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Rene Descartes "Of all things, good sense is the most fairly distributed: everyone thinks he is so well supplied with it that even those who are the hardest to satisfy in every other respect never desire more of it than they already have."

Rene Descartes
(03/31/1596 – 02/01/1650)
French philosopher
"Wicked is not much worse than indiscreet."

John Donne
(??/??/???? – 03/31/1631)
English writer
"He uses statistics as a drunken man uses lampposts—for support rather than for illumination."

Andrew Lang
(03/31/1844 – 07/20/1912)
Scottish writer
Jack Johnson "The possession of muscular strength and the courage to use it in contests with other men for physical supremacy does not necessarily imply a lack of appreciation for the finer and better things of life."

Jack Johnson
(03/31/1878 – 06/10/1946)
US boxer
Charlotte Brontė "Look twice before you leap."

Charlotte Brontė
(04/21/1816 – 03/31/1855)
English writer , sister of Anne and Emily Brontė
Eleanor Marx "By the time your life is finished, you will have learned just enough to begin it well."

Eleanor Marx
(01/16/1855 – 03/31/1898)
English-born socialist, writer, philanthropist (daughter of Karl Marx)
Edward Noyes Westcott "They say a reasonable amount o' fleas is good for a dog—keeps him from broodin' over bein' a dog mebbe."

Edward Noyes Westcott
(09/27/1846 – 03/31/1898)
US writer
J. Pierpont Morgan "You can't pick cherries with your back to the tree."

J. Pierpont Morgan
(04/17/1837 – 03/31/1913)
US gazillionaire
Octavio Paz "Deserve your dream."

Octavio Paz
(03/31/1914 – 04/20/1998)
Mexican writer
"A careful driver is one who honks his horn when he goes through a red light."

Henry Morgan
(03/31/1915 – 05/19/1994)
US actor, radio/TV personality
"If I don't have wisdom, I can teach you only ignorance."

Leo Buscaglia
(03/31/1925 – 06/12/1998)
US writer, "Hug Doctor"
"Men love war because it allows them to look serious. Because it is the one thing that stops women from laughing at them."

John Fowles
(03/31/1926 – 11/05/2005)
English writer
"A gentleman need not know Latin, but he should at least have forgotten it."

Brander Matthews
(02/21/1852 – 03/31/1929)
US writer
Knute Rockne "I've found that prayers work best when you have big players."

Knute Rockne
(03/04/1888 – 03/31/1931)
US football great
Shirley Jones "Well, television is what it is. Let's face it. I had done 25 motion pictures prior to The Partridge Family and nobody knew my name."

Shirley Jones
(03/31/1934 – )
US actor, candy shop owner
George Richard Chamberlain "When I grew up, being gay, being a sissy or anything like that was verboten. I disliked myself intensely and feared this part of myself intensely and had to hide it and became 'Perfect Richard, All-American Boy' as a place to hide."

Richard Chamberlain
(03/31/1934 – )
US actor
Judith Rossner "A lie was something that hadn't happened but might just as well have."

Judith Rossner
(03/31/1935 – )
US writer
Marge Piercy "A new idea is rarely born like
Venus attended by graces
More commonly it's modeled of baling wire and acne.
More commonly it wheezes and tips over."

Marge Piercy
(03/31/1936 – )
US writer
Ronald Walken "Bear costumes are funny... Bears as well."

Christopher Walken
(03/31/1943 – )
US writer
Al Gore "A leopard never changes his stripes."

Al Gore
(03/31/1948 – )
US Vice President (45) and winner of the 2000 election (see other US VPs; married to Tipper)
Angus Young "I'm sick and tired of people saying that we put out 11 albums that sound exactly the same. In fact, we've put out 12 albums that sound exactly the same."

Angus Young
(03/31/1955 – )
Australian guitarist (AC/DC)
Anna Mary Robertson Moses "A primitive artist is an amateur whose work sells."

"Grandma" Moses
(08/07/1860 – 03/31/1961)
(Some say 09/0712/13)

US artist
Georges Braque "There is only one valuable thing in art: the thing you cannot explain."

Georges Braque
(05/13/1882 – 03/31/1963)
French artist
Enid Bagnold "The pleasure of one's effect on other people still exists in age—what's called making a hit. But the hit is much rarer and made of different stuff."

Enid Bagnold
(10/27/1889 – 03/31/1981)
English writer (National Velvet)
"A self-made man is one who believes in luck and sends his son to Oxford."

Christina Stead
(07/17/1902 – 03/31/1983)
Australian writer
Bella Abzug "The establishment is made up of little men, very frightened."

Bella Abzug
(07/24/1920 – 03/31/1998)
US representative (NY)