John Quincy Adams "Old minds are like old horses; you must exercise them if you wish to keep them in working order."

John Quincy Adams
(07/11/1767 – 02/23/1848)
US President (6) (grandfather of Henry Brooks Adams, father of Charles Francis Adams, son of John Adams and Abigail Smith Adams)
James McNeil Whistler "I can't tell you if genius is hereditary, because heaven has granted me no offspring."

James McNeil Whistler
(07/11/1834 – 07/17/1903)
US artist (died near his birthday)
John Wanamaker "Half the money I spend on advertising is wasted; the trouble is, I don't know which half."

John Wanamaker
(07/11/1838 – 12/12/1922)
US merchant
Elwyn Brooks White Mother: "It's broccoli, dear."
Child: "I say it's spinach, and I say the hell with it."

E. B. White
(07/11/1899 – 10/01/1985)
US writer, grammarian
William Ernest Henley "Life is, I think, a blunder and a shame."

William Ernest Henley
(08/23/1849 – 07/11/1903)
English writer
Yuliy Borisovich Briner "Girls have an unfair advantage over men: if they can't get what they want by being smart, they can get it by being dumb."

Yul Brynner
(07/11/1920 – 10/10/1985)
Russian actor
Harold Bloom "I am not unique in my elegiac sadness at watching reading die, in the era that celebrates Stephen King and J. K. Rowling rather than Charles Dickens and Lewis Carroll."

Harold Bloom
(07/11/1930 – 10/14/2019)
US literary critic
Jacob Gershowitz "True music must repeat the thought and inspirations of the people and the time. My people are Americans and my time is today."

George Gershwin
(09/26/1898 – 07/11/1937)
US composer (brother of Ira)
Suzanne Vega "I refuse to slap some stupid words on the stupid paper just so we have a stupid song finished."

Suzanne Vega
(07/11/1959 – )
US singer, songwriter
"The world does not owe men a living, but business, if it is to fulfill its ideal, owes men an opportunity to earn a living."

Owen D. Young
(10/27/1874 – 07/11/1962)
US businessman
"Love is the most difficult and dangerous form of courage."

Delmore Schwartz
(12/08/1913 – 07/11/1966)
US writer
John W. Campbell, Jr. "Don't worry about it, son. I just like to shake 'em up."

John W. Campbell, Jr.
(06/08/1910 – 07/11/1971)
US writer
"One of the grotesqueries of present-day American life is the amount of reasoning that goes into displaying the wisdom secreted in bad movies while proving that modern art is meaningless."

Harold Rosenberg
(02/02/1906 – 07/11/1978)
US writer
Kenneth Millar "Money costs too much."

Ross MacDonald
(12/13/1915 – 07/11/1983)
US writer
Laurence Olivier "Acting is a masochistic form of exhibitionism. It is not quite the occupation of an adult."

Sir Laurence Olivier
(05/22/1907 – 07/11/1989)
English actor
"In the middle ages people were tourists because of their religion, whereas now they are tourists because tourism is their religion."

Robert Runcie
(10/02/1921 – 07/11/2000)
English Archbishop
Claudia Taylor Johnson "Every politician should have been born an orphan and remain a bachelor."

"Lady Bird" Johnson
(12/22/1912 – 07/11/2007)
US First Lady (43) (was married to Lyndon Johnson)
Charles Edward Haden "In the midst of creating, a person is raised to another level of consciousness that doesn't have that much to do with everyday thinking. It's as if you could imagine life before there were words."

Charlie Haden
(08/06/1937 – 07/11/2014)
US bassist, composer
Tamas Erdelyi "The Ramones were inspiring a lot of bands that couldn't master their instruments."

Tommy Ramone
(01/29/1949 – 07/11/2014)
US drummer (Ramones)