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Giovanni Giacomo de Seingalt "Man is free, but not if he doesn't believe it."

(04/02/1725 – 04/06/1798)
Italian writer (died near his birthday)
Sebastien-Roch Nicolas de Chamfort "The majority of those who put together collections of verses or epigrams resemble those who eat cherries or oysters: they begin by choosing the best and end by eating everything."

Sebastien-Roch Nicolas de Chamfort
(04/06/1741 – 04/13/1794
French writer (died near his birthday)
Niels Henrik Abel "It appears to me that if one wishes to make progress in mathematics, one should study the masters and not the pupils."

Niels H. Abel
(08/05/1802 – 04/06/1829)
Norwegian mathematician
Walter Houghston "Hell, I ain't paid to make good lines sound good. I'm paid to make bad lines sound good."

Walter Huston
(04/06/1884 – 04/07/1950)
Canadian actor (father of John, grandfather of Anjelica; died near his birthday)
Lowell Thomas "After the age of 80, everything reminds you of something else."

Lowell Thomas
(04/06/1892 – 08/29/1981)
US explorer, writer
James Dewey Watson "It's necessary to be slightly underemployed if you are to do something significant."

James D. Watson
(04/06/1928 – )
US geneticist
Richard Alpert "We're all just walking each other home."

Ram Dass
(04/06/1928 – )
US spiritual teacher
Edwin Arlington Robinson "There is a good deal to live for, but a man has to go through hell really to find it out."

Edwin Arlington Robinson
(12/22/1869 – 04/06/1935)
US writer
Merle Haggard "The guitar's not all that expensive either, when you compare it to gettin' a tooth pulled or something."

Merle Haggard
(04/06/1937 – )
US musician , on a guitar he had built to spec
John Sculley "If we hadn't put a man on the moon, there wouldn't be a Silicon Valley today."

John Sculley
(04/06/1939 – )
US entrepreneur
Philip Austin "I got a job in a radio station because I could always do that with my voice—could make you believe that I was committed to the words coming out of my mouth."

Philip Austin
(04/06/1941 – )
US comic, actor, musician (Firesign Theatre)
Seymour Hicks "He always gave me the impression that he got up in the morning to see with whom he could have a quarrel."

Sir Seymour Hicks
(01/30/1871 – 04/06/1949)
English actor , on W. S. Gilbert
Igor Stravinsky "My music is best understood by children and animals."

Igor Stravinsky
(06/17/1882 – 04/06/1971)
Russian composer, conductor
Isaac Asimov "The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds the most discoveries, is not 'Eureka!' (I found it!) but 'That's funny...'"

Isaac Asimov
(01/02/1920 – 04/06/1992)
Russian writer, scientist
Eileen Evelyn Greer Garson "I do wish I could tell you my age but it's impossible. It keeps changing all the time."

Greer Garson
(09/29/1903 – 04/06/1996)
US actor
Virginia Wynette Pugh "I always said that I'm not the best singer in the world, just the loudest."

Tammy Wynette
(05/05/1942 – 04/06/1998)
US singer, songwriter (was married to George Jones)

Wendy Orleans Williams "Basically, I hate conformity. I hate people telling me what to do. It makes me want to smash things. So-called normal behaviour patterns make me so bored, I could throw up!"

Wendy O. Williams
(05/28/1949 – 04/06/1998)
US singer (Plasmatics)
"We did consider the name 'Beetles,' but Jerry [Allison] said, 'Aw, that's just a bug you'd want to step on,' so we immediately dropped that."

Niki Sullivan
(06/23/1937 – 04/06/2004)
US guitarist (Crickets)