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"The Schleswig-Holstein question is so complicated, only three men in Europe have ever understood it. One was Prince Albert, who is dead. The second was a German professor who became mad. I am the third and I have forgotten all about it."
(died near his birthday)
"Life isn't all beer and skittles, but beer and skittles, or something better of the same sort, must form a good part of every Englishman's education."
"La vie est la farce à mener par tous.
Life is the farce which we all must lead."
"Anyone who has begun to think places some portion of the world in jeopardy."
US educator, philosopher
"On two occasions I have been asked [by members of Parliament], 'Pray, Mr. Babbage, if you put into the machine wrong figures, will the right answers come out?' I am not able rightly to apprehend the kind of confusion of ideas that could provoke such a question."
"I guess I'm pretty much of a lone wolf. I don't say I don't like people at all but, to tell you the truth I only like it then if I have a chance to look deep into their hearts and their minds."
"Wild animals never kill for sport. Man is the only one to whom the torture and death of his fellow creatures is amusing in itself."
James A. Froude
"Happy is said to be the family which can eat onions together. They are, for the time being, separate from the world, and have a harmony of aspiration."
Charles Dudley Warner
"The two women exchanged the kind of glance women use when no knife is handy."
US? mystery writer
(as "Ellery Queen," with Manfred Lee)
"I always wanted to get into politics, but I was never light enough to make the team."
"When great changes occur in history, when great principles are involved, as a rule the majority are wrong."
US labor organizer
"If Shakespeare had had to go on an author tour to promote Romeo and Juliet, he never would have written Macbeth."
Dr. Joyce Brothers
US shrink, columnist
"If I knew I was going to live this long, I'd have taken better care of myself."
US baseball great
"I am beginning to suspect all elaborate and special systems of education. They seem to me to be built upon the supposition that every child is a kind of idiot who must be taught to think."
(notably of Helen Keller)
"I'd sing and shake my leg a bit, and it looked like I was doing something."
"When My Love Comes Back from the Ladies' Room, Will I Be Too Old To Care?"
, song title
"The only deadly sin I know is cynicism."
US Secretary of War
"I'm barely prolific and incredibly lazy."
US singer, songwriter
"It comes down to the fact that you supply the blue, and they supply the other colors and mix them with your blue, and maybe there's some blue left in the painting and maybe there isn't. Maybe there wasn't supposed to be any there in the first place. So have some fun and make a good blue and walk away."
(was married to Exene Cervenka)
"Once upon a time my political opponents honored me as possessing the fabulous intellectual and economic power by which I created a world-wide depression all by myself."
US President (31)
(see all US Presidents)
"So what if I'm smokin' weed onstage and doing what I gotta do? It's not me shooting nobody, stabbing nobody, killing nobody. It's a peaceful gesture and they have to respect that and appreciate that."
"Tits and sandthat's what we used to call sex and violence in Hollywood."
"Those magazine dieting stories always have the testimonial of a woman who wore a dress that could slip-cover New Jersey in one photo and thirty days later looked like a well-dressed thermometer."
"If I were asked for a one-line answer to the question 'What makes a woman good in bed?' I would say, 'A man who is good in bed.'"
US magazine editor