King Frederick II "Diplomacy without arms is like music without instruments."

King Frederick II the Great
(01/24/1712 – 08/17/1786)
Prussian royalty
Davy Crockett "I would rather be beaten and be a man than to be elected and be a little puppy dog."

Davy Crockett
(08/17/1786 – 03/06/1836)
US explorer, politician
Henry Drummond "Therefore keep in the midst of life. Do not isolate yourself. Be among men and things, and among troubles, and difficulties, and obstacles."

Henry Drummond
(08/17/1851 – 03/11/1897)
Scottish evangelist, writer
"Acquired concussion won't open the doors of country houses. The better classes are born concussed."

Oliver St. John Gogarty
(08/17/1878 – 09/22/1957)
Irish writer , to a social climber notorious for falling off his horse
Schmuel Gelbfisz "Here I am paying big money to you writers and what for? All you do is change the words."

Samuel Goldwyn
(08/17/1879 – 01/31/1974)
US film producer
"Liberate the minds of men and ultimately you will liberate the bodies of men."

Marcus Garvey
(08/17/1887 – 06/10/1940)
Jamaican organizer
Mary Jane West "Let's forget the six feet and talk about the seven inches."

Mae West
(08/17/1893 – 11/22/1980)
US actor
"To be fair is not enough any more. We must be ferociously fair."

John Hay Whitney
(08/17/1904 – 02/08/1982)
US gazillionaire
Elinor Smith "It sometimes happens, even in the best of families, that a baby is born. This is not necessarily cause for alarm. The important thing is to keep your wits about you and borrow some money."

Elinor Smith
(08/17/1911 – 03/19/2010)
US pilot
Maureen O'Hara "A dainty little lass I wasn't. I looked twice my age until I turned 10 or 11."

Maureen O'Hara
(08/17/1920 – 10/24/2015)
Irish actor
"It took the whole of Creation to produce my foot, my each feather: Now I hold Creation in my foot."

Ted Hughes
(08/17/1930 – 10/28/1998)
US writer (was married to Sylvia Plath)
Vidiadhar Surajprasad Naipaul "Ignorant people in preppy clothes are more dangerous to America than oil embargoes."

Sir V. S. Naipaul
(08/17/1932 – 08/11/2018)
Trinidadian writer (died near his birthday)
Robert de Niro "There is a certain combination of anarchy and discipline in the way I work."

Robert de Niro
(08/17/1943 – )
US actor
Sean Penn "You tolerate me, you really tolerate me."

Sean Penn
(08/17/1960 – )
US actor (was married to Madonna) , parodying Sally Field while accepting "Independent Spirit" Award
"There's two kinds of guys go to church—them that doesn't and them that don't."

Ed Gardner
(06/29/1901 – 08/17/1963)
US actor
Ludwig Mies van der Rohe "A chair is a very difficult object. A skyscraper is almost easier. That is why Chippendale is famous."

Ludwig Mies van der Rohe
(03/27/1886 – 08/17/1969)
German architect
Vivian Roberta Jones "When I die, there will be people who send flowers to Ethel Mertz."

Vivian Vance
(07/26/1909 – 08/17/1979)
US actor , on her "I Love Lucy" character
Israel Gershowitz "A song without music is a lot like H2 without the O."

Ira Gershwin
(12/06/1896 – 08/17/1983)
US lyricist (brother of George)
Pearl Bailey "What the world really needs is more love and less paperwork."

Pearl Bailey
(03/29/1918 – 08/17/1990)
US singer, actor