Armand Jean du Plessis "If you give me six lines written by the hand of the most honest of men, I will find something in them which will hang him."

Cardinal Richelieu
(09/09/1585 – 12/04/1642)
French minister, clergy
Lev Nikolgevich Tolstoy "A man is like a fraction whose numerator is what he is and whose denominator is what he thinks of himself. The larger the denominator the smaller the fraction."

Leo Tolstoy
(09/09/1828 – 11/20/1910)
Russian writer
Mary Hunter Austin "People would be surprised to know how much I learned about prayer from playing poker."

Mary Austin
(09/09/1868 – 08/13/1934)
US writer
"Theatre director: a person engaged by the management to conceal the fact that the players cannot act."

James Agate
(09/09/1877 – 06/06/1947)
English writer
Harland David Sanders "There's no reason to be the richest man in the cemetery. You can't do any business from there."

Colonel Harland Sanders
(09/09/1890 – 12/16/1980)
US chef
Beverley Nichols "Marriage—a book of which the first chapter is written in poetry and the remaining chapters in prose."

Beverley Nichols
(09/09/1898 – 09/15/1983)
English writer (died near his birthday)
"If you forgive people enough you belong to them, and they to you, whether either person likes it or not—squatter's rights of the heart."

James Hilton
(09/09/1900 – 12/20/1954)
English writer
Cesare Pavese "Every luxury must be paid for, and everything is a luxury, starting with being in this world."

Cesare Pavese
(09/09/1908 – 08/27/1950)
Italian writer
"Much good work is lost for the lack of a little more."

Edward H. Harriman
(02/20/1848 – 09/09/1909)
US railroad executive
Paul Goodman "Few great men could pass Personnel."

Paul Goodman
(09/09/1911 – 08/02/1972)
US critic
"Waiting is a trap. There will always be reasons to wait... The truth is, there are only two things in life, reasons and results, and reasons simply don't count."

Robert Anthony
(09/09/1916 – 12/01/2006)
US professor
Cliff Robertson "This isn't exactly a stable business. It's like trying to stand up in a canoe with your pants down."

Cliff Robertson
(09/09/1923 – 09/10/2011)
US actor (died near his birthday)
Sylvia Reuben Lee "Only the untalented can afford to be humble."

Sylvia Miles
(09/09/1924 – 06/12/2019)
US actor
Anna Margaret Lindholm Haycraft "Claudia's the sort of person who goes through life holding onto the sides."

Alice Thomas Ellis
(09/09/1932 – 03/08/2005)
Welsh writer
Otis Redding "If you want to be a singer, you've got to concentrate on it twenty-four hours a day. You can't be a well driller, too."

Otis Redding
(09/09/1941 – 12/10/1967)
US singer, songwriter
Joe Theismann "The word 'genius' isn't applicable in football. A genius is a guy like Norman Einstein."

Joe Theismann
(09/09/1949 – )
US ex-NFL quarterback ; he later claimed that there actually was a "smart guy" named Norman Einstein at his school—at any rate the quote rather reinforces his case
Rupert Hughes "Her face was her chaperone."

Rupert Hughes
(01/31/1872 – 09/09/1956)
US writer (uncle of Howard Hughes)
John Edward Szeles "A duck walks into the pharmacy and says, 'gimme some chapstick—and put it on my bill.'"

The Amazing Johnathan
(09/09/1958 – )
US comic
Hugh John Mungo Grant "I'm not one to go around blowing my own horn."

Hugh Grant
(09/09/1960 – )
English actor (LTR with Elizabeth Hurley)
Adam Sandler "Now I realize how ugly I am."

Adam Sandler
(09/09/1966 – )
US comic actor (SNL) , after laser eye surgery
Samuel Nathaniel Behrman "A wonderful discovery, psychoanalysis. Makes quite simple people feel they're complex."

S. N. Behrman
(06/09/1893 – 09/09/1973)
US writer
Mao Tse-Tung "The people are like water and the army is like fish."

Mao Tse-Tung
(12/26/1893 – 09/09/1976)
Chinese political leader
Jacob Warner "No, no. Jimmy Stewart for governor. Ronald Reagan for his best friend."

Jack L. Warner
(08/02/1892 – 09/09/1978)
Canadian film producer and Warner Brother (brother of Harry Warner; shown with Alfred Hitchcock) , on Reagan being elected governor of California
"Reason itself is fallible, and this fallibility must find a place in our logic." *

Nicola Abbagnano
(07/15/1901 – 09/09/1990)
Italian existential philosopher
Oliver Burgess Meredith "Franchot Tone is nuttier than a fruitcake, so don't let the genteel frosting fool you."

Burgess Meredith
(11/16/1907 – 09/09/1997)
US actor (was married to Paulette Goddard)
Richie Ashburn "To cure a batting slump, I took my bat to bed with me. I wanted to know my bat a little better."

Richie Ashburn
(03/19/1927 – 09/09/1997)
US baseball player
Edward Teller "No endeavor that is worthwhile is simple in prospect; if it is right, it will be simple in retrospect."

Edward Teller
(01/15/1908 – 09/09/2003)
US scientist
Shirley Diana Gregory "All too many men still seem to believe, in a rather naïve and egocentric way, that what feels good to them is automatically what feels good to women."

Shere Hite
(11/02/1942 – 09/09/2020)
US researcher, writer (The Hite Report)