"Do you not know, my son, with what little understanding the world is ruled?" *

Pope Julius III
(09/10/1487 – 03/23/1555)
Italian Pope
Marie-Henri Beyle "The shepherd always tries to persuade the sheep that their interests and his own are the same."

Stendhal
(01/23/1783 – 03/23/1842)
French writer ("The Red and the Black")
Erich Fromm "Education makes machines which act like men, and produces men who act like machines."

Erich Fromm
(03/23/1900 – 03/18/1980)
German psychoanalyst ("Escape from Freedom")
(died near his birthday)
Lucille Fay LeSueur "Take away the pop eyes, the cigarette, and those funny clipped words, and what have you got? She's phony, but I guess the public likes that."

Joan Crawford
(03/23/1904 – 05/10/1977)
US actor ("Mildred Pierce") , on Bette Davis
(was married to Franchot Tone, Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.)
Akira Kurosawa "Man is a genius when he is dreaming."

Akira Kurosawa
(03/23/1910 – 09/06/1998)
Japanese director ("Rashomon")
Wernher von Braun "Basic research is what I am doing when I don't know what I'm doing."

Wernher von Braun
(03/23/1912 – 06/16/1977)
German rocket scientist ("The Mars Project")
Morton David Alpern "If a man works like a horse for his money, there are a lot of girls anxious to take him down the bridal path."

Marty Allen
(03/23/1922 – 02/12/2018)
US comic ("The Last of the Secret Agents?")
"I will perish this forever."

Johnny Logan
(03/23/1926 – 08/09/2013)
US baseball (Braves) shortstop , on receiving an award
Roger Bannister "Doctors and scientists said that breaking the four-minute mile was impossible, that one would die in the attempt. Thus, when I got up from the track after collapsing at the finish line, I figured I was dead."

Sir Roger Bannister
(03/23/1929 – 03/03/2018)
English runner
Christina Ama Aidoo "It's a sad moment, really, when parents first become a bit frightened of their children."

Ama Ata Aidoo
(03/23/1942 – )
Ghanaian writer ("Our Sister Killjoy: or Reflections from a Black-eyed Squint")
Richard Otcasek "People are strange. We're all morticians. Hey, what's on TV?"

Ric Ocasek
(03/23/1944 – 09/15/2019)
US singer, songwriter (Cars) ("Shake It Up")
(was married to Paulina Porizkova)
Raoul Dufy "My eyes were made to erase all that is ugly."

Raoul Dufy
(06/03/1877 – 03/23/1953)
French artist ("Le Cavalier arabe (Le Cavalier blanc)")
Franklin Pierce Adams Alexander Woollcott (signing a first edition of his book): "Ah, what is so rare as a Woollcott first edition?"
Franklin P. Adams: "A Woollcott second edition."
(11/15/1881 – 03/23/1960)
US writer ("Baseball's Sad Lexicon")
László Löwenstein "All that anyone needs to imitate me is two soft-boiled eggs and a bedroom voice."

Peter Lorre
(06/26/1904 – 03/23/1964)
Austrian-Hungarian actor ("M")
Jason Kidd "We're going to turn this team around 360 degrees."

Jason Kidd
(03/23/1973 – )
US basketball player , on joining the Dallas Mavericks
John Haley Sims "Are you crazy? Don't you know there are people sleeping in Europe?"

Zoot Sims
(10/29/1925 – 03/23/1985)
US saxophonist , on a suggestion that he pour out half a Dexedrine before taking it
"What do you give a man who has everything? Penicillin." *

Jerry Lester
(02/16/1910 – 03/23/1995)
US actor
"We must continuously discipline ourselves to remember how it felt the first moment."

Sarah Caldwell
(03/06/1924 – 03/23/2006)
US opera conductor
Elizabeth Taylor "I've been through it all, baby. I'm Mother Courage."

Elizabeth Taylor
(02/27/1932 – 03/23/2011)
English-US actor ("Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?")
(was married to Richard Burton, Eddie Fisher, Michael Todd, Michael Wilding)
"Six of one, half dozen of another. Oh, well, half of one, six dozen of the other."

Joe Garagiola
(02/12/1926 – 03/23/2016)
US baseball player