John Galsworthy "Idealism increases in direct proportion to one's distance from the problem."

John Galsworthy
(08/14/1867 – 01/31/1933)
English writer ("The Forsyte Saga")
"The goal of all inanimate objects is to resist man and ultimately defeat him."

Russell Baker
(08/14/1925 – 01/21/2019)
US columnist ("Growing Up")
David Crosby "About as modest as Mussolini."

David Crosby
(08/14/1941 – )
US singer, songwriter (Byrds, CSNY) , on Joni Mitchell
Steve Martin "I believe that Ronald Reagan can make this country what it once was—an Arctic region covered with ice."

Steve Martin
(08/14/1945 – )
US comic, actor, director, writer ("L.A. Story")
(was married to Victoria Tennant)
Ernst Wilhelm Wenders "My advice is, don't spend money on therapy. Spend it in a record store."

Wim Wenders
(08/14/1945 – )
German director ("Paris, Texas")
Danielle Fernandes Dominique Schuelein-Steel "A bad review is like baking a cake with all the best ingredients and having someone sit on it."

Danielle Steel
(08/14/1947 – )
US writer ("Crossings")
Gary Larson "I never liked my own species."

Gary Larson
(08/14/1950 – )
US cartoonist ("The Far Side")
William Randolph Hearst "A politician will do anything to keep his job—even become a patriot."

William Randolph Hearst
(04/29/1863 – 08/14/1951)
US newspaper magnate ("San Francisco Examiner")
(LTR with Marion Davies)
Bertolt Brecht "Grub first, then ethics."

Bertolt Brecht
(02/10/1898 – 08/14/1956)
German playwright ("The Threepenny Opera")
Earvin Johnson "They said playing basketball would kill me. Well, not playing basketball was killing me."

"Magic" Johnson
(08/14/1959 – )
US basketball player
Clifford Odets "If they tell you that she died of sleeping pills you must know that she died of a wasting grief, of a slow bleeding at the soul."

Clifford Odets
(07/18/1906 – 08/14/1963)
US writer ("The Story on Page One") , on Marilyn Monroe
(was married to Luise Rainer)
Maria Halle Berry "A good role for a woman is hard to come by—be she black, white, or sky-blue pink."

Halle Berry
(08/14/1966 – )
US actor ("Monster's Ball")
(was married to Olivier Martinez)
Oscar Levant "Our loss is their loss."

Oscar Levant
(12/27/1906 – 08/14/1972)
US composer, pianist ("Rhapsody in Blue") , on Milton Berle becoming a Christian Scientist
Milena Markovna Kunis "Five inches of snow in five-inch heels. You can't look sexy and you can't look like you know what you're doing because you fall."

Mila Kunis
(08/14/1983 – )
US actor ("Black Swan")
(married to Ashton Kutcher)
John Boynton Priestly "God knows she had plenty of practice."

J. B. Priestly
(09/13/1894 – 08/14/1984)
English writer ("The Good Companions") , hearing that Mrs. Shaw was a 'good listener'
Roy Buchanan "I never thought that much about my playing. I was adequate." *

Roy Buchanan
(09/23/1939 – 08/14/1988)
US guitarist ("High Wire")
Elias Canetti "People love as self-recognition what they hate as an accusation."

Elias Canetti
(07/25/1905 – 08/14/1994)
Bulgarian writer ("Crowds and Power")
Alice Childress, by Alice Neel "Child, when hard luck fall it just keep fallin'."

Alice Childress
(10/12/1916 – 08/14/1994)
US writer ("A Hero Ain't Nothin' but a Sandwich")
Lane Kirkland "We must be part of the general staff at the inception, rather than the ambulance drivers at the bitter end."

Lane Kirkland
(03/12/1922 – 08/14/1999)
US union leader , on labor disputes
Czeslaw Milosz "If you really think about the horror of the world, the only suitable attitude seems to be to reject it."

Czeslaw Milosz
(06/30/1911 – 08/14/2004)
Lithuanian writer ("The Captive Mind")