Baltasar Gracián y Morales "Know, or listen to those who know."

Baltasar Gracian
(01/08/1601 – 12/06/1658)
Spanish philosopher ("El Criticón")
"I have no wish for a second husband. l had enough of the first. I like to have my own way to lie down mistress, and get up master."

Susanna Strickland Moodie
(12/06/1803 – 04/08/1885)
English-Canadian pioneer, writer ("Roughing It in the Bush")
Anthony Trollope "There are worse things than a lie... I have found... that it may be well to choose one sin in order that another may be shunned."

Anthony Trollope
(04/24/1815 – 12/06/1882)
English writer ("Chronicles of Barsetshire")
Joyce Kilmer "It is stern work, it is perilous work to thrust your hand in the sun
And pull out a spark of immortal flame to warm the hearts of men."

Joyce Kilmer
(12/06/1886 – 07/30/1918)
US writer ("Summer of Love")
Lillie Louise Fontanne "We can be bought, but we can't be bored."

Lynn Fontanne
(12/06/1887 – 07/30/1983)
English-US actor ("The Guardsman")
Jefferson Davis "Neither current events nor history show that the majority rule, or ever did rule."

Jefferson Davis
(06/03/1808 – 12/06/1889)
US (Confederate) President
"Poetry is like fish: if it's fresh, it's good; if it's stale, it's bad; and if you're not certain, try it on the cat."

Sir Osbert Sitwell
(12/06/1892 – 05/04/1969)
English writer ("Before the Bombardment")
(brother of Dame Edith)
"The baby romped on my lap like a short stout salmon."

Sylvia Townsend Warner
(12/06/1893 – 05/01/1978)
English writer ("Lolly Willowes; or The Loving Huntsman")
Israel Gershowitz "One can be very happy without demanding that others agree with them."

Ira Gershwin
(12/06/1896 – 08/17/1983)
US lyricist ("Someone to Watch Over Me")
(brother of George)
Alfred Eisenstaedt "I don't like to work with assistants. I'm already one too many; the camera alone would be enough."

Alfred Eisenstaedt
(12/06/1898 – 08/23/1995)
German photographer ("V-J Day in Times Square")
"A topologist is one who doesn't know the difference between a doughnut and a coffee cup." *

John L. Kelley
(12/06/1916 – 11/26/1999)
US topologist
Dave Brubeck "I'm beginning to understand myself. But it would have been great to be able to understand myself when I was 20 rather than when I was 82."

Dave Brubeck
(12/06/1920 – 12/05/2012)
US composer, musician ("Blue Rondo à la Turk")
(died near his birthday)
David Ossman "I'm a writer, a poet, which is to say I always did that. My life was totally in my head, and I wrote about it."

David Ossman
(12/06/1936 – )
US writer, comic, actor (Firesign Theatre)
Huddie Ledbetter "The blues is like this. You lay down some night and you turn from one side of the bed to the other: all night long. It's not too cold in that bed, and it ain't too hot. But what's the matter? The blues has got you."

Leadbelly
(01/20/1888 – 12/06/1949)
US singer ("Goodnight Irene")
"For God's sake! What is that?"

Harold Ross
(11/06/1892 – 12/06/1951)
US writer, editor ("The New Yorker") , on seeing Truman Capote for the first time
"I almost got a girl pregnant in high school. It's costing me a fortune to keep the rabbit on a life-support system."

Wil Shriner
(12/06/1953 – )
US comic
Honus Wagner "There ainít much to being a ballplayer, if youíre a ballplayer."

Honus Wagner
(02/24/1874 – 12/06/1955)
US baseball player
Steven Wright "Last year I went fishing with Salvador Dali. He was using a dotted line. He caught every other fish."

Steven Wright
(12/06/1955 – )
US comic ("Just for Laughs")
"It's not normal for drummers to sing. I tried it, it's awful."

Rick Buckler
(12/06/1955 – )
English drummer (the Jam)
(also see Paul Weller)
Roy Orbison "You wiggle to the left, you wiggle to the right,
you do the Ooby Dooby with all your might."

Roy Orbison
(04/23/1936 – 12/06/1988)
US singer, songwriter ("Oh, Pretty Woman")
James Reston "As society advances, the standard of poverty rises."

James Reston
(11/03/1909 – 12/06/1995)
Scottish journalist ("The Artillery of the Press")
Robert Byrne "To err is human; to purr feline."

Robert Byrne
(05/22/1930 – 12/06/2016)
US billiards maven, quote collector (His "The 637 Best Things Anybody Ever Said" is mainly what got me started on this web site)