Pietro Aretino "I am, indeed, a king, for I know how to rule myself."

Pietro Aretino
(04/20/1492 – 10/21/1556)
Italian writer
Edmund Waller "Poets that lasting marble seek
Must carve in Latin or in Greek."

Edmund Waller
(03/03/1606 – 10/21/1687)
English writer
Samuel Taylor Coleridge "Swans sing before they die—'twere no bad thing
should certain persons die before they sing."

Samuel Taylor Coleridge
(10/21/1772 – 07/25/1834)
English writer
Samuel Foote "So she went into the garden to cut a cabbage-leaf, to make an apple-pie; and at the same time a great she-bear, coming up the street, pops its head into the shop. `What! no soap?' So he died, and she very imprudently married the barber."

Samuel Foote
(01/27/1720 – 10/21/1777)
English actor, playwright
Alphonse de Lamartine "The more I see of the representatives of the people, the more I admire my dogs."

Alphonse de Lamartine
(10/21/1790 – 02/28/1869)
French writer
Horatio Nelson "Something must be left to chance; nothing is sure in a sea fight beyond all others."

Horatio Nelson
(09/29/1758 – 10/21/1805)
English naval commander
Alfred Bernhard Nobel "Second to agriculture, humbug is the biggest industry of our age."

Alfred Nobel
(10/21/1833 – 12/10/1896)
Swedish chemist
Leo Burnett "I've learned any fool can write a bad ad, but it takes a real genius to keep his hands off a good one."

Leo Burnett
(10/21/1891 – 06/07/1971)
US advertising maven
Mary Robinson "Walt said that I knew about colors that he had never heard of before."

Mary Blair
(10/21/1911 – 07/26/1978)
US artist (Disney)
"As I have often said, electrons and gerbils don't cheat. People do."

Martin Gardner
(10/21/1914 – 05/22/2010)
US scientist, mathematician, magician
John Birks Gillespie "It's taken me all my life to learn what not to play."

Dizzy Gillespie
(10/21/1917 – 01/06/1993)
US trumpeter
Ursula K. Le Guin "What sane person could live in this world and not be crazy?"

Ursula K. Le Guin
(10/21/1929 – 01/22/2018)
US writer
Erik Lee Purkhiser "Rock'n'roll is so great that everyone in the world should think it's the greatest thing that's happening. If they don't, they're turds."

Lux Interior
(10/21/1946 – 02/04/2009)
US singer (Cramps) (was married to Poison Ivy Rorschach)
Carrie Fisher "I don't want life to imitate art. I want life to be art."

Carrie Fisher
(10/21/1956 – 12/27/2016)
US actor (Star Wars), writer (mother of Billie Lourd; daughter of Debbie Reynolds and Eddie Fisher; was married to Paul Simon)
Julian Cope "We wanted to be the biggest cult heroes in the world, to be millionaires, to be brilliant, and to be total bastards."

Julian Cope
(10/21/1957 – )
Welsh singer (Teardrop Explodes)
"It's like what Yogi said—what did Yogi say?"

George Bell
(10/21/1959 – )
US baseball player (White Sox)
Jack Kerouac "You can't teach the old maestro a new tune."

Jack Kerouac
(03/12/1922 – 10/21/1969)
US writer
Francois Truffaut "I have always preferred the reflect of the life to life itself."

Francois Truffaut
(02/06/1932 – 10/21/1984)
French director
George McGovern "I'm fed up to the ears with old men dreaming up wars for young men to die in."

George McGovern
(07/19/1922 – 10/21/2012)
US senator (SD) and presidential candidate
Benjamin Crowninshield Bradlee "Pick your fights. Donít duck Ďem, but donít fight second-rate opponents."

Ben Bradlee
(08/26/1921 – 10/21/2014)
US newsman (Washington Post)