Thomas Woodrow Wilson "Never murder a man who is committing suicide."

Woodrow Wilson
(12/28/1856 – 02/03/1924)
US President (28)
"Many politicians lay it down as a self-evident proposition, that no people ought to be free till they are fit to use their freedom. The maxim is worthy of the fool in the old story, who resolved not to go into the water till he had learned to swim."

Lord Thomas Babington Macaulay
(10/25/1800 – 12/28/1859)
English historian ("The History of England from the Accession of James the Second")
Arthur Eddington "We used to think that if we knew one, we knew two, because one and one are two. We are finding that we must learn a great deal more about 'and'."

Sir Arthur Eddington
(12/28/1882 – 11/22/1944)
English physicist ("Space, Time, and Gravitation: An Outline of the General Relativity Theory")
"In the case of good books, the point is not how many of them you can get through, but rather how many can get through to you."

Mortimer Adler
(12/28/1902 – 06/28/2001)
US educator, philosopher ("How to Read a Book")
John von Neumann "In mathematics you don't understand things. You just get used to them."

John von Neumann
(12/28/1903 – 02/08/1957)
Hungarian mathematician ("Theory of Games and Economic Behavior")
"Somewhere on this globe, every ten seconds, there is a woman giving birth to a child. She must be found and stopped."

Sam Levenson
(12/28/1911 – 08/27/1980)
US writer ("In One Era And Out The Other")
Hildegard Frieda Albertine Knef "Success and failure are both greatly overrated. But failure gives you a whole lot more to talk about."

Hildegard Knef
(12/28/1925 – 02/01/2002)
German actor, singer ("Die Sünderin (The Sinner)")
"Quotations are useful in periods of ignorance or obscurantist beliefs."

Guy deBord
(12/28/1931 – 11/30/1994)
French writer ("La Société du Spectacle (The Society of the Spectacle)")
Margaret Natalie Smith "One went to school, one wanted to act, one started to act, and one's still acting."

Dame Maggie Smith
(12/28/1934 – )
English actor ("The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie")
Clarence Day "The real world is not easy to live in. It is rough; it is slippery. Without the most clear-eyed adjustments we fall and get crushed. A man must stay sober: not always, but most of the time."

Clarence Day
(11/18/1874 – 12/28/1935)
US writer ("Life with Father")
Theodore Dreiser "Assure a man that he has a soul and then frighten him with old wives' tales as to what is to become of him afterward, and you have hooked a fish, a mental slave."

Theodore Dreiser
(08/27/1871 – 12/28/1945)
US writer ("An American Tragedy")
Edgar Holland Winter "I really had little interest in becoming famous. When I write my book, it will be my guide to avoid becoming a rock star."

Edgar Winter
(12/28/1946 – )
US keyboardist, saxophonist, singer ("Frankenstein")
(brother of Johnny Winter)
"Our pain isn't as bad as you might think. Dead people don't suffer."

Bill Lee
(12/28/1946 – )
US pitcher (Boston Red Sox) , on losing six games against the Yankees late in the 1978 season
"Each new generation is a fresh invasion of savages."

Hervey Allen
(12/08/1889 – 12/28/1949)
US writer ("Anthony Adverse")
William Alexander Chilton "It's been like a bad dream I never woke from."

Alex Chilton
(12/28/1950 – 03/17/2010)
US singer (Box Tops, Big Star) ("Thirteen") , on fame
Denzel Washington "A film is just like a muffin. You make it. You put it on the table. One person might say, 'Oh, I don't like it.' One might say it's the best muffin ever made. One might say it's an awful muffin. It's hard for me to say. It's for me to make the muffin."

Denzel Washington
(12/28/1954 – )
US actor ("Glory")
"I can write better than anybody who can write faster, and I can write faster than anybody who can write better."

A. J. Liebling
(10/18/1904 – 12/28/1963)
US writer ("The Sweet Science")
(was married to Jean Stafford)
Linus Torvalds "Microsoft isn't evil, they just make really crappy operating systems."

Linus Torvalds
(12/28/1969 – )
Finnish-US computer engineer (Linux)
Seth Meyers "It's nice to have an elephant in the room. There's nothing more helpful than something everybody's thinking about."

Seth Meyers
(12/28/1973 – )
US comic (SNL), talk show host
David Samuel Peckinpah "The end of a picture is always an end of a life."

Sam Peckinpah
(02/21/1925 – 12/28/1984)
US director ("The Wild Bunch")
Jack Carlton Moore "Hark! I hear a white horse coming!"

Clayton Moore
(09/14/1914 – 12/28/1999)
US actor ("Adventures of Frank and Jesse James")
Susan Sontag "Sanity is a cozy lie."

Susan Sontag
(01/16/1933 – 12/28/2004)
US writer ("On Photography")
(was partner of Annie Leibovitz)
Lemmy Kilmister "A kid once said to me 'Do you get hangovers?' I said, 'To get hangovers you have to stop drinking.'"

Lemmy Kilmister
(12/24/1945 – 12/28/2015)
English bassist ("Ace of Spades")
(died near his birthday)
Mary Frances Reynolds "I think you should control yourself a little bit, so you can walk, and when you die, you can walk to your own funeral."

Debbie Reynolds
(04/01/1932 – 12/28/2016)
US actor ("Singin' in the Rain")
(was married to Eddie Fisher; mother with him of Carrie Fisher, grandmother of Billie Lourd)
Rose Marie Mazetta "Had a discussion last night about the difference between comic and comedian—my opinion—one says funny things, the other says things funny."

Rose Marie
(08/15/1923 – 12/28/2017)
US comic, actor (Dick Van Dyke Show)
Sue Grafton "It never pays to deal with the flyweights of the world. They take far too much pleasure in thwarting you at every turn."

Sue Grafton
(04/24/1940 – 12/28/2017)
US writer ("Y Is for Yesterday")