Donatien-Alphonse-Francois, Comte de Sade "Miserable creatures, thrown for a moment on the surface of this little pile of mud, is it decreed that one half of the flock should be the persecutor of the other? Is it for you, mankind, to pronounce on what is good and what is evil?"

Marquis de Sade
(06/02/1740 – 12/02/1814)
French writer
Georges Seurat "Painting is the art of hollowing a surface."

Georges Seurat
(12/02/1859 – 03/29/1891)
French artist
"Actresses will happen in the best regulated families."

Oliver Herford
(12/02/1860 – 07/05/1935)
British-born US writer, artist
Ruth Draper "He said I was the most sensitive person he had ever seen—that I belonged to the hyper-hyper type and we rarely survive! They found that the eclair contains everything my system lacks. So I take three a day and I feel like a new woman."

Ruth Draper
(12/02/1884 – 12/30/1956)
English monologuist
"Every journalist has a novel in him, which is an excellent place for it."

J. Russell Lynes
(12/02/1910 – 09/14/1991)
US writer
Ray Walston "I never should have done "My Favorite Martian" (1963). I didn't work in TV or film for three years after. Everyone thought of me as a Martian. Do you know what it's like to go to Madrid, Spain, on vacation and have a guy yell out, 'Hey, Martin!' and put antennas behind his head? When that happens, you know your career is dead."

Ray Walston
(12/02/1914 – 01/01/2001)
US actor
Maria Callas "When my enemies stop hissing, I shall know I'm slipping."

Maria Callas
(12/02/1923 – 09/16/1977)
US diva (in the original sense of the word)
Alexander Haig "It's not a lie, it's a terminological inexactitude."

Alexander Haig
(12/02/1924 – 02/20/2010)
US secretary of state
"One thing I am determined on is that by the time I die my brain shall weigh as much as a man's if study and learning can make it so."

Martha Carey Thomas
(01/02/1857 – 12/02/1935)
US educator
Lucy Liu "Everything I buy is vintage and smells funny. Maybe that's why I don't have a boyfriend."

Lucy Liu
(12/02/1968 – )
US actor
"If your friend says of some picture, 'Yes, but what does it mean?' ask him what his carpet means or the circular patterns on his shoes."

Stephen Potter
(02/01/1900 – 12/02/1969)
English writer
Britney Spears "I get to go to a lot of overseas places, like Canada."

Britney Spears
(12/02/1981 – )
US singer , on the perks of fame
Philip Larkin "Far too many [of the books entered for the 1977 Booker Prize] relied on the classic formula of a beginning, a muddle, and an end."

Philip Larkin
(08/09/1922 – 12/02/1985)
English writer
"So long as the human spirit thrives on this planet, music in some living form will accompany and sustain it and give it expressive meaning."

Aaron Copland
(11/14/1900 – 12/02/1990)
US composer
Robertson Davies "The people who fear humor—and there are many—are suspicious of its power to present things in unexpected lights to question received opinions and to suggest unforeseen possibilities."

Robertson Davies
(08/28/1913 – 12/02/1995)
Canadian writer
Joseph Abramowitz "The difference between playing the stock market and the horses is that one of the horses must win."

Joey Adams
(01/06/1911 – 12/02/1999)
US comic, actor
Elizabeth Hardwick "While you are living, part of you has slipped away to the cemetery."

Elizabeth Hardwick
(07/27/1916 – 12/02/2007)
US writer (was married to Robert Lowell)
Bobby Keys "I try to play the best I can every time I play. But there's just some folks that seem to draw a little bit of that extra special out of you."

Bobby Keys
(12/18/1943 – 12/02/2014)
US saxophonist)