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"Language is not an abstract construction of the learned, or of dictionary makers, but is something arising out of the work, needs, ties, joys, affections, tastes, of long generations of humanity, and has its bases broad and low, close to the ground."

Noah Webster
(10/16/1758 – 05/28/1843)
US writer
Maria Antonia Josepha Johanna von Habsburg-Lothringen "I was a queen, and you took away my crown; a wife, and you killed my husband; a mother, and you deprived me of my children. My blood alone remains: take it, but do not make me suffer long."

Marie Antoinette
(11/02/1755 – 10/16/1795)
Austria-born French royalty
Oscar Wilde "To lose one parent, Mr. Worthing, may be regarded as a misfortune; to lose both looks like carelessness."

Oscar Wilde
(10/16/1854 – 11/30/1900)
Irish writer and wit
"Thought is a strenuous art—few practice it, and then only at rare times."

David Ben-Gurion
(10/16/1886 – 12/01/1973)
Israeli Prime Minister
Eugene O'Neill "Critics? I love every bone in their heads."

Eugene O’Neill
(10/16/1888 – 11/27/1953)
US playwright
Sarah Winnemucca ('Thocmectony') "Most of teachers have but one object, viz. to draw their salary. I do not think that a teacher should have no salary. But I think they should earn it first and then think of it."

Sarah Winnemucca
(??/??/1844 – 10/16/1891)
US educator, scout
"Literature should not be suppressed merely because it offends the moral code of the censor."

William O. Douglas
(10/16/1898 – 01/19/1980)
US Supreme Court Justice (see other Supreme Court justices)
"Average voters don't have access to the knowledge needed for informed judgments."

Dan Evans
(10/16/1925 – )
US senator, governor (WA)
"Information networks straddle the world. Nothing remains concealed. But the sheer volume of information dissolves the information. We are unable to take it all in."

Gunter Grass
(10/16/1927 – )
German writer
Suzanne Marie Mahoney "My goal in life is to become the person my dog thinks I am."

Suzanne Somers
(10/16/1946 – )
US actor
Bob Weir "I even just took them [his sons] to a Creed concert. I found it to be very bombastic but it was great watching my kids sing along."

Bob Weir
(10/16/1947 – )
US singer, guitarist (Grateful Dead) (also see Jerry Garcia, Phil Lesh, Bill Kreutzmann, Mickey Hart)
"Paul, George, and Ringo are recording a song using the last of John's unreleased tapes. It goes 'Hello, this is the Lennon residence, I can't come to the phone right now...'"

Chris Cox
(10/16/1952 – )
US Congressman (CA)
Tim Robbins "If you ever write about my family again, I will (expletive) find you and I will (expletive) hurt you."

Tim Robbins
(10/16/1958 – )
US actor (partner of Susan Sarandon) , to a Washington Post reporter who wrote about Sarandon's conservative mother
Gaston Bachelard "The words of the world want to make sentences."

Gaston Bachelard
(06/27/1884 – 10/16/1962)
French philosopher, writer
Cornel Wilde "I realized long ago that I could not depend on luck to bring me success. I worked hard, extra hard to improve my chance by increasing my abilities and my experience. It was my goal to accomplish, in my life, something of value and to do it with self-respect and integrity."

Cornel Wilde
(10/13/1915 – 10/16/1989)
US actor (died near his birthday)
Thelma Marjorie Ford "Why is it that men who can go through severe accidents, air raids, and any other major crisis always seem to think that they are at death's door when they have a simple head cold?"

Shirley Booth
(08/30/1898 – 10/16/1992)
US actor
James A. Michener "I think it's remarkable that a man could write the kind of thing I do—lengthy, intricate, not dependent on sex or violence—and acquire the readership I have."

James A. Michener
(02/03/1907 – 10/16/1997)
US writer
Deborah Jane Kerr-Trimmer (Kerr rhymes with star) "Personally, I think if a woman hasn't met the right man by the time she's 24, she may be lucky."

Deborah Kerr
(09/30/1921 – 10/16/2007)
Scottish actor