Quintus Horatius Flaccus Horace "Man learns more readily and remembers more willingly what excites his ridicule than what deserves esteem and respect."

(12/08/0065 – 11/27/0008 BC)
Italian writer ("Satires")
Mary, Queen of Scots "I could follow him around the world in my shift."

Mary, Queen of Scots
(12/08/1542 – 02/08/1587)
British royalty , on James Hepburn, Earl of Bothwell
"The hardest stones, by degrees, give way to the touch of air."

Paul Heinrich Dietrich d'Holbach
(12/08/1723 – 01/21/1789)
German philosopher ("The System of Nature")
Henri-Benjamin Constant de Rebecque "Art for art's sake, with no purpose, for any purpose perverts art. But art achieves a purpose which is not its own."

Benjamin Constant
(10/25/1767 – 12/08/1830)
Swiss-French writer ("Adolphe")
Thomas de Quincey "If once a man indulges himself in murder, very soon he comes to think little of robbing; and from robbing he comes next to drinking and Sabbath-breaking, and from that to incivility and procrastination."

Thomas de Quincey
(08/15/1785 – 12/08/1859)
English writer ("Confessions of an English Opium Eater")
Jean Sibelius "Pay no attention to what the critics say. Remember, a statue has never been set up in honour of a critic."

Jean Sibelius
(12/08/1865 – 09/20/1957)
Finnish composer ("Finlandia")
George Norman Douglas "It seldom pays to be rude. It never pays to be only half-rude."

Norman Douglas
(12/08/1868 – 02/07/1952)
Austrian writer ("South Wind")
Diego Rivera "I did not know it then, but Frida had already become the most important fact in my life. And would continue to be, up to the moment she died, 27 years later."

Diego Rivera
(12/08/1886 – 11/24/1957)
Mexican artist ("Man at the Crossroads") , on meeting Frida Kahlo
"Religions change; beer and wine remain."

Hervey Allen
(12/08/1889 – 12/28/1949)
US writer ("Anthony Adverse")
James Thurber "American students are like American colleges—each has half-dulled faculties."

James Thurber
(12/08/1894 – 11/02/1961)
US writer ("The Secret Life of Walter Mitty")
"It was remarked to me by the late Mr. Charles Roupell, that to play billiards well was a sign of an ill-spent youth."

Herbert Spencer
(04/27/1820 – 12/08/1903)
English philosopher ("Social Statics")
Kathleen Rosalind Dobbs "David Frost has risen without trace." *

Kitty Muggeridge
(12/08/1903 – 06/11/1994)
US actor
(niece of Beatrice Webb; was married to Malcolm Muggeridge)
Leo Jacoby "When the facilities of the government of the United States are drawn on an individual, it can be terrifying."

Lee J. Cobb
(12/08/1911 – 02/11/1976)
US actor ("On the Waterfront") , on naming names to the HUAC
"Time is the school in which we learn,
Time is the fire in which we burn."

Delmore Schwartz
(12/08/1913 – 07/11/1966)
US writer ("In Dreams Begin Responsibilities")
Sammy Davis, Jr. "Alcohol gives you infinite patience for stupidity."

Sammy Davis, Jr.
(12/08/1925 – 05/16/1990)
US entertainer ("Ocean's 11")
Clerow Wilson "Get-well cards have become so humorous that if you don't get sick you're missing half the fun."

Flip Wilson
(12/08/1933 – 11/25/1998)
US comedian ("The Devil Made Me Do It")
John Arthur Carradine "If you cannot be a poet, be the poem."

David Carradine
(12/08/1936 – 06/03/2009)
US actor ("Kung Fu")
(son of John Carradine; brother of Keith Carradine; was partner of Barbara Hershey)
Frederick Nathaniel Hibbert "Reggae is a message of consolation; a message of salvation."

Toots Hibbert
(12/08/1942 – 09/11/2020)
Jamaican singer, songwriter (the Maytals) ("Pressure Drop")
Jim Morrison "I am interested in anything about revolt, disorder, chaos, especially activity that seems to have no meaning."

Jim Morrison
(12/08/1943 – 07/03/1971)
US singer (the Doors) ("People Are Strange")
Gregg Allman "There are as many ways to write songs as there are songs."

Gregg Allman
(12/08/1947 – 05/27/2017)
US singer, songwriter ("Melissa")
(brother of Duane Allman; was married to Cher)
Kim Basinger "I don't have time to be classified as difficult, and I don't have time to care."

Kim Basinger
(12/08/1953 – )
US actor ("9 1/2 Weeks")
(was married to Alec Baldwin)
"Children have to be educated, but they have also to be left to educate themselves."

Ernest Dimnet
(07/09/1866 – 12/08/1954)
French priest ("The Art of Thinking")
Teri Hatcher "Let me just say that every cover of every magazine I've done has been airbrushed to death. No woman should walk around thinking that's what they should be. You shouldn't be beating yourself up."

Teri Hatcher
(12/08/1964 – )
US actor ("Desperate Housewives")
Sinéad O'Connor "What pisses me off is when I've got seven or eight record company fat pig men sitting there telling me what to wear."

Sinéad O’Connor
(12/08/1966 – )
Irish singer ("Silent Night")
Golda Mabovitch "Old age is like a plane flying through a storm. Once you are aboard there is nothing you can do about it."

Golda Meir
(05/03/1898 – 12/08/1978)
Russian Israeli leader
John Lennon "The more I see, the less I know for sure."

John Lennon
(10/09/1940 – 12/08/1980)
English singer, songwriter (Beatles) ("#9 Dream")
(was married to Yoko Ono, father of Julian Lennon and Sean Ono Lennon)
Martin David Robinson "I have so much fun on stage that I should have to pay to get in."

Marty Robbins
(09/26/1925 – 12/08/1982)
US singer, songwriter ("El Paso")
Louis Bert Lindley, Jr. "After 'Dr. Strangelove,' the roles, the dressing rooms, and the checks all started gettin' bigger."

Slim Pickens
(06/29/1919 – 12/08/1983)
US actor ("Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb")
"And this you can see is the bolt. The purpose of this
Is to open the breech, as you see. We can slide it
Rapidly backwards and forwards: we call this
Easing the spring. And rapidly backwards and forwards
The early bees are assaulting and fumbling the flowers:
They call it easing the Spring."

Henry Reed
(02/22/1914 – 12/08/1986)
English writer ("Naming of Parts")
Sydney J. Harris "The whole purpose of education is to turn mirrors into windows."

Sydney J. Harris
(09/14/1917 – 12/08/1986)
English-born writer ("Would You Believe?")
John Glenn "There is still no cure for the common birthday."

John Glenn
(07/18/1921 – 12/08/2016)
US astronaut, senator (OH)
"If you don't have some bad loans, you are not in business."

Paul Volcker
(09/05/1927 – 12/08/2019)
US economist ("Changing Fortunes")