Leonardo da Vinci "I have learned from an early age to abjure the use of meat, and the time will come when men such as I will look upon the murder of animals as they now look upon the murder of men."

Leonardo da Vinci
(04/15/1452 – 05/02/1519)
Italian artist, writer, inventor, philosopher... the Original Renaissance Man
"Now I will have less distraction."

Leonhard Euler
(04/15/1707 – 09/18/1783)
Swiss mathematician , on losing the use of his right eye
Francoise d'Aubigne de Maintenon "Hope says to us constantly, 'Go on, go on,' and leads us to the grave."

Francoise d'Aubigne de Maintenon
(11/27/1635 – 04/15/1719)
French courtesan, writer
Benjamin Jowett "My dear child, you must believe in God despite what the clergy tell you."

Benjamin Jowett
(04/15/1817 – 10/01/1893)
English educator, scholar
Henry James "She had an unequaled gift of squeezing big mistakes into small opportunities."

Henry James
(04/15/1843 – 02/28/1916)
US writer
Emile Durkheim "Reality seems valueless by comparison with the dreams of fevered imaginations; reality is therefore abandoned."

Émile Durkheim
(04/15/1858 – 11/15/1917)
French sociologist
Bliss Carman "A 'fact' merely marks the point where we have agreed to let investigation cease."

Bliss Carman
(04/15/1861 – 06/08/1929)
Canadian writer
Abraham Lincoln "When I hear a man preach, I like to see him act as if he were fighting bees."

Abraham Lincoln
(02/12/1809 – 04/15/1865)
US President (12) (was married to Mary Todd Lincoln)
Matthew Arnold "One thing only has been lent to youth and age in common—discontent."

Matthew Arnold
(12/24/1822 – 04/15/1888)
English writer
Bessie Smith "There's nineteen men livin' in my neighborhood
eighteen of them are fools and the one ain't no doggone good."

Bessie Smith
(04/15/1894 – 09/26/1937)
US singer
Nikita Khrushchev "Politicians are the same all over. They promise to build a bridge where there is no river."

Nikita Khrushchev
(04/15/1894 – 09/11/1971)
Soviet leader
"When a person can no longer laugh at himself, it is time for others to laugh at him."

Thomas Szasz
(04/15/1920 – 09/08/2012)
Hungarian writer
"You know we all became mathematicians for the same reason: we were lazy." *

Maxwell Rosenlicht
(04/15/1924 – 01/22/1999)
US mathematician, professor
Claudia Cardinale "I've been living more than 150 lives, totally different women."

Claudia Cardinale
(04/15/1938 – )
Italian actor
Jeffrey Archer "Who he kills dies."

Jeffrey Archer
(04/15/1940 – )
English writer, sometime politician , on Saddam Hussein
Dave Edmunds "There'll always be some arrogant little brat who wants to make music with a guitar. Rock'n'roll will never die."

Dave Edmunds
(04/15/1944 – )
English singer, songwriter (Rockpile)
Jean-Paul Sartre "Words are loaded pistols."

Jean-Paul Sartre
(06/21/1905 – 04/15/1980)
French existential writer (long-time partner of Simone de Beauvoir)
Tommy Cooper "So I said to the taxi driver, 'King Arthur's Close.' He said, 'Don't worry, we'll lose him at the next set of lights'"

Tommy Cooper
(03/19/1921 – 04/15/1984)
Welsh comic
Jean Genet "Perhaps all music, even the newest, is not so much something discovered as something that re-emerges from where it lay buried in the memory, inaudible as a melody cut in a disc of flesh. A composer lets me hear a song that has always been shut up silent."

Jean Genet
(12/19/1910 – 04/15/1986)
French writer
Greta Lovisa Gustafsson "Life would be so wonderful if we only knew what to do with it."

Greta Garbo
(09/18/1905 – 04/15/1990)
Swedish actor
Edward Gorey "I was bored by a lot of (Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley's Frankenstein). It hadn't occurred to me that I could skip anything."

Edward Gorey
(02/22/1925 – 04/15/2000)
US artist
Jeffrey Ross Hyman "The Ramones own the fountain of youth. Experiencing us is like having the fountain of youth."

Joey Ramone
(05/19/1951 – 04/15/2001)
US singer (Ramones)
Byron Raymond White "The First Amendment protects the right to speak, not the right to spend."

Byron R. White
(06/08/1917 – 04/15/2002)
US Supreme Court justice and professional football player , on PAC spending limits
Benjamin L. Hooks "Some [Blacks] lack a real grasp of the bitter struggle that was waged to pry open the corporate doors. The 'buppies' harbor the illusion that their good fortune is solely attributable to their own brilliance and their superior qualifications."

Benjamin L. Hooks
(01/31/1925 – 04/15/2010)
US jurist, minister