"Nature uses as little as possible of anything."

Johannes Kepler
(12/27/1571 – 11/15/1630)
German astronomer ("Harmonice Mundi (Harmony of the World)")
William Pitt the elder "Don't talk to me about a man's being able to talk sense; everyone can talk sense—can he talk nonsense?"

William Pitt the elder
(11/15/1708 – 05/11/1778)
English PM (10)
"The public seldom forgive twice."

Johann Caspar Lavater
(11/15/1741 – 01/02/1801)
Swiss theologian
Franklin Pierce Adams Acquaintance, describing an unpopular man: "He's his own worst enemy."
Franklin P. Adams: "Not while I'm around."
(11/15/1881 – 03/23/1960)
US writer ("Baseball's Sad Lexicon")
"It is a fair summary of history to say that the safeguards of liberty have been forged in controversies involving not very nice people."

Felix Frankfurter
(11/15/1882 – 02/22/1965)
US Supreme Court justice
Marianne Moore "Superior people never make long visits."

Marianne Moore
(11/15/1887 – 02/05/1972)
US poet ("O to Be a Dragon")
Georgia O'Keeffe "I hate flowers—I paint them because they're cheaper than models and they don't move."

Georgia O'Keeffe
(11/15/1887 – 03/06/1986)
US artist ("Jimson Weed")
(was married to Alfred Stieglitz)
Richmal Crompton "Readin' all those books makes me wonder whether anyone ever dies natural."

Richmal Crompton
(11/15/1890 – 01/11/1969)
English writer ("Just William" books)
Aneurin Bevan "This island is made mainly of coal and surrounded by fish. Only an organizing genius could produce a shortage of coal and fish at the same time."

Aneurin Bevan
(11/15/1897 – 07/06/1960)
Welsh politician , on Winston Churchill's England
Emile Durkheim "Too cheerful a morality is a loose morality; it is appropriate only to decadent peoples and is found only among them."

Émile Durkheim
(04/15/1858 – 11/15/1917)
French sociologist ("The Rules of Sociological Method")
James Graham Ballard "A car crash harnesses elements of eroticism, aggression, desire, speed, drama, kinesthetic factors, the stylizing of motion, consumer goods, status—all these in one event. I myself see the car crash as a tremendous sexual event really: a liberation of human and machine libido (if there is such a thing)."

J. G. Ballard
(11/15/1930 – 04/19/2009)
China-born English writer ("Crash")
Charles Waddell Chesnutt "Impossibilities are merely things of which we have not learned, or which we do not wish to happen."

Charles W. Chesnutt
(06/20/1858 – 11/15/1932)
US writer ("The House Behind the Cedars")
Lionel Barrymore "This is the age of insincerity. The movies had the misfortune to come along in the twentieth century, and because they appeal to the masses there can be no sincerity in them. Hollywood is tied hand and foot to the demands for artificiality of the masses all over the world."

Lionel Barrymore
(04/28/1878 – 11/15/1954)
US actor ("A Free Soul")
(brother of Ethel and John, uncle of John Drew, great-uncle of Drew)
Tyrone Edmund Power III "The secret of charm is bullsh*t."

Tyrone Power
(05/05/1914 – 11/15/1958)
US actor ("Nightmare Alley")
Margaret Mead "Life in the twentieth century is like a parachute jump: you have to get it right the first time."

Margaret Mead
(12/16/1901 – 11/15/1978)
US anthropologist ("Coming of Age in Samoa")
"I just need enough to tide me over until I need more."

Bill Hoest
(02/07/1926 – 11/15/1988)
US cartoonist ("The Lockhorns")
Stokely Carmichael "The first need of a free people is to define their own terms."

Kwame Ture
(06/29/1941 – 11/15/1998)
Trinidadian civil-rights activist ("Black Power: The Politics of Liberation")
Mose John Allison, Jr. "I have no idea what I'm doin'. I've never seen me."

Mose Allison
(11/11/1927 – 11/15/2016)
US singer, songwriter ("Your Mind is on Vacation")
(died near his birthday)
Roy Clark "I'm a firm believer in smiles. I used to believe that everything had to be a belly laugh. But I've come to realize that a real sincere smile is mighty powerful."

Roy Clark
(04/15/1924 – 11/15/2018)
US musician ("Hee Haw")