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"I am, indeed, a king, for I know how to rule myself."

Pietro Aretino
(04/20/1492 – 10/21/1556)
Italian writer
Edmund Waller "Poets that lasting marble seek
Must carve in Latin or in Greek."

Edmund Waller
(03/03/1606 – 10/21/1687)
English writer
Samuel Taylor Coleridge "Swans sing before they die—'twere no bad thing
should certain persons die before they sing."

Samuel Taylor Coleridge
(10/21/1772 – 07/25/1834)
English writer
Samuel Foote "So she went into the garden to cut a cabbage-leaf, to make an apple-pie; and at the same time a great she-bear, coming up the street, pops its head into the shop. `What! no soap?' So he died, and she very imprudently married the barber."

Samuel Foote
(01/27/1720 – 10/21/1777)
English actor, playwright
Alphonse de Lamartine "The more I see of the representatives of the people, the more I admire my dogs."

Alphonse de Lamartine
(10/21/1790 – 02/28/1869)
French writer
Horatio Nelson "Something must be left to chance; nothing is sure in a sea fight beyond all others."

Horatio Nelson
(09/29/1758 – 10/21/1805)
English naval commander
Alfred Bernhard Nobel "Second to agriculture, humbug is the biggest industry of our age."

Alfred Nobel
(10/21/1833 – 12/10/1896)
Swedish chemist
Leo Burnett "I've learned any fool can write a bad ad, but it takes a real genius to keep his hands off a good one."

Leo Burnett
(10/21/1891 – 06/07/1971)
US advertising maven
"Biographical history, as taught in our public schools, is still largely a history of boneheads: ridiculous kings and queens, paranoid political leaders, compulsive voyagers, ignorant generals—the flotsam and jetsam of historical currents. The men who radically altered history, the great scientists and mathematicians, are seldom mentioned, if at all."

Martin Gardner
(10/21/1914 – 05/22/2010)
US scientist, mathematician, calligrapher
John Birks Gillespie "I don't care too much about music. What I like is sounds."

Dizzy Gillespie
(10/21/1917 – 01/06/1993)
US trumpeter
Ursula K. LeGuin "What sane person could live in this world and not be crazy?"

Ursula K. LeGuin
(10/21/1929 – )
US writer
Erik Lee Purkhiser "Rock'n'roll is so great that everyone in the world should think it's the greatest thing that's happening. If they don't, they're turds."

Lux Interior
(10/21/1946 – 02/04/2009)
US singer (Cramps) (was married to Poison Ivy Rorschach)
Carrie Fisher "I don't want life to imitate art. I want life to be art."

Carrie Fisher
(10/21/1956 – )
US actor, writer (daughter of Eddie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds; was married to Paul Simon)
"It's like what Yogi said—what *did* Yogi say?"

George Bell
(10/21/1959 – )
US baseball player (White Sox)
Jack Kerouac "You can't teach the old maestro a new tune."

Jack Kerouac
(03/12/1922 – 10/21/1969)
US writer
Francois Truffaut "I have always preferred the reflect of the life to life itself."

Francois Truffaut
(02/06/1932 – 10/21/1984)
French director