Marcus Aurelius Antoninus "Loss is nothing else but change, and change is Nature's delight."

Marcus Aurelius Antoninus
(04/26/0121 – 03/17/0180)
Roman philosopher, emperor ("Meditations")
"At the beginning of the empire, the tax rates were low and the revenues were high. At the end of the empire, the tax rates were high and the revenues were low."

Ibn Khaldun
(05/27/1332 – 03/17/1406)
Tunisian historian ("Muqaddimah")
Francois de la Rochefoucauld "If it were not for the company of fools, a witty man would often be greatly at a loss."

Duc Francois de la Rochefoucald
(09/15/1613 – 03/17/1680)
French writer ("Maxims")
Marie-Jeanne Phlipon "People who know how to employ themselves always find leisure moments, while those who do nothing are forever in a hurry."

Jeanne-Marie Roland
(03/17/1754 – 11/08/1793)
French Revolutionary ("Appel à l'Impartiale Postérité (Appeal to the Impartial Posterity)")
Jean Ingelow "I have lived to thank God that all my prayers have not been answered."

Jean Ingelow
(03/17/1820 – 07/20/1897)
US writer ("The Prince's Dream")
"There is nothing at all singular or special in the astronomical situation of the earth. It takes its place third in a series of planets, which series is only one of numberless other systems forming one group. It is strikingly—if I may use such an expression—a member of a democracy."

Robert Chambers
(07/10/1802 – 03/17/1871)
Scottish writer ("Vestiges of the Natural History of Creation")
"I am just going outside, and may be some time."

Lawrence Oates
(03/17/1880 – 03/17/1912)
English explorer , last words, leaving tent, Antarctic expedition 1912
(died on his birthday)
Bobby Tyre Jones "Competitive golf is played mainly on a five-and-a-half-inch course, the space between your ears."

Bobby Tyre Jones
(03/17/1902 – 12/18/1971)
US golfer
Bayard Rustin "When you're wrong, you're wrong. But when you're right, you're wrong anyhow."

Bayard Rustin
(03/17/1912 – 08/24/1987)
US civil rights leader ("I Must Resist: Bayard Rustin's Life in Letters")
"I am just going outside, and may be some time." *

Lawrence Oates
(03/17/1880 – 03/17/1912)
English explorer , last words, leaving tent, Antarctic expedition 1912
(died on his birthday)
"Chin up, Lipstick on." *

Mary McConnell Morris
(03/17/1913 – 04/19/2001)
My US friend Molly's grandmother , giving advice to her granddaughter
Nathaniel Adams Coles "Critics don't buy records. They get 'em free."

Nat "King" Cole
(03/17/1919 – 02/15/1965)
US singer ("Unforgettable")
"It is, we believe, the business of the artist to please his public, but it is also his privilege to educate his patrons."

Kenyon Cox
(10/27/1856 – 03/17/1919)
US artist ("Portrait of Louise Howland King Cox")
Rudolph Nureyev "My feet are dogs."

Rudolf Nureyev
(03/17/1938 – 01/06/1993)
Russian dancer, choreographer ("Sleeping Beauty/Gayne")
Paul Kantner "You couldn't have fed the '50s into a computer and come out with the '60s."

Paul Kantner
(03/17/1941 – 01/28/2016)
US musician (Jefferson Airplane, Jefferson Starship) (Volunteers)
(partner and bandmate of Grace Slick)
John Sebastian "I certainly hear the Trombones Unlimited version of 'Daydream' in a lot of elevators."

John Sebastian
(03/17/1944 – )
US singer, songwriter ("Summer in the City") , on success
Pattie Boyd "It was great fun to hang around the Beatles. They had amazingly fast minds, and they were incredibly amusing and funny and witty. They were great. There was a very high energy surrounding them."

Pattie Boyd
(03/17/1944 – )
English model ("Wonderful Today")
(was married to George Harrison, Eric Clapton)
Karen Elizabeth Gordon "Either I've been missing something or nothing has been going on."

Karen Elizabeth Gordon
(03/17/1947 – )
US writer, grammarian ("The Transitive Vampire: a Handbook of Grammar for the Innocent, the Eager, and the Doomed")
Kurt Russell "Well, for a nine year old kid to be able to earn $110 in one day compared to $10 for a paper round, the economics were even obvious to a ten year old."

Kurt Russell
(03/17/1951 – )
US actor ("Silkwood") , on being a child star (image from
(partner of Goldie Hawn)
Gary Sinise "Careers, like rockets, don't always take off on time. The trick is to always keep the engine running."

Gary Sinise
(03/17/1955 – )
US actor ("Forrest Gump")
John Florence Sullivan "What's on your mind, if you will allow the overstatement?"

Fred Allen
(05/31/1894 – 03/17/1956)
US comic ("The Fred Allen Show")
"The human narrative, as we write it in novels and poems and stories, is a tale of never getting over the shock of life."

Michael Kelly
(03/17/1957 – 04/03/2003)
US journalist
Robert Hepler Lowe "Never compare your insides to someone else's outsides."

Rob Lowe
(03/17/1964 – )
US actor ("Oxford Blues")
"Short on glamour and long on tragedy."

Quentin Reynolds
(04/11/1902 – 03/17/1965)
US writer ("The Wounded Don't Cry") , on WWII
(same dates as Oleg Cassini)
William Patrick Corgan "I'm sort of like a lame, single guy in a red sports car."

Billy Corgan
(03/17/1967 – )
US singer (Smashing Pumpkins, Zwan) ("1979")
Melissa Auf der Maur "He's not so huggable, but I love him."

Melissa Auf der Maur
(03/17/1972 – )
Canadian bassist (Smashing Pumpkins, Hole) , on Billy Corgan
Luchino Visconti "I like melodrama because it is situated just at the meeting point between life and theater."

Luchino Visconti
(11/02/1906 – 03/17/1976)
Italian director ("Ossessione")
Helen Hayes Brown "Only the poet can look beyond the detail and see the whole picture."

Helen Hayes
(10/10/1900 – 03/17/1993)
US actor ("The Sin of Madelon Claudet")
"The best of life is to embark on an adventure with a woman interested in having an adventure with you."

Oleg Cassini
(04/11/1913 – 03/17/2006)
French fashion designer
(was married to Gene Tierney; same dates as Quentin Reynolds)
John W. Backus "You need the willingness to fail all the time. You have to generate many ideas and then you have to work very hard only to discover that they donít work. And you keep doing that over and over until you find one that does work."

John W. Backus
(12/03/1924 – 03/17/2007)
US computing pioneer
William Alexander Chilton "I guess that my life has been a series of flukes in the record business. The first thing I ever did was the biggest record that I'll ever have."

Alex Chilton
(12/28/1950 – 03/17/2010)
US singer (Box Tops, Big Star) ("Thirteen") , on "The Letter"