John Dryden "Never was patriot yet, but was a fool."

John Dryden
(08/19/1631 – 05/12/1700)
English writer
Blaise Pascal "I have made this letter longer than usual, only because I have not had the time to make it shorter."

Blaise Pascal
(06/19/1623 – 08/19/1662)
French mathematician
Samuel Richardson "Calamity is the test of integrity."

Samuel Richardson
(08/19/1689 – 07/04/1761)
English writer
Samuel Griswold Goodrich "'Father of lakes!' thy waters bend
Beyond the eagle's utmost view,
When, throned in heaven, he sees thee send
Back to the sky its world of blue."

Peter Parley
(08/19/1793 – 05/09/1860)
US writer , "Lake Superior"
Robert Bloomfield "Remember the Viper:—'twas close at your feet,
How you started and threw yourself into my arms;
Not a strawberry there was so ripe nor so sweet
As the lips which I kiss'd to subdue your alarms."

Robert Bloomfield
(12/03/1766 – 08/19/1823)
English writer
"It is not reason that gives us our moral orientation, it is sensitivity."

Maurice Barres
(08/19/1862 – 12/04/1923)
French writer, politician
Bernard M. Baruch "To me old age is always fifteen years older than I am."

Bernard M. Baruch
(08/19/1870 – 06/20/1965)
US economist
Orville Wright "The airplane stays up because it doesn't have the time to fall."

Orville Wright
(08/19/1871 – 01/30/1948)
US inventor (brother of Wilbur)
Gabrielle Bonheur Chanel "Scheherezade is easy; a little black dress is difficult."

Coco Chanel
(08/19/1883 – 01/10/1971)
French designer, cosmetician
"I want to be your friend, for ever and ever without break of decay. When the hills are all flat and the rivers are all dry. When it lightens and thunders in winter, when it rains and snows in summer, when Heaven and Earth mingle—not till then will I part from you."

Arthur Waley
(08/19/1889 – 06/27/1966)
English sinologist
Ogden Nash "People who have what they want are very fond of telling people who haven't what they want that they really don't want it."

Ogden Nash
(08/19/1902 – 05/19/1971)
US poet
"Real rebels are rarely anything but second rate outside their rebellion; the drain of time and temper is ruinous to any other accomplishment."

James Gould Cozzens
(08/19/1903 – 08/09/1978)
US writer
Philo T. Farnsworth "The damned thing works!"

Philo T. Farnsworth
(08/19/1906 – 03/11/1971)
US inventor (first television broadcast) , telegram, on the first successful television broadcast
"I made my money the old fashioned way. I was very nice to a wealthy relative right before he died."

Malcolm Forbes
(08/19/1919 – 02/24/1990)
US gazillionaire (son of B. C. Forbes)
Gene Roddenberry "The funny thing is that everything is science fiction at one time or another."

Gene Roddenberry
(08/19/1921 – 10/24/1991)
US TV producer (Star Trek)
"The cure for mixed metaphors, I have always found, is for the patient to be obliged to draw a picture of the result."

Bernard Levin
(08/19/1928 – 08/07/2004)
English writer
Frank McCourt "There's so much absurdity. Poverty is so absurd."

Frank McCourt
(08/19/1930 – 07/19/2009)
Irish-American writer (brother of Malachy McCourt)
Federico Garcia Lorca "In Spain, the dead are more alive than the dead of any other country in the world."

Federico Garcia Lorca
(06/05/1898 – 08/19/1936)
Spanish writer, artist, pianist, composer
Peter Edward Baker "A really good band with a bad drummer is not a good band. A really bad band with a good drummer sounds better."

Ginger Baker
(08/19/1939 – 10/06/2019)
English drummer (Cream, Blind Faith, etc.)
Fred Thompson "I've still got a lot to learn about Washington. Thursday, I accidentally spent some of my own money."

Fred Thompson
(08/19/1942 – 11/01/2015)
US actor, Senator (TN)
William Jefferson Clinton "You can put wings on a pig, but you don't make it an eagle."

Bill Clinton
(08/19/1946 – )
US President (42) (married to Hillary Clinton)
Mary Elizabeth Aitcheson Gore "You're talking to someone who really understands rock music."

Tipper Gore
(08/19/1948 – )
US second lady, PMRC founder (married to Al Gore) , arguing for warning labels on albums
Mary Matalin "Rule number one: Never make anyone uncomfortable in your home—even morons."

Mary Matalin
(08/19/1953 – )
US political consultant (married to James Carville)
Kyra Sedgwick "Hollywood is sexist and age-ist, and that covers all the bases, I guess."

Kyra Sedgwick
(08/19/1965 – )
US actor (married to Kevin Bacon) , another base would be 'racist'
Matthew Perry "Actually, as a kid I wanted to be a tennis player, but I wasn't good enough, so I became an actor. Since then, I've just been lip-locking with gorgeous babes. So, let that be a lesson to all you little tennis players out there."

Matthew Perry
(08/19/1969 – )
US actor (Friends)
Julius Marx "There were three things that Chico was always on—a phone, a horse, or a broad."

Groucho Marx
(10/02/1890 – 08/19/1977)
US comic actor (Marx Brothers)
Linus Pauling "Satisfaction of one's curiosity is one of the greatest sources of happiness in life."

Linus Pauling
(02/28/1901 – 08/19/1994)
US chemist
Richard Claxton Gregory "When I lost my rifle, the Army charged me 85 dollars. That is why in the Navy the Captain goes down with the ship."

Dick Gregory
(10/12/1932 – 08/19/2017)
US comic, activist
Brian Aldiss "Science fiction is no more written for scientists that ghost stories are written for ghosts."

Brian Aldiss
(08/18/1925 – 08/19/2017)
English writer (died near his birthday)