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Alfonso the Wise "If I had been present at creation, I would have given some useful hints."

Alfonso X the Wise
(11/23/1221 – 04/04/1284)
Spanish royalty
Oliver Goldsmith "He makes a very handsome corpse and becomes his coffin prodigiously."

Oliver Goldsmith
(11/10/1728 – 04/04/1774)
Irish writer
"A politician thinks of the next election—a statesman, of the next generation."

James Freeman Clarke
(04/04/1810 – 06/08/1888)
US theologian
"Oh, never mind the fashion. When one has a style of one's own, it is always twenty times better."

Margaret Oliphant Oliphant
(04/04/1828 – 06/25/1897)
Scottish writer
William Henry Harrison "A decent and manly examination of the acts of government should be not only tolerated, but encouraged."

William Henry Harrison
(02/09/1773 – 04/04/1841)
US President (9) (see all US Presidents)
Hans Richter "Your damned nonsense can I stand twice or once, but sometimes always, by God, never."

Hans Richter
(04/04/1843 – 12/05/1916)
Hungarian conductor
"Of all the sexual aberrations, perhaps the most peculiar is chastity."

Remy de Gourmont
(04/04/1858 – 09/27/1915)
French writer
Robert Emmet Sherwood "It is disappointing to report that George Bernard Shaw appearing as George Bernard Shaw is sadly miscast in the part. Satirists should be heard and not seen."

Robert E. Sherwood
(04/04/1896 – 11/14/1955)
US playwright
Marguerite Duras "Before they're plumbers or writers or taxi drivers or unemployed or journalists, men are men. Whether heterosexual or homosexual. The only difference is that some of them remind you of it as soon as you meet them, and others wait for a little while."

Marguerite Duras
(04/04/1914 – 03/03/1996)
French writer
McKinley Morganfield "He took my music. But he gave me my name."

Muddy Waters
(04/04/1915 – 04/30/1983)
US blues singer, guitarist , on Mick Jagger
"I'm generally pessimistic about the dumbing down of America—especially with summer movies."

Elmer Bernstein
(04/04/1922 – 08/18/2004)
US composer (not related to Leonard Bernstein)
Marguerite Ann Johnson "Life loves to be taken by the lapel and told, 'I am with you kid. Let's go!'"

Maya Angelou
(04/04/1928 – )
US writer
Chauncey Depew "A pessimist is a man who thinks all women are bad. An optimist is one who hopes they are."

Chauncey Depew
(04/23/1834 – 04/04/1928)
US Senator (NY)
Anthony Perkins "I have learned more about love, selflessness and human understanding from the people I have met in this great adventure in the world of AIDS than I ever did in the cutthroat, competitive world in which I spent my life."

Anthony Perkins
(04/04/1932 – 09/12/1992)
US actor
"It is not enough to offer a smorgasbord of courses. We must insure that students are not just eating at one end of the table."

A. Bartlett Giamatti
(04/04/1938 – 09/01/1989)
US educator, baseball commissioner
"The golf links lie so near the mill
that almost every day
the laboring children can look out
and watch the men at play."

Sarah Norcliffe Cleghorn
(02/04/1876 – 04/04/1959)
US writer
Robert Downey, Jr. "I have great respect for someone from a strict Catholic upbringing who can climax without reservation. "

Robert Downey, Jr.
(04/04/1965 – )
US actor
Martin Luther King, Jr. "I want to be the white man's brother, not his brother-in-law."

Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr.
(01/15/1929 – 04/04/1968)
US religious leader, civil rights activist
Hodding Carter II "Television news is like a lightning flash. It makes a loud noise, lights up everything around it, leaves everything else in darkness and then is suddenly gone."

Hodding Carter II
(02/03/1907 – 04/04/1972)
US journalist
David Blaine "This is the most dangerous thing I will probably ever do in my life, except for having a kid."

David Blaine
(04/04/1973 – )
US magician , on sitting in a glass box 44 days above the Thames
Heathcliff Andrew Ledger "I never studied acting in Australia. I never had an empty stage and black pajamas to run around and express myself."

Heath Ledger
(04/04/1979 – 01/22/2008)
Australian actor
Zulfikar Ali Bhutto "Pakistan was once called the most allied ally of the United States. We are now the most nonallied."

Zulfikar Ali Bhutto
(01/05/1928 – 04/04/1979)
Pakistani statesman
Gloria May Josephine Svensson "I've given my memoirs far more thought than any of my marriages. You can't divorce a book."

Gloria Swanson
(03/27/1899 – 04/04/1983)
US actor
Max Frisch "The difference between an author and a horse is that the horse doesn't understand the horse dealer's language."

Max Frisch
(05/15/1911 – 04/04/1991)
Swiss writer, architect
Dalia Messick "I used to get fan letters from guys who requested a 'daring picture' of Brenda [Starr]. Well, you know what they wanted—I had made Brenda very sexy. I'd send them a little sketch of Brenda Starr going over Niagara falls in a barrel and say, 'I hope this is daring enough.'"

Dale Messick
(04/11/1906 – 04/04/2005)
US cartoonist (died near her birthday)