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William Shakespeare "Many a good hanging prevents a bad marriage."

William Shakespeare
(04/23/1564 – 04/23/1616)
English writer (died on his birthday, allegedly)
William Shakespeare "Though I am not naturally honest, I am so sometimes by chance."

William Shakespeare
(04/23/1564 – 04/23/1616)
English writer (died on his birthday, allegedly)
Miguel de Cervantes "Too much sanity may be madness. And maddest of all, to see life as it is and not as it should be!"

Miguel de Cervantes
(09/29/1547 – 04/23/1616)
Spanish writer
James Buchanan "I like the noise of democracy."

James Buchanan
(04/23/1791 – 06/01/1868)
US President (15) (see all US Presidents)
James Anthony Froude "The superstition of science scoffs at the superstition of faith."

James A. Froude
(04/23/1818 – 10/20/1894)
English historian
Chauncey Depew "I get my exercise acting as a pallbearer to my friends who exercise."

Chauncey Depew
(04/23/1834 – 04/04/1928)
US Senator (NY)
William Wordsworth "The best portion of a good man's life is his little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and of love."

William Wordsworth
(04/07/1770 – 04/23/1850)
English writer
Edwin Markham "The thing that is incredible is life itself. Why should we be here in this sun-illuminated universe? Why should there be green earth under our feet?"

Edwin Markham
(04/23/1852 – 03/07/1940)
US writer
Max Planck "An important scientific innovation rarely makes its way by gradually winning over and converting its opponents: What does happen is that the opponents gradually die out."

Max Planck
(04/23/1858 – 10/04/1947)
German physicist
Lester Bowles Pearson "Politics is the skilled use of blunt objects."

Lester Bowles Pearson
(04/23/1897 – 12/27/1972)
Canadian Prime Minister (14)
Rupert Brooke "Fish say, they have their Stream and Pond;
But is there anything Beyond?"

Rupert Brooke
(08/03/1887 – 04/23/1915)
English writer, neo-pagan
Art Hoppe "If there is no God, who pops up the next Kleenex?"

Art Hoppe
(04/23/1925 – 02/01/2000)
US columnist (SF Chronicle)
"I got disappointed in human nature as well and gave it up because I found it too much like my own."

J. P. Donleavy
(04/23/1926 – )
US writer
Shirley Temple "I stopped believing in Santa Claus when I was six. Mother took me to see him in a department store and he asked for my autograph."

Shirley Temple Black
(04/23/1928 – )
US actor, ambassador (was married to John Agar)
"Chess may be the deepest, least exhaustible of pastimes, but it is nothing more. As for a chess genius, he is a human being who focuses vast, little-understood mental gifts and labors on an ultimately trivial human enterprise."

George Steiner
(04/23/1929 – )
French-US literary critic
Roy Orbison "I may be a living legend, but that sure don't help when I've got to change a flat tire."

Roy Orbison
(04/23/1936 – 12/06/1988)
US singer
Victoria Glendinning "There's no greater bliss in life than when the plumber eventually comes to unblock your drains. No writer can give that sort of pleasure."

Victoria Glendinning
(04/23/1937 – )
English biographer
Bernadette Devlin "Among the best traitors Ireland has ever had, Mother Church ranks at the very top, a massive obstacle in the path to equality and freedom. She has been a force for conservatism... to ward off threats to her own security and influence."

Bernadette Devlin
(04/23/1947 – )
Irish politician
Joyce deWitt "Shirley Maclaine once said that she didn't want to be a big star, just a long star. That's what I want too."

Joyce deWitt
(04/23/1949 – )
US actor
"Any time you got the Pope and the Dixie Chicks against you, your time is up."

Michael Moore
(04/23/1954 – )
US filmmaker , on George W. Bush's waning credibility
Raymond Burns "We're the only band that's got real communication between the stage and the audience. People know they can come and talk to us and pour beer over us, buy us a drink and spit at us."

Captain Sensible
(04/23/1955 – )
English singer, guitarist , on his group, the Damned (also see Rat Scabies)
Valerie Bertinelli "Everybody complains that people are so flaky in LA. I'd rather be flaky than mean."

Valerie Bertinelli
(04/23/1960 – )
US actor (was married to Eddie Van Halen)
"There is nothing in the Constitution that authorizes or makes it the official duty of a president to have anything to do with criminal activities."

Sam Ervin
(09/27/1896 – 04/23/1985)
US Senator (NC)
Otto Preminger "I do not welcome advice from actors; they are here to act."

Otto Preminger
(12/05/1906 – 04/23/1986)
Austrian director
Marion Pauline Levy "Actors and actresses who say they never go to see their own pictures are talking through their hats. You don't have to be a Freud to know that the most fascinating person in the world—actors or anybody—is yourself."

Paulette Goddard
(06/03/1911 – 04/23/1990)
US actor
Howard William Cohen "[O. J. has] an uncanny instinct for sensing when to make the move, when to make the cut. He can kill you with a headfake, he can kill you with the swiftness of his legs and the ability to be in a direction at any single second. He also kills you with his variation of speed..."

Howard Cosell
(03/21/1918 – 04/23/1995)
US sportscaster , on some of the ways O. J. Simpson can kill
Boris Yeltsin "A man must live like a great brilliant flame and burn as brightly as he can. In the end he burns out. But this is far better than a mean little flame."

Boris Yeltsin
(02/01/1931 – 04/23/2007)
Russian politician