Desiderius Erasmus "When I get a little money, I buy books. And if there is any left over, I buy food."

Desiderius Erasmus
(10/28/1466 – 07/12/1536)
Dutch philosopher
Alexander Hamilton "Man is a reasoning rather than a reasonable animal."

Alexander Hamilton
(01/11/1755 – 07/12/1804)
US founding father
Henry David Thoreau "When I read some of the rules for speaking and writing the English language correctly, I think any fool can make a rule, and every fool will mind it."

Henry David Thoreau
(07/12/1817 – 05/06/1862)
US writer
William Osler "One finger in the throat and one in the rectum makes a good diagnostician."

Sir William Osler
(07/12/1849 – 12/29/1919)
Canadian physician
Dorothea Payne Todd Madison "I would rather fight with my hands than my tongue."

Dolley Madison
(05/20/1768 – 07/12/1849)
US First Lady (4) (married to James Madison)
"Good advice is one of those injuries which a good man ought, if possible, to forgive, but at all events to forget at once."

Horace Smith
(12/31/1779 – 07/12/1849)
English writer
George Eastman "You press the button, we do the rest."

George Eastman
(07/12/1854 – 03/14/1932)
US inventor , on his invention, the Kodak roll-film camera
Frederick Edwin Smith "A couple of aspirates."

F. E. Smith
(07/12/1872 – 09/30/1930)
English statesman , prescription for J. H. Thomas, complaining of 'an 'ell of an 'eadache.'
Eliezer Meir "There's only one way to succeed in this business. Step on those guys. Gouge their eyes out. Trample on them. Kick them in the balls. You'll be a smash."

Louis B. Mayer
(07/12/1884 – 10/29/1957)
Ukraine-born US producer
Richard Buckminster Fuller "Sometimes I think we're alone. Sometimes I think we're not. In either case, the thought is staggering."

R. Buckminster Fuller
(07/12/1895 – 07/01/1983)
US engineer, architect (great-nephew of Margaret)
Oscar Hammerstein II "The number of people who will not go to a show they do not want to see is unlimited."

Oscar Hammerstein II
(07/12/1895 – 08/23/1960)
US lyricist (also see Richard Rodgers)
Mendel Berlinger "I just filled out my income tax forms. Who says you can't get killed by a blank?"

Milton Berle
(07/12/1908 – 03/27/2002)
US comic actor, "Mr. Television"
Pierre Berton "A Canadian is someone who knows how to make love in a canoe."

Pierre Berton
(07/12/1920 – 11/30/2004)
Canadian writer
Robert Henri "The object isn't to make art, it's to be in that wonderful state which makes art inevitable."

Robert Henri
(06/24/1865 – 07/12/1929)
US artist
William Henry Cosby, Jr. "Civilization had too many rules for me, so I did my best to rewrite them."

Bill Cosby
(07/12/1937 – )
US comic, actor, serial rapist
Minnie Riperton "Your wealth can be stolen, but the precious riches buried deep in your soul cannot."

Minnie Riperton
(11/08/1947 – 07/12/1979)
US singer (mother of Maya Rudolph)
"As near genius as any actress I ever knew."

Joshua Logan
(10/05/1908 – 07/12/1988)
US actor , on Marilyn Monroe
Rachel Brosnahan "I was under the false impression that I could sing in high school, so I did a lot of musical stuff. I can't sing or dance, so that was entertaining for everyone."

Rachel Brosnahan
(07/12/1990 – )
US actor
Charleszetta Waddles "I believe that you cannot go any further than you can think. I certainly believe if you don't desire a thing, you will never get it."

"Mother" Charleszetta Waddles
(10/07/1912 – 07/12/2001)
US preacher, activist