Tycho Brahe "Now it is quite clear to me that there are no solid spheres in the heavens, and those that have been devised by the authors to save the appearances, exist only in the imagination."

Tycho Brahe
(12/14/1546 – 10/24/1601)
Danish astronomer
George Washington "My observation is that whenever one person is found adequate to the discharge of a duty... it is worse executed by two persons, and scarcely done at all if three or more are employed therein."

George Washington
(02/22/1732 – 12/14/1799)
US President (1) (was married to Martha Washington)
"Every scientific truth goes through three states: first, people say it conflicts with the Bible; next, they say it has been discovered before; lastly, they say they always believed it."

Louis Agassiz
(05/28/1807 – 12/14/1873)
Swiss-US naturalist
Eugène Émile Paul Grindel "A woman is more beautiful than the world in which I live; and so I close my eyes."

Paul Éluard
(12/14/1895 – 11/18/1952)
French writer, surrealist
Margaret Chase Smith "When people keep telling you that you can't do a thing, you kind of like to try it."

Margaret Chase Smith
(12/14/1897 – 05/29/1995)
US Rep and Senator (ME)
Moritz Amsterdam "A cannibal is a person who walks into a restaurant and orders a waiter."

Morey Amsterdam
(12/14/1908 – 10/28/1996)
US actor (Dick Van Dyke Show)
Shirley Jackson "It has long been my belief that in times of great stress, such as a 4-day vacation, the thin veneer of family wears off almost at once, and we are revealed in our true personalities."

Shirley Jackson
(12/14/1916 – 08/08/1965)
US writer
Lee Ann Remick "I make movies for grownups. When Hollywood starts making them again, I'll start acting in them again."

Lee Remick
(12/14/1935 – 07/02/1991)
US actor
María Guadalupe Vélez de Villalobos "Eets everybody's beezness when you marry. You talk loud at home—they say you have a fight. You fight—they say you keel him."

Lupe Velez
(07/18/1908 – 12/14/1944)
Mexican actor (was married to Johnny Weissmuller)
Anna Marie Duke "We call that Sean's little independent movie."

Patty Duke
(12/14/1946 – 03/29/2016)
US actor (was married to John Astin; mother with him of Sean Astin) , on "Lord of the Rings"
Jane Birkin "My mother was right: When you've got nothing left, all you can do is get into silk underwear and start reading Proust."

Jane Birkin
(12/14/1946 – )
English singer, actor (partner of Serge Gainsbourg, mother of Charlotte Gainsbourg)
Stanley Baldwin "There are three classes which need sanctuary more than others—birds, wild flowers, and Prime Ministers."

Stanley Baldwin
(08/03/1867 – 12/14/1947)
British PM (38)
Lester Bangs "The first mistake of Art is to assume that it's serious."

Lester Bangs
(12/14/1948 – 04/30/1982)
US writer
Stanley Spencer "Wherever a cat sits, there shall happiness be found."

Sir Stanley Spencer
(06/30/1891 – 12/14/1959)
English painter
Grigory Vasilyevich Ratner "If she wasn't so skinny, she'd be considered thin."

Gregory Ratoff
(04/20/1893 – 12/14/1960)
Russian actor
"It requires wisdom to understand wisdom: the music is nothing if the audience is deaf."

Walter Lippmann
(09/23/1889 – 12/14/1974)
US writer
Israel Maurice Edelman "I dislike censorship. Like an appendix it is useless when inert and dangerous when active." *

Maurice Edelman
(03/02/1911 – 12/14/1975)
British politician
Roger Maris "It's like obituaries. When you die they finally give you good reviews."

Roger Maris
(09/10/1934 – 12/14/1985)
US baseball player
Andrei Sakharov "I regard the death penalty as a savage and immoral institution that undermines the moral and legal foundations of a society. I reject the notion that the death penalty has any essential deterrent effect on potential offenders. I am convinced that the contrary is true—that savagery begets only savagery."

Andrei Sakharov
(05/21/1921 – 12/14/1989)
Russian physicist
Friedrich Durrenmatt "The more human beings proceed by plan, the more effectively they may be hit by accident."

Friedrich Durrenmatt
(01/05/1921 – 12/14/1990)
Swiss writer
Myrna Adele Williams "Most of the sex I've seen on the screen looks like an expression of hostility towards sex."

Myrna Loy
(08/02/1905 – 12/14/1993)
US actor
Jeanne Crain "I admit beauty will make it easier. An actress with a pretty face has a better chance of being noticed than one without it. But if a beautiful girl lacks the personality and talent to go with her looks, she will soon find herself out in the cold."

Jeanne Crain
(05/25/1925 – 12/14/2003)
US actor