Alfonso X the Wise "Those who knowingly allow the King to err deserve the same punishment as traitors."

Alfonso X the Wise
(11/23/1221 – 04/04/1284)
Spanish royalty
Oliver Goldsmith "He makes a very handsome corpse and becomes his coffin prodigiously."

Oliver Goldsmith
(11/10/1728 – 04/04/1774)
Irish writer
"A politician thinks of the next election—a statesman, of the next generation."

James Freeman Clarke
(04/04/1810 – 06/08/1888)
US theologian
Margaret Oliphant Wilson Oliphant "Oh, never mind the fashion. When one has a style of one's own, it is always twenty times better."

Margaret Oliphant Oliphant
(04/04/1828 – 06/25/1897)
Scottish writer
William Henry Harrison "A decent and manly examination of the acts of government should be not only tolerated, but encouraged."

William Henry Harrison
(02/09/1773 – 04/04/1841)
US President (9) for a month (grandfather of Benjamin Harrison)
Hans Richter "Up with your damned nonsense will I put twice, or perhaps once, but sometimes always, by God, never."

Hans Richter
(04/04/1843 – 12/05/1916)
Hungarian conductor
"Of all the sexual aberrations, perhaps the most peculiar is chastity."

Remy de Gourmont
(04/04/1858 – 09/27/1915)
French writer
Robert Emmet Sherwood "It is disappointing to report that George Bernard Shaw appearing as George Bernard Shaw is sadly miscast in the part. Satirists should be heard and not seen."

Robert E. Sherwood
(04/04/1896 – 11/14/1955)
US playwright
Marguerite Donnadieu "Before they're plumbers or writers or taxi drivers or unemployed or journalists, men are men. Whether heterosexual or homosexual. The only difference is that some of them remind you of it as soon as you meet them, and others wait for a little while."

Marguerite Duras
(04/04/1914 – 03/03/1996)
French writer
McKinley Morganfield "He took my music. But he gave me my name."

Muddy Waters
(04/04/1913 – 04/30/1983)
US blues singer, guitarist , on Mick Jagger
"I'm generally pessimistic about the dumbing down of America—especially with summer movies."

Elmer Bernstein
(04/04/1922 – 08/18/2004)
US composer (not related to Leonard Bernstein)
Marguerite Ann Johnson "Life loves to be taken by the lapel and told, 'I am with you kid. Let's go!'"

Maya Angelou
(04/04/1928 – 05/28/2014)
US writer
Anthony Perkins "I have learned more about love, selflessness and human understanding from the people I have met in this great adventure in the world of AIDS than I ever did in the cutthroat, competitive world in which I spent my life."

Anthony Perkins
(04/04/1932 – 09/12/1992)
US actor
"It is not enough to offer a smorgasbord of courses. We must insure that students are not just eating at one end of the table."

A. Bartlett Giamatti
(04/04/1938 – 09/01/1989)
US President of Yale, commissioner of Major League Baseball
"The golf links lie so near the mill
that almost every day
the laboring children can look out
and watch the men at play."

Sarah Norcliffe Cleghorn
(02/04/1876 – 04/04/1959)
US writer
Robert Downey, Jr. "I'm allergic to drugs and alcohol. They make me break out in handcuffs."

Robert Downey, Jr.
(04/04/1965 – )
US actor (relationship with Sarah Jessica Parker)
Martin Luther King, Jr. "I want to be the white man's brother, not his brother-in-law."

Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr.
(01/15/1929 – 04/04/1968)
US religious leader, civil rights activist (was married to Coretta Scott King)
Hodding Carter II "Television news is like a lightning flash. It makes a loud noise, lights up everything around it, leaves everything else in darkness and then is suddenly gone."

Hodding Carter II
(02/03/1907 – 04/04/1972)
US journalist
David Blaine White "This is the most dangerous thing I will probably ever do in my life, except for having a kid."

David Blaine
(04/04/1973 – )
US magician , on sitting in a glass box 44 days above the Thames
Zulfikar Ali Bhutto "Pakistan was once called the most allied ally of the United States. We are now the most nonallied."

Zulfikar Ali Bhutto
(01/05/1928 – 04/04/1979)
Pakistani statesman
Heathcliff Andrew Ledger "I never studied acting in Australia. I never had an empty stage and black pajamas to run around and express myself."

Heath Ledger
(04/04/1979 – 01/22/2008)
Australian actor (was partner with Naomi Watts)
Gloria May Josephine Svensson "I've given my memoirs far more thought than any of my marriages. You can't divorce a book."

Gloria Swanson
(03/27/1899 – 04/04/1983)
US actor
Max Frisch "The difference between an author and a horse is that the horse doesn't understand the horse dealer's language."

Max Frisch
(05/15/1911 – 04/04/1991)
Swiss writer, architect
"Is it possible to sell anything at the concession stand that doesn't kill?"

Roger Ebert
(06/18/1942 – 04/04/2013)
US writer, critic , on modern movie theaters