John Jay "The Americans are the first people whom heaven has favoured with an opportunity of deliberating upon and choosing forms of government under which they should live."

John Jay
(12/23/1745 – 05/17/1829)
US politician, founding father, Supreme Court justice
Thomas Robert Malthus "Population, when unchecked, increases in geometrical progression of such a nature as to double itself every twenty-five years."

Thomas Malthus
(02/13/1766 – 12/23/1834)
English economist (image courtesy of the Bridgeman Art Library)
"The people must grant a hearing to the best poets they have; else they will never have better."

Harriet Monroe
(12/23/1860 – 09/26/1936)
US poet
"Women are early taught that to appear to yield is the only way to govern."

Sarah Moore Grimke
(11/26/1792 – 12/23/1873)
US abolitionist, suffragist (sister of Angelina Grimke Weld)
Jocelyn Henry Clive Graham "O'er the rugged mountain's brow,
Clara threw the twins she nursed
and remarked, 'I wonder now
which will reach the bottom first?'"

Harry Graham
(12/23/1874 – 10/30/1936)
English writer
"If we want things to stay as they are, things will have to change."

Giuseppe Tomasi de Lampedusa
(12/23/1896 – 07/26/1957)
Italian writer
Yousuf Karsh "Within every man and woman a secret is hidden, and as a photographer it is my task to reveal it if I can."

Yousuf Karsh
(12/23/1908 – 07/13/2002)
Armenian-Turkish-Canadian photographer
"It is curious how incest, impotence, nymphomania, religious mania, and real estate speculation can be so dull."

Richard Findlater
(12/23/1908 – ??/??/1985)
English writer , on one of Lillian Hellman's books
Harry Shearer "If absolute power corrupts absolutely, does absolute powerlessness make you pure?"

Harry Shearer
(12/23/1943 – )
US actor, musician (SNL) "Derek Smalls" in Spinal Tap; many characters on The Simpsons)
Joan Severance "Do nerds never sleep?"

Joan Severance
(12/23/1958 – )
US actor
Edward Frederick Lindley Wood Halifax "True merit, like a river, the deeper it is, the less noise it makes."

Edward F. Halifax
(04/16/1881 – 12/23/1959)
English statesman
Eddie Vedder "I think celebrities suck."

Eddie Vedder
(12/23/1964 – )
US singer (Pearl Jam)
Børge Rosenbaum "You want something by Bach? Which one, Johann Sebastian or Jacques Offen?"

Victor Borge
(01/03/1909 – 12/23/2000)
Danish entertainer
William John Bertanzetti "The name of my condition is Cartilage Hair Hypoplasia, but you can just call me Billy."

Billy Barty
(10/25/1924 – 12/23/2000)
US actor
Oscar Peterson "You not only have to know your own instrument, you must know the others and how to back them up at all times. That's jazz."

Oscar Peterson
(08/15/1925 – 12/23/2007)
Canadian pianist, composer