Thomas Hobbes "Words are wise men's counters, they do but reckon by them: but they are the money of fools."

Thomas Hobbes
(04/05/1588 – 12/04/1679)
English philosopher and scholar
"Born originals, how comes it to pass that we all die copies?"

Edward Young
(07/03/1683 – 04/05/1765)
English writer
Georges Jacques Danton "Thou wilt show my head to the people: it is worth showing."

Georges Jacques Danton
(10/26/1759 – 04/05/1794)
French revolutionary , on mounting the scaffold
Camille Desmoulins "I am thirty-three—the age of the good sans-culotte Jesus; an age fatal to revolutionists."

Camille Desmoulins
(03/02/1760 – 04/05/1794)
French journalist, politician
Algernon Charles Swinburne "When Oscar came to join his God,
not earth to earth, but sod to sod,
it was for sinners such as this
Hell was created bottomless."

Algernon Charles Swinburne
(04/05/1837 – 04/10/1909)
English writer (died near his birthday)
Booker T. Washington "We don't just borrow words; on occasion, English has pursued other languages down alleyways to beat them unconscious and rifle their pockets for new vocabulary."

Booker T. Washington
(04/05/1856 – 11/14/1915)
US writer
Walter Houghston "Hell, I ain't paid to make good lines sound good. I'm paid to make bad lines sound good."

Walter Huston
(04/05/1883 – 04/07/1950)
Canadian actor (father of John, grandfather of Anjelica; died near his birthday)
Spencer Tracy "There were times my pants were so thin I could sit on a dime and tell if it was heads or tails."

Spencer Tracy
(04/05/1900 – 06/10/1967)
US actor (relationship with Katharine Hepburn)
"Poetry is a natural energy resource of our country."

Richard Eberhart
(04/05/1904 – 06/09/2005)
US writer
Ruth Elizabeth Davis "Why am I so good at playing bitches? I think it's because I'm not a bitch. Maybe that's why Miss Crawford always plays ladies."

Bette Davis
(04/05/1908 – 10/06/1989)
US actor
Chauncey Depew "A pessimist is a man who thinks all women are bad. An optimist is one who hopes they are."

Chauncey Depew
(04/23/1834 – 04/05/1928)
US Senator (NY)
"Death, the one appointment we all must keep, and for which no time is set."

Earl Derr Biggers
(08/26/1884 – 04/05/1933)
US writer (Charlie Chan)
Colin Powell "Bad news isn't wine. It doesn't improve with age."

Colin Powell
(04/05/1937 – )
US military, Secretary of State
Douglas MacArthur "In war there is no substitute for victory."

General Douglas MacArthur
(01/26/1880 – 04/05/1964)
US military
Chiang Kai-Shek "The sky cannot have two suns."

Chiang Kai-Shek
(10/31/1887 – 04/05/1975)
Chinese statesman
Howard Hughes "You're like a pay toilet, aren't you? You don't give a sh*t for nothing."

Howard Hughes
(12/24/1905 – 04/05/1976)
US zillionaire (nephew of Rupert Hughes; relationship with Katharine Hepburn) , to Robert Mitchum
"Each Wal-Mart store should reflect the values of its customers and support the vision they hold for their community."

Sam Walton
(03/29/1918 – 04/05/1992)
US businessman (Wal-Mart) (died near his birthday)
Kurt Cobain "I wish I would tell our audience that we don't hate them without sounding cheesy."

Kurt Cobain
(02/20/1967 – 04/05/1994)
US singer, songwriter, guitarist (Nirvana) (was married to Courtney Love)
Irwin Allen Ginsberg "Poetry is not an expression of the party line. It's that time of night, lying in bed, thinking what you really think, making the private world public, that's what the poet does."

Allen Ginsberg
(06/03/1926 – 04/05/1997)
US writer
Layne Staley "We try to be real nice and friendly to people, but sometimes they take advantage of that."

Layne Staley
(08/22/1967 – 04/05/2002)
US singer (Alice in Chains)
Dalia Messick "I used to get fan letters from guys who requested a 'daring picture' of Brenda [Starr]. Well, you know what they wanted—I had made Brenda very sexy. I'd send them a little sketch of Brenda Starr going over Niagara falls in a barrel and say, 'I hope this is daring enough.'"

Dale Messick
(04/11/1906 – 04/05/2005)
US cartoonist (died near her birthday)
Saul Bellow "In expressing love, we belong among the undeveloped countries."

Saul Bellow
(06/10/1915 – 04/05/2005)
Canadian writer
John Charles Carter "In Hollywood, there are more gun owners in the closet than homosexuals."

Charlton Heston
(10/04/1923 – 04/05/2008)
US actor, NRA president
Honor Blackman "Most of the Bond girls have been bimbos. I have never been a bimbo."

Honor Blackman
(08/22/1925 – 04/05/2020)
English actor