Christopher Columbus "He who has gold makes and accomplishes whatever he wishes in the world and finally uses it to send souls to paradise."

Christopher Columbus
(08/26/1451 – 05/20/1506)
Italian explorer
Antonie van Leeuwenhoek "In the year of 1657 I discovered very small living creatures in rain water."

Antonie van Leeuwenhoek
(10/24/1632 – 08/26/1723)
Dutch biologist
Lee deForest "The general application of the transistor in radio and television is far in the future."

Dr. Lee deForest
(08/26/1873 – 06/30/1961)
US inventor , in 1952
"Without humour you cannot run a sweetie-shop, let alone a nation."

John Buchan
(08/26/1875 – 02/11/1940)
Scottish writer
Guillaume Apollinaire "Artists are, above all, men who want to become inhuman."

Guillaume Apollinaire
(08/26/1880 – 11/09/1918)
French writer
"When the jig is up, there is no need for additional dancing."

Earl Derr Biggers
(08/26/1884 – 04/05/1933)
US writer (Charlie Chan)
Christopher Isherwood "Life is not so bad if you have plenty of luck, a good physique and not too much imagination."

Christopher Isherwood
(08/26/1904 – 01/04/1986)
English writer
William James "A great many people think they are thinking when they are merely rearranging their prejudices."

William James
(01/11/1842 – 08/26/1910)
US writer, psychologist
Anjezë Gonxhe Bojaxhiu "Loneliness is the most terrible poverty."

Mother Teresa
(08/26/1910 – 09/05/1997)
Macedonian religious leader
Benjamin Crowninshield Bradlee "Generals who can write always make me nervous."

Ben Bradlee
(08/26/1921 – 10/21/2014)
US newsman (Washington Post)
Leonidas Frank Chaney "My whole career has been devoted to keeping people from knowing me."

Lon Chaney
(04/01/1883 – 08/26/1930)
US actor
Ben Wattenberg "The plural of anecdote is data."

Ben Wattenberg
(08/26/1933 – 06/28/2015)
US columnist, commentator
Geraldine Ferraro "It was not so very long ago that people thought that semiconductors were part-time orchestra leaders and microchips were very, very small snack foods."

Geraldine Ferraro
(08/26/1935 – 03/26/2011)
US Rep (NY); 1984 Vice Presidential Candidate
Andrew Mellon "Gentlemen prefer bonds."

Andrew Mellon
(03/24/1855 – 08/26/1937)
US lawyer, judge, banker, Secretary of Treasury
Barbara Ehrenreich "A senescent bimbo with a lust for home furnishings."

Barbara Ehrenreich
(08/26/1941 – )
US writer , on Nancy Reagan
Franz Werfel "Yes, death is strong, but look you, the strongest, stronger is music than death."

Franz Werfel
(09/10/1890 – 08/26/1945)
German writer (was married to Alma Schindler)
Dickran Gobalian "Who told you I was a musician?"

Leon Redbone
(08/26/1949 – 05/30/2019)
Cypriot musician
"But in the next world I shan't be doing music, with all the striving and disappointments. I shall be being it."

Ralph Vaughan Williams
(10/12/1872 – 08/26/1958)
English composer
"What is the difference between unethical and ethical advertising? Unethical advertising uses falsehoods to deceive the public; ethical advertising uses truth to deceive the public."

Vilhjalmur Stefansson
(11/03/1879 – 08/26/1962)
Canadian explorer
Shirley Manson "Any girl would go insane by the end of that. But it was at the point where I actually found myself liking 'Happy Gilmore' that I recognized the total decline of my intelligence and emotional well-being."

Shirley Manson
(08/26/1966 – )
Scottish singer (Garbage) , on touring with 20 guys in a bus
Charles Augustus Lindbergh "I have seen the science I worshiped, and the aircraft I loved, destroying the civilization I expected them to serve."

Charles Lindbergh
(02/04/1902 – 08/26/1974)
US aviator (was married to Anne Morrow Lindbergh)
Charles Boyer "That love at first sight should happen to me, was Life's most delicious revenge on a self-opinionated fool."

Charles Boyer
(08/28/1899 – 08/26/1978)
French actor (died near his birthday)
Macaulay Culkin "I don't even get an allowance."

Macaulay Culkin
(08/26/1980 – )
US actor (nephew of Bonnie Bedelia) , at age 10
Irving Tennenbaum "His mind was like a soup dish, wide and shallow; it could hold a small amount of nearly anything, but the slightest jarring spilled the soup into somebody's lap."

Irving Stone
(07/14/1903 – 08/26/1989)
US writer , on William Jennings Bryan
William Tobe Hooper "No matter where you're going it's the wrong place."

Tobe Hooper
(01/25/1943 – 08/26/2017)
US director
Marvin Neil Simon "It was a cute picture. They used the basic story of Wuthering Heights and worked in surfriders."

Neil Simon
(07/04/1927 – 08/26/2018)
US playwright