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John Arbuthnot "Law is a bottomless pit."

John Arbuthnot
(04/29/1667 – 02/27/1745)
Scottish physician, scientist, mathematician
George Farquhar "I believe they talked of me, for they laughed consumedly."

George Farquhar
(?/1678 – 04/29/1707)
Irish writer
George Gordon Byron "The Cardinal is at his wit's end—it is true—that he had not far to go."

Lord Byron
(01/22/1788 – 04/29/1824)
English writer
Henri Poincare "Thus, be it understood, to demonstrate a theorem, it is neither necessary nor even advantageous to know what it means."

Henri Poincare
(04/29/1854 – 07/17/1912)
French mathematician
William Randolph Hearst "Truth is not only stranger than fiction, it is more interesting."

William Randolph Hearst
(04/29/1863 – 08/14/1951)
US newspaper magnate (LTR with Marion Davies)
"Life is like eating artichokes, you have got to go through so much to get so little."

Thomas Aloysius Dorgan
(04/29/1877 – 05/02/1929)
US cartoonist (died near his birthday)
Thomas Beecham "Madam, you have between your legs an instrument capable of giving pleasure to thousands—and all you can do is scratch it."

Sir Thomas Beecham
(04/29/1897 – 03/08/1961)
British composer, conductor , to a woman cellist
Edward Kennedy Ellington "Playing 'Bop' is like Scrabble with all the vowels missing."

Duke Ellington
(04/29/1899 – 05/24/1974)
US composer
Emperor Showa "The war has developed not necessarily to Japan's advantage."

Emperor Hirohito
(04/29/1901 – 01/06/1989)
Japanese leader
"If you want to catch more fish, use more hooks."

George Allen
(04/29/1922 – 12/31/1990)
US football coach
Dale Earnhardt "I didnít make Dale Jr. go be a racer. The kid wanted to be a racer. Iíd just as soon him be a doctor, a preacher or whatever. Iím not sure Iíd want him to be a lawyer."

Dale Earnhardt
(04/29/1951 – 02/18/2001)
US NASCAR driver
Ludwig Wittgenstein "I sit astride life like a bad rider on a horse. I only owe it to the horse's good nature that I am not thrown off at this very moment."

Ludwig Wittgenstein
(04/26/1889 – 04/29/1951)
Austrian-English philosopher (died near his birthday)
Jerome Seinfeld "I think that people who read the tabloids deserve to be lied to."

Jerry Seinfeld
(04/29/1955 – )
US comic, actor
Michelle Pfeiffer "Just standing around looking beautiful is so boring, really boring, so boring."

Michelle Pfeiffer
(04/29/1958 – )
US actor
Robert J. Sawyer "Virtual reality is just air guitar writ large."

Robert J. Sawyer
(04/29/1960 – )
Canadian writer
Carnie Wilson "We all come from dysfunctional families and these days I guess that's pretty normal."

Carnie Wilson
(04/29/1968 – )
Celebrity offspring , on her band Wilson Phillips
Uma Thurman "Tall, sandy blonde, with sort of blue eyes, skinny in places, fat in others. An average gal."

Uma Thurman
(04/29/1970 – )
US actor (was married to Gary Oldman, Ethan Hawke) , self-described
Alfred Hitchcock

Actress Mary Anderson: "Mr. Hitchcock, what do you think is my best side?"
Alfred Hitchcock: "My dear, you're sitting on it."
(08/13/1899 – 04/29/1980)
English producer, director
Mike Royko "When he does smile, he looks as if he's just evicted a widow."

Mike Royko
(09/19/1932 – 04/29/1997)
US journalist , on Bob Dole
John Kenneth Galbraith "If all else fails, immortality can always be assured by spectacular error."

John Kenneth Galbraith
(10/15/1908 – 04/29/2006)
Canadian-US economist