"The only thing to prevent what's past is to put a stop to it before it happens."

Sir Boyle Roche
(10/??/1736 – 06/05/1807)
Irish statesman
Francisco Villa "I am not an educated man. I never had an opportunity to learn anything except how to fight."

Pancho Villa
(06/05/1878 – 07/20/1923)
Mexican revolutionary
John Maynard Keynes "Capitalism is the astounding belief that the most wickedest of men will do the most wickedest of things for the greatest good of everyone."

John Maynard Keynes
(06/05/1883 – 04/21/1946)
English mathematician, economist
Ivy Compton-Burnett "'Well of course, people are only human,' said Dudley to his brother, as they walked to the house behind the women. 'But it really does not seem much for them to be.'"

Dame Ivy Compton-Burnett
(06/05/1884 – 08/27/1969)
English writer
Ruth Fulton "The trouble with life isn't that there is no answer, it's that there are so many answers."

Ruth Benedict
(06/05/1887 – 09/17/1948)
US anthropologist
Federico Garcia Lorca "The only things that the United States has given to the world are skyscrapers, jazz, and cocktails. That is all. And in Cuba, in our America, they make much better cocktails."

Federico Garcia Lorca
(06/05/1898 – 08/19/1936)
Spanish writer, artist, pianist, composer
Stephen Crane "Every sin is the result of collaboration."

Stephen Crane
(11/01/1871 – 06/05/1900)
US writer
Dennis Gabor "The most important and urgent problems of the technology of today are no longer the satisfactions of primary needs or of archetypal wishes, but the reparation of the evils and damages by technology of yesterday."

Dennis Gabor
(06/05/1900 – 02/09/1979)
Hungarian scientist (invented the hologram)
William Sydney Porter "Turn up the lights, I don't want to go home in the dark."

O. Henry
(09/11/1862 – 06/05/1910)
US writer , last words?
"If we practiced medicine like we practice education, we'd look for the liver on the right side and left side in alternate years."

Alfred Kazin
(06/05/1915 – 06/05/1998)
US critic (died on his birthday)
Robert Howell Brown "You know, I don't mind dying. The thing that pisses me off is that I won't get to be an old man. I was looking forward to that."

Robert Lansing
(06/05/1928 – 10/23/1994)
US actor
Bill Moyers "Hyperbole was to Lyndon Johnson what oxygen is to life."

Bill Moyers
(06/05/1934 – )
US journalist
Lady Holroyd DBE FRSL "When nothing is sure, everything is possible."

Dame Margaret Drabble
(06/05/1939 – )
English writer
Spalding Gray "I am a Gray who is very afraid of dyeing."

Spalding Gray
(06/05/1941 – 01/11/2004)
US monologuist , on why he won't use a hair dye product
Laura Phillips Anderson "Paradise is exactly like where you are right now, only much, much better."

Laurie Anderson
(06/05/1947 – )
US performance artist (was married to Lou Reed)
"No one but a fool is always right."

Sir David Hare
(06/05/1947 – )
English playwright
Sylvia Field Feldman "Money never remains just coins and pieces of paper. Money can be translated into the beauty of living, a support in misfortune, an education, or future security. It also can be translated into a source of bitterness."

Sylvia Porter
(06/18/1913 – 06/05/1991)
US economist
"Despite the success cult, men are most deeply moved not by the reaching of the goal but by the grandness of the effort involved in getting there—or failing to get there."

Max Lerner
(12/20/1902 – 06/05/1992)
US political columnist
"One writes to make a home for oneself, on paper, in time and in others' minds."

Alfred Kazin
(06/05/1915 – 06/05/1998)
US critic (died on his birthday)
Douglas Glenn Colvin "We're playing at our own level of ability."

Dee Dee Ramone
(09/18/1951 – 06/05/2002)
US bassist (Ramones)
Ronald Wilson Reagan "I've talked to you on a number of occasions about the economic problems our nation faces, and I am prepared to tell you it's in a hell of a mess—we're not connected to the press room yet, are we?"

Ronald Reagan
(02/06/1911 – 06/05/2004)
US actor, President (40) (was married to Jane Wyman and Nancy Reagan; father with Wyman of Maureen Reagan and Michael Reagan)
Ray Bradbury "I don't try to describe the future. I try to prevent it."

Ray Bradbury
(08/22/1920 – 06/05/2012)
US writer