Denis Diderot "I have only a small flickering light to guide me in the darkness of a thick forest. Up comes a theologian and blows it out."

Denis Diderot
(10/05/1713 – 07/31/1784)
French philosopher, encyclopedist
Chester Alan Arthur "Well, there doesn't seem anything else for an ex-President to do but to go into the country and raise big pumpkins."

Chester Alan Arthur
(10/05/1829 – 11/18/1886)
US President (21), VP (20)
"There's a difference between beauty and charm. A beautiful woman is one I notice. A charming woman is one who notices me."

John Erskine
(10/05/1879 – 06/02/1951)
US educator, writer, musician
Ray Kroc "It was not her sex appeal but the obvious relish with which she devoured the hamburger that made my pulse begin to hammer with excitement."

Ray Kroc
(10/05/1902 – 01/14/1984)
US restaurant magnate (McDonald's) , on meeting his wife
Louis Feinberg "The pain goes away on payday."

Larry Fine
(10/05/1902 – 01/24/1975)
US comic, actor, violinist, boxer (The Three Stooges)
"Not since Atilla the Hun swept across Europe leaving 500 years of total blackness has there been a man like Lee Marvin."

Joshua Logan
(10/05/1908 – 07/12/1988)
US actor
Brian O'Nolan "People who spend most of their natural lives riding iron bicycles over the rocky roadsteads of this parish get their personalities mixed up with the personalities of their bicycles as a result of the interchanging of the atoms of each of them and you would be surprised at the number of people in these parts who nearly are half people and half bicycles."

Flann O'Brien
(10/05/1911 – 04/01/1966)
Irish writer
"Boiled down to essentials, she is a plain mortal with large feet."

Herbert Kretzmer
(10/05/1925 – 10/14/2020)
S. African journalist, lyricist , on Greta Garbo
"We judge ourselves by our motives and others by their actions."

Dwight Morrow
(01/11/1873 – 10/05/1931)
US ambassador, Senator (NJ) (father of Anne Morrow Lindbergh)
Vaclav Havel "Hope is not the conviction that something will turn out well but the certainty that something makes sense, regardless of how it turns out."

Vaclav Havel
(10/05/1936 – 12/18/2011)
Czech President
"Some people are born on third base and go through life thinking they hit a triple."

Barry Switzer
(10/05/1937 – )
US football coach
"Most of the things worth doing in the world had been declared impossible before they were done."

Louis D. Brandeis
(11/13/1856 – 10/05/1941)
US Supreme Court justice
Bob Geldof "Music can't change the world."

Sir Bob Geldof
(10/05/1951 – )
English singer (Boomtown Rats)
"Everybody is a book of blood. Wherever we're opened, we're red."

Clive Barker
(10/05/1952 – )
English writer
Bernard Jeffrey McCullough "But television handcuffs you, man. Now everyone telling me what I CAN'T do, what I CAN say, what I SHOULD do, and asking, `Are blacks gonna be mad at you? Are whites gonna accept you?'"

Bernie Mac
(10/05/1957 – 08/09/2008)
US comic
Maya Ying Lin "If you don't learn history accurately, how can you learn?"

Maya Lin
(10/05/1959 – )
US architect, sculptor (designed US Vietnam vet and civil rights memorials)
Laura Lee Davies "As far as his love numbers go, I'm afraid someone who sings like he's got a throat infection is not going to get me smooching."

Laura Lee Davies
(10/05/1963 – )
English music writer , on Bryan Adams
Harry Emerson Fosdick "Watch what people are cynical about, and one can often discover what they lack."

Harry Emerson Fosdick
(05/24/1878 – 10/05/1969)
US Baptist clergy
Kate Winslet "There's more to life than cheek bones."

Kate Winslet
(10/05/1975 – )
English actor (was married to Sam Mendes)
Gloria Hallward "There's always a race against time. I don't think for one moment that life gets better. How can it? One's body starts to fall apart."

Gloria Grahame
(11/28/1923 – 10/05/1981)
US actor
Mike Mansfield "We used it, I think, as a testing grounds of sorts. We paid a terrible price in dead. We wasted our treasure, at least $130 billion. We destroyed towns and cities to save them. We decimated populations and lands through defoliation. We have no one to blame but ourselves."

Mike Mansfield
(03/16/1903 – 10/05/2001)
US senator (MT) , on Vietnam
Jack Roy "If it weren't for pickpockets, I'd have no sex life at all."

Rodney Dangerfield
(11/22/1921 – 10/05/2004)
US comic
Steven Jobs "Your time is limited. Don't live somebody else's life."

Steve Jobs
(02/24/1955 – 10/05/2011)
US entrepreneur