Plato "As empty vessels make the loudest sound, so they that have the least wit are the greatest blabbers."

(05/21/0427 – ?/0348 BC)
Greek philosopher ("Republic")
Dante Alighieri "The hottest places in hell are reserved for those who in times of great moral crises maintain their neutrality."

Dante Alighieri
(05/21/1265 – 09/14/1321)
Italian writer ("Divine Comedy")
Alexander Pope "It is with narrow-souled people as with narrow-necked bottles: the less they have in them, the more noise they make in pouring it out."

Alexander Pope
(05/21/1688 – 05/30/1744)
English writer ("The Dunciad")
Christopher Smart "Too hard for any frog's digestion,
To have his froghood call'd in question!"

Christopher Smart
(04/11/1722 – 05/21/1771)
English writer ("The Hilliad")
Henri Rousseau "We are the two great painters of this era; you are in the Egyptian style, I in the modern style."

Henri Rousseau
(05/21/1844 – 09/02/1910)
French artist ("Tiger in a Tropical Storm") , to Pablo Picasso
"If Governor Fields is right, I am going to stand by him because he is right. If he is wrong, I am going to stand by him because he is a Democrat." *

Augustus Owsley Stanley
(05/21/1867 – 08/12/1958)
US governor, senator (KY)
Thomas Wright Waller "This is so nice, it must be illegal."

Fats Waller
(05/21/1904 – 12/15/1943)
US pianist, singer ("Ain't Misbehavin'")
Andrei Sakharov "We must make demands of reason and create a life worthy of ourselves and of the goals we only dimly perceive."

Andrei Sakharov
(05/21/1921 – 12/14/1989)
Russian physicist ("My country and the world")
Arthur Annesley Ronald Firbank "The world is so disgracefully managed, one hardly knows to whom to complain."

Ronald Firbank
(01/17/1886 – 05/21/1926)
English writer ("Valmouth")
Jane Addams "You do not know what life means when all the difficulties are removed! I am simply smothered and sickened with advantages. It is like eating a sweet dessert the first thing in the morning."

Jane Addams
(09/06/1860 – 05/21/1935)
US social worker
Mary Therese Winifred Bourke "I was elected by the women of Ireland, who instead of rocking the cradle, rocked the system."

Mary Robinson
(05/21/1944 – )
Irish president (first female)
Christopher George Latore Wallace "It was all a dream. I used to read Word up magazine."

Biggie Smalls
(05/21/1972 – 03/09/1997)
US rapper ("Ready to Die")
Eric Hoffer "Nonconformists travel as a rule in bunches. You rarely find a nonconformist who goes it alone. And woe to him inside a nonconformist clique who does not conform with nonconformity."

Eric Hoffer
(07/25/1898 – 05/21/1983)
US philosopher ("The True Believer")
Arthur John Gielgud "Your English style will no doubt put all the other gentlemen to bed. I speak figuratively, of course."

Sir John Gielgud
(04/14/1904 – 05/21/2000)
English actor ("Arthur") , on Cecil Beaton's decision to act in a production of Lady Windermere's Fan
"I would love to employ a man, but how can I possibly give a man dictation from the bath?"

Dame Barbara Cartland
(07/09/1901 – 05/21/2000)
English novelist ("A Ghost in Monte Carlo") , on her four female secretaries
(mother of Raine Spencer)
Katherine Dunham "I always believed that if you set out to be successful, then you already were."

Katherine Dunham
(06/22/1909 – 05/21/2006)
US dancer, choreographer, anthropologist ("A Touch of Innocence: Memoirs of Childhood")