Confucius "Before you embark on a journey of revenge, dig two graves."

(09/28/0551 – 04/11/0479 BC)
Chinese philosopher ("Analects")
Christopher Smart "Thomas Gray walks as if he had fouled his small-clothes and looks as if he smelt it."

Christopher Smart
(04/11/1722 – 05/21/1771)
English writer ("The Hilliad")
George Canning "Give me the avowed, the erect, the manly foe,
Bold I can meet—perhaps may turn his blow;
But of all plagues, good Heaven, thy wrath can send,
Save, save, oh save me from the Candid Friend."

George Canning
(04/11/1770 – 08/08/1827)
British PM (19)
Edward Everett "If this boy passes the examinations he will be admitted; and if the white students choose to withdraw, all the income of the college will be devoted to his education."

Edward Everett
(04/11/1794 – 01/15/1865)
US politician, educator ("An Account of Some Greek Manuscripts, Procured at Constantinople in 1819...") , on admitting the first black student to Harvard
Antoine de Rivarol "Cats don't caress us—they caress themselves on us."

Antoine de Rivarol
(06/26/1753 – 04/11/1801)
French writer ("Discours sur l'universalitÚ de la langue franšaise (The Universality of the French Language)")
Charles Evans Hughes "When we lose the right to be different, we lose the privilege to be free."

Charles Evans Hughes
(04/11/1862 – 08/27/1948)
US Secretary of State, Supreme Court justice
"Make 'em laugh; make 'em cry; make 'em wait."

Charles Reade
(06/08/1814 – 04/11/1884)
English writer ("The Cloister and the Hearth")
Dean Acheson "The first requirement of a statesman is that he be dull. This is not always easy to achieve."

Dean Acheson
(04/11/1893 – 10/12/1971)
US secretary of state ("Present at the Creation: My Years in the State Department")
Glenway Wescott "The Middle West is a state of mind of people born where they do not like to live."

Glenway Wescott
04/11/1901 – 02/22/1987)
US poet, novelist ("The Grandmothers")
"The scientists split the atom; now the atom is splitting us."

Quentin Reynolds
(04/11/1902 – 03/17/1965)
US writer ("The Wounded Don't Cry")
(same dates as Oleg Cassini)
Dalia Messick "I'm a half-assed celebrity—everyone knows Brenda Starr but nobody knows me."

Dale Messick
(04/11/1906 – 04/05/2005)
US cartoonist ("Brenda Starr, Reporter")
(died near her birthday)
"If you are going to do something wrong, at least enjoy it."

Leo Rosten
(04/11/1908 – 02/19/1997)
Polish-US humorist ("The Joys of Yiddish")
"To be well dressed is a little like being in love."

Oleg Cassini
(04/11/1913 – 03/17/2006)
French fashion designer
(was married to Gene Tierney; same dates as Quentin Reynolds)
Richard Harding Davis "The secret of good writing is to say an old thing in a new way or to say a new thing in an old way."

Richard Harding Davis
(04/18/1864 – 04/11/1916)
US writer ("The Princess Aline")
(son of Rebecca Harding Davis; died near his birthday)
"The problem is not that there are problems. The problem is expecting otherwise and thinking that having problems is a problem."

Theodore Isaac Rubin
(04/11/1923 – 02/16/2019)
US psychiatrist, writer ("Shrink: The Diary of a Psychiatrist")
Luther Burbank "I don't feel good."

Luther Burbank
(03/07/1849 – 04/11/1926)
US botanist (Shasta Daisy) , last words
Ellen Holtz "If women can sleep their way to the top, how come they aren't there? There must be an epidemic of insomnia out there."

Ellen Goodman
(04/11/1941 – )
US journalist ("Paper Trail: common sense in uncommon times")
Vincent Gallo "I don't trust or love anyone. Because people are so creepy. Creepy creepy creeps. Creeping around. Creeping here and creeping there. Creeping everywhere. Crippity crappity creepies."

Vincent Gallo
(04/11/1961 – )
US actor, director ("Buffalo '66")
(LTR with ChloŰ Sevigny)
Manˇ Kaminer "Now, ride off in all directions."

Michael Curtiz
(12/24/1886 – 04/11/1962)
US film director ("Casablanca") , directing Gary Cooper in a western
"George [Gershwin] died on July 11, 1937, but I don't have to believe that if I don't want to."

John O'Hara
(01/31/1905 – 04/11/1970)
US writer ("Appointment in Samarra")
Tricia Helfer "I would change the push for women to look like Playmate Barbie dolls; that is just ridiculous."

Tricia Helfer
(04/11/1974 – )
Canadian model, actor ("Battlestar Galactica") , on one thing she would change about the film industry
Jacques Prevert "Even if happiness forgets you a little bit, never completely forget about it."

Jacques Prevert
(02/04/1900 – 04/11/1977)
French writer ("Autumn Leaves")
"A well-composed book is a magic carpet on which we are wafted to a world that we cannot enter in any other way."

Caroline Gordon
(10/06/1895 – 04/11/1981)
US writer ("Penhally")
"To me there is no such thing as creative writing. It's either good writing, whatever the subject, or it's not creative."

Erskine Caldwell
(12/17/1903 – 04/11/1987)
US writer ("God's Little Acre")
(was married to Margaret Bourke-White)
Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. "All persons, living or dead, are purely coincidental, and should not be construed."

Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
(11/11/1922 – 04/11/2007)
US writer ("Slaughterhouse-Five")
(same dates as Jonathan Winters)
Jonathan Winters "If your ship doesn't come in, swim out to it."

Jonathan Winters
(11/11/1925 – 04/11/2013
US comic actor ("Mork & Mindy")
(same dates as Kurt Vonnegut)