Confucius "Silence is a true friend who never betrays."

(09/28/0551 – 04/11/0479 BC)
Chinese philosopher
Georges Clemenceau "Oh, to be seventy again!"

Georges Clemenceau
(09/28/1841 – 11/24/1929)
French PM
Kate Douglas Wiggin "It does make a difference what you call things."

Kate Douglas Wiggin
(09/28/1856 – 08/24/1923)
US writer (Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm), educator
Herman Melville "It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation."

Herman Melville
(08/01/1819 – 09/28/1891)
US writer
Louis Pasteur "Do not let yourself be tainted with a barren skepticism."

Louis Pasteur
(12/27/1822 – 09/28/1895)
French scientist
William S. Paley "Who can refute a sneer?"

William S. Paley
(09/28/1901 – 10/26/1990)
US radio, TV magnate (founded CBS)
Ed Sullivan "If you do a good job for others, you heal yourself at the same time, because a dose of joy is a spiritual cure. It transcends all barriers."

Ed Sullivan
(09/28/1901 – 10/13/1974)
US TV host
Alfred Gerald Caplin "Young people should be helped, sheltered, ignored, and clubbed if necessary."

Al Capp
(09/28/1909 – 11/05/1979)
US cartoonist (Li'l Abner)
Peter Finch "Hollywood must have been terrific once."

Peter Finch
(09/28/1916 – 01/14/1977)
English actor
Marcello Mastroianni "They come for you in the morning in a limousine; they take you to the studio; they stick a pretty girl in your arms... They call that a profession? Come on!"

Marcello Mastroianni
(09/28/1924 – 12/19/1996)
Italian actor
Brigitte Bardot "I wish I had invented sex. Sex is number one."

Brigitte Bardot
(09/28/1934 – )
French actor (was married to Roger Vadim)
Arthur Marx "...As I walked, a long-forgotten voice came out of my past. Miss Flatto. Miss Flatto, wiggling her finger at my nose and saying, ‘Some day you’ll realize, young man! Some day you’ll realize!’..."

Harpo Marx
(11/23/1888 – 09/28/1964)
US comic actor (Marx Brothers)
Janeane Garofalo "I guess I just prefer to see the dark side of things. The glass is always half-empty. And cracked. And I just cut my lip on it. And chipped a tooth."

Janeane Garofalo
(09/28/1964 – )
US comic, actor (SNL)
André Breton "The simplest Surrealist act consists of dashing down into the street, pistol in hand, and firing blindly, as fast as you can pull the trigger, into the crowd."

André Breton
(02/18/1896 – 09/28/1966)
French surrealist writer
Lillian Smith "When you stop learning, stop listening, stop looking and asking questions, always new questions, then it is time to die."

Lillian Smith
(12/12/1897 – 09/28/1966)
US writer
Mira Sorvino "There's a side of my personality that goes completely against the East Coast educated person and wants to be a pin-up girl in garages across America... there's a side that wants to wear the pink angora bikini!"

Mira Sorvino
(09/28/1967 – )
US actor
Naomi Watts "There's a lot of skeletons in my closet, but I know what they're wearing. I'm not gonna act all ashamed of it."

Naomi Watts
(09/28/1968 – )
English-Australian actor (partner with Liev Schreiber, Heath Ledger, Billy Crudup)
John Dos Passos "Marxism has not only failed to promote human freedom, it has failed to produce food."

John Dos Passos
(01/14/1896 – 09/28/1970)
US writer
Heather Renée Sweet "Don't save your good lingerie for dates, wear it for you."

Dita Von Teese
(09/28/1972 – )
US vedette, model, dancer (was married to Marilyn Manson)
Albino Luciani "To begin with, homosexuality has nothing to do with pedophilia; one is sexual orientation and the other is sexual perversion."

Pope John Paul I
(10/17/1912 – 09/28/1978)
Italian pope
Robert Helpmann "I don't despair about the cultural scene in Australia because there isn't one to despair about."

Sir Robert Helpmann
(04/09/1909 – 09/28/1986)
Australian dancer and actor
Miles Davis "If you understood everything I say, you'd be me!"

Miles Davis
(05/26/1926 – 09/28/1991)
US jazz great (was married to Cicely Tyson; relationship with Juliette Gréco)
"It is the final proof of God's omnipotence that he need not exist in order to save us."

Peter de Vries
(02/27/1910 – 09/28/1993)
US writer
Pierre Elliott Trudeau "Canada is a country whose main exports are hockey players and cold fronts. Our main imports are baseball players and acid rain."

Pierre Trudeau
(10/18/1919 – 09/28/2000)
Canadian Prime Minister (15) (was married to Margaret; father, with her, of Justin Trudeau)
Althea Gibson "No matter what accomplishments you make, somebody helped you."

Althea Gibson
(08/25/1927 – 09/28/2003)
US tennis player
Elia Kazantozaglou "There's a normal sadness about hurting people, but I'd rather hurt them a little than hurt myself a lot."

Elia Kazan
(09/07/1909 – 09/28/2003)
Constantinople-born filmmaker , on naming names in HUAC hearings
"Spoiled. That's all it's about—can't live without this, can't live without that. You can live without anything you weren't born with, and you can make it through on even half of that."

Gloria Naylor
(01/25/1950 – 09/28/2016)
US writer
Shimon Peres "You know when civilization began? With the invention of the mirror."

Shimon Peres
(08/02/1923 – 09/28/2016)
Polish Prime Minister of Israel, Nobel Laureate