Robert Southwell "When Fortune smiles, I smile to think how quickly she will frown."

Robert Southwell
(??/??/1561 – 02/21/1595)
English writer ("Mary Magdalen's Funeral Tears")
Benedict Baruch de Spinoza "Fame has also this great drawback, that if we pursue it we must direct our lives in such a way as to please the fancy of men, avoiding what they dislike and seeking what is pleasing to them."

Benedict Spinoza
(11/24/1632 – 02/21/1677)
Dutch philosopher ("Ethics, Demonstrated in Geometrical Order")
John Henry Newman "Ability is sexless."

Cardinal John Newman
(02/21/1801 – 08/11/1890)
English cardinal ("Apologia Pro Vita Sua")
"A highbrow is a person educated beyond his intelligence."

Brander Matthews
(02/21/1852 – 03/31/1929)
US writer ("Vignettes of Manhattan")
Jeanne Calment "A very short one."

Jeanne Calment
(02/21/1875 – 08/04/1997)
French supercentenarian, longest recorded human lifespan , on the sort of future a 120-yr-old expects
Alexandre-Pierre Georges Guitry "The little I know I owe to my ignorance."

Sacha Guitry
(02/21/1885 – 07/24/1957)
French writer ("The New Testament")
Andrés Segovia Torres "Sometimes it is impossible to deal with her, but most of the time she is very sweet, and if you caress her properly she will sing beautifully."

Andres Segovia
(02/21/1893 – 06/02/1987)
Spanish guitarist ("Asturias") , on the guitar
Angela Anaïs Juana Antolina Rosa Edelmira Nin y Culmell "What I cannot love, I overlook. Is that real friendship?"

Anaïs Nin
(02/21/1903 – 01/14/1977)
French-born US diarist ("Cities of the Interior")
(relationship with Henry Miller)
Wystan Hugh Auden "If there are any of you at the back who do not hear me, please don't raise your hands because I am also nearsighted."

W. H. Auden
(02/21/1907 – 09/29/1973)
English-US writer ("The Age of Anxiety: A Baroque Eclogue")
"As you grow older, you'll find the only things you regret are the things you didn't do."

Zachary Scott
(02/21/1914 – 10/03/1965)
US actor ("Flamingo Road")
Clara Lou Sheridan "They nicknamed me the Oomph Girl, and I loathe that nickname! Just being known by a nickname indicates that you're not thought of as a true actress... It's just crap! If you call an actress by her looks or a reaction, then that's all she'll ever be thought of as."

Ann Sheridan
(02/21/1915 – 01/21/1967)
US actor ("The Man Who Came to Dinner")
Mary Edwards Walker "Let the generations know that women in uniform also guaranteed their freedom."

Dr. Mary Edwards Walker
(11/26/1832 – 02/21/1919)
US physician, surgeon, medal of honor recipient ("Unmasked, or the Science of Immorality, To Gentlemen by a Woman Physician and Surgeon")
David Samuel Peckinpah "I want to be able to make Westerns like Kurosawa makes Westerns."

Sam Peckinpah
(02/21/1925 – 12/28/1984)
US director ("The Wild Bunch")
Erma Fiste "I do not participate in any sport with ambulances at the bottom of a hill."

Erma Bombeck
(02/21/1927 – 04/22/1996)
US writer, humorist ("The Grass Is Always Greener Over the Septic Tank")
Eunice Kathleen Waymon "How do you explain what it feels like to get on the stage and make poetry that you know sinks into the hearts and souls of people who are unable to express it?"

Nina Simone
(02/21/1933 – 04/21/2003)
US singer ("Mississippi Goddam")
Barbara Jordan "Do not call for black power or green power. Call for brain power."

Barbara Jordan
(02/21/1936 – 01/17/1996)
US Senator, Representative (TX)
Jilly Sallitt "The male is a domestic animal which, if treated with firmness and kindness, can be trained to do most things."

Jilly Cooper
(02/21/1937 – )
English writer ("The Rutshire Chronicles")
John Robert Lewis "Who gets the bird, the hunter or the dog?"

John R. Lewis
(02/21/1940 – 07/17/2020)
US civil rights leader, Representative (GA) ("March")
David Geffen "Anybody who thinks money will make you happy hasn't got money."

David Geffen
(02/21/1943 – )
US entertainment business magnate (relationship with Cher)
Ellen Tyne Daly "A critic is someone who never actually goes to the battle, yet who afterwards comes out shooting the wounded."

Tyne Daly
(02/21/1946 – )
US actor ("Cagney & Lacey")
Alan Rickman "I do take my work seriously and the way to do that is not to take yourself too seriously."

Alan Rickman
(02/21/1946 – 01/14/2016)
English actor ("Die Hard")
David Foster Wallace "The truth will set you free. But not until it is finished with you."

David Foster Wallace
(02/21/1962 – 09/12/2008)
US writer ("Infinite Jest")
Charles Michael Palahniuk "When did the future switch from being a promise to being a threat?"

Chuck Palahniuk
(02/21/1962 – )
US writer ("Fight Club")
Malcolm Little "Early in life I had learned that if you want something, you had better make some noise."

Malcolm X
(05/19/1925 – 02/21/1965)
US spiritual leader ("The Autobiography of Malcolm X")
Jennifer Love Hewitt "I just accepted them as a great accessory to every outfit."

Jennifer Love Hewitt
(02/21/1979 – )
US actor ("I Know What You Did Last Summer") , on her breasts
Ellen Philpotts-Page "Judging people you don't know for things you don't understand is just really stupid."

Elliot Page
(02/21/1987 – )
Canadian actor ("There's Something in the Water")
Margaret Evelyn (Hookham) de Arias "Life forms illogical patterns. It is haphazard and full of beauties which I try to catch as they fly by, for who knows whether any of them will ever return?"

Dame Margot Fonteyn
(05/18/1919 – 02/21/1991)
English dancer ("Swan Lake")
"I've got black friends. I employ black people. I don't employ them because they are black; I employ them because they are the best people who applied for the cotton-picking job."

Evan Mecham
(05/12/1924 – 02/21/2008)
US racist Governor (AZ)
Billy Graham "I've read the last page of the Bible. It's all going to turn out all right."

Billy Graham
(11/07/1918 – 02/21/2018)
US evangelist
Peter Halsten Thorkelson "Pop music is aspirin and the blues are vitamins."

Peter Tork
(02/13/1942 – 02/21/2019)
US musician (Monkees)
Stanley Donen "When Fred Astaire danced, everything in this world was perfect."

Stanley Donen
(04/13/1924 – 02/21/2019)
US director, choreographer ("Charade")