Geoffrey Chaucer "'By God,' quod he, 'for pleynly, at a word,
thy drasty rymyng is nat worth a toord!'"

Geoffrey Chaucer
(?/1343 – 10/25/1400)
Father of English literature ("The Canterbury Tales")
King George II "I am sick to death of all this foolish stuff, and wish with all my heart that the Devil may take all your bishops, and the Devil take your ministers, and the Devil take your Parliament, and the Devil take the whole island, provided I can get out of it and go to Hanover."

King George II
(11/09/1683 – 10/25/1760)
German king of England
Henri-Benjamin Constant de Rebecque "Je ne suis pas la rose, mais j'ai vecu pres d'elle.
(I am not the rose, but I have lived near her.)"

Benjamin Constant
(10/25/1767 – 12/08/1830)
Swiss-French writer ("Adolphe")
"The knowledge of the theory of logic has no tendency whatever to make men good reasoners."

Lord Thomas Babington Macaulay
(10/25/1800 – 12/28/1859)
English historian ("The History of England from the Accession of James the Second")
Pablo Picasso "It takes a long time to become young."

Pablo Picasso
(10/25/1881 – 04/08/1973)
Spanish artist ("Guernica")
Richard E. Byrd "Singing is such an excellent thing, that I wish all people would sing."

Rear Admiral Richard E. Byrd
(10/25/1888 – 03/11/1957)
US explorer
Alfred Willmore "Some people call me a ham—in my day it was called acting."

Micheál Mac Liammóir
(10/25/1899 – 03/06/1978)
English writer, actor ("The Importance of Being Oscar")
"No art that is not in the end understood by the People can live or ever did live a single generation."

Frank Norris
(03/05/1870 – 10/25/1902)
US writer ("McTeague")
Henry Steele Commager "The fact is that censorship always defeats its own purpose, for it creates, in the end, the kind of society that is incapable of exercising real discretion."

Henry Steele Commager
(10/25/1902 – 03/02/1998)
US historian ("The American Mind: An Interpretation of American Thought and Character Since the 1880s")
Sarah Ophelia Colley Cannon "The doctor must have put my pacemaker in wrong. Every time my husband kisses me, the garage door goes up."

Minnie Pearl
(10/25/1912 – 03/04/1996)
US comic ("New York & Family")
John Berryman "Something has been said for sobriety but very little."

John Berryman
(10/25/1914 – 01/07/1972)
US writer ("The Dream Songs")
William John Bertanzetti "Try being my size and going into a public restroom."

Billy Barty
(10/25/1924 – 12/23/2000)
US actor
Bobby Knight "I told him to take a picture of his testicles so he'd have something to remember them by if he ever took another shot like the last one."

Bobby Knight
(10/25/1940 – )
US basketball coach , on a sideline conversation with a player
"While armchair travelers dream of going places, traveling armchairs dream of staying put."

Anne Tyler
(10/25/1941 – )
US writer (The Accidental Tourist)
Helen Reddy "Please don't ask me any questions about the politics of 30 years ago."

Helen Reddy
(10/25/1941 – 09/29/2020)
Australian-US singer ("I Don't Know How to Love Him")
James Carville "If you drag a hundred dollar bill through a trailer park, you never know what you'll find."

James Carville
(10/25/1944 – )
US political consultant , on Paula Jones' allegations that Bill Clinton sexually harassed her
(married to Mary Matalin)
Edward John Moreton Drax Plunkett "There are certain things which are not jokes, Gogarty, and one of them is my hanging."

Lord Dunsany
(07/24/1878 – 10/25/1957)
English writer ("The King of Elfland's Daughter")
Chaya Kaufman Durant and Will Durant "A great civilization is not conquered from without until it has destroyed itself from within."

Ariel Durant
(05/10/1898 – 10/25/1981)
Russian historian and writer ("The Story of Civilization")
(was married to Will Durant)
Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson "If people want a role model, they can have Miley Cyrus!"

Katy Perry
(10/25/1984 – )
US singer, songwriter ("Roar")
(engaged and child with Orlando Bloom, was married to Russell Brand)
Mary McCarthy "You mustn't force sex to do the work of love or love to do the work of sex."

Mary McCarthy
(06/21/1912 – 10/25/1989)
US writer ("The Group")
(was married to Edmund Wilson)
Roger Miller "If I had my life to live over, I wouldn't have time."

Roger Miller
(01/02/1936 – 10/25/1992)
US singer, songwriter ("King of the Road")
Vincent Price "I don't play monsters. I play men besieged by fate and out for revenge."

Vincent Price
(05/27/1911 – 10/25/1993)
US actor ("The Pit and the Pendulum")
(was married to Coral Browne)
"If I am to be a chauvinist pig, I want to be the number one pig."

Bobby Riggs
(02/25/1918 – 10/25/1995)
US tennis freak
Richard Harris "I'm not interested in reputation or immortality or things like that... I don't care what I'm remembered for. I don't care if I'm remembered. I don't care if I'm not remembered. I don't care why I'm remembered. I genuinely don't care."

Richard Harris
(10/01/1930 – 10/25/2002)
Irish actor, singer ("MacArthur Park")
"The intellectuals' chief cause of anguish are one another's works."

Jacques Barzun
(11/30/1907 – 10/25/2012)
French educator ("From Dawn to Decadence: 500 Years of Western Cultural Life")
John Symon Asher Bruce "I wanted to write great tunes, play the bass, be a band leader, and smoke a big funny pipe like Charlie Mingus. So I went out and bought the pipe when I was around 18 or 19 years old."

Jack Bruce
(05/14/1943 – 10/25/2014)
Scottish bass player (Cream) ("White Room")
Diane di Prima "More or Less Love Poems #11:
No babe
We'd never
Swing together but
the syncopation
would be something wild."

Diane di Prima
(08/06/1934 – 10/25/2020)
US poet ("This Kind of Bird Flies Backward")
(child with Imamu Amiri Baraka)