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 ("La Fontaine's Fables")
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) ("United States Declaration of Independence")
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 ("The Fountain of Praise")
(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 ("Endgame")
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 ("The Optimist's Daughter")
"Religion is induced insanity."

Dr. Madalyn Murray O'Hair
(04/13/1919 – 09/29/1995)
US atheist ("What on Earth Is an 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 ("Show Boat")
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 ("Get Smart")
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 ("Charade")
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 ("Beauty and the Beast")
"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 writer ("Querelles de famille (Family Quarrels)")
"But the beauty is in the walking—we are betrayed by destinations."

Gwyn Thomas
(07/06/1913 – 04/13/1981)
Welsh writer ("All Things Betray Thee")
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 ("Angle of Repose")
(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 ("Odds Without Ends")
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 ("The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie")
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 ("The Tin Drum")
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 ("One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest")
(same dates as Wallace Stegner)