Michel de Montaigne "Man is certainly stark mad. He cannot make a worm, and yet he is willing to make gods by dozens."

Michel de Montaigne
(02/28/1533 – 09/13/1592)
French writer ("Essays")
"Joy is a subtle elf; I think one's happiest when he forgets himself."

Cyril Tourneur
(??/??/1575 – 02/28/1626)
English writer ("The Atheist's Tragedy, or the Honest Man's Revenge")
Moyses Baruch Auerbach "Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life."

Berthold Auerbach
(02/28/1812 – 02/08/1882)
German writer ("Auf der Höhe")
John Tenniel "A wasp in a wig is altogether beyond the appliances of art."

Sir John Tenniel
(02/28/1820 – 02/25/1914)
English illustrator ("Alice's Adventures in Wonderland")
(died near his birthday)
Ernest Renan "The simplest schoolboy is now familiar with facts for which Archimedes would have sacrificed his life."

Ernest Renan
(02/28/1823 – 10/02/1892)
French philosopher, historian ("What Is a Nation?")
(same dates as Peter Medawar)
Alphonse de Lamartine "Sometimes, when one person is missing, the whole world seems depopulated."

Alphonse de Lamartine
(10/21/1790 – 02/28/1869)
French writer ("Graziella")
"The best way I know of to win an argument is to start by being in the right."

Douglas McGarel Hogg, Lord Hailsham
(02/28/1872 – 08/16/1950)
English politician
"There are four departments. There's the executive, and the legislative, and the judicial, and—the Bill of Rights."

Kenneth Wherry
(02/28/1892 – 11/29/1951)
US Senator (NE)
Ben Hecht "Trying to determine what is going on in the world by reading newspapers is like trying to tell the time by watching the second hand of a clock."

Ben Hecht
(02/28/1893 – 04/18/1964)
US writer ("The Front Page")
Linus Pauling "The best way to have a good idea is to have a lot of ideas."

Linus Pauling
(02/28/1901 – 08/19/1994)
US chemist ("Linus Pauling On Peace: A Scientist Speaks Out on Humanism and World Survival")
"People sometimes divide others into those you laugh at and those you laugh with. The young Auden was someone you could laugh-at-with."

Sir Stephen Spender
(02/28/1909 – 07/16/1995)
English writer ("The Temple")
Virginia Hamilton Adair "It's hard for me to say what I think about it because it's kind of embarrassing. I think the stuff is very good—technically very good... But I think it's the fact that I'm 83 and living here in one room and that I'm blind and I'm also kind of gamy. I think they gambled on this book, and I think part of it is this old nut, a character."

Virginia Hamilton Adair
(02/28/1913 – 09/16/2004)
US writer ("Ants on the Melon") , on being published for the first time at 83
Samuel Joel Mostel "He has the best possible actors. If you have a disagreement with them, you can always use them to wash your car."

Zero Mostel
(02/28/1915 – 09/08/1977)
US actor ("A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum") , on Jim Henson's muppets
Peter Brian Medawar "If a scientist were to cut his ear off, no one would take it as evidence of a heightened sensibility."

Sir Peter Medawar
(02/28/1915 – 10/02/1987)
Brazil-born British zoologist ("Memoirs of a Thinking Radish: An Autobiography") , on van Gogh
(same dates as Ernest Renan)
Henry James "She felt in italics and thought in capitals."

Henry James
(04/15/1843 – 02/28/1916)
US writer ("The Portrait of a Lady")
(brother of William James)
"Real folk music long ago went to Nashville and left no known survivors."

Donal Henahan
(02/28/1921 – 08/19/2012)
US critic
"As a result of half a century of Soviet rule people have been weaned from a belief in human kindness."

Svetlana Alliluyeva
(02/28/1926 – 11/22/2011)
Russian political family ("Faraway Music")
(daughter of Joseph Stalin)

"He used to be fairly indecisive, but now he's not so certain."

Peter Alliss
(02/28/1931 – 12/05/2020)
English golfer
Thomas James Tune "My idea of gambling was walking through Central Park, whistling show tunes."

Tommy Tune
(02/28/1939 – )
US dancer ("The Boy Friend")
Mario Andretti "If everything seems under control, you're just not going fast enough."

Mario Andretti
(02/28/1940 – )
Italian race driver
"Tomatoes and oregano make it Italian; wine and tarragon make it French. Sour cream makes it Russian; lemon and cinnamon make it Greek. Soy sauce makes it Chinese; garlic makes it good."

Alice Brock
(02/28/1941 – )
US restauranteur
Lewis Brian Hopkins Jones "My ultimate aim in life was never to be a pop star."

Brian Jones
(02/28/1942 – 07/03/1969)
English musician (Rolling Stones) ("The Last Time")
(relationship with Anita Pallenberg)
Bernadette Lazzara "When I grew up in the '60s, your hair had to be straight and you had to be skinny and have no boobs, and it was like not my era."

Bernadette Peters
(02/28/1948 – )
US actor ("The Jerk")
Gilbert Gottfried "I wanted to be a brain surgeon, but I had a bad habit of dropping things."

Gilbert Gottfried
(02/28/1955 – )
US comic actor (SNL) ("Moby Dick")
John Turturro "When I see these guys write all this macho stuff I want to smash their heads."

John Turturro
(02/28/1957 – )
US actor ("Miller's Crossing")
Maxwell Anderson "Truth's like a fire, and will burn through and be seen."

Maxwell Anderson
(12/15/1888 – 02/28/1959)
US playwright ("Joan of Lorraine")
Rae Dawn Chong "Unattractive people are more obsessed with looks."

Rae Dawn Chong
(02/28/1961 – )
US actor ("Quest for Fire")
(daughter of Tommy Chong)
"Of necessity, we made the discovery that it is easier to turn poets into business journalists than to turn bookkeepers into writers."

Henry R. Luce
(04/03/1898 – 02/28/1967)
US publisher ("Time" magazine) , on his magazine
(was married to Clare Boothe Luce)
Alison Elizabeth Larter "I hate pretty-looking boys. I'd rather have a guy with a potbelly than one who's in the gym all the time and watches what he eats."

Ali Larter
(02/28/1976 – )
US actor, model ("Final Destination")
"Rockefeller made his money in oil, which he discovered at the bottom of wells. Oil was considered crude in those days, but so was Rockefeller. Now both are considered quite refined."

Richard Armour
(07/15/1906 – 02/28/1989)
US humorist ("It All Started with Eve")
Daniel J. Boorstin "A best seller was a book which somehow sold well simply because it was selling well."

Dr. Daniel J. Boorstin
(10/01/1914 – 02/28/2004)
US historian ("The Image: A Guide to Pseudo-Events in America")
Paul Harvey Aurandt "Golf is a game in which you yell 'fore,' shoot six, and write down five."

Paul Harvey
(09/04/1918 – 02/28/2009)
US radio journalist ("The Rest of the Story")
Andreas Ludwig Priwin "You can chase a Beethoven symphony all your life and never catch up."

André Previn
(04/06/1929 – 02/28/2019)
German-US musician ("America")
(was married to Mia Farrow)
"The laws of nature are constructed in such a way as to make the universe as interesting as possible."

Freeman Dyson
(12/15/1923 – 02/28/2020)
English physicist ("The Sun, the Genome, and the Internet")