John Evelyn "Explore everything; keep the best."

John Evelyn
(10/31/1620 – 02/27/1706)
English writer
John Arbuthnot "All political parties die at last swallowing their own lies."

John Arbuthnot
(04/29/1667 – 02/27/1735)
Scottish physician, scientist, mathematician
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow "It takes less time to do a thing right than it does to explain why you did it wrong."

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
(02/27/1807 – 03/24/1882)
US writer
Alice Ellen Terry "No amount of skill on the part of the actress can make up for the loss of youth."

Dame Ellen Terry
(02/27/1847 – 07/21/1928)
English actor
Hugo Lafayette Black "The layman's constitutional view is that what he likes is constitutional and that which he doesn't like is unconstitutional."

Hugo L. Black
(02/27/1886 – 09/25/1971)
US Supreme Court justice
"I hitched my wagon to an electron rather than the proverbial star."

David Sarnoff
(02/27/1891 – 12/12/1971)
Russian-US inventor , on investing in radio in the 1920s
Marian Anderson "As long as you keep a person down, some part of you has to be down there to hold him down, so it means you cannot soar as you otherwise might."

Marian Anderson
(02/27/1897 – 04/08/1993)
US singer
John Steinbeck "Writers are a little below clowns and a little above trained seals."

John Steinbeck
(02/27/1902 – 12/20/1968)
US writer
"America is so vast that almost everything said about it is likely to be true, and the opposite is probably equally true."

James T. Farrell
(02/27/1904 – 08/22/1979)
US writer
Stanislaus Pascal Franchot Tone "Writers are a little below clowns and a little above trained seals."

Franchot Tone
(02/27/1905 – 09/18/1968)
US actor (was married to Joan Crawford)
"I love being a writer. What I can't stand is the paperwork."

Peter de Vries
(02/27/1910 – 09/28/1993)
US writer
Joan Bennett "I don't think much of most of the films I made, but being a movie star was something I liked very much."

Joan Bennett
(02/27/1910 – 12/07/1990)
US actor (sister of Constance Bennett)
Lawrence Durrell "All culture corrupts, but French culture corrupts absolutely."

Lawrence Durrell
(02/27/1912 – 11/07/1990)
India-born English writer
Irwin Gilbert Shamforoff "If the players were armed with guns, there wouldn't be stadiums large enough to hold the crowds."

Irwin Shaw
(02/27/1913 – 05/16/1984)
US writer , on US football
"All hat and no cattle."

John Connally, Jr.
(02/27/1917 – 06/15/1993)
US Secretary of Treasury , on George Bush, Sr.
Joanne Woodward "Sexiness wears thin after a while and beauty fades, but to be married to a man who makes you laugh every day, ah, now that's a real treat."

Joanne Woodward
(02/27/1930 – )
US actor (was married to Paul Newman)
Elizabeth Taylor "The problem with people who have no vices is that generally you can be pretty sure they're going to have some pretty annoying virtues."

Elizabeth Taylor
(02/27/1932 – 03/23/2011)
English-US actor (was married to Richard Burton, Eddie Fisher, Michael Todd, Michael Wilding)
Ralph Nader "Obviously, the answer to oil spills is to paper-train the tankers."

Ralph Nader
(02/27/1934 – )
US activist
Ivan Pavlov "While you are experimenting, do not remain content with the surface of things. Don't become a mere recorder of facts, but try to penetrate the mystery of their origin."

Ivan Pavlov
(09/26/1849 – 02/27/1936)
Russian scientist
Harry Cohn "If you must get in trouble, do it at the Chateau Marmont."

Harry Cohn
(07/23/1891 – 02/27/1958)
US film producer
Wendy Liebman "After college I wanted to go to Europe, but I couldn't afford it, so I went backpacking through Epcot."

Wendy Liebman
(02/27/1961 – )
US comic
Edward Dahlberg "I would rather take hellebore than spend a conversation with a good, little man."

Edward Dahlberg
(07/22/1900 – 02/27/1977)
US writer
Konrad Lorenz "Barking dogs may occasionally bite, but laughing men hardly ever shoot."

Konrad Lorenz
(11/07/1903 – 02/27/1989)
Austrian zoologist
Samuel Ichiye Hayakawa "In a real sense, people who have read good literature have lived more than people who cannot or will not read. It is not true that we have only one life to live; if we can read, we can live as many more lives and as many kinds of lives as we wish."

Sam I. Hayakawa
(07/18/1906 – 02/27/1992)
Canadian-US semanticist, senator (CA)
Lillian Gish "You know, when I first went into the movies, Lionel Barrymore played my grandfather. Later he played my father and finally he played my husband. If he had lived, I'm sure I would have played his mother. That's the way it is in Hollywood. The men get younger and the women get older."

Lillian Gish
(10/14/1893 – 02/27/1993)
US actor (sister of Dorothy)
Terence Alan Milligan "Some people are always late, like the late King George V."

Spike Milligan
(04/16/1918 – 02/27/2002)
India-born comic
Barbara Seaman "According to the Western model, pregnancy is a disease, menopause is a disease, and even getting pregnant is a disease. Dangerous drugs and devices are given to women, but not to men, just for birth control. I've reached the conclusion that, to many doctors, being a woman is a disease."

Barbara Seaman
(09/11/1935 – 02/27/2008)
US writer
William Frank Buckley "He is a man of his most recent word."

William F. Buckley
(11/24/1925 – 02/27/2008)
US writer , on Lyndon Johnson
Leonard Nimoy Spock: "Our association has been most unusual and fascinating. I have... enjoyed it. Live long and prosper, Leonard."
Nimoy: "I think I've already done the former, Spock. And—in no small part thanks to you—I've certainly done the latter."

Leonard Nimoy
(03/26/1931 – 02/27/2015)
US actor