Ben Jonson "He that is taught only by himself has a fool for a master."

Ben Jonson
(06/11/1572 – 08/16/1637)
English writer
"It is the glory and merit of some men to write well, and of others, not to write at all."

Jean de la Bruyere
(08/16/1645 – 05/10 or 05/11/1696)
French scholar
Thomas Fuller "Suspect all extraordinary and groundless civilities."

Thomas Fuller
(06/19/1608 – 08/16/1661)
English writer
"If you want to go east, don't go west."

Ramakrishna Paramahamsa
(02/18/1836 – 08/16/1886)
Indian philosopher
Thomas Edward Lawrence "Many men would take the death-sentence without a whimper to escape the life-sentence which fate carries in her other hand."

T. E. Lawrence
(08/16/1888 – 05/19/1935)
Welsh writer
George Meany "Anybody who has any doubt about the ingenuity or the resourcefulness of a plumber never got a bill from one."

George Meany
(08/16/1894 – 01/10/1980)
US labor organizer
Wallace Henry Thurman "The Negro and all things negroid had become a fad, and Harlem had become a shrine to which feverish pilgrimages were in order... Seventh Avenue was the gorge into which Harlem cliff dwellers crowded to promenade."

Wallace Henry Thurman
(08/16/1902 – 12/22/1934)
US writer
"Eagles come in all shapes and sizes, but you will recognize them chiefly by their attitudes."

E. F. Schumacher
(08/16/1911 – 09/04/1977)
German-born economist
Charles Bukowski "Sometimes you just have to pee in the sink."

Charles Bukowski
(08/16/1920 – 03/09/1994)
US writer
Lew Welch "Looking for enlightenment is like looking for a flashlight when all you need the flashlight for is to find the flashlight."

Lew Welch
(08/16/1926 – 05/23/1971)
US writer
Bill Evans "Jazz is not a what, it is a how."

Bill Evans
(08/16/1929 – 09/15/1980)
US pianist
Francis Newton Gifford "Oh how sweet it is to hear one's own convictions from another's lips."

Frank Gifford
(08/16/1930 – 08/09/2015)
US football player, announcer (was married to Kathie Lee Gifford; died near his birthday)
Julia Charlene Newmeyer "It was so wonderful being on 'Batman,' because you could be nasty and mean, and in the fifties women could never (unless you were some 'B' picture actress) be mean, bad, and nasty. It was so satisfying; I can't tell you how satisfying it was."

Julie Newmar
(08/16/1933 – )
US actor
George Herman Ruth "As Duke Ellington once said, 'The Battle of Waterloo was won on the playing fields of Elkton.'"

Babe Ruth
(02/06/1895 – 08/16/1948)
US baseball player (the actual quote, often misattributed to the Duke of Wellington, was "The Battle of Waterloo was won on the playing fields of Eton")
Margaret Mitchell "What most people don't seem to realize is that there is just as much money to be made out of the wreckage of a civilization as from the upbuilding of one."

Margaret Mitchell
(11/08/1900 – 08/16/1949)
US writer
(Gone With the Wind)
"The introduction of religious passion into politics is the end of honest politics, and the introduction of politics into religion is the prostitution of true religion."

Douglas McGarel Hogg, Lord Hailsham
(02/28/1872 – 08/16/1950)
English politician
Kathryn Lee Epstein "I change my hairstyle every day for the show, I'm fastidious and vain about my nails and teeth and grooming and makeup, but a perfect body, forget it. Dust to dust, wuggies to wuggies."

Kathie Lee Gifford
(08/16/1953 – )
French-born US TV person (was married to Frank Gifford)
"I don't look at scripts. I just write them."

James Cameron
(08/16/1954 – )
Canadian director (was married to Linda Hamilton)
Bela Ferenc Dezso Blasko "This is the most uncomfortable coffin I've ever been in."

Bela Lugosi
(10/20/1882 – 08/16/1956)
Hungarian actor , to Ed Wood on one of his movie sets
"It is my indignant opinion that 90 percent of the moving pictures exhibited in America are so vulgar, witless and dull that it is preposterous to write about them in any publication not intended to be read while chewing gum."

Wolcott Gibbs
(03/15/1902 – 08/16/1958)
US writer
Madonna Ciccone "Listen, everyone is entitled to my opinion."

Madonna
(08/16/1958 – )
US singer (was married to Sean Penn, Guy Ritchie)
"I never trust a fighting man who doesn't smoke or drink."

Admiral William Frederick Halsey
(10/30/1882 – 08/16/1959)
US military
Steve Carell "I think a character in a comedy should not know they're in a comedy."

Steve Carell
(08/16/1962 – )
US comic actor
Elvis Aaron Presley "I don't know anything about music. In my line you don't have to."

Elvis Presley
(01/08/1935 – 08/16/1977)
US singer, rock'n'roll icon (father of Lisa Marie)
Jim Murray "I'd like to borrow his body for just 48 hours. There are three guys I'd like to beat up and four women I'd like to make love to."

Jim Murray
(12/29/1919 – 08/16/1998)
US columnist , on Muhammad Ali
Idi Amin Dada Oumee "If we knew the meaning to everything that is happening to us, then there would be no meaning."

Idi Amin Dada
(05/17/1925 – 08/16/2003)
African dictator
"In no other society do they have one person play with all four limbs."

Max Roach
(01/10/1924 – 08/16/2007)
US drummer , on drumming
Aretha Franklin "Everybody wants respect. In their own way, three-year-olds would like respect, and acknowledgment, in their terms."

Aretha Franklin
(03/25/1942 – 08/16/2018)
US Queen of Soul
Peter Henry Fonda "I was famous from birth."

Peter Fonda
(02/23/1940 – 08/16/2019)
US actor (son of Henry, brother of Jane, father of Bridget)