"Language is not an abstract construction of the learned, or of dictionary makers, but is something arising out of the work, needs, ties, joys, affections, tastes, of long generations of humanity, and has its bases broad and low, close to the ground."

Noah Webster
(10/16/1758 – 05/28/1843)
US writer
Maria Antonia Josepha Johanna von Habsburg-Lothringen "I was a queen, and you took away my crown; a wife, and you killed my husband; a mother, and you deprived me of my children. My blood alone remains: take it, but do not make me suffer long."

Marie Antoinette
(11/02/1755 – 10/16/1793)
Austria-born French royalty
Oscar Wilde "A man without a tattoo is just a hairless ape."

Oscar Wilde
(10/16/1854 – 11/30/1900)
Irish writer and wit
"Thought is a strenuous art—few practice it, and then only at rare times."

David Ben-Gurion
(10/16/1886 – 12/01/1973)
Israeli Prime Minister
Eugene O'Neill "Critics? I love every bone in their heads."

Eugene O’Neill
(10/16/1888 – 11/27/1953)
US playwright
"Literature should not be suppressed merely because it offends the moral code of the censor."

William O. Douglas
(10/16/1898 – 01/19/1980)
US Supreme Court Justice
Kathleen Winsor "Charm is the ability to make someone else think that both of you are pretty wonderful."

Kathleen Winsor
(10/16/1919 – 05/26/2003)
US writer (was married to Artie Shaw)
"Average voters don't have access to the knowledge needed for informed judgments."

Dan Evans
(10/16/1925 – )
US senator, governor (WA)
GŁnter Grass "The job of a citizen is to keep his mouth open."

GŁnter Grass
(10/16/1927 – 04/13/2015)
German writer
Suzanne Marie Mahoney "I actually have never been to a gym. I haven't had time. I have been working for the last 25 years. I just don't have time to put on a little outfit and go to the gym and work out and clean up and come home."

Suzanne Somers
(10/16/1946 – )
US actor
Bob Weir "What I like best about music is when time goes away."

Bob Weir
(10/16/1947 – )
US singer, guitarist (Grateful Dead)
"Paul, George, and Ringo are recording a song using the last of John's unreleased tapes. It goes 'Hello, this is the Lennon residence, I can't come to the phone right now...'"

Chris Cox
(10/16/1952 – )
US Congressman (CA)
Tim Robbins "In a free society the biggest danger is that you're afraid to the point where you censor yourself."

Tim Robbins
(10/16/1958 – )
US actor (partner of Susan Sarandon)
Gaston Bachelard "The words of the world want to make sentences."

Gaston Bachelard
(06/27/1884 – 10/16/1962)
French philosopher, writer
Cornel Wilde "I realized long ago that I could not depend on luck to bring me success. I worked hard, extra hard to improve my chance by increasing my abilities and my experience. It was my goal to accomplish, in my life, something of value and to do it with self-respect and integrity."

Cornel Wilde
(10/13/1912 – 10/16/1989)
US actor (died near his birthday)
Thelma Marjorie Ford "Why is it that men who can go through severe accidents, air raids, and any other major crisis always seem to think that they are at death's door when they have a simple head cold?"

Shirley Booth
(08/30/1898 – 10/16/1992)
US actor
James Albert Michener "I think it's remarkable that a man could write the kind of thing I do—lengthy, intricate, not dependent on sex or violence—and acquire the readership I have."

James A. Michener
(02/03/1907 – 10/16/1997)
US writer
Deborah Jane Kerr-Trimmer (Kerr rhymes with star) "Personally, I think if a woman hasn't met the right man by the time she's 24, she may be lucky."

Deborah Kerr
(09/30/1921 – 10/16/2007)
Scots-born US actor