"The Buddhas do but tell the way; it is for you to swelter at the task."

Gautama Buddha
(04/08/0563 – ?/0483 BC)
Indian spiritual leader
"Poets, like friends to whom you are in debt, you hate."

William Wycherley
(04/08/1641 – 01/01/1716)
English dramatist ("The Country Wife")
Wilhelm von Humboldt "The government is best which makes itself unnecessary."

Baron Wilhelm von Humboldt
(06/22/1767 – 04/08/1835)
German philosopher ("The Eighteenth Century")
"Large parties given to very young children... foster the passions of vanity and envy, and produce a love of dress and display which is very repulsive in the character of a child."

Susanna Strickland Moodie
(12/06/1803 – 04/08/1885)
English-Canadian pioneer, writer ("Roughing It in the Bush")
Gladys Marie Smith "I was forced to live far beyond my years when just a child, now I have reversed the order and I intend to remain young indefinitely."

Mary Pickford
(04/08/1892 – 05/29/1979)
US actor ("Coquette")
(was married to Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.)
Isidore Yipsel Hochberg "'For what we are about to receive,
Oh Lord 'tis Thee we thank,'
said the cannibal as he cut a slice
off the missionary's shank."

E. Y. Harburg
(04/08/1896 – 03/05/1981)
US songwriter ("Over the Rainbow")
"I'm a man more dined against than dining."

Sir Cecil Maurice Bowra
(04/08/1898 – 07/04/1971)
China-born English writer ("The Greek Experience")
Ilka Chase

Actress: "I enjoyed your book. Who wrote it for you?"
Ilka Chase: "I'm so glad you liked it. Who read it to you?"
(04/08/1905 – 02/15/1978)
US actor ("The Animal Kingdom")
Sonja Henie "Jewelry takes people's minds off your wrinkles."

Sonja Henie
(04/08/1912 – 10/12/1969)
Norwegian skater, actress ("Thin Ice")
Elizabeth Ann Bloomer Ford "My makeup wasn't smeared, I wasn't disheveled, I behaved politely, and I never finished off a bottle, so how could I be alcoholic?"

Betty Ford
(04/08/1918 – 07/08/2011)
US First Lady (45)
(was married to Gerald Ford)
Kofi Annan "The Lord had the wonderful advantage of being able to work alone."

Kofi Annan
(04/08/1938 – 08/18/2018)
Ghanaian diplomat
Barbara Kingsolver "Come to think of it, just about every tool was shaped like either a weenie or a pistol, depending on your point of view."

Barbara Kingsolver
(04/08/1955 – )
US writer ("The Poisonwood Bible")
George Jean Nathan "The triumph of sugar over diabetes."

George Jean Nathan
(02/14/1882 – 04/08/1958)
US writer ("The Smart Set") , on James M. Barrie
Julian Lennon "He was like a real dad, you know. We used to sit down with guitars and mess around."

Julian Lennon
(04/08/1963 – )
English singer, songwriter ("Valotte") , on his dad
(son of John, stepbrother of Sean Ono Lennon)
Robin Wright "My favorite designers are Levi Strauss and Fruit of the Loom."

Robin Wright
(04/08/1963 – )
US actor ("House of Cards")
(was married to Sean Penn)
Patricia Arquette "Neither of us entered marriage thinking it wouldn't be a strain. Life has strains in it, and he's the person I want to strain with."

Patricia Arquette
(04/08/1968 – )
US actor ("Boyhood") , on her marriage with Nicolas Cage
(sister of Rosanna and David; granddaughter of Clifford)
Pablo Picasso "Computers are useless. They can only give you answers."

Pablo Picasso
(10/25/1881 – 04/08/1973)
Spanish artist ("Guernica")
Omar Bradley "The world has achieved brilliance without conscience. Ours is a world of nuclear giants and ethical infants."

General Omar Bradley
(02/12/1893 – 04/08/1981)
US military
Marian Anderson "Prejudice is like a hair across your cheek. You can't see it, you can't find it with your fingers, but you keep brushing at it because the feel of it is irritating."

Marian Anderson
(02/27/1897 – 04/08/1993)
US singer
Laura Nigro "Sometimes only poetry can say it. I think there's just this deeper language, and a way of putting your world back together again and breaking through barriers."

Laura Nyro
(10/18/1947 – 04/08/1997)
US singer, songwriter ("Eli and the Thirteenth Confession")
Malcolm McLaren "The Sex Pistols are like some contagious disease."

Malcolm McLaren
(01/22/1946 – 04/08/2010)
English entrepreneur
(also see Johnny Rotten, Sid Vicious)
Margaret Thatcher "I am extraordinarily patient, provided I get my way in the end."

Margaret Thatcher
(10/13/1925 – 04/08/2013)
British Prime Minister (49)
"You can tell that I've kept such a low profile."

Linda Tripp
(11/24/1949 – 04/08/2020)
US public servant