Jean de la Fontaine "From a distance it is something; and nearby it is nothing."

Jean de la Fontaine
(07/08/1621 – 04/13/1695)
French writer
Thomas Jefferson "When a man has cast his longing eye on offices, a rottenness begins in his conduct."

Thomas Jefferson
(04/13/1743 – 07/04/1826)
US President (3), VP (2)
Sebastien-Roch Nicolas "There are girls who manage to sell themselves, whom no one would take as gifts."

Nicolas Chamfort
(04/06/1741 – 04/13/1794
French writer (died near his birthday)
Samuel Beckett "We are not saints, but we have kept our appointment. How many people can boast as much?"

Samuel Beckett
(04/13/1906 – 12/22/1989)
Irish writer
Eudora Welty "It had been startling and disappointing to me to find out that story books had been written by people, that books were not natural wonders, coming of themselves like grass."

Eudora Welty
(04/13/1909 – 07/23/2001)
US writer
"Religion is induced insanity."

Dr. Madalyn Murray O'Hair
(04/13/1919 – 09/29/1995)
US atheist
Harry Clifford Leek "The only way to enjoy golf is to be a masochist. Go out and beat yourself to death."

Howard Keel
(04/13/1919 – 11/07/2004)
US actor
Donald James Yarmy "I don't want to change the thinking of the world. My purpose is to make people laugh."

Don Adams
(04/13/1923 – 09/25/2005)
US actor
Stanley Donen "If we remade Singin' in the Rain today, when Gene Kelly sings in the rain, I think he'd be looking around to make sure he wasn't going to get mugged."

Stanley Donen
(04/13/1924 – 02/21/2019)
US director, choreographer
Lyle Alzado "I don't really trust a sane person."

Lyle Alzado
(04/13/1949 – 05/14/1992)
US football player
Ron Perlman "I'll walk through fire to do what I do because the movie business, when it's right, is the coolest art form ever invented."

Ron Perlman
(04/13/1950 – )
US actor
"I have too much respect for the idea of God to make it responsible for such an absurd world."

Georges Duhamel
(06/30/1884 – 04/13/1966)
French artist
"But the beauty is in the walking—we are betrayed by destinations."

Gwyn Thomas
(07/06/1913 – 04/13/1981)
Welsh writer
Wallace Stegner "A teacher enlarges people in all sorts of ways besides just his subject matter."

Wallace Stegner
(02/18/1909 – 04/13/1993)
US writer, teacher (same dates as Milos Forman)
"The decent docent doesn't doze;
He teaches standing on his toes.
His student dassn't doze and does,
And that's what teaching is and was."

David McCord
(12/15/1897 – 04/13/1997)
US writer
Muriel Sarah Camberg "It is impossible to persuade a man who does not disagree, but smiles."

Dame Muriel Spark
(02/01/1918 – 04/13/2006)
Scottish writer
Günter Grass "Art is accusation, expression, passion. Art is a fight to the finish between black charcoal and white paper."

Günter Grass
(10/16/1927 – 04/13/2015)
German writer
Jan TomᚠForman "Humor was not important only for me, humor was important for this nation for centuries, to survive."

Miloš Forman
(02/18/1932 – 04/13/2018)
Czech director (same dates as Wallace Stegner)