James Harrington "The Colonies... are yet babes that cannot live without sucking the breasts of their mother-Cities..."

James Harrington
(01/03/1611 – 09/11/1677)
English philosopher
"I think a bishop who doesn't give offence to anyone is probably not a good bishop."

James Thomson
(09/11/1700 – 08/27/1748)
Scottish writer
"The Prelude to [Wagner's] 'Tristan und Isolde' reminds one of the old Italian painting of a martyr whose intestines are slowly unwound from his body on a reel."

Eduard Hanslick
(09/11/1825 – 08/06/1904)
Czech critic
William Sydney Porter "A straw vote only shows which way the hot air blows."

O. Henry
(09/11/1862 – 06/05/1910)
US writer
James Jeans "From the intrinsic evidence of his creation, the Great Architect of the Universe now begins to appear as a pure mathematician."

James Jeans
(09/11/1877 – 09/16/1946)
English physicist (died near his birthday)
David Herbert Lawrence "I would have loved it—without the French."

D. H. Lawrence
(09/11/1885 – 03/02/1930)
English writer , on France
"I'll be sick tonight." *

Jack Llewelyn Davies
(09/11/1894 – 09/17/1959)
English boy (foster son of J. M. Barrie; died near his birthday) , on stuffing himself with cake and being warned by his mother he'd be sick tomorrow
Paul Bryant "If anything goes bad, I did it. If anything goes semi-good, we did it. If anything goes really good, then you did it. That's all it takes to get people to win football games for you."

"Bear" Bryant
(09/11/1913 – 01/26/1983)
US football coach
Jessica Mitford "I have nothing against undertakers personally. It's just that I wouldn't want one to bury my sister."

Jessica Mitford
(09/11/1917 – 07/23/1996)
English writer (sister of Nancy Mitford)
Tom Landry "Everybody said how stoic I was on the sidelines, that I didn't show any emotion. You have to understand, I was never on the play the fans were seeing. I was on the next play, or two or three plays after that."

Tom Landry
(09/11/1924 – 02/12/2000)
US football coach
Carol Grace "For God's sake, Walter, why don't you chop off her legs and read the rings?"

Carol Grace Matthau
(09/11/1924 – 07/21/2003)
US actor (was married to William Saroyan, Walter Matthau) , on Walter's repeatedly asking the age of a flirtatious starlet
Barbara Seaman "Condoms should be marketed in three sizes, jumbo, colossal, and super colossal, so that men do not have to go in and ask for the small."

Barbara Seaman
(09/11/1935 – 02/27/2008)
US writer
Brian De Palma "The camera lies all the time; lies 24 times per second."

Brian De Palma
(09/11/1940 – )
US film director (was married to Nancy Allen)
Mickey Hart "In the beginning there was noise. Noise begat rhythm, and rhythm begat everything else."

Mickey Hart
(09/11/1943 – )
US drummer (Grateful Dead)
"If I go 'round to someone's house and there's an Eric Clapton record, I just walk out."

Jon Moss
(09/11/1957 – )
English drummer (Culture Club)
Victor Wooten "You are never more than a half-step away from a right note."

Victor Wooten
(09/11/1964 – )
US bassist
Richard Melville Hall "At the time I was really flattered that the most successful artist in the world took the time out to mention me. During his gigs he has a guy dressed up as me come out so he can shoot me dead with a shotgun. It doesn't bother me, I like to think of it as my entry to the pre-school market."

(09/11/1965 – )
US singer (descendent of Herman Melville) , on Eminem
Harry Connick, Jr. "Safety's just danger, out of place."

Harry Connick, Jr.
(09/11/1967 – )
US actor, singer
Nikita Khrushchev "If anyone believes that our smiles involve abandonment of the teachings of Marx, Engels, and Lenin, he deceives himself. Those who wait for that must wait until a shrimp learns to whistle."

Nikita Khrushchev
(04/15/1894 – 09/11/1971)
Soviet leader
Jessica Tandy "I must say, if I had known at the beginning of my life that this is where I would get to, I would have said, 'Not possible. Not possible.'"

Jessica Tandy
(06/07/1909 – 09/11/1994)
US actor (was married to Hume Cronyn)
Janet Cole "I wondered how they would turn me into a chimp. My agent said it would probably not entail too much time. Just some hair and make-up. I found out that it was not so simple. The make-up took about five hours to put on and several hours to take off."

Kim Hunter
(11/12/1922 – 09/11/2002)
US actor , on wearing ape makeup
"A man never gets to this station in life without being helped, aided, shoved, pushed and prodded to do better."

John Unitas
(05/07/1933 – 09/11/2002)
US football quarterback , on entering the Pro Football Hall of Fame
John Ritter "I was the class clown, but I was also student body president in high school. I had my serious side—I idolized Bobby Kennedy, he was my role model. But so was Jerry Lewis."

John Ritter
(09/17/1948 – 09/11/2003)
US actor (died near his birthday)
Larry Gelbart "If vaudeville had died, television was the box they put it in."

Larry Gelbart
(02/25/1928 – 09/11/2009)
US writer
James Patrick Donleavy "When I die I want to decompose in a barrel of porter and have it served in all the pubs in Dublin."

J. P. Donleavy
(04/23/1926 – 09/11/2017)
US writer
"Work eight hours and sleep eight hours and make sure that they are not the same hours."

T. Boone Pickens
(05/22/1928 – 09/11/2019)
US businessman
Frederick Nathaniel Hibbert "I feel positive about what I do. And, whoever is doing reggae, they have to have positive words and no negativity. They have to be positive. Yes, if you call it reggae, and it is negative words, it is not reggae."

Toots Hibbert
(12/08/1942 – 09/11/2020)
Jamaican singer, songwriter (the Maytals)