Giuseppe Verdi "You may have the universe if I may have Italy."

Giuseppe Verdi
(10/10/1813 – 01/27/1901)
Italian composer
Ada Esther Leverson "You don't know a woman until you've had a letter from her."

Ada Leverson
(10/10/1862 – 08/30/1933)
English writer
William Henry Seward, Sr. "The circumstances of the world are so variable that an irrevocable purpose or opinion is almost synonymous with a foolish one."

William Seward
(05/16/1801 – 10/10/1872)
US Secretary of State
Ivo Andric "One shouldn't be afraid of the humans. Well, I am not afraid of the humans, but of what is inhuman in them."

Ivo Andric
(10/10/1892 – 03/13/1975)
Bosnian writer
Lin Yutang "In order to appreciate England one has to have a certain contempt for logic."

Lin Yutang
(10/10/1895 – 03/26/1976)
Chinese writer
Helen Hayes Brown "The truth is that there is only one terminal dignity—love. And the story of a love is not important—what is important is that one is capable of love. It is perhaps the only glimpse we are permitted of eternity."

Helen Hayes
(10/10/1900 – 03/17/1993)
US actor
"Gratitude, like love, is never a dependable international emotion."

Joseph Alsop, Jr.
(10/10/1910 – 08/28/1989)
US writer (brother of Stewart Alsop)
Thelonious Sphere Monk "A note can be as small as a pin or as big as the world, it depends on your imagination."

Thelonious Monk
(10/10/1917 – 02/17/1982)
US pianist, composer
Edward D. Wood, Jr. "One is always considered mad when one perfects something that others cannot grasp."

Ed Wood
(10/10/1924 – 12/10/1978)
US director, writer
"I mean, don't forget the earth's about five thousand million years old, at least. Who can afford to live in the past?"

Harold Pinter
(10/10/1930 – 12/24/2008)
English writer
John Prine "Writing is about a blank piece of paper and leaving out what's not supposed to be there."

John Prine
(10/10/1946 – 04/07/2020)
US singer songwriter
David Lee Roth "Rock'n'Roll is not so much a question of electric guitars as it is striped pants."

David Lee Roth
(10/10/1954 – )
US singer (Van Halen) and striped-pants wearer (also see Eddie Van Halen)
Edith Giovanna Gassion "For me, singing is a way of escaping. It is another world. I'm no longer on earth."

Edith Piaf
(12/19/1915 – 10/10/1963)
French singer (same dates as Ralph Richardson)
Edward Israel Iskowitz "He hasn't an enemy in the world—but all his friends hate him."

Eddie Cantor
(01/31/1892 – 10/10/1964)
US entertainer
Ralph Richardson "You've got to perform in a role hundreds of times. In keeping it fresh one can become a large, madly humming, demented refrigerator."

Sir Ralph Richardson
(12/19/1902 – 10/10/1983)
English actor (same dates as Edith Piaf)
Chiaki Kuriyama "I loved playing Go Go, because the character's so extreme. And she's pretty close to my real character. Especially the fact that she liked her sword and lots of accessories."

Chiaki Kuriyama
(10/10/1984 – )
Japanese actor , on her role on "Kill Bill: Vol. 1"
Orson Welles "I hate television. I hate it as much as I hate peanuts. But I cannot stop eating peanuts."

Orson Welles
(05/06/1915 – 10/10/1985)
US actor, director (was married to Rita Hayworth)
Yuliy Borisovich Briner "People don't know my real self, and they're not about to find out."

Yul Brynner
(07/11/1920 – 10/10/1985)
Russian actor
Christopher Reeve "Siegel and Shuster created a piece of American mythology. It was my privilege to be the onscreen custodian of the character in the '70s and '80s. There will be many interpretations of Superman, but the original character created by two teenagers in the '30s will last forever."

Christopher Reeve
(09/25/1952 – 10/10/2004)
US actor
Joan Sutherland "If I weren't reasonably placid, I don't think I could cope with this sort of life. To be a diva, you've got to be absolutely like a horse."

Joan Sutherland
(11/07/1926 – 10/10/2010)
US singer
Alex Karras "I never graduated from Iowa, but I was only there for two terms—Truman's and Eisenhower's."

Alex Karras
(07/15/1935 – 10/10/2012)
US athlete, actor