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"The man who has nothing to boast of but his illustrious ancestry, is like the potato—the best part under ground."

Sir Thomas Overbury
(06/18/1581 – 09/15/1613)
English writer
"A fool and his money are soon married."

Carolyn Wells
(06/18/1869 – 03/26/1942)
US writer
"There is one thing certain, namely, that we can have nothing certain; therefore it is not certain that we can have nothing certain."

Samuel Butler
(12/04/1875 – 06/18/1902)
English writer
Jeanette MacDonald "I can't believe how blessed I am! I'm married to the most wonderful man, Gene Raymond, whom I'm deeply in love with, and, my career is right where I want it to be. I can live like this forever!"

Jeanette MacDonald
(06/18/1903 – 01/14/1965)
US actor , in 1943
Sylvia Field Feldman "One of the soundest rules to remember when making forecasts in the field of economics is that whatever is to happen is happening already."

Sylvia Porter
(06/18/1913 – 06/05/1991)
US economist
Jerzy Kosinski "And really the purpose of art—for me, fiction—is to alert, to indicate to stop, to say: Make certain that when you rush through you will not miss the moment which you might have had, or might still have."

Jerzy Kosinski
(06/18/1933 – 05/03/1991)
Polish writer
Maxim Gorky "In the carriages of the past you can't go anywhere."

Maxim Gorky
(03/28/1868 – 06/18/1936)
Russian writer
Gail Godwin "Dreams say what they mean, but they don't say it in daytime language."

Gail Godwin
(06/18/1937 – )
US writer
Lou Brock "When I was a kid, I used to imagine animals running under my bed. I told my dad, and he solved the problem quickly. He cut the legs off the bed."

Lou Brock
(06/18/1939 – )
US baseball player
"No good movie is too long and no bad movie is short enough."

Roger Ebert
(06/18/1942 – )
US writer, critic
Paul McCartney "Somebody said to me, 'But the Beatles were anti-materialistic.' That's a huge myth. John and I literally used to sit down and say, 'Now, let's write a swimming pool.'"

Sir Paul McCartney
(06/18/1942 – )
English musician (Beatles; was married to Linda Eastman)
Isabella Rossellini "When I see myself on film, I find it kind of disturbing. She is so much in me. It's a genetic thing."

Isabella Rossellini
(06/18/1952 – )
Italian actor , on her mom Ingrid Bergman
Carolyn Laurie Kane "I don't put together cars, I put together people. It makes me happy to construct these people, to build another world. I feel happy and free and very consumed."

Carol Kane
(06/18/1952 – )
US actor
Ethel Barrymore "You grow up the day you have your first real laugh, at yourself."

Ethel Barrymore
(08/15/1879 – 06/18/1959)
US actor (sister of John and Lionel, aunt of John Drew, great-aunt of Drew)
Pamela Hansford Johnson "Be fond of the man who jests at his scars, if you like; but never believe he is being on the level with you."

Pamela Hansford Johnson
(05/29/1912 – 06/18/1981)
US writer , engaged to Dylan Thomas, married to Gordon Stewart and then C. P. Snow
John Cheever "A collection of short stories is generally thought to be a horrendous clinker; an enforced courtesy for the elderly writer who wants to display the trophies of his youth, along with his trout flies."

John Cheever
(05/27/1912 – 06/18/1982)
US writer
Djuna Barnes "Life is painful, nasty and short... in my case it has only been painful and nasty."

Djuna Barnes
(06/12/1892 – 06/18/1982)
US writer (died near her birthday)
Isador Feinstein Stone "If you live long enough, the venerability factor creeps in; you get accused of things you never did and praised for virtues you never had."

I. F. Stone
(12/24/1907 – 06/18/1989)
US writer
"Dolly Parton reminds me of two big ice cream cones and a whole lot of cotton candy. I'll bet most of her fans are either hillbillies or diabetics."

Peter Allen
(02/10/1944 – 06/18/1992)
Australian songwriter (was married to Liza Minnelli)