Jean de la Fontaine "Everyone believes very easily whatever they fear or desire."

Jean de la Fontaine
(07/08/1621 – 04/13/1695)
French writer ("La Fontaine's Fables")
Fitz-Greene Halleck "I cannot spare the luxury of believing that all things beautiful are what they seem."

Fitz-Greene Halleck
(07/08/1790 – 11/19/1867)
US writer ("Croaker Papers")
Percy Bysshe Shelley "Contemporary criticism only represents the amount of ignorance genius has to contend with."

Percy Bysshe Shelley
(08/04/1792 – 07/08/1822)
English writer ("Prometheus Unbound")
(was married to Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley)
"In politics, there is no use looking beyond the next fortnight."

Joseph Chamberlain
(07/08/1836 – 07/02/1914)
English politician
(died near his birthday)
John Davison Rockefeller, Sr. "Charity is injurious unless it helps the recipient to become independent of it."

John D. Rockefeller, Sr.
(07/08/1839 – 05/23/1937)
US gazillionaire
(father of John D. Rockefeller, Jr., grandfather of Nelson Rockefeller)
Kathe Schmidt Kollwitz "No longer diverted by other emotions, I work the way a cow grazes."

Kathe Kollwitz
(07/08/1867 – 04/22/1945)
German artist (gallery)
Philip Johnson "Architecture is the art of how to waste space."

Philip Johnson
(07/08/1906 – 01/25/2005)
US architect (550 Madison Avenue)
George Romney "I didn't say that I didn't say it, I said that I didn't say that I said it. I want to make that very clear."

George Romney
(07/08/1907 – 07/26/1995)
US governor (MI)
(father of Mitt)
Nelson Rockefeller "The chief problem with lower income farmers is poverty."

Nelson Rockefeller
(07/08/1908 – 01/26/1979)
US zillionaire, Governor (NY), Vice President (41)
(grandson of John D. Rockefeller, Sr.; son of John D. Rockefeller, Jr.)
Louis Jordan "With my little band, I did everything they did with a big band. I made the blues jump."

Louis Jordan
(07/08/1908 – 02/04/1975)
US bandleader, rock'n'roller ("Caldonia")
"He had delusions of adequacy."

Walter Kerr
(07/08/1913 – 10/09/1996)
US theatre critic ("How Not to Write a Play") , on Jay Robinson, producer and virtually star of Broadway play "Buy Me Blue Ribbons"
Billy Eckstine "I'm glad I don't have perfect pitch because perfect pitch can drive you crazy."

Billy Eckstine
(07/08/1914 – 03/08/1993)
US singer, bandleader ("I Apologize")
Elisabeth Kubler-Ross "People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within."

Elisabeth Kubler-Ross
(07/08/1926 – 08/24/2004)
Swiss psychiatrist (Five stages of grief)
Shirley Ann Grau "One of my current pet theories is that the winter is a kind of evangelist, more subtle than Billy Graham, of course, but of the same stuff."

Shirley Ann Grau
(07/08/1929 – 08/03/2020)
US writer ("The Keepers of the House")
Anthony Hope Hawkins "Economy is going without something you do want in case you should, some day, want something you probably don't want."

Sir Anthony Hope Hawkins
(02/09/1863 – 07/08/1933)
English writer ("The Prisoner of Zenda")
Henry Havelock Ellis "The sexual embrace can only be compared with music and with prayer."

Havelock Ellis
(02/02/1859 – 07/08/1939)
English writer ("A Study of British Genius")
Phil Gramm "Half the world does not know the joys of wearing cotton underwear."

Senator Phil Gramm
(07/08/1942 – )
US Senator
Anjelica Huston "Of course drugs were fun. And that's what's so stupid about anti-drug campaigns—they don't admit that."

Anjelica Huston
(07/08/1951 – )
US actor ("Prizzi's Honor")
(daughter of John Huston, granddaughter of Walter Huston; dated Jack Nicholson)
A. Whitney Brown "Our bombs are smarter than the average high school student. At least they can find Kuwait."

A. Whitney Brown
(07/08/1952 – )
US writer, actor (SNL)
"I would even go to Washington, which is saying something for me, just to glimpse Jane Q. Public, being sworn in as the first female president of the United States, while her husband holds the Bible and wears a silly pill box hat and matching coat."

Anna Quindlen
(07/08/1953 – )
US writer ("One True Thing")
Kevin Bacon "There are two types of actors: those who say they want to be famous and those who are liars."

Kevin Bacon
(07/08/1958 – )
US actor ("Footloose")
(married to Kyra Sedgwick)
Bek David Campbell "I think my whole generation's mission is to kill the cliche."

(07/08/1970 – )
US singer, songwriter, musician ("Devil's Haircut")
Michael Wilding "I was the worst actor I ever came across."

Michael Wilding
(07/23/1912 – 07/08/1979)
English actor ("The Courtneys of Curzon Street")
(was married to Elizabeth Taylor)
Hyman G. Rickover "Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people."

Admiral Hyman G. Rickover
(01/27/1900 – 07/08/1986)
Poland-born military guy
Eleanor Geisman "I always wanted to be a movie star. I thought it meant being famous and having breakfast in bed. I didn't know you had to be up at 4:00 a.m."

June Allyson
(10/07/1917 – 07/08/2006)
US actor ("The Bride Goes Wild")
(was married to Dick Powell)
Elizabeth Ann Bloomer Ford "I had thought I would hate being First Lady. I loved it."

Betty Ford
(04/08/1918 – 07/08/2011)
US First Lady (45)
(was married to Gerald Ford)
Ermes Effron Borgnino "I just want to do more work. Every time I step in front of a camera I feel young again. I really do. It keeps your mind active and it keeps you going."

Ernest Borgnine
(01/24/1917 – 07/08/2012)
US actor ("Marty")