"Children are overwhelming, supercilious, passionate, envious, inquisitive, egotistical, idle, fickle, timid, intemperate, liars and dissemblers; they laugh and weep easily, are excessive in their joys and sorrows, and that about the most trifling subjects; they bear no pain, but like to inflict it on others; already they are men."

Jean de la Bruyere
(08/16/1645 – 05/10 or 05/11/1696)
French scholar
William Pitt the elder "The atrocious crime of being a young man... I shall neither attempt to palliate nor deny."

William Pitt the elder
(11/15/1708 – 05/11/1778)
English statesman
Leo Stein
"It was a tremendous effort on his part, a thing brilliant and powerful, but the nastiest smear of paint I had ever seen."

Leo Stein
(05/11/1872 – 07/29/1947)
US writer (brother of Gertrude Stein) , on buying Matisse's 'Woman with Hat'
Henri Frederic Amiel "Charm is the quality in others that makes us more satisfied with ourselves."

Henri Frederic Amiel
(09/27/1821 – 05/11/1881)
Swiss writer
Israel Beilin "Never hate a song that's sold a half million copies."

Irving Berlin
(05/11/1888 – 09/22/1989)
Russian composer (shown with Bing Crosby and the Andrews Sisters)
Martha Graham "The only sin is mediocrity."

Martha Graham
(05/11/1894 – 04/01/1991)
US choreographer, dancer
Salvador Dali "Take me! I am the hallucinogenic!"

Salvador Dali
(05/11/1904 – 01/23/1989)
Spanish surrealist
Max Reger "Bach is the beginning and end of all music."

Max Reger
(03/19/1873 – 05/11/1916)
German composer
Richard P. Feynman "There are 10^11 stars in the galaxy. That used to be a huge number. But it's only a hundred billion. It's less than the national deficit! We used to call them astronomical numbers. Now we should call them economical numbers."

Richard P. Feynman
(05/11/1918 – 02/15/1988)
US Nobelist physicist, teacher, storyteller, bongo player
William Dean Howells "The mortality of all inanimate things is terrible to me, but that of books most of all."

William Dean Howells
(03/01/1837 – 05/11/1920)
US writer
Mort Sahl "Washington couldn't tell a lie, Nixon couldn't tell the truth, and Reagan couldn't tell the difference."

Mort Sahl
(05/11/1927 – )
Canadian comic
Edsger W. Dijkstra "We should not introduce errors through sloppiness. We should do it carefully and systematically."

Edsger W. Dijkstra
(05/11/1930 – 08/06/2002)
Dutch computer scientist
Louis Eugene Walcott "Never exalt people because they're in your family; never exalt people because they're your color; never exalt people because they're your kinfolk. Exalt them because they're worthy."

Louis Farrakhan
(05/11/1933 – )
US Islamic leader
Lovella May Borg "I like chords that are very lush with all the lush parts taken out."

Carla Bley
(05/11/1936 – )
US pianist, composer
Eric Burdon "We're f890ing forty-year-old (seventy plus! -s) men, and we're behaving like children. It's silly, absolutely f890ing idiotic. Retarded."

Eric Burdon
(04/05/1941 – )
English singer (The Animals)
Martha Quinn I did go through a period where I was on unemployment. That was my low point: Martha Quinn on line at unemployment, hoping nobody will recognize her.

Martha Quinn
(05/11/1959 – )
US original MTV VJ (stepdaughter of Jane Bryant Quinn)
John Davison Rockefeller, Jr. "The ability to deal with people is as purchasable a commodity as sugar or coffee. And I pay more for that ability than for any other under the sun."

John D. Rockefeller, Jr.
(01/29/1874 – 05/11/1960)
US zillionaire (son of John D. Rockefeller, Sr.; father of Nelson Rockefeller)
Bob Marley "Money is numbers and numbers never end. If it takes money to be happy, your search for happiness will never end."

Bob Marley
(02/06/1945 – 05/11/1981)
Jamaican singer, guitarist
"An editor should have a pimp for a brother so he has someone to look up to."

Gene Fowler, Jr.
(05/27/1917 – 05/11/1998)
US editor, director (son of Gene Fowler)
Douglas Adams "Time is an illusion, lunchtime doubly so."

Douglas Adams
(03/11/1952 – 05/11/2001)
English writer
David Noel Redding "I wouldn't know how I would have coped with The Beatles' sort of fame."

Noel Redding
(12/25/1945 – 05/11/2003)
US bassist (Jimi Hendrix Experience)
Floyd Patterson "They said I was the fighter who got knocked down the most, but I also got up the most."

Floyd Patterson
(01/04/1935 – 05/11/2006)
US boxer
Margaret Ann Lipton "I ran into Neil Patrick Harris recently. We were in something called The Purple People Eater. He was maybe 10, but he still remembered it as the worst experience of his life!"

Peggy Lipton
(08/30/1946 – 05/11/2019)
US actor (married to Quincy Jones; mother of Rashida Jones)
Gerald Isaac Stiller "Never go for the punch line. There might be something funnier on the way."

Jerry Stiller
(06/08/1927 – 05/11/2020)
US comic actor (was married to Anne Meara, father with her of Ben Stiller)