by the time I reach menopause."

Christina Ricci
(02/12/1980 – )
US actor
James Hubert Blake "Be grateful for luck. Pay the thunder no mind—listen to the birds. And don't hate nobody."

Eubie Blake
(02/07/1887 – 02/12/1983)
US songwriter (died near his birthday)
"I have reiterated over again what I have said before." *

Robert F. Wagner, Jr.
(04/20/1910 – 02/12/1991)
US mayor (NYC)
Tom Landry "Football is an incredible game. Sometimes it's so incredible, it's unbelievable."

Tom Landry
(09/11/1924 – 02/12/2000)
US football coach
Charles Monroe Schulz "All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn't hurt."

Charles M. Schulz
(11/26/1922 – 02/12/2000)
US comic artist (Peanuts)
Jalacy Hawkins "I wish they'd ban everything I do. That record sold a half-million more once they did that."

Screamin' Jay Hawkins
(07/18/1929 – 02/12/2000)
US singer , on "I Put a Spell On You" sales
Isaac Sidney Caesar "Comedy has to be based on truth. You take the truth and you put a little curlicue at the end."

Sid Caesar
(09/08/1922 – 02/12/2014)
US comic, actor
Morton David Alpern "A study of economics usually reveals that the best time to buy anything is last year."

Marty Allen
(03/23/1922 – 02/12/2018)
US comic