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

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

Edmund Waller
(03/03/1606 – 10/21/1687)
English writer ("Song (Go, Lovely Rose)")
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 ("The Rime of the Ancient Mariner")
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 ("The Minor")
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 ("Graziella")
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 ("Tony the Tiger")
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 ("The Annotated Alice")
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 ("A Night In Tunisia")
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 ("The Left Hand of Darkness")
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) ("Tear it Up")
(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 ("Postcards from the Edge")
(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) ("Reward")
"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 ("The Dharma Bums")
Francois Truffaut "I have always preferred the reflect of the life to life itself."

Francois Truffaut
(02/06/1932 – 10/21/1984)
French director ("The 400 Blows")
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) ("A Good Life: Newspapering and Other Adventures")
Raine McCorquodale "Alas, for our towns and cities. Monstrous carbuncles of concrete have erupted in gentle Georgian squares."

Countess Raine Spencer
(09/09/1929 – 10/21/2016)
English socialite
(daughter of Barbara Cartland, stepmother of Princess Diana)