William Penn "Much reading is an oppression of the mind, and extinguishes the natural candle, which is the reason of so many senseless scholars in the world."

William Penn
(10/14/1644 – 07/30/1718)
English-US Quaker leader, colonist
Samuel Rogers "When a new book is published, read an old one."

Samuel Rogers
(07/30/1763 – 12/18/1855)
English writer
Thomas Gray "Alas! regardless of their doom,
The little victims play!
No sense have they of ills to come
Nor care beyond today."

Thomas Gray
(12/26/1716 – 07/30/1771)
English writer
Emily Brontė "The tyrant grinds down his slaves and they don't turn against him, they crush those beneath them."

Emily Brontė
(07/30/1818 – 12/19/1848)
English writer (sister of Charlotte and Anne Brontė)
"Invention is the mother of necessity."

Thorstein Veblen
(07/30/1857 – 08/03/1929)
Norwegian economist (died near his birthday)
Henry Ford "Any colour—so long as it's black."

Henry Ford
(07/30/1863 – 04/07/1947)
US inventor, industrialist , on Model T paint options
Charles Dillon Stengel "The key to being a good manager is keeping the people who hate me away from those who are still undecided."

Casey Stengel
(07/30/1890 – 09/29/1975)
US baseball player, manager
Otto von Bismarck "Laws are like sausages. It's better not to see them being made."

Otto von Bismarck
(04/01/1815 – 07/30/1898)
German Chancellor
Henry Moore "There is a right physical size for every idea."

Henry Moore
(07/30/1898 – 08/31/1986)
English sculptor
Cyril Northcote Parkinson "The man who is denied the opportunity of taking decisions of importance begins to regard as important the decisions he is allowed to take."

C. Northcote Parkinson
(07/30/1909 – 03/09/1993)
English writer
Dick Wilson "As she lay there dozing next to me, one voice inside my head kept saying, 'Relax... you are not the first doctor to sleep with one of his patients,' but another kept reminding me, 'Howard, you are a veterinarian.'"

(Probably not this) Dick Wilson
(07/30/1916 – 11/18/2007)
US actor
Joyce Kilmer "For nothing keeps a poet
In his high singing mood
Like unappeasable hunger
For unattainable food."

Joyce Kilmer
(12/06/1886 – 07/30/1918)
US writer
Pat Schroeder "Nobody ever says to men, 'how can you be a Congressman and a father.'"

Pat Schroeder
(07/30/1940 – )
US congressperson (CO)
Arnold Schwarzenegger "My body is like breakfast, lunch, and dinner. I don't think about it, I just have it."

Arnold Schwarzenegger
(07/30/1947 – )
Austrian body builder, actor, groper, governor (CA) (was married to Maria Shriver)
Christopher Millar "This big rat just happened to scuttle along at the very moment I was telling them I had scabies."

Rat Scabies
(07/30/1955 – )
English drummer (the Damned) , on how he got his name
Delta Burke "If you want to say it with flowers, remember that a single rose screams in your face, 'I'm cheap!'"

Delta Burke
(07/30/1956 – )
US actor
Catherine Bush "After I've done the salesman bit, I like to be quiet and retreat, because that's where I write from. I'm a sort of quiet little person."

Kate Bush
(07/30/1958 – )
English singer, songwriter, dancer, musician
Laurence Fishburne "I've played a lot of bad guys, 'cause that was the only work I could get. People saw my face and went 'Oooh.'"

Laurence Fishburne
(07/30/1961 – )
US actor
Lisa Kudrow "In college I castrated 21 rats, and I got pretty good at it."

Lisa Kudrow
(07/30/1963 – )
US actor (Friends)
Hilary Swank "The films are polar opposites. In one, I had to strap my breasts down and in the other push them up."

Hilary Swank
(07/30/1974 – )
US actor , on the emotive range of her breasts in "Boys Don't Cry" and "The Affair of the Necklace"
James Riddle Hoffa "I don't need bodyguards."

Jimmy Hoffa
(02/14/1913 – 07/30/1975 [disappeared])
US union leader
"Composers shouldn't think too much—it interferes with their plagiarism."

Howard Dietz
(09/08/1896 – 07/30/1983)
US actor
Lillie Louise Fontanne "I lied to everybody. I lie very well, being an actress, naturally."

Lynn Fontanne
(12/06/1887 – 07/30/1983)
English-US actor , on her age
Lily Claudette Chauchoin "If I couldn't laugh, I'd rather die."

Claudette Colbert
(09/13/1903 – 07/30/1996)
French actor
Ingmar Bergman "I hope I never get so old I get religious."

Ingmar Bergman
(07/14/1918 – 07/30/2007)
Swedish film director
Michelangelo Antonioni "My characters are ambiguous. Call them that. I don't mind. I am ambiguous myself. Who isn't?"

Michelangelo Antonioni
(09/29/1910 – 07/30/2007)
Italian film director