— Robbie Williams British singer and entertainer 1974
„Born of an illustrious (or well-lighted) house“
— Papa Sisto V, A reference to Sixtus' poor upbringing in a house so poorly thatched that the sun shone through holes in the roof; reported in Will and Ariel Durant, Age of Reason Begins: Volume 7 (1961), p. 240.
„My principles are only those that, before the French Revolution, every well-born person considered sane and normal.“
— Julius Evola Italian philosopher and esotericist 1898 - 1974
— P.T. Barnum American showman and businessman 1810 - 1891
Commonly attributed to Barnum, there is much testimony of contemporaries that he never actually said this, and in "P. T. Barnum Never Did Say "There's a Sucker Born Every Minute" http://www.historybuff.com/library/refbarnum.html R. J. Brown asserts that it actually originated with a banker named David Hannum, in reference to one of Barnum's hoaxes: a replica of the Cardiff Giant.
— Nikola Tesla Serbian American inventor 1856 - 1943
— Adlai Stevenson mid-20th-century Governor of Illinois and Ambassador to the UN 1900 - 1965
Context: The whole notion of loyalty inquisitions is a national characteristic of the police state, not of democracy. The history of Soviet Russia is a modern example of this ancient practice. I must, in good conscience, protest against any unnecessary suppression of our rights as free men. We must not burn down the house to kill the rats. Voicing opposition to the McCarran Internal Security Act of 1950
— Guy Gavriel Kay, The Fionavar Tapestry