John Paul Jones "I wish to have no connection with any ship that does not sail fast, for I intend to go in harm's way."

John Paul Jones
(07/06/1747 – 07/18/1792)
US naval officer
William Makepeace Thackeray "Next to the very young, I suppose the very old are the most selfish."

William Makepeace Thackeray
(07/18/1811 – 12/24/1863)
India-born English writer ("Vanity Fair")
Jane Austen "We met Dr. Hall in such very deep mourning that either his mother, his wife, or himself must be dead."

Jane Austen
(12/16/1775 – 07/18/1817)
English writer ("Sense and Sensibility")
"No plan can prevent a stupid person from doing the wrong thing in the wrong place at the wrong time—but a good plan should keep a concentration from forming."

Charles E. Wilson
(07/18/1890 – 09/26/1961)
US corporate president (General Motors)
Jessamyn West
"We want the facts to fit the preconceptions. When they don't, it is easier to ignore the facts than to change the preconceptions."

Jessamyn West
(07/18/1902 – 02/23/1984)
US writer ("The Friendly Persuasion")
(Thanks to the other Jessamyn for the photo)
Samuel Ichiye Hayakawa "I'm going to speak my mind because I have nothing to lose."

Sam I. Hayakawa
(07/18/1906 – 02/27/1992)
Canadian-US semanticist, senator (CA) ("Language in Thought and Action")
Clifford Odets "Sex—the poor man's polo."

Clifford Odets
(07/18/1906 – 08/14/1963)
US writer ("The Story on Page One")
(was married to Luise Rainer)
María Guadalupe Vélez de Villalobos "The first time you buy a house you think how pretty it is and sign the check. The second time you look to see if the basement has termites. It's the same with men."

Lupe Velez
(07/18/1908 – 12/14/1944)
Mexican actor ("Mexican Spitfire" series)
(was married to Johnny Weissmuller)
Hume Cronyn "If you're doing the devil, look for the angel in him. If you're doing the angel, look for the devil in him."

Hume Cronyn
(07/18/1911 – 06/15/2003)
Canadian actor ("Cocoon") , on acting
(was married to Jessica Tandy)
Richard Bernard Skelton "It proves what they always say: give the public what they want and they'll come out for it."

Red Skelton
(07/18/1913 – 09/17/1997)
US comic, actor, painter ("Ship Ahoy") , on Harry Cohn's funeral
Nelson Mandela "A good head and good heart are always a formidable combination. But when you add to that a literate tongue or pen, then you have something very special."

Nelson Mandela
(07/18/1918 – 12/05/2013)
African statesman
John Glenn "I don't know what you could say about a day in which you have seen four beautiful sunsets."

John Glenn
(07/18/1921 – 12/08/2016)
US astronaut, senator (OH)
Jean Margaret Laurence "When I say 'work' I only mean writing. Everything else is just odd jobs."

Margaret Laurence
(07/18/1926 – 01/05/1987)
Canadian writer ("The Stone Angel")
Jalacy Hawkins "I came into this world black, naked and ugly. And no matter how much I accumulate here, it's a short journey. I will go out of this world black, naked and ugly. So I enjoy life."

Screamin' Jay Hawkins
(07/18/1929 – 02/12/2000)
US singer ("I Put a Spell on You")
Yevgeny Yevtushenko "A hyena in syrup."

Yevgeny Yevtushenko
(07/18/1933 – 04/01/2017)
Russian poet ("Babi Yar") , on Barbara Walters
Hunter S. Thompson "The integrity of a hyena and the style of a poison toad."

Hunter S. Thompson
(07/18/1937 – 02/20/2005)
US "gonzo" journalist ("Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream") , on Richard M. Nixon (image created by Stanley in Oz)
Marie of Romania "In much knowledge there is also much grief."

Queen Marie
(10/29/1875 – 07/18/1938)
Romanian royalty
(granddaughter of Queen Victoria)
"A classic is a book that doesn't have to be written again."

Carl van Doren
(09/10/1885 – 07/18/1950)
US writer, educator ("The American Novel")
(brother of Mark Van Doren)
Kristen Bell "I rarely wear clothes when I'm home by myself. I love making breakfast naked. But you've got to make sure the gardener's not coming that day."

Kristen Bell
(07/18/1980 – )
US actor ("Forgetting Sarah Marshall")
"The voice of intelligence... is drowned out by the roar of fear. It is ignored by the voice of desire. It is contradicted by the voice of shame. It is biased by hate and extinguished by anger. Most of all it is silenced by ignorance."

Dr. Karl A. Menninger
(07/22/1893 – 07/18/1990)
US scientist, psychologist ("Love Against Hate")
(died near his birthday)
"If you see a bandwagon, it's too late."

James Goldsmith
(02/26/1933 – 07/18/1997)
French financier ("The Trap")
William Westmoreland "Vietnam was the first war ever fought without any censorship. Without censorship, things can get terribly confused in the public mind."

General William Westmoreland
(03/26/1914 – 07/18/2005)
US military