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April 15 Notable Births, with Quotes

Published by: Carolyn Brooks Fleming on Apr 14, 2022.

Explore memorable and revealing quotes from public figures, past and present, who were born on April 15.

Emma Watson, actor (April 15, 1990–present)

“Fashion is something that I love, and I find it to be so expressive and creative, and it’s obviously a way into my characters, so I’m always deeply engaged with it. What I find difficult about photo shoots is the line between playing a character—you’re being asked by the photographer to take on a role like you would in a movie—and being a fancier version of yourself.” —Emma Watson
Chastain, Jessica. “Emma Watson.” Interview, April 24, 2017, https://www.interviewmagazine.com/film/emma-watson-1.

“People couldn’t believe it when, after ‘Harry Potter,’ I was like, ‘I’m going to school.’ Essentially, I took five years out to study, doing only a few smaller projects, and, to a lot of people, it seemed like I was passing up a lot of opportunity.” —Emma Watson
Chastain, Jessica. “Emma Watson.” Interview, April 24, 2017, https://www.interviewmagazine.com/film/emma-watson-1.

Emma Thompson, actor (April 15, 1959–present)

“I am uncomfortable trying to look slim and fashionable because I am not, and now it’s allowed that I am not.” —Emma Thompson
Hattersley, Giles. “Emma Thompson On ‘Cruella’, Life After 60, & Her Many Decades Of Activism.” Vogue, May 7, 2021, https://www.vogue.co.uk/arts-and-lifestyle/article/emma-thompson-interview.

“We tell ourselves so many lies about motherhood… about sex… about death.” —Emma Thompson
Hattersley, Giles. “Emma Thompson On ‘Cruella’, Life After 60, & Her Many Decades Of Activism.” Vogue, May 7, 2021, https://www.vogue.co.uk/arts-and-lifestyle/article/emma-thompson-interview.

Roy Clark, musician (April 15, 1933–November 15, 2018)

“I heard music at the same time I heard human voices. It was always there. I was going to say from the time I was in a crib, but we couldn’t afford a crib, but as a baby lying in bed I heard music.” —Roy Clark
Erling, John. “Roy Clark.” Voices of Oklahoma, https://voicesofoklahoma.com/interviews/clark-roy/.

“My dad signed up my sister Jean for lessons in learning how to play the accordion. Jean got this little bitty accordion. She was starting off with learning the fundamentals. One day, when it was sitting there, I picked it up and starting playing the ‘Tennessee Waltz’ on it. It broke her heart and she never touched it again.” —Roy Clark
Erling, John. “Roy Clark.” Voices of Oklahoma, https://voicesofoklahoma.com/interviews/clark-roy/.

Kim Il-sung, founder of North Korea (April 15, 1912–July 8, 1994)

“Revolutionaries, believe in the people and rely on them at all times and you shall always emerge victorious; if you are forsaken by them, you will always fail. Let this be your maxim in your life and struggle.” —Kim Il-sung
Il-sung, Kim. “With the Century.” Marxists Internet Archive, 1994, https://www.marxists.org/archive/kim-il-sung/autobio/v1.pdf.

“My life began in the second decade of the 20th century when Korea was going through the bitterest period of its national tragedy. —Kim Il-sung
Il-sung, Kim. “With the Century.” Marxists Internet Archive, 1994, https://www.marxists.org/archive/kim-il-sung/autobio/v1.pdf.

Nikita Khrushchev, politician (April 15, 1894–September 11, 1971)

“Marxism does not negate the role of the leaders of the workers' class in directing the revolutionary liberation movement.” —Nikita Khrushchev
Khrushchev, Nikita. “Krushchev’s Secret Speech, ‘On the Cult of Personality and its Consequences,’ Delivered at the Twentieth Party Congress of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union.” Wilson Center, February 25, 1956, https://digitalarchive.wilsoncenter.org/document/115995.pdf?v=3c22b71b65bcbbe9fdfadead9419c995.

“Comrades, we must abolish the cult of the individual decisively, once and for all; we must draw the proper conclusions concerning both ideological-theoretical and practical work.” —Nikita Khrushchev
Khrushchev, Nikita. “Krushchev’s Secret Speech, ‘On the Cult of Personality and its Consequences,’ Delivered at the Twentieth Party Congress of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union.” Wilson Center, February 25, 1956, https://digitalarchive.wilsoncenter.org/document/115995.pdf?v=3c22b71b65bcbbe9fdfadead9419c995.

Leonardo da Vinci, artist and polymath (April 15, 1452–May 2, 1519)

“The first thing in painting is that the objects it represents should appear in relief, and that the grounds surrounding them at different distances shall appear within the vertical plane of the foreground of the picture by means of the 3 branches of Perspective, which are: the diminution in the distinctness of the forms of the objects, the diminution in their magnitude; and the diminution in their colour.” —Leonardo da Vinci
Da Vinci, Leonardo. “The Project Gutenberg EBook of The Notebooks of Leonardo Da Vinci, Complete by Leonardo Da Vinci.” Project Gutenberg, January 2004, https://www.gutenberg.org/cache/epub/5000/pg5000.html.

“The walking of man is always after the universal manner of walking in animals with 4 legs, inasmuch as just as they move their feet crosswise after the manner of a horse in trotting, so man moves his 4 limbs crosswise; that is, if he puts forward his right foot in walking he puts forward, with it, his left arm and vice versa, invariably.” —Leonardo da Vinci
Da Vinci, Leonardo. “The Project Gutenberg EBook of The Notebooks of Leonardo Da Vinci, Complete by Leonardo Da Vinci.” Project Gutenberg, January 2004, https://www.gutenberg.org/cache/epub/5000/pg5000.html.

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