Francis of Assisi "It is in pardoning that we are pardoned."

Saint Francis of Assisi
(09/26/1181 – 10/03/1226)
Umbrian saint (died near his birthday)
John Byrom "God bless the King, I mean the Faith's Defender;
God bless—no harm in blessing—the Pretender;
But who Pretender is, or who is King,
God bless us all—that's quite another thing."

John Byrom
(02/29/1692 – 09/26/1763)
English writer
"All you need for happiness is a good gun, a good horse, and a good wife."

Daniel Boone
(11/02/1734 – 09/26/1820)
US explorer
Ivan Pavlov "Perfect as the wing of a bird may be, it will never enable the bird to fly if unsupported by the air. Facts are the air of science. Without them a man of science can never rise."

Ivan Pavlov
(09/26/1849 – 02/27/1936)
Russian scientist
Thomas Stearns Eliot "Henry James had a mind so fine that no idea could violate it."

T. S. Eliot
(09/26/1888 – 01/04/1965)
US writer
James Frank Dobie "The average Ph.D. thesis is nothing but the transference of bones from one graveyard to another."

J. Frank Dobie
(09/26/1888 – 09/18/1964)
US writer
Martin Heidegger "Man acts as though he were the shaper and master of language, while in fact language remains the master of man."

Martin Heidegger
(09/26/1889 – 05/26/1976)
German philosopher (LTR with Hannah Arendt)
"One of the greatest joys known to man is to take a flight into ignorance in search of knowledge."

Robert Staughton Lynd
(09/26/1892 – 11/01/1970)
US writer
Giovanni Battista Enrico Antonio Maria Montini "Technological society has succeeded in multiplying the opportunities for pleasure, but it has great difficulty in generating joy."

Pope Paul VI
(09/26/1897 – 08/06/1978)
Italian religious leader
Jacob Gershowitz "Why should I limit myself to only one woman when I can have as many women as I want?"

George Gershwin
(09/26/1898 – 07/11/1937)
US composer (brother of Ira)
Francois Henri LaLanne "Would you get your dog up in the morning and give him a cup of coffee, a cigarette and a doughnut?"

Jack LaLanne
(09/26/1914 – 01/23/2011)
US exercise maven
Martin David Robinson "I didn't choose a word or anything. I just wrote the song until it stopped."

Marty Robbins
(09/26/1925 – 12/08/1982)
US singer, songwriter
"Surely the vogue of those twisted and contorted human figures must be as short as it is artificial."

Harriet Monroe
(12/23/1860 – 09/26/1936)
US poet , on the work of Henri Matisse
Bessie Smith "I ain't good-lookin', but I'm somebody's angel child."

Bessie Smith
(04/15/1894 – 09/26/1937)
US singer
"Boredom is the dream bird that hatches the egg of experience. A rustling in the leaves drives him away."

Walter Benjamin
(07/15/1892 – 09/26/1940)
German-born writer
Gloria Evangelina Anzaldua "Voyager, there are no bridges, one builds them as one walks."

Gloria Evangelina Anzaldua
(09/26/1942 – 05/15/2004)
US-Chicana writer
Mary Beth Supinger "I've never been cast as a mistress. I'm the girl men marry, not the girl they have affairs with."

Mary Beth Hurt
(09/26/1946 – )
US actor (was married to William Hurt)
Olivia Newton-John "The only weights I lift are my dogs."

Olivia Newton-John
(09/26/1948 – )
Australian singer, actor
"Your sons weren't made to like you. That's what grandchildren are for."

Jane Smiley
(09/26/1949 – )
US writer
"They found me basically dead, not breathing, with the gearshift through my chest, and of all the people I'd known and played with, David [Bowie] was the only one who came to the hospital during all that time."

Tony Sales
(09/26/1951 – )
US bassist (Utopia, Stooges, Tin Machine) (son of Soupy Sales)
George Santayana "To knock a thing down, especially if it is cocked at an arrogant angle, is a deep delight to the blood."

George Santayana
(12/16/1863 – 09/26/1952)
Spanish philosopher, writer
Linda Hamilton "My husband is the sexiest man in the world."

Linda Hamilton
(09/26/1956 – )
US actor (was married to James Cameron)
"What is good for the country is good for General Motors, and what's good for General Motors is good for the country."

Charles E. Wilson
(07/18/1890 – 09/26/1961)
US corporate president (General Motors) (largest maker of armaments during WWII)
Lillie Mae Jones "If you're sitting in that audience ready to fight me from the very beginning, I'm going to have a hard time getting to you. But if you've got a heart at all, I'm going to get it."

Betty Carter
(05/16/1929 – 09/26/1998)
US singer
Paul Newman "I picture my epitaph: 'Here lies Paul Newman, who died a failure because his eyes turned brown.'"

Paul Newman
(01/26/1925 – 09/26/2008)
US actor (was married to Joanne Woodward)
Jacques Chirac "One does not export democracy in an armored vehicle."

Jacques Chirac
(11/29/1932 – 09/26/2019)
French President (22)