Tsar Peter the Great "Destiny may ride with us today, but there is no reason for it to interfere with lunch."

Tsar Peter the Great
(06/09/1672 – 02/08/1725)
Russian royalty
"I asked my father what there was to make doctoring more disgusting than nursing, which women were always doing, and which ladies had done publicly in the Crimea. He could not tell me."

Elizabeth Garrett Anderson
(06/09/1836 – 12/17/1917)
English physician, mayor
Charles Dickens "He'd make a lovely corpse."

Charles Dickens
(02/07/1812 – 06/09/1870)
English writer
John Edensor Littlewood "The surprising thing about this paper is that a man who could write it would."

J. E. Littlewood
(06/09/1885 – 09/06/1977)
English mathematician
Asa Yoelson "I can't see what Jack Warner can do with an Oscar—it can't say yes."

Al Jolson
(06/09/1886 – 10/23/1950)
US actor
Cole Porter "Rodgers and Hammerstein, if you can imagine it taking two men to write one song."

Cole Porter
(06/09/1891 – 10/15/1964)
US songwriter , when asked "Who wrote 'Some Enchanted Evening'?"
Samuel Nathaniel Behrman "A character who, if he did not exist, could not be imagined."

S. N. Behrman
(06/09/1893 – 09/09/1973)
US writer , on Oscar Levant
"Men are nicotine-soaked, beer-besmirched, whisky-greased, red-eyed devils."

Carry Nation
(11/25/1846 – 06/09/1911)
US temperance fanatic
Lester William Polfuss "You can't go to the store and buy a good ear and rhythm."

Les Paul
(06/09/1915 – 08/12/2009)
US inventor, musician
Robert McNamara "A computer does not substitute for judgment any more than a pencil substitutes for literacy. But writing without a pencil is no particular advantage."

Robert McNamara
(06/09/1916 – 07/06/2009)
US secretary of defense
"The right Americans are the right Americans because they're not like the wrong Americans, who are not really Americans."

Eric J. Hobsbawm
(06/09/1917 – 10/01/2012)
English historian
"La-La Land's a land of losers; we're all just a bunch of dreamers with a nickel in our shoe."

R. Wright Campbell
(06/09/1927 – 09/21/2000)
US writer
Yacov Moshe Maza "I have enough money to last me the rest of my life, unless I buy something."

Jackie Mason
(06/09/1928 – )
US comic
Loretta Cottin "Boys don't make passes at female smart-asses."

Letty Cottin Pogrebin
(06/09/1939 – )
US editor, writer (founding editor of Ms magazine)
Dick Vitale "Twelve for 23... It doesn't take a genius to see that's under 50 percent."

Dick Vitale
(06/09/1939 – )
US basketball coach, sportscaster
"All of us are mad. If it weren't for the fact every one of us is slightly abnormal, there wouldn't be any point in giving each person a separate name."

Ugo Betti
(02/04/1892 – 06/09/1953)
Italian playwright
Michael Andrew Fox "I got sick of turning on the TV and seeing my face."

Michael J. Fox
(06/09/1961 – )
Canadian actor
Paul Beatty "If all the world's a stage, I want to operate the trap door."

Paul Beatty
(06/09/1962 – )
US writer, educator
Pearl Adler "The only difference between them and my girls is that my girls gave a man his money's worth."

Polly Adler
(04/16/1900 – 06/09/1962)
Belarus-born US madam , on women who marry from greed
John Christopher Depp II "Puberty was very vague. I literally locked myself in a room and played guitar."

Johnny Depp
(06/09/1963 – )
US actor
William Maxwell Aitken Beaverbrook "He did not seem to care which way he travelled providing he was in the driver's seat."

Lord Beaverbrook
(05/25/1879 – 06/09/1964)
Canadian statesman, publisher , on David Lloyd George
Sybil Thorndike "I want Bach's Toccata and Fugue in D played at my funeral. If it isn't I shall jolly well want to know why."

Sybil Thorndike
(10/24/1882 – 06/09/1976)
English actor
Neta-Lee Hershlag "I couldn't be anorexic because I like food too much, and I couldn't be bulimic because I hate throwing up too much."

Natalie Portman
(06/09/1981 – )
Israeli-US actor
"Poems in a way are spells against death. They are milestones, to see where you were then from where you are now."

Richard Eberhart
(04/05/1904 – 06/09/2005)
US writer
William West Anderson "If you hang around long enough, they think you're good. It's either my tenacity or stupidity—I'm not sure which."

Adam West
(09/19/1928 – 06/09/2017)
US actor