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"The multitude of books is a great evil. There is no limit to this fever for writing."

Martin Luther
(11/10/1483 – 02/18/1546)
German religious reformer
Michelangelo Buonarroti "If people only knew how hard I work to gain my mastery, it wouldn't seem so wonderful at all."

Michelangelo Buonarotti
(03/06/1475 – 02/18/1564)
Italian painter/sculptor
"When the flower blooms, the bees come uninvited."

Ramakrishna Paramahamsa
(02/18/1836 – 08/16/1886)
Indian philosopher
Ernst Mach "The theory of relativity is just as unacceptable to me as, say, the existence of the atom or other such dogmas."

Ernst Mach
(02/18/1838 – 02/19/1916)
German scientist (died near his birthday)
Tsar Nicholas I "Russia has two generals in whom she can confide—Generals Janvier and Fevrier [January and February]."

Tsar Nicholas I
(06/25/1796 – 02/18/1855)
Russian ruler
"No matter how bad things get, you got to go on living, even if it kills you."

Sholom Aleichem
(02/18/1859 – 05/13/1916)
Russian writer
Adolphe Menjou "The Brando school are grabbers, not lovers. If it wasn't that the script says they get the girl, they wouldn't."

Adolphe Menjou
(02/18/1890 – 10/29/1963)
US actor
Wendell Willkie "The constitution does not provide for first and second class citizens."

Wendell Willkie
(02/18/1892 – 10/08/1944)
US Presidential candidate
André Breton "Words make love with one another."

André Breton
(02/18/1896 – 09/28/1966)
French surrealist writer
Wallace Stegner "It is something—it can be everything—to have found a fellow bird with whom you can sit among the rafters while the drinking and boasting and reciting and fighting go on below."

Wallace Stegner
(02/18/1909 – 04/13/1993)
US writer, teacher
"This paper gives wrong solutions to trivial problems. The basic error, however, is not new."

Clifford Truesdell
(02/18/1919 – 01/14/2000)
US scientist , from Mathematical Reviews 12, p. 561.
Vladimir Palanuik "The only two things you can truly depend upon are gravity and greed."

Jack Palance
(02/18/1919 – 11/10/2006)
US actor
Helen Gurley Brown "Good girls go to heaven, bad girls go everywhere."

Helen Gurley Brown
(02/18/1922 – )
US writer
"Good thoughts bear good fruit, bad thoughts bear bad fruit—and man is his own gardener."

James Allen
(12/21/1849 – 02/18/1925)
US writer
Len Deighton "In Mexico, an air conditioner is called a 'politician,' because it makes a lot of noise but doesn't work very well."

Len Deighton
(02/18/1929 – )
English writer
Toni Morrison "Bryn Mawr had done what a four-year dose of liberal education was designed to do: unfit her for eighty per cent of useful work of the world."

Toni Morrison
(02/18/1931 – )
US writer
"What I like about masturbation is that you don't have to talk afterwards."

Milos Forman
(02/18/1932 – )
Czech director
Yoko Ono "Cosmetics is a boon to every woman, but a girl's best friend is still a nearsighted man."

Yoko Ono
(02/18/1933 – )
Japanese artist (was married to John Lennon, mother of Sean Ono Lennon)
Audre Lourde "The learning process is something you can incite, literally incite, like a riot."

Audre Lourde
(02/18/1934 – 11/17/1992)
US writer
Cybill Shepherd "I think the measure of your success to a certain extent will be the amount of things written about you that aren't true."

Cybill Shepherd
(02/18/1950 – )
US actor
Vanna Marie Rosich "It's not the most intellectual job in the world, but I do have to know the letters."

Vanna White
(02/18/1957 – )
US model , on her "Wheel of Fortune" job
Matt Dillon "There were certain perceptions that people had of me, you know...'He's dumb,' or 'he's just got a pretty face,' or 'he's a thug,' or 'he can only do one thing.' I'm not so concerned with that now. Longevity's what it's about."

Matt Dillon
(02/18/1964 – )
US actor
Andre Young "I don't care if he's purple, as long as he can rap!"

Dr. Dre
(02/18/1965 – )
US rap mogul , on Eminem
J. Robert Oppenheimer "The optimist thinks this is the best of all possible worlds. The pessimist fears it is true."

J. Robert Oppenheimer
(04/22/1904 – 02/18/1967)
US physicist
Molly Ringwald "You can't be 16 forever."

Molly Ringwald
(02/18/1968 – )
US actor
Harry Christopher Carabina "I've only been doing this fifty-four years. With a little experience, I might get better."

Harry Caray
(03/01/1914 – 02/18/1998)
US sportscaster
Dale Earnhardt "You go back to the start of time. One cave guy was fighting another cave guy because his club was bigger than his or his woman had longer hair. That’s competition."

Dale Earnhardt
(04/29/1951 – 02/18/2001)
US NASCAR driver