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"Ah, make the most of what we yet may spend,
Before we too into the Dust descend."

Omar Khayyam
(05/18/1048 – 12/04/1131)
Persian writer, mathematician
Armand Jean du Plessis "War is one of the scourges with which it has pleased God to afflict men."

Cardinal Richelieu
(09/05/1585 – 12/04/1642)
French minister, clergy
Thomas Hobbes "Leisure is the mother of Philosophy."

Thomas Hobbes
(04/05/1588 – 12/04/1679)
English philosopher, scholar
John Gay "Lest men suspect your tale untrue,
Keep probability in view."

John Gay
(06/30/1685 – 12/04/1732)
English writer
Thomas Carlyle "It is a mathematical fact that the casting of this pebble from my hand alters the centre of gravity of the universe."

Thomas Carlyle
(12/04/1795 – 02/05/1881)
English writer
Wassily Kandinsky "An empty canvas, apparently really empty, that says nothing and is without significance. Almost dull, in fact. In reality, however, [it's] crammed with thousands of undertone tensions and [is] full of expectancy. Slightly apprehensive lest it should be outraged ... It can contain anything but cannot sustain everything ... An empty canvas is a living wonder—far lovelier than certain pictures."

Wassily Kandinsky
(12/04/1866 – 12/13/1944)
Russian artist
"It was very good of God to let Carlyle and Mrs Carlyle marry one another and so make only two people miserable instead of four."

Samuel Butler
(12/04/1875 – 06/18/1902)
English writer
Rainer Maria Rilke "Almost everything serious is difficult, and everything is serious."

Rainer Maria Rilke
(12/04/1875 – 12/29/1926)
German writer
Max Baer, Jr. "I was about as much in demand as cancer."

Max Baer, Jr.
(12/04/1936 – )
US actor , on his post-"Beverly Hillbillies" career
Jeff Bridges "I don't think I ever went down that movie star path. I always enjoy taking a 90-degree turn from the last thing I did."

Jeff Bridges
(12/04/1949 – )
US actor (son of Lloyd Bridges, brother of Beau Bridges)
Marisa Tomei "I really don't like when things are all polished and perfect—the perfect love story and the hair is perfect."

Marisa Tomei
(12/04/1964 – )
US actor
Tyra Banks "I love the confidence that makeup gives me."

Tyra Banks
(12/04/1973 – )
US supermodel
Hannah Arendt "There are no dangerous thoughts; thinking itself is dangerous."

Hannah Arendt
(10/14/1906 – 12/04/1975)
German-US political scientist (LTR with Martin Heidegger)
"Music does not exist until it is performed."

Benjamin Britten
(11/22/1913 – 12/04/1976)
English composer
May Swenson "The summer that I was ten—
Can it be there was only one summer that I was ten? It must
have been a long one then—"

May Swenson
(05/28/1919 – 12/04/1989)
US writer
Frank Vincent Zappa "You can't write a chord ugly enough to say what you want sometimes, so you have to rely on a giraffe filled with whipped cream."

Frank Zappa
(12/21/1940 – 12/04/1993)
US musician, composer (was married to Gail)
Rose Elizabeth Bird "It is easy to be popular. It is not easy to be just."

Rose Bird
(11/02/1936 – 12/04/1999)
Chief Justice (CA)