"Garden as though you will live forever."

William Kent
(??/??/1685 – 04/12/1748)
English gardener
Henry Clay "Sir, I would rather be right than be President."

Henry Clay
(04/12/1777 – 06/29/1852)
US Secretary of State
Pietro Metastasio "Every noble acquisition is attended with its risks; he who fears to encounter the one must not expect to obtain the other."

Pietro Metastasio
(01/03/1698 – 04/12/1782)
Italian writer
Clara Barton "I may be compelled to face danger, but never fear it, and while our soldiers can stand and fight, I can stand and feed and nurse them."

Clara Barton
(12/25/1821 – 04/12/1912)
US humanitarian, Red Cross founder
Georges Franju "What pleases is what is terrible, gentle, and poetic."

Georges Franju
(04/12/1912 – 11/05/1987)
French filmmaker
Herbert Buckingham Khaury "I'd love to see Christ come back to crush the spirit of hate and make men put down their guns. I'd also like just one more hit single."

Tiny Tim
(04/12/1932 – 11/30/1996)
US singer
Alan Ayckbourn "My mother used to say, Delia, if S-E-X ever rears its ugly head, close your eyes before you see the rest of it."

Alan Ayckbourn
(04/12/1939 – )
English writer
Franklin Delano Roosevelt "The ablest man I ever met is the man you think you are."

Franklin Delano Roosevelt
(01/30/1882 – 04/12/1945)
US President (32) (cousin of Theodore Roosevelt; was married to Eleanor Roosevelt)
Tom Clancy "The difference between reality and fiction? Fiction has to make sense."

Tom Clancy
(04/12/1947 – 10/01/2013)
US writer
David Letterman "There's no business like show business, but there are several businesses like accounting."

David Letterman
(04/12/1947 – )
US comic
David Cassidy "I read in one fan magazine that I was very self-centered. And I am."

David Cassidy
(04/12/1950 – 11/21/2017)
US actor, singer (stepson of Shirley Jones)
Tama Janowitz "Long after the bomb falls and you and your good deeds are gone, cockroaches will still be here, prowling the streets like armored cars."

Tama Janowitz
(04/12/1957 – )
US writer
Josephine Baker "Beautiful? It's all a question of luck. I was born with good legs. As for the rest... beautiful, no. Amusing, yes."

Josephine Baker
(06/03/1906 – 04/12/1975)
US entertainer
Joe Louis "Yeah, I'm scared. I'm scared I might kill Schmeling."

Joe Louis
(05/13/1914 – 04/12/1981)
US boxer
"If you wrote a novel in South Africa which didn't concern the central issues, it wouldn't be worth publishing."

Alan Paton
(01/11/1903 – 04/12/1988)
S. African writer
Abbott Hoffman "The first duty of a revolutionary is to get away with it."

Abbie Hoffman
(11/30/1936 – 04/12/1989)
US writer, '60s revolutionary
Walker Smith Jr. "You always say 'I'll quit when I start to slide,' and then one morning you wake up and realize you done slid."

Sugar Ray Robinson
(05/03/1921 – 04/12/1989)
US boxer
Stirling Moss "Motion is tranquility."

Stirling Moss
(09/17/1929 – 04/12/2020)
English racing driver