Subscribe to the Famous Daily to get the Born Today Email

Pierre de Fermat "And perhaps, posterity will thank me for having shown it that the ancients did not know everything."

Pierre de Fermat
(08/16/1601 – 01/12/1665)
French mathematician , notes in the margin of his copy of Diophantus' Arithmetica
"It is a general popular error to suppose the loudest complainers for the public to be the most anxious for its welfare."

Edmund Burke
(01/12/1729 – 07/09/1797)
Irish statesman
Friedrich von Schlegel "A critic is a reader who ruminates. Thus, he should have more than one stomach."

Friedrich von Schlegel
(03/10/1772 – 01/12/1829)
German writer, critic
John Singer Sargent "A portrait is a painting with something wrong with the mouth."

John Singer Sargent
(01/12/1856 – 04/15/1925)
Italian-born US artist
"All the powers in the universe are already ours. It is we who have put our hands before our eyes and cry that it is dark."

Swami Vivekananda
(01/12/1863 – 07/04/1902)
Indian spiritual leader
Jack London "You can't wait for inspiration—you have to go after it with a club."

Jack London
(01/12/1876 – 11/22/1916)
US writer
John Lewellyn Lewis "I don't think the federation has a head; its neck has just grown up and haired over."

John L. Lewis
(01/12/1880 – 06/11/1969)
US labor leader
Joseph Klewan "I went on a diet, swore off drinking and heavy eating, and in fourteen days I lost two weeks."

Joe E. Lewis
01/12/1902 – 06/04/1971)
US actor
Henry Youngman "My Grandmother is over eighty and still doesn't need glasses. Drinks right out of the bottle."

Henny Youngman
(01/12/1906 – 02/24/1998)
US comedian
Sarah Veronica Rose Kelly "Estelle Winwood is not Tallulah's best friend! I am! And I've got the scars to prove it!"

Patsy Kelly
(01/12/1910 – 09/24/1981)
US actor
Luise Rainer "The Oscar is not a curse. The real curse is that once you have an Oscar they think you can do anything."

Luise Rainer
(01/12/1910 – )
German actor (was married to Clifford Odets)
"Kill the body and the head will die."

Joe Frazier
(01/12/1944 – )
US boxer
Rush Limbaugh "If Thomas Jefferson thought taxation without representation was bad, he should see how it is with representation."

Rush Limbaugh
(01/12/1951 – )
rotund right-wing US talk-show host
Howard Stern "Writing a book just might be the hardest thing I've ever done, besides trying to get laid in college."

Howard Stern
(01/12/1954 – )
US radio personality
Kirstie Alley "I don't think that [children are] any more resilient than anyone else. They're just people with little bodies."

Kirstie Alley
(01/12/1955 – )
US actor
Ramon Gomez de la Serna "The willow tree plays the water like a harp."

Ramon Gomez de la Serna
(07/03/1888 – 01/12/1963)
Spanish writer
Lorraine Hansberry "Never be afraid to sit awhile and think."

Lorraine Hansberry
(05/19/1930 – 01/12/1965)
US writer
Olivier Martinez "I like Paris. My problem is I don't like Parisians."

Olivier Martinez
(01/12/1966 – )
French actor
Zack de la Rocha "Anger is a gift."

Zack de la Rocha
(01/12/1970 – )
US singer (Rage Against the Machine) (also see Tom Morello)
Agatha Christie "I have always admired the Esquimaux (Eskimos). One fine day a delicious meal is cooked for dear old mother, and then she goes walking away over the ice, and doesn't come back."

Agatha Christie
(09/15/1890 – 01/12/1976)
English writer
"The Nixon Political Principle: If two wrongs don't make a right, try three."

Dr. Lawrence J. Peter
(09/16/1919 – 01/12/1990)
US pop psychologist, writer
Maurice Gibb "People accuse us of being nothing more than a disco band now, but they don't know what they're talking about. If you listen to our records, you'll find that there's dance music. But there are also ballads like 'More Than A Woman.' And there are some very beautiful, undanceable songs, too."

Maurice Gibb
(12/22/1949 – 01/12/2003)
English singer (Bee Gees) (brother of Barry, Robin, and Andy Gibb)