"Commonly they must use their feet for defense whose only weapon is their tongue."

Sir Philip Sidney
(11/30/1554 – 10/17/1586)
English poet ("Astrophel and Stella")
Anne de l'Enclos "Love never dies of starvation, but often of indigestion."

Ninon de l'Enclos
(11/10/1620 – 10/17/1705)
French writer, courtesan ("La Coquette Vengée (The Flirt Avenged)")
Earl of Sandwich: "I am convinced, Mr. Wilkes, that you will die either of a pox or on the gallows."
John Wilkes: "That depends, my lord, on whether I embrace your mistress or your principles."
(10/17/1725 – 12/26/1797)
English statesman ("The North Briton")
Elinor Glyn "American husbands are the best in the world; no other husbands are so generous to their wives, or can be so easily divorced."

Elinor Glyn
(10/17/1864 – 09/23/1943)
English writer ("Beyond the Rocks")
Sarah Winnemucca ('Thocmectony') "Most of teachers have but one object, viz. to draw their salary. I do not think that a teacher should have no salary. But I think they should earn it first and then think of it."

Sarah Winnemucca
(??/??/1844 – 10/17/1891)
US educator, scout
"Fight for your opinions, but do not believe that they contain the whole truth or the only truth."

Charles Anderson Dana
(08/08/1819 – 10/17/1897)
US newspaper magnate ("Recollections of the Civil War")
Shinichi Suzuki "Music exists for the purpose of growing an admirable heart."

Shinichi Suzuki
(10/17/1898 – 01/26/1998)
Japanese violinist, teacher ("Ability Development from Age Zero")
Julia Ward Howe "The strokes of the pen need deliberation as much as the sword needs swiftness."

Julia Ward Howe
(05/27/1819 – 10/17/1910)
US writer ("Battle Hymn of the Republic")
Albino Luciani "If someone had told me I would be Pope one day, I would have studied harder."

Pope John Paul I
(10/17/1912 – 09/28/1978)
Italian Pope
Arthur Miller "Maybe all one can do is hope to end up with the right regrets."

Arthur Miller
(10/17/1915 – 02/10/2005)
US playwright ("The Crucible")
(was married to Marilyn Monroe)
Margarita Carmen Cansino "Men go to bed with Gilda, but wake up with me."

Rita Hayworth
(10/17/1918 – 05/14/1987)
US actor ("Gilda") , on her role in "Gilda"
(was married to Orson Welles)
Edward Montgomery Clift "Look, if you're playing Romeo and your Juliet is a pig, you find something you can love about pigs!"

Montgomery Clift
(10/17/1920 – 07/23/1966)
US actor ("Red River")
Jimmy Breslin "Nixon is a purposeless man, but I have great faith in his cowardice."

Jimmy Breslin
(10/17/1928 – 03/19/2017)
US writer ("The Gang That Couldn't Shoot Straight")
Michael McKean "When we've done it—and this sounds like I'm talking about sex, doesn't it?—we've done it every way you can."

Michael McKean
(10/17/1947 – )
US actor (SNL, Spinal Tap, Better Call Saul) ("The Majesty of Rock") , on writing songs with his wife
(married to Annette O'Toole)
Margaret Ruth Kidder "God, George Bush makes me want to slash my wrists. He's so embarrassing I have to leave the room when he's on the news. What a monkey."

Margot Kidder
(10/17/1948 – 05/13/2018)
Canadian actor ("Sisters")
George Wendt "I not only get recognized—I get recognized from behind."

George Wendt
(10/17/1948 – )
US actor ("Cheers")
(uncle of Jason Sudeikis)
Norm Macdonald "I was in my peak physical condition when I was about like, uh... one. Oh God, I looked good, young and fresh! You wouldn't know me now if you'd seen me when I was one, you know? I even looked good for my age. People would come up to me and go, 'what are you, zero?' And I'd go, 'no, I'm one over here!'"

Norm Macdonald
(10/17/1959 – 09/14/2021)
Canadian comic, actor (SNL)
Mike Judge "I don't think people come home from work thinking, 'I want to be shocked and startled.' You want to check in with your favorite characters, and it's nice knowing they're not going to change that much."

Mike Judge
(10/17/1962 – )
Ecuadorian cartoonist ("Beavis and Butt-Head") , on his show "King of the Hill"
Marshall Bruce Mathers III "Don't do drugs, don't have unprotected sex, don't be violent. Leave that to me."

(10/17/1972 – )
US rapper ("My Name Is")
Simeon Joseph Perelman "There is no danger of my getting scurvy [while in England], as I have to consume at least two gin-and-limes every evening to keep the cold out."

S. J. Perelman
(02/01/1904 – 10/17/1979)
US screenwriter ("The Beauty Part")
Albert Hunter "I've got the world in a jug
The stopper's in my hand."

Alberta Hunter
(04/01/1895 – 10/17/1984)
US singer ("Two-Fisted Double-Jointed Rough & Ready Man")
Ernest Jennings Ford "You can't cheat the public for long."

Tennessee Ernie Ford
(02/13/1919 – 10/17/1991)
US singer ("Sixteen Tons")
Joseph Abraham Gottlieb "Today you can go to a gas station and find the cash register open and the toilets locked. They must think toilet paper is worth more than money."

Joey Bishop
(02/03/1918 – 10/17/2007)
US comic, actor, TV host ("Sergeants 3")