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Marie de Rabutin-Chantal, Marquise de Sevigne "It seldom happens, I think, that a man has the civility to die when all the world wishes it."

Marie de Sevigne
(02/05/1626 – 04/17/1696)
French writer
Benjamin Franklin "Here comes the orator with his flood of words and his drop of reason."

Benjamin Franklin
(01/17/1706 – 04/17/1790)
US writer, inventor, diplomat
William Gilmore Simms "The proverb answers where the sermon fails, as a well-charged pistol will do more execution than a whole barrel of gunpowder idly exploded in the air."

William Gilmore Simms
(04/17/1806 – 06/11/1870)
US writer
J. Pierpont Morgan "A man generally has two reasons for doing a thing. One that sounds good, and a real one."

J. Pierpont Morgan
(04/17/1837 – 03/31/1913)
US gazillionaire
Artur Schnabel "The notes I handle no better than many pianists. But the pauses between the notes — ah, that is where the art resides."

Artur Schnabel
(04/17/1882 – 08/15/1951)
Austrian pianist, composer
Karen Blixen "What is man, when you come to think upon him, but a minutely set, ingenious machine for turning, with infinite artfulness, the red wine of Shiraz into urine?"

Isak Dinesen
(04/17/1885 – 09/07/1962)
Danish writer
Nikita Krushchev "Politicians are the same all over. They promise to build a bridge where there is no river."

Nikita Krushchev
(04/17/1894 – 09/11/1971)
Soviet leader
Thornton Wilder "Ninety-nine percent of the people in the world are fools and the rest of us are in great danger of contagion."

Thornton Wilder
(04/17/1897 – 12/07/1975)
US writer
William Holden "Hell is paved with Good Samaritans."

William H. Holden
(04/17/1918 – 11/16/1981)
US actor
"Bond smoked like Peter Lorre, drank like Humphrey Bogart, ate like Sydney Greenstreet, used up girls like Errol Flynn . . . then went to a steam bath and came out looking like Clark Gable."

Harry Reasoner
(04/17/1926 – 08/06/1991)
US telejournalist , on Ian Fleming's creation
Liz Phair "Madonna is the speedboat, and the rest of us are just the Go-Gos on water skis."

Liz Phair
(04/17/1967 – )
US singer, songwriter
Victoria Caroline Adams "My Spanish is improving and I can now ask, 'Dónde Gucci?' ('Where is Gucci?'). I also can say, 'Tienes un Bentley?' ('Do you have a Bentley?')."

Victoria Beckham
(04/17/1974 – )
English dancer
Basil Bunting "To appreciate present conditions, collate them with those of antiquity."

Basil Bunting
(03/01/1900 – 04/17/1985)
English writer
Louise Nevelson "I have made my world and it is a much better world than I ever saw outside."

Louise Nevelson
(09/23/1889 – 04/17/1988)
Russian artist
Ralph Abernathy "I'm sick and tired of black and white people of good intent giving aspirin to a society that is dying of a cancerous disease."

Ralph Abernathy
(03/11/1926 – 04/17/1990)
US clergyman, activist
Linda Eastman McCartney "If slaughterhouses had glass walls, the whole world would be vegetarian."

Linda Eastman McCartney
(09/24/1942 – 04/17/1998)
US photographer
Earl King "Most people say, 'Well, Earl, you sing the blues,' or however they want to categorize it. I just sing songs. I'm a writer, so whatever gymnastics jump through my head, I write about it."

Earl King
(02/07/1934 – 04/17/2003)
US singer, songwriter (Come On)
"The weakness of most men
they do not know how to become a stone or tree."

Aime Cesaire
(06/25/1913 – 04/17/2008)
Martinique writer