Nicolaus Copernicus "Let no one expect anything of certainty from astronomy, lest if anyone take as true that which has been constructed for another use, he go away...bigger fool than when he came to it."

Nicolaus Copernicus
(02/19/1473 – 05/24/1543)
Polish astronomer ("De revolutionibus orbium coelestium")
David Garrick "Let others hail the rising sun:
I bow to that whose course is run."

David Garrick
(02/19/1717 – 01/20/1779)
English actor, writer ("Miss in Her Teens; or The Medley of Lovers")
Ernst Mach "Strange as it may seem, the power of mathematics rests on its evasion of all unnecessary thought, and on its wonderful saving of mental operations."

Ernst Mach
(02/18/1838 – 02/19/1916)
German scientist
(died near his birthday)
Lula Carson Smith "There's nothing that makes you so aware of the improvisation of human existence as a song unfinished. Or an old address book."

Carson McCullers
(02/19/1917 – 09/29/1967)
US writer ("The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter")
Lamont Waltman Marvin, Jr. "Ah, stardom! They put your name on a star in the sidewalk on Hollywood Boulevard and you walk down and find a pile of dog manure on it. That tells the whole story, baby."

Lee Marvin
(02/19/1924 – 08/29/1987)
US actor ("Cat Ballou")
"I remember him. Short guy, moustache, played third base for Pittsburgh."

Jackie Moore
(02/19/1939 – )
US baseball player , on John Kenneth Galbraith
"Art is a collaboration between God and the artist, and the less the artist does the better."

Andre Gide
(11/22/1869 – 02/19/1951)
French writer ("Strait is the Gate (La Porte Étroite)")
Amy Tan "People think it's a terrible tragedy when somebody has Alzheimer's. But in my mother's case, it's different. My mother has been unhappy all her life... For the first time in her life, she's happy."

Amy Tan
(02/19/1952 – )
US writer ("The Joy Luck Club")
Knut Hamsun "Language must resound with all the harmonies of music. The writer must always, at all times, find the tremulous word which captures the thing and is able to draw a sob from my soul by its very rightness. A word can be transformed into a colour, light, a smell. It is the writer's task to use it in such a way that it serves, never fails, can never be ignored. The writer must be able to revel and roll in the abundance of words. He must know not only the direct but also the secret power of a word. There are overtones and undertones to a word, and lateral echoes, too."

Knut Hamsun
(08/04/1859 – 02/19/1952)
Norwegian writer ("Pan")
Justine Bateman "Net Neutrality is what makes the Internet so great—and so vital for innovation and creativity."

Justine Bateman
(01/14/1966 – )
US actor
(sister of Jason Bateman)
Benicio Monserrate Rafael Del Toro Sanchez "I'm not Jack Nicholson. I'm not Brando. But I do mumble."

Benicio del Toro
(02/19/1967 – )
Puerto Rican actor
(not related to Guillermo del Toro)
Michael Powell "The great innovators have always been fearless... I have fallen off haystacks, out of trees, over cliffs. I have been nearly drowned, shot and hanged. I have been in countless car crashes without getting a scratch. I have been alone in an office with Louis B. Mayer."

Michael Powell
(09/30/1905 – 02/19/1990)
English director ("The Red Shoes")
"I wouldn't wish the eighties on anyone, it was the time when all that was rotten bubbled to the surface. If you were not at the receiving end of this mayhem you could be unaware of it."

Derek Jarman
(01/31/1942 – 02/19/1994)
English filmmaker ("Jubilee")
"Humor is, I think, the subtlest and chanciest of literary forms. It is surely not accidental that there are a thousand novelists, essayists, poets or journalists for each humorist. It is a long, long time between James Thurbers."

Leo Rosten
(04/11/1908 – 02/19/1997)
Polish-US humorist ("The Joys of Yiddish")
Deng Xiaoping "The U.S. brags about its political system, but the president says one thing during the election, something else when he takes office, something else during mid-term, and something else when he leaves."

Deng Xiaoping
(08/22/1904 – 02/19/1997)
Chinese communist leader
Nelle Harper Lee "Real courage is when you know you're licked before you begin, but you begin anyway and see it through no matter what."

Harper Lee
(04/28/1926 – 02/19/2016)
US writer ("To Kill a Mockingbird")
"Nothing gives a fearful man more courage than another's fear."

Umberto Eco
(01/05/1932 – 02/19/2016)
Italian writer ("Foucault's Pendulum")
Lorenz Albert Van DeLinder III "Over the years I hope I've become more of a musician and less of a guitarist."

Larry Coryell
(04/02/1943 – 02/19/2017)
US guitarist ("Coryell")