Raffaello Sanzio da Urbino "When one is painting one does not think."

(04/06/1483 – 04/06/1520
Italian painter ("The School of Athens")
(died on his birthday)
Raffaello Sanzio da Urbino "Time is a vindictive bandit to steal the beauty of our former selves."

(04/06/1483 – 04/06/1520
Italian painter ("The Transfiguration")
(died on his birthday)
Sebastien-Roch Nicolas "The majority of those who put together collections of verses or epigrams resemble those who eat cherries or oysters: they begin by choosing the best and end by eating everything."

Nicolas Chamfort
(04/06/1741 – 04/13/1794
French writer ("The Fountain of Praise")
(died near his birthday)
Niels Henrik Abel "It appears to me that if one wishes to make progress in mathematics, one should study the masters and not the pupils."

Niels H. Abel
(08/05/1802 – 04/06/1829)
Norwegian mathematician
Lowell Thomas "After the age of 80, everything reminds you of something else."

Lowell Thomas
(04/06/1892 – 08/29/1981)
US explorer, writer ("Adventures in Afghanistan for Boys")
James Dewey Watson "It's necessary to be slightly underemployed if you are to do something significant."

James D. Watson
(04/06/1928 – )
US geneticist ("The Double Helix: A Personal Account of the Discovery of the Structure of DNA")
Andreas Ludwig Priwin "If you're going to do good work, the work has to scare you."

André Previn
(04/06/1929 – 02/28/2019)
German-US musician
(was married to Mia Farrow)
Richard Alpert "When you are already in Detroit, you don't have to take a bus to get there."

Ram Dass
(04/06/1931 – 12/22/2019)
US spiritual teacher ("Be Here Now")
Edwin Arlington Robinson "There is a good deal to live for, but a man has to go through hell really to find it out."

Edwin Arlington Robinson
(12/22/1869 – 04/06/1935)
US writer ("Richard Cory")
Merle Haggard "The guitar's not all that expensive either, when you compare it to gettin' a tooth pulled or something."

Merle Haggard
(04/06/1937 – 04/06/2016)
US musician ("Mama Tried") , on a guitar he had built to spec
(died on his birthday)
John Sculley "If we hadn't put a man on the moon, there wouldn't be a Silicon Valley today."

John Sculley
(04/06/1939 – )
US entrepreneur
Philip Austin "I got a job in a radio station because I could always do that with my voice—could make you believe that I was committed to the words coming out of my mouth."

Philip Austin
(04/06/1941 – 06/18/2015)
US comic, actor, musician (Firesign Theatre) ("How Can You Be in Two Places at Once When You're Not Anywhere at All")
Anita Pallenberg "It's such a lonely existence, living with a rock'n' roller. No matter how much he loves you, he will always love his music more."

Anita Pallenberg
(04/06/1942 – 06/13/2017)
German-Italian model
(relationships with Keith Richards, Brian Jones)
Seymour Hicks "He always gave me the impression that he got up in the morning to see with whom he could have a quarrel."

Sir Seymour Hicks
(01/30/1871 – 04/06/1949)
English actor , on W. S. Gilbert
Igor Stravinsky "My music is best understood by children and animals."

Igor Stravinsky
(06/17/1882 – 04/06/1971)
Russian composer, conductor ("The Rite of Spring")
Isaac Asimov "The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds the most discoveries, is not 'Eureka!' (I found it!) but 'That's funny...'"

Isaac Asimov
(01/02/1920 – 04/06/1992)
Russian writer, scientist ("Foundation" series)
Eileen Evelyn Greer Garson "I do wish I could tell you my age but it's impossible. It keeps changing all the time."

Greer Garson
(09/29/1904 – 04/06/1996)
English-US actor ("Mrs. Miniver")
Virginia Wynette Pugh "I always said that I'm not the best singer in the world, just the loudest."

Tammy Wynette
(05/05/1942 – 04/06/1998)
US singer, songwriter ("Stand by Your Man")
(was married to George Jones)

Wendy Orlean Williams "I don't like fashion. I don't like art. I do like smashing up expensive things."

Wendy O. Williams
(05/28/1949 – 04/06/1998)
US singer (Plasmatics) ("WOW")
"We did consider the name 'Beetles,' but Jerry [Allison] said, 'Aw, that's just a bug you'd want to step on,' so we immediately dropped that." *

Niki Sullivan
(06/23/1937 – 04/06/2004)
US guitarist (Crickets)
Mary Bebe Anderson "I think Juliet is very out of date. And she didn't have half the nerve of a motion picture actress, that Juliet—else she'd have taken that poison at once instead of wasting energy raving about it, and then she'd have wakened up in time, and Mr. Shakespeare would have been short a tragedy!"

Mary Anderson
(04/03/1918 – 04/06/2014)
US actor ("Lifeboat")
(died near her birthday)
Ninnian Joseph Yule Jr. "Always get married in the morning. That way if it doesn't work out, you haven't wasted the whole day."

Mickey Rooney
(09/23/1920 – 04/06/2014)
US actor ("National Velvet")
(eight wives, among them Ava Gardner)
Merle Haggard "Oh, God, that gray computer's down again. Suppose they'll ever get them things figured out? Give me one when they quit breaking down, will you?"

Merle Haggard
(04/06/1937 – 04/06/2016)
US musician ("The Fightin' Side of Me")
(died on his birthday)
Don Rickles "Oh my God, look at you. Anyone else hurt in the accident?"

Don Rickles
(05/08/1926 – 04/06/2017)
US comic ("Kelly's Heroes") , on Ernest Borgnine
"There is no education in the second kick of a mule."

Ernest F. Hollings
(01/01/1922 – 04/06/2019)
US Senator (SC)