Nicolaus Copernicus "If there be some who, though ignorant of all mathematics, dare to reprove this work, because of some passage of Scripture, which they have miserably warped to their purpose, I regard them not, and even despise their rash judgement."

Nicolaus Copernicus
(02/19/1473 – 05/24/1543)
Polish astronomer
Queen Victoria "An ugly baby is a very nasty object, and the prettiest is frightful when undressed."

Queen Victoria
(05/24/1819 – 01/22/1901)
Queen of England (mother of King Edward VII, grandmother of Queen Marie of Romania)
Henry Clay, House Speaker (on a narrow sidewalk): "I, sir, do not step aside for a scoundrel."
John Randolph, stepping aside: "On the other hand, I always do."
(06/02/1773 – 05/24/1833)
US congressman (VA)
Arthur Wing Pinero "A financier is a pawnbroker with imagination."

Sir Arthur Wing Pinero
(05/24/1855 – 11/23/1934)
English playwright
Benjamin Nathan Cardozo "Justice is not to be taken by storm. She is to be wooed by slow advances."

Benjamin Cardozo
(05/24/1870 – 07/09/1938)
US Supreme Court Justice
Harry Emerson Fosdick "The tragedy of war is that it uses man's best to do man's worst."

Harry Emerson Fosdick
(05/24/1878 – 10/05/1969)
US Baptist clergy
"Tell a man whose house is on fire to give a moderate alarm; tell him to moderately rescue his wife from the hands of the ravisher; tell the mother to gradually extricate her babe from the fire into which it has fallen; but urge me not to use moderation."

William Lloyd Garrison
(12/10/1805 – 05/24/1879)
US abolitionist, suffragist, and writer
Samuel Palmer "Wise men make proverbs, but fools repeat them."

Samuel Palmer
(01/27/1805 – 05/24/1881)
English painter
Elsa Maxwell "Under pressure, people admit to murder, setting fire to the village church or robbing a bank, but never to being bores."

Elsa Maxwell
(05/24/1883 – 11/01/1963)
US writer, hostess
Coleman Young "You can't look forward and backward at the same time."

Coleman Young
(05/24/1918 – 11/29/1997)
US mayor (Detroit)
"Everywhere I go I see increasing evidence of people swirling about in a human cesspit of their own making."

James Anderton
(05/24/1932 – )
English police officer; charming
Iosif Aleksandrovich Brodsky "There are worse crimes than burning books. One of them is not reading them."

Joseph Brodsky
(05/24/1940 – 01/28/1996)
Russian writer
Robert Zimmerman "Colleges are like old-age homes, except for the fact that more people die in colleges."

Bob Dylan
(05/24/1941 – )
US singer/songwriter
"I write science fiction every day at work, and each story begins with the phrase 'this software is easy to use.'"

Stephen Schlich
(05/24/1951 – )
US writer and friend of the quotekeeper
"Yes, once—many, many years ago. I thought I had made a wrong decision. Of course, it turned out that I had been right all along. But I was wrong to have thought that I was wrong."

John Foster Dulles
(02/25/1888 – 05/24/1959)
US Secretary of State
Kristin Scott Thomas "Occasionally, you read scripts and, well, there you are on the page."

Kristin Scott Thomas
(05/24/1960 – )
English actor
John C. Reilly "I love that people can't place me. They don't know my name. That's 'mission accomplished' in my world."

John C. Reilly
(05/24/1965 – )
US actor
Edward Kennedy Ellington "I merely took the energy it takes to paint and wrote some blues."

Duke Ellington
(04/29/1899 – 05/24/1974)
US composer
Hermione Gingold "Really, sex and laughter do go very well together, and I wondered—and I still do—which is more important."

Hermione Gingold
(12/09/1897 – 05/24/1987)
English actor
James Harold Wilson "Every dog is allowed one bite, but a different view is taken of a dog that goes on biting all the time."

Sir Harold Wilson
(03/11/1916 – 05/24/1995)
British PM (46)
Thomas Richard Martin "People are basically irreverent. They want to see sacred cows kicked over. You can't have Harry Belafonte on your show and not have him sing a song, but we did; we had him climbing out of a bathtub, just because it looked irreverent and silly. If a show hires Robert Goulet, pays him $7,500 or $10,000, they're going to want three songs out of him; we hire Robert Goulet, pay him $210 and drop him through a trap door."

Dick Martin
(01/30/1922 – 05/24/2008)
US comedian
"The secret of life is to skip having children and go directly to grandchildren."

Mell Lazarus
(05/03/1927 – 05/24/2016)
US cartoonist ("Momma")
Arthur Edmund Morris "Biography, in a way, is a strange form of love."

Edmund Morris
(05/27/1940 – 05/24/2019)
Kenya-born US writer (died near his birthday)