"To read without reflecting is like eating without digesting."

Edmund Burke
(01/12/1729 – 07/09/1797)
Irish statesman
Zachary Taylor "It would be judicious to act with magnanimity towards a prostrate foe."

Zachary Taylor
(11/24/1784 – 07/09/1850)
US President (12)
"Every now and then we discover in the seething mass of humanity round us a person who does not seem to need anybody else, and the contrast with ourselves is stinging."

Ernest Dimnet
(07/09/1866 – 12/08/1954)
French priest
Dorothy Thompson "Fear grows in darkness; if you think there's a bogeyman around, turn on the light."

Dorothy Thompson
(07/09/1893 – 01/30/1961)
US writer
"After forty a woman has to choose between losing her figure or her face. My advice is to keep your face, and stay sitting down."

Dame Barbara Cartland
(07/09/1901 – 05/21/2000)
English novelist
Edward Richard George Heath "I am not a product of privilege, I am a product of opportunity."

Sir Edward Heath
(07/09/1916 – 07/17/2005)
British Prime Minister (47)
"Needless to say, the President is correct. Whatever it was he said."

Donald Rumsfeld
(07/09/1932 – )
US executive, politico
June Jordan "In the name of motherhood and fatherhood and education and good manners, we threaten and suffocate and bind and ensnare and bribe and trick children into wholesale emulation of our ways."

June Jordan
(07/09/1936 – 06/14/2002)
US writer
David Hockney "If we are to change our world view, images have to change. The artist now has a very important job to do. He's not a little peripheral figure entertaining rich people, he's really needed."

David Hockney
(07/09/1937 – )
English artist
Benjamin Nathan Cardozo "Method is much, technique is much, but inspiration is even more."

Benjamin Cardozo
(05/24/1870 – 07/09/1938)
US Supreme Court justice
Dean R. Koontz "I'd give Charles Darwin videotapes of 'Geraldo,' 'Beavis and Butt-head' and 'The McLaughlin Group.' I would be interested in seeing if he still believes in evolution."

Dean R. Koontz
(07/09/1945 – )
US writer , on what gift he'd like to present to another writer, living or dead
John Graham Mitchell "There's three of us in the band, so we split everything straight down the middle."

Mitch Mitchell
(07/09/1946 – 11/12/2008)
English drummer (Jimi Hendrix Experience)
Orenthal James Simpson "Fear of losing is what makes competitors so great. Show me a gracious loser and I'll show you a permanent loser."

O. J. Simpson
(07/09/1947 – )
US football player, actor, murderer
Tom Hanks "If you can feel like a good man in your 40s, you can feel like a better man in your 50s, a Superman in your 60s, and maybe a Spider-Man in your 70s."

Tom Hanks
(07/09/1956 – )
US actor (married to Rita Wilson; father of Colin Hanks)
Georges Bataille "Pleasure only starts once the worm has got into the fruit; to become delightful, happiness must be tainted with poison."

Georges Bataille
(09/10/1897 – 07/09/1962)
French writer
Courtney Michelle Harrison "F890 yeah, man! I'm a rock star girl!"

Courtney Love
(07/09/1964 – )
US singer (Hole, Smashing Pumpkins) and recurring train wreck (was married to Kurt Cobain)
Pamela Fionna Segall "Everybody hates you when you're the best, and everybody hates you when you're the worst."

Pamela Adlon
(07/09/1966 – )
US actor
Earl Warren "I always turn to the sports page first, which records people's accomplishments. The front page has nothing but man's failures."

Earl Warren
(03/19/1891 – 07/09/1974)
US Supreme Court justice
John Anthony Gillis "We weren't afraid of success, we were afraid of being punished for it."

Jack White
(07/09/1975 – )
US musician (White Stripes) (married to Karen Elson)
Loren Eiseley "If there is magic on this planet, it is contained in water."

Loren Eiseley
(09/03/1907 – 07/09/1977)
US writer
Alice Paul "When you put your hand to the plow, you can't put it down until you get to the end of the row."

Alice Paul
(01/11/1885 – 07/09/1977)
US lawyer, suffragist
Cornelia Otis Skinner "One learns in life to keep silent and draw one's own confusions."

Cornelia Otis Skinner
(05/30/1899 – 07/09/1979)
US actor, writer
Eric Sevareid "The chief cause of problems is solutions."

Eric Sevareid
(11/26/1912 – 07/09/1992)
US telejournalist
"There is never a deed so foul that something couldn't be said for the guy; that's why there are lawyers."

Melvin Belli
(07/29/1907 – 07/09/1996)
US attorney
Rodney Steven Steiger "When you lose your curiosity, you're dead. I don't care if you live to be 117. You're dead."

Rod Steiger
(04/14/1925 – 07/09/2002)
US actor
H. Ross Perot "If you see a snake, just kill it. Don't appoint a committee on snakes."

H. Ross Perot
(06/27/1930 – 07/09/2019)
US gazillionaire, presidential contender
Elmore Rual Torn, Jr. "I honor religion except when it gets into shedding blood."

Rip Torn
(02/06/1931 – 07/09/2019)
US actor