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Thomas Love Peacock "I almost think it is the ultimate destiny of science to exterminate the human race."

Thomas Love Peacock
(10/18/1785 – 01/23/1866)
English writer
Thomas B. Reed "If there's one thing for which I admire you, it's your original discovery of the Ten Commandments."

Thomas B. Reed
(10/18/1839 – 12/07/1902)
US Rep (ME) , to Teddy Roosevelt
Henri Bergson "The eye sees only what the mind is prepared to comprehend."

Henri Bergson
(10/18/1865 – 01/04/1941)
French philosopher
"An improper mind is a perpetual feast."

Logan Pearsall Smith
(10/18/1865 – 03/02/1946)
English-US writer
Palmerston (of Palmerston), Henry John Temple, 3rd Viscount, Baron "Die, my dear Doctor, that's the last thing I shall do!"

Lord Palmerston
(10/20/1784 – 10/18/1865)
English statesman (died near his birthday) , last words
"There are obviously two educations. One should teach us how to make a living and the other how to live."

James Truslow Adams
(10/18/1878 – 05/18/1949)
US historian
Fannie Hurst "It takes a clever man to turn cynic and a wise man to be clever enough not to."

Fannie Hurst
(10/18/1889 – 02/23/1968)
US writer
Ellen Miriam Hopkins Singer: "You know, my dear, I insured my voice for fifty thousand dollars."
Miriam Hopkins: "That's wonderful. And what did you do with the money?"
(10/18/1902 – 10/09/1972)
US actor
Evelyn Waugh "I expect you'll be becoming a schoolmaster, sir. That's what most of the gentlemen does, sir, that gets sent down for indecent behaviour."

Evelyn Waugh
(10/18/1903 – 04/10/1966)
English writer
"If you just try long enough and hard enough, you can always manage to boot yourself in the posterior."

A. J. Liebling
(10/18/1904 – 12/28/1963)
US writer (was married to Jean Stafford)
Pierre Elliott Trudeau "It's not the end of the world, but you can see it from there."

Pierre Trudeau
(10/18/1919 – 09/28/2000)
Canadian Prime Minister (15) (was married to Margaret) , on Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Jesse Helms
"I was with some Vietnamese recently, and some of them were smoking two cigarettes at the same time. That's the kind of customers we need!"

Jesse Helms
(10/18/1921 – 07/04/2008)
US senator (NC) , at a dinner to promote the state's tobacco industry (Jesse's the older boy on the left)
George C. Scott "For me the sexiest woman on the screen ever was Joan Blondell."

George C. Scott
(10/18/1927 – 09/22/1999)
US actor (was married to Colleen Dewhurst, Trish Van Devere; father with Dewhurst of Campbell Scott)
Thomas Alva Edison "Results! Why man, I have gotten a lot of results. I know several thousand things that won't work."

Thomas Alva Edison
(02/11/1847 – 10/18/1931)
US scientist/inventor
"We have a strange and wonderful relationship—he's strange and I'm wonderful."

Mike Ditka
(10/18/1939 – )
US football coach , on QB Jim McMahon
Laura Nigro "I'm just your wild working musician."

Laura Nyro
(10/18/1947 – 04/08/1997)
US singer, songwriter
Wendy Wasserstein "Sometimes I want to clean up my desk and go out and say, respect me, I'm a respectable grown-up, and other times I just want to jump into a paper bag and shake and bake myself to death."

Wendy Wasserstein
(10/18/1950 – 01/30/2006)
US comic
"It takes me forever to say my prayers these days, but I don't care, because this time around, I want to make sure God doesn't have to do any guesswork."

Terry McMillan
(10/18/1951 – )
US writer
Martina Navratilova "Whoever said, 'It's not whether you win or lose that counts,' probably lost!"

Martina Navratilova
(10/18/1956 – )
Czech tennis player
Margaret Caroline Anderson "In real love you want the other person's good. In romantic love, you want the other person."

Margaret Caroline Anderson
(11/24/1886 – 10/18/1973)
US writer
Walt Kelly "We are confronted with insurmountable opportunities."

Walt Kelly
(08/25/1913 – 10/18/1973)
US cartoonist
Edwin Way Teale "How sad would be November if we had no knowledge of the spring."

Edwin Way Teale
(06/02/1899 – 10/18/1980)
US writer, naturalist
Elizabeth Virginia Wallace Truman "I've liked lots of people 'til I went on a picnic jaunt with them."

Bess Truman
(02/13/1885 – 10/18/1982)
US first lady (34) (was married to Harry S Truman; see other US first ladies)
Gwyneth Evelyn Verdon "I like the character of Charity because she's so hopeful. She's never bitter, and plenty of things happen to her that could make her bitter. She always thinks tomorrow's going to be beautiful. And someday it will be."

Gwen Verdon
(01/13/1925 – 10/18/2000)
US actor, dancer (was married to Bob Fosse)
Alan Coren "Television is more interesting than people. If it were not, we would have people standing in the corners of our rooms."

Alan Coren
(06/27/1938 – 10/18/2007)
British writer