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John Paul Jones "I wish to have no connection with any ship that does not sail fast, for I intend to go in harm's way."

John Paul Jones
(07/06/1747 – 07/18/1792)
US naval officer
William Makepeace Thackeray "Next to the very young, I suppose the very old are the most selfish."

William Makepeace Thackeray
(07/18/1811 – 12/23/1863)
India-born English writer
Jane Austen "We met Dr. Hall in such very deep mourning that either his mother, his wife, or himself must be dead."

Jane Austen
(12/16/1775 – 07/18/1817)
English writer
William Gilbert Grace "It is the ground, it's too far away."

Dr. W. G. Grace
(07/18/1848 – 10/23/1915)
English cricket legend , on poor fielding
"No plan can prevent a stupid person from doing the wrong thing in the wrong place at the wrong time—but a good plan should keep a concentration from forming."

Charles E. Wilson
(07/18/1890 – 09/26/1961)
US corporate president (General Motors)
Jessamyn West
"We want the facts to fit the preconceptions. When they don't, it is easier to ignore the facts than to change the preconceptions."

Jessamyn West
(07/18/1902 – 02/23/1984)
US writer (Thanks to the other Jessamyn for the photo)
Samuel Ichiye Hayakawa "I'm going to speak my mind because I have nothing to lose."

Sam I. Hayakawa
(07/18/1906 – 02/27/1992)
Canadian-US semanticist, senator (CA)
"Sex—the poor man's polo."

Clifford Odets
(07/18/1906 – 08/18/1963)
US writer (was married to Luise Rainer)
María Guadalupe Vélez de Villalobos "The first time you buy a house you think how pretty it is and sign the check. The second time you look to see if the basement has termites. It's the same with men."

Lupe Velez
(07/18/1908 – 12/14/1944)
Mexican actor
Hume Cronyn "If you're doing the devil, look for the angel in him. If you're doing the angel, look for the devil in him."

Hume Cronyn
(07/18/1911 – 06/15/2003)
Canadian actor (was married to Jessica Tandy) , on acting
Richard Bernard Skelton "It proves what they always say: give the public what they want and they'll come out for it."

Red Skelton
(07/18/1913 – 09/17/1997)
US comic, actor, painter , on Harry Cohn's funeral
Nelson Mandela "A good head and good heart are always a formidable combination. But when you add to that a literate tongue or pen, then you have something very special."

Nelson Mandela
(07/18/1918 – )
African statesman
John Glenn "I don't know what you could say about a day in which you have seen four beautiful sunsets."

John Glenn
(07/18/1921 – )
US astronaut, senator (OH)
Margaret Laurence "When I say 'work' I only mean writing. Everything else is just odd jobs."

Margaret Laurence
(07/18/1926 – 01/05/1987)
Canadian writer
Jalacy Hawkins "I came into this world black, naked and ugly. And no matter how much I accumulate here, it's a short journey. I will go out of this world black, naked and ugly. So I enjoy life."

Screamin' Jay Hawkins
(07/18/1929 – 02/13/2000)
US singer
Yevgeny Yevtushenko "A hyena in syrup."

Yevgeny Yevtushenko
(07/18/1933 – 03/05/1992)
Russian poet , on Barbara Walters
Hunter S. Thompson "The integrity of a hyena and the style of a poison toad."

Hunter S. Thompson
(07/18/1939 – 02/20/2005)
US "gonzo" journalist , on Richard M. Nixon (image created by Stanley in Oz)
"A classic is a book that doesn't have to be written again."

Carl van Doren
(09/10/1885 – 07/18/1950)
US writer, educator
Kristen Bell "I rarely wear clothes when I'm home by myself. I love making breakfast naked. But you've got to make sure the gardener's not coming that day."

Kristen Bell
(07/18/1980 – )
US actor
"The voice of intelligence... is drowned out by the roar of fear. It is ignored by the voice of desire. It is contradicted by the voice of shame. It is biased by hate and extinguished by anger. Most of all it is silenced by ignorance."

Dr. Karl A. Menninger
(07/23/1893 – 07/18/1990)
US scientist, psychologist (died near his birthday)
"If you see a bandwagon, it's too late."

James Goldsmith
(02/26/1933 – 07/18/1997)
French financier
William Westmoreland "Vietnam was the first war ever fought without any censorship. Without censorship, things can get terribly confused in the public mind."

General William Westmoreland
(03/26/1914 – 07/18/2005)
US military