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"Real happiness is cheap enough, yet how dearly we pay for its counterfeit."

Hosea Ballou
(04/30/1771 – 06/07/1852)
US theologian
James Montgomery "Hovering between wife and death."

James Montgomery
(11/04/1771 – 04/30/1854)
Scottish writer , on his deathbed, when asked how he was
Carl Friedrich Gauss "God does arithmetic."

Carl Friedrich Gauss
(04/30/1777 – 02/23/1855)
German mathematician
Sarah Josepha Hale "I have no riches but my thoughts, yet these are wealth enough for me."

Sarah Josepha Hale
(10/24/1788 – 04/30/1879)
US writer
Edouard Manet "Above all keep your colours fresh!"

Edouard Manet
(01/23/1831 – 04/30/1883)
French artist (Monet is here)
"In Ireland the inevitable never happens and the unexpected constantly occurs."

Sir John Pentland Mahaffy
(02/26/1839 – 04/30/1919)
Irish writer
"Reading and writing, arithmetic and grammar do not constitute education, any more than a knife, fork and spoon constitute a dinner."

Sir John Lubbock
(04/30/1834 – 05/28/1913)
English naturalist
Dolores Huerta "Don't be a marshmallow. Walk the street with us into history. Get off the sidewalk. Stop being vegetables. Work for Justice. Viva the boycott!"

Dolores Huerta
(04/30/1930 – )
US activist
Willie Nelson "It keeps me from killing people."

Willie Nelson
(04/30/1933 – )
US songwriter, singer , on why he smokes marijuana
Alfred Edward Housman "I could no more define poetry than a terrier can define a rat."

A. E. Housman
(03/26/1849 – 04/30/1936)
English scholar
Beatrice Potter Webb "If I ever felt inclined to be timid as I was going into a room full of people, I would say to myself, 'You're the cleverest member of one of the cleverest families in the cleverest class of the cleverest nation in the world, why should you be frightened?'"

Beatrice Webb
(01/02/1858 – 04/30/1943)
English writer
Annie Dillard Eskimo: "If I did not know about God and sin, would I go to hell?"
Priest: "No, not if you did not know."
Eskimo: "Then why did you tell me?"

Annie Dillard
(04/30/1945 – )
US writer
Adolph Hitler "What luck for rulers, that men do not think."

Adolph Hitler
(04/20/1889 – 04/30/1945)
German dictator
"A bureaucrat is a Democrat who holds some office that a Republican wants."

Alben W. Barkley
(11/24/1877 – 04/30/1956)
US Vice President (35) (see other US Vice Presidents)
"The trouble with our age is that it is all signpost and no destination."

Louis Kronenberger
(12/09/1904 – 04/30/1980)
US writer
Kirsten Dunst "When I read it, I was 15 and I don't think I was mature enough to understand the script's material. I didn't want to be kissing Kevin Spacey. Come on! Lying there naked with rose petals?"

Kirsten Dunst
(04/30/1982 – )
US actor , on turning down American Beauty
Lester Bangs "At its best New Wave/punk represents a fundamental and age-old Utopian dream: that if you give people the license to be as outrageous as they want in absolutely any fashion they can dream up, they'll be creative about it, and do something good besides."

Lester Bangs
(12/13/1948 – 04/30/1982)
US 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
Michael Ronson "I always thought he sounded just like Yogi Bear."

Mick Ronson
(05/26/1946 – 04/30/1993)
English guitarist , on Bob Dylan
"Perhaps the Congress could honor the 50th anniversary of FDR's death by observing a few minutes of competence."

Bob Lacey
(08/11/1946 – 04/30/2004)
US comic