"Real happiness is cheap enough, yet how dearly we pay for its counterfeit."

Hosea Ballou
(04/30/1771 – 06/07/1852)
US theologian
James Montgomery "Hovering between wife and death."

James Montgomery
(11/04/1771 – 04/30/1854)
Scottish writer , on his deathbed, when asked how he was
Johann Carl Friedrich Gauss "God does arithmetic."

Carl Friedrich Gauss
(04/30/1777 – 02/23/1855)
German mathematician
Sarah Josepha Hale "I have no riches but my thoughts, yet these are wealth enough for me."

Sarah Josepha Hale
(10/24/1788 – 04/30/1879)
US writer
Edouard Manet "Above all keep your colours fresh!"

Edouard Manet
(01/23/1832 – 04/30/1883)
French artist (Monet is here)
"In Ireland the inevitable never happens and the unexpected constantly occurs."

Sir John Pentland Mahaffy
(02/26/1839 – 04/30/1919)
Irish writer
"Reading and writing, arithmetic and grammar do not constitute education, any more than a knife, fork and spoon constitute a dinner."

Sir John Lubbock
(04/30/1834 – 05/28/1913)
English naturalist
Alfred Edward Housman "I could no more define poetry than a terrier can define a rat."

A. E. Housman
(03/26/1859 – 04/30/1936)
English scholar
Martha Beatrice Potter "If I ever felt inclined to be timid as I was going into a room full of people, I would say to myself, 'You're the cleverest member of one of the cleverest families in the cleverest class of the cleverest nation in the world, why should you be frightened?'"

Beatrice Webb
(01/22/1858 – 04/30/1943)
English writer
Adolf Hitler "What luck for rulers, that men do not think."

Adolf Hitler
(04/20/1889 – 04/30/1945)
German dictator
Annie Dillard Eskimo: "If I did not know about God and sin, would I go to hell?"
Priest: "No, not if you did not know."
Eskimo: "Then why did you tell me?"

Annie Dillard
(04/30/1945 – )
US writer
"A bureaucrat is a Democrat who holds some office that a Republican wants."

Alben W. Barkley
(11/24/1877 – 04/30/1956)
US Vice President (35)
"The trouble with our age is that it is all signpost and no destination."

Louis Kronenberger
(12/09/1904 – 04/30/1980)
US writer
Kirsten Dunst "When I read it, I was 15 and I don't think I was mature enough to understand the script's material. I didn't want to be kissing Kevin Spacey. Come on! Lying there naked with rose petals?"

Kirsten Dunst
(04/30/1982 – )
US actor (relationship with Jake Gyllenhaal) , on turning down American Beauty
Lester Bangs "At its best New Wave/punk represents a fundamental and age-old Utopian dream: that if you give people the license to be as outrageous as they want in absolutely any fashion they can dream up, they'll be creative about it, and do something good besides."

Lester Bangs
(12/14/1948 – 04/30/1982)
US writer
McKinley Morganfield "If you got something you don't want other people to know, keep it in your pocket."

Muddy Waters
(04/04/1913 – 04/30/1983)
US blues singer, guitarist
"Perhaps the Congress could honor the 50th anniversary of FDR's death by observing a few minutes of competence."

Bob Lacey
(08/11/1946 – 04/30/2004)
US comic
Peter Mayhew "They asked if I was interested in a role as a large alien in a movie."

Peter Mayhew
(05/19/1944 – 04/30/2019)
English actor (Star Wars)