"The want of a thing is perplexing enough, but the possession of it is intolerable."

John Vanbrugh
(01/24/1664 – 03/26/1726)
English architect, writer ("The Relapse")
Ludwig van Beethoven "I like your opera. I think I will set it to music."

Ludwig van Beethoven
(12/16/1770 – 03/26/1827)
German composer (List of compositions) , to a fellow composer
(same dates as Noel Coward)
"If we knew each other's secrets, what comforts we should find."

J. Churton Collins
(03/26/1848 – 09/25/1908)
English literary critic ("The Study of English Literature")
Alfred Edward Housman "My inclination to go by Air Express is confirmed by the crash they had yesterday, which will make them more careful in the immediate future."

A. E. Housman
(03/26/1859 – 04/30/1936)
English scholar ("A Shropshire Lad")
Robert Frost "Home is the place where, when you have to go there, they have to take you in."

Robert Frost
(03/26/1874 – 01/29/1963)
US poet ("North of Boston")
Walt Whitman "Do I contradict myself?
Very well, then I contradict myself,
I am large, I contain multitudes."

Walt Whitman
(05/31/1819 – 03/26/1892)
US poet ("I Sing the Body Electric")
Cecil Rhodes "How can I possibly dislike a sex to which Your Majesty belongs?"

Cecil Rhodes
(07/05/1853 – 03/26/1902)
English statesman , on Queen Victoria's suggestion that he disliked women
"Computers are like Old Testament gods; lots of rules and no mercy."

Joseph Campbell
(03/26/1904 – 10/30/1987)
US writer ("The Hero with a Thousand Faces")
"What is to give light must endure burning."

Viktor Frankl
(03/26/1905 – 09/02/1997)
Austrian psychiatrist ("Man's Search for Meaning")
Thomas Lanier Williams III "I always said little Truman had a voice so high it could only be detected by a bat."

Tennessee Williams
(03/26/1911 – 02/25/1983)
US writer ("The Glass Menagerie")
Paul Erdos "Why are numbers beautiful? It's like asking why is Beethoven's Ninth Symphony beautiful. If you don't see why, someone can't tell you. I know numbers are beautiful. If they aren't beautiful, nothing is."

Paul Erdos
(03/26/1913 – 9/20/1996)
Hungarian mathematician (Erdos Number)
William Westmoreland "The military don't start wars. Politicians start wars."

General William Westmoreland
(03/26/1914 – 07/18/2005)
US military
Henriette-Rosine Bernard "Life begets life. Energy creates energy. It is by spending oneself that one becomes rich."

Sarah Bernhardt
(10/22/1844 – 03/26/1923)
French actor ("Les Amours de la Reine Élisabeth (The Loves of Queen Elizabeth)")
Pierre Boulez "The function of pop music is to be consumed."

Pierre Boulez
(03/26/1925 – 01/05/2016)
French composer, conductor, writer ("Dérive")
Sandra Day "Slaying the dragon of delay is no sport for the short-winded."

Sandra Day O'Connor
(03/26/1930 – )
US Supreme Court Justice
Nunzio Corso "They, that unnamed 'they,' they've knocked me down but I got up. I always get up—and I swear when I went down quite often I took the fall; nothing moves a mountain but itself. They, I've long ago named them me."

Gregory Corso
(03/26/1930 – 01/17/2001)
US writer ("Marriage")
Leonard Nimoy "I've never really verbalized this before, and that's the honest truth, but I've always seen Spock as a spiritual figure. He's a searcher for values, for ethics, for insight."

Leonard Nimoy
(03/26/1931 – 02/27/2015)
US actor ("Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home") (also see William Shatner)
Erica Mann "You see a lot of smart guys with dumb women, but you hardly ever see a smart woman with a dumb guy."

Erica Jong
(03/26/1942 – )
US writer ("Fear of Flying")
"He laughs best who laughs last,
the wiseacres vow;
but I am impatient,
I want to laugh now."

Carolyn Wells
(06/18/1862 – 03/26/1942)
US writer ("At the Sign of the Sphinx")
Diana Ross "Hair has always been important."

Diana Ross
(03/26/1944 – )
US singer ("Love Child")
David Lloyd-George "A fully-equipped duke costs as much to keep up as two Dreadnoughts; and dukes are just as great a terror and they last longer."

David Lloyd-George
(01/17/1863 – 03/26/1945)
British PM (36)
Steven Victor Tallarico "I would think nothing of tipping over a table with a whole long spread on it just because there was turkey roll on the table and I had explicitly said, 'No turkey roll.'"

Steven Tyler
(03/26/1948 – )
US singer (Aerosmith) ("Pump")
(was married to Cyrinda Foxe, partner with Bebe Buell, father with her of Liv Tyler)
Martin Short "Sometimes between takes, I'll spin to disorient myself."

Martin Short
(03/26/1950 – )
Canadian comic, actor (SNL) ("Primetime Glick")
Raymond Chandler "It was a blonde, a blonde to make a bishop kick a hole in a stained glass window."

Raymond Chandler
(07/23/1888 – 03/26/1959)
US writer ("The Long Goodbye")
James Iha "One day I wish that all the people of the world, all the males, females, blacks, whites, purples, whatever, and all of the adults and children would all come together and get it on."

James Iha
(03/26/1968 – )
US guitarist, singer (Smashing Pumpkins, Perfect Circle)
Noel Coward "I love criticism just so long as it's unqualified praise."

Noel Coward
(12/16/1899 – 03/26/1973)
English writer ("Blithe Spirit")
(same dates as Beethoven)
Lin Yutang "If you can spend a perfectly useless afternoon in a perfectly useless manner, you have learned how to live."

Lin Yutang
(10/10/1895 – 03/26/1976)
Chinese writer ("A Leaf in the Storm, a Novel of War-Swept China")
Jean Stafford "A small silence came between us, as precise as a picture hanging on the wall."

Jean Stafford
(07/01/1915 – 03/26/1979)
US writer ("The Mountain Lion")
(was married to Robert Lowell, A. J. Liebling)
"Through the mythology of Einstein, the world blissfully regained the image of knowledge reduced to a formula."

Roland Barthes
(11/12/1915 – 03/26/1980)
French critic ("Writing Degree Zero")
Keira Knightley "When in doubt, faint."

Keira Knightley
(03/26/1985 – )
English actor ("Anna Karenina")
"An erection at will is the moral equivalent of a valid credit card."

Dr. Alex Comfort
(02/10/1920 – 03/26/2000)
US pop psychologist, writer ("The Joy of Sex")
Daniel Patrick Moynihan "Citizen participation is a device whereby public officials induce nonpublic individuals to act in a way the officials desire."

Daniel Patrick Moynihan
(03/16/1927 – 03/26/2003)
US Senator (NY) ("The Negro Family: The Case For National Action")
Jane Sterling Adriance "I adored Hollywood because I'd always wanted to be a movie star. Maybe in some funny Freudian way, it was my way of getting more attention than my baby sister, who was pretty with curly hair. We all have drives we don't completely understand."

Jan Sterling
(04/03/1921 – 03/26/2004)
US actor ("Ace in the Hole")
Leonard James Callaghan "A lie can be halfway round the world before the truth has got its boots on."

James Callaghan
(03/27/1912 – 03/26/2005)
British PM (47)
(died near his birthday)
Geraldine Ferraro "You don't have to have fought in a war to love peace."

Geraldine Ferraro
(08/26/1935 – 03/26/2011)
US Rep (NY); 1984 Vice Presidential Candidate
"Until we establish a felt sense of kinship between our own species and those fellow mortals who share with us the sun and shadow of life on this agonized planet, there is no hope for other species, there is no hope for the environment, and there is no hope for ourselves."

Jon Wynne-Tyson
(07/06/1924 – 03/26/2020)
English writer ("The Extended Circle: A Dictionary of Humane Thought")