The Oxford Dictionary of Quotations

Editor: Knowles, Elizabeth
Publication Year: 2014
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Inc.

Price: Core Collection Only
ISBN: 978-0-19-966870-0
Category: Language & Literature - Quotations
Book Status: Available
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Includes over tens of thousands of quotations for all occasions, from Ancient Egypt to the 21st century

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Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • History of the Dictionary
  • Introduction to the First Edition
  • How to Use this Work
  • A
  • Raid Abdul Ridhar Mohammed – 
  • Peter Abelard 1079–1142
  • Dannie Abse 1923–2014
  • Abu Bakr 573–634
  • Accius 170–c.86 BC
  • Goodman Ace 1899–1982
  • Chinua Achebe 1930–2013
  • Dean Acheson 1893–1971
  • Lord Ackner 1920–2005
  • Lord Acton 1834–1902
  • Abigail Adams 1744–1818
  • Ansel Adams 1902–84
  • Charles Francis Adams 1807–86
  • Douglas Adams 1952–2001
  • Frank Adams and Will M. Hough
  • Franklin P. Adams 1881–1960
  • Henry Brooks Adams 1838–1918
  • John Adams 1735–1826
  • John Quincy Adams 1767–1848
  • Samuel Adams 1722–1803
  • Sarah Flower Adams 1805–48
  • Harold Adamson 1906–80
  • Jane Addams 1860–1935
  • Joseph Addison 1672–1719
  • George Ade 1866–1944
  • Konrad Adenauer 1876–1967
  • Adi Granth
  • Alfred Adler 1870–1937
  • Polly Adler 1900–62
  • Theodor Adorno 1903–69
  • Advertising slogans
  • Æ (George William Russell) 1867–1935
  • Aeschylus c.525–456 BC
  • Aesop
  • The African Queen
  • Herbert Agar 1897–1980
  • James Agate 1877–1947
  • Agathon b. c.445 BC
  • Agesilaus 444–360 BC
  • Spiro T. Agnew 1918–96
  • Agnolo di Tura b. c.1300
  • Maria, Marchioness of Ailesbury d. 1902
  • Alfred Ainger 1837–1904
  • Arthur Campbell Ainger 1841–1919
  • Airplane!
  • Jonathan Aitken 1942– 
  • Max Aitken
  • Mark Akenside 1721–70
  • Anna Akhmatova 1889–1966
  • Zoë Akins 1886–1958
  • William Alabaster 1567–1640
  • Alain (Émile-Auguste Chartier) 1868–1951
  • Alain-Fournier (Henri Alban) 1886–1914
  • Edward Albee 1928–2016
  • Prince Albert (Albert Francis Charles Augustus Emmanuel of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha) 1819–61
  • Scipione Alberti
  • Mary Alcock c.1742–98
  • Amos Bronson Alcott 1799–1888
  • Louisa May Alcott 1832–88
  • Alcuin c.735–804
  • Richard Aldington 1892–1962
  • Brian Aldiss 1925– 
  • Henry Aldrich 1647–1710
  • Thomas Bailey Aldrich 1836–1907
  • ‘Buzz’ Aldrin (Edwin Eugene Aldrin Jnr) 1930– 
  • Alexander the Great 356–323 BC
  • Alexander II (‘the Liberator’) 1818–81
  • Alexander VI (Rodrigo Borgia) 1431–1503
  • Cecil Frances Alexander 1818–95
  • William Alexander, Lord Stirling 1577–1640
  • Alfonso ‘the Wise’ 1221–84
  • Alfred the Great AD 849–899
  • Nelson Algren 1909–81
  • Ali ibn-Abi-Talib c.602–661
  • Muhammad Ali (Cassius Clay) 1942–2016
  • Alien
  • All About Eve
  • Abbé d’Allainval 1700–53
  • Lewis Allan (Abel Meeropol) 1903–86
  • Iyad Allawi 1945– 
  • Fred Allen (John Florence Sullivan) 1894–1956
  • William Allen d. 1867, Michael Larkin d. 1867, and William O’Brien (‘the Manchester Martyrs’) d. 1867
  • Woody Allen (Allen Stewart Konigsberg) 1935– 
  • Svetlana Alliluyeva 1925–2011
  • William Allingham 1824–89
  • William F. Allman
  • All the President's Men
  • St Alphonsus (Alfonso Maria de’ Liguori) 1696–1787
  • Joseph Alsop 1910–89
  • Robert Altman 1922–2006
  • Luis Walter Alvarez 1911–88
  • St Ambrose c.339–397
  • American Graffiti
  • Leo Amery 1873–1955
  • Fisher Ames 1758–1808
  • Kingsley Amis 1922–95
  • Anacharsis
  • Hans Christian Andersen 1805–75
  • Maxwell Anderson 1888–1959
  • Maxwell Anderson 1888–1959 and Lawrence Stallings 1894–1968
  • Robert Anderson 1917–2009
  • Lancelot Andrewes 1555–1626
  • Norman Angell 1872–1967
  • Maya Angelou 1928–2014
  • Paul Anka 1941– 
  • Anna Christie
  • Anne, Princess Royal 1950– 
  • Annie Hall
  • Anonymous
  • Another Fine Mess
  • Jean Anouilh 1910–87
  • Christopher Anstey 1724–1805
  • F. Anstey (Thomas Anstey Guthrie) 1856–1934
  • Susan Brownell Anthony 1820–1906
  • Minna Antrim 1861–1950
  • Apelles
  • Apocalypse Now
  • Guillaume Apollinaire 1880–1918
  • Edward Appleton 1892–1965
  • Thomas Gold Appleton 1812–84
  • Arabian Nights Entertainments, or the Thousand and one Nights
  • William Arabin 1773–1841
  • Yasser Arafat 1929–2004
  • Louis Aragon 1897–1982
  • Diane Arbus 1923–71
  • John Arbuthnot 1667–1735
  • Archilochus
  • Archimedes c.287–212 BC
  • Elizabeth Arden c.1880–1966
  • Robert Ardrey 1908–80
  • Hannah Arendt 1906–75
  • Comte d’Argenson (Marc Pierre de Voyer d’Argenson) 1696–1764
  • Marquis d’Argenson (René Louis de Voyer d’Argenson) 1694–1757
  • Ludovico Ariosto 1474–1533
  • Aristophanes c.450–c.385 BC
  • Aristotle 384–322 BC
  • Lewis Addison Armistead 1817–63
  • Harry Armstrong 1879–1951
  • John Armstrong 1709–79
  • Louis Armstrong 1901–71
  • Neil Armstrong 1930–2012
  • Robert Armstrong 1927– 
  • Arnald-Amaury d. 1225
  • Peter Arno
  • Edwin Arnold 1832–1904
  • George Arnold 1834–65
  • Matthew Arnold 1822–88
  • Samuel James Arnold 1774–1852
  • Thomas Arnold 1795–1842
  • Raymond Aron 1905–83
  • Antonin Artaud 1896–1948
  • Lev A. Artsimovich 1909–73
  • Roger Ascham 1515–68
  • John Ashcroft 1942– 
  • Daisy Ashford 1881–1972
  • Jackie Ashley 1954– 
  • Isaac Asimov 1920–92
  • Anne Askew 1521–46
  • The Asphalt Jungle
  • Elizabeth Asquith (Princess Antoine Bibesco) 1897–1945
  • Herbert Asquith, Earl of Oxford and Asquith 1852–1928
  • Margot Asquith 1864–1945
  • Mary Astell 1668–1731
  • Jacob Astley 1579–1652
  • Nancy Astor 1879–1964
  • Kemal Atatürk 1881–1938
  • Brooks Atkinson 1894–1984
  • Farid al-Din Attar d. c.1220
  • David Attenborough 1926– 
  • Clement Attlee 1883–1967
  • Margaret Atwood 1939– 
  • Henriette Auber 1773–1862
  • John Aubrey 1626–97
  • Auctoritates Aristotelis
  • W. H. Auden 1907–73
  • Émile Augier 1820–89
  • St Augustine of Hippo AD 354–430
  • Augustus (Octavius Caesar) 63 BC–AD 14
  • Aung San Suu Kyi 1945– 
  • Marcus Aurelius AD 121–180
  • Decius Magnus Ausonius c.AD 309–392
  • Jane Austen 1775–1817
  • J. L. Austin 1911–60
  • Earl of Avon
  • Revd Awdry (Wilbert Vere Awdry) 1911–97
  • Alan Ayckbourn 1939– 
  • A. J. Ayer 1910–89
  • Ayesha fl. 1492
  • Pam Ayres 1947– 
  • Robert Aytoun 1570–1638
  • W. E. Aytoun 1813–65
  • B
  • Charles Babbage 1791–1871
  • Isaac Babel 1894–1940
  • Lauren Bacall 1924–2014
  • Johann Sebastian Bach 1685–1750
  • Francis Bacon 1561–1626
  • Francis Bacon 1909–92
  • Roger Bacon c.1220–c.92
  • Lord Baden-Powell
  • Karl Baedeker 1801–59
  • Joan Baez 1941– 
  • Walter Bagehot 1826–77
  • Abdul Baha 1844–1921
  • Baha’ullah 1817–92
  • Bahya ibn Paquda fl. 1080
  • David Bailey 1938– 
  • Philip James Bailey 1816–1902
  • Bruce Bairnsfather
  • Henry Williams Baker 1821–77
  • Michael Bakunin 1814–76
  • James Baldwin 1924–87
  • Stanley Baldwin 1867–1947
  • Arthur James Balfour 1848–1930
  • Ballads
  • J. G. Ballard 1930–2009
  • Whitney Balliett 1926–2007
  • Honoré de Balzac 1799–1850
  • George Bancroft 1800–91
  • Tallulah Bankhead 1903–68
  • Iain Banks 1954–2013
  • Joseph Banks 1743–1820
  • Roger Bannister 1929– 
  • Théodore Faullain de Banville 1823–91
  • Imamu Amiri Baraka (Everett LeRoi Jones) 1934–2014
  • Yevgeny Baratynsky 1800–44
  • Anna Laetitia Barbauld 1743–1825
  • Mary Barber c.1690–1757
  • John Barbour c.1320–95
  • Alexander Barclay c.1475–1552
  • R. H. Barham (‘Thomas Ingoldsby’) 1788–1845
  • Sabine Baring-Gould 1834–1924
  • Frederick R. Barnard
  • Julian Barnes 1946– 
  • Peter Barnes 1931–2004
  • William Barnes 1801–86
  • Richard Barnfield 1574–1627
  • Phineas T. Barnum 1810–91
  • Amelia E. Barr 1831–1919
  • J. M. Barrie 1860–1937
  • Sebastian Barry 1955– 
  • Ethel Barrymore 1879–1959
  • John Barrymore 1882–1942
  • Karl Barth 1886–1968
  • Roland Barthes 1915–80
  • Edmund Barton 1849–1920
  • Bernard Baruch 1870–1965
  • Jacques Barzun 1907– 
  • Matsuo Basho 1644–94
  • William Basse d. c.1653
  • Thomas Bastard 1566–1618
  • Edgar Bateman and George Le Brunn
  • H. M. Bateman
  • Katherine Lee Bates 1859–1929
  • Jean Batten 1909–82
  • Charles Baudelaire 1821–67
  • Jean Baudrillard 1929–2007
  • Yehuda Bauer 1926– 
  • L. Frank Baum 1856–1919
  • Beverley Baxter 1891–1964
  • Thomas Haynes Bayly 1797–1839
  • Beachcomber
  • Todd Beamer 1968–2001
  • James Beattie 1735–1803
  • David Beatty 1871–1936
  • Topham Beauclerk 1739–80
  • Pierre-Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais 1732–99
  • Francis Beaumont 1584–1616
  • Francis Beaumont 1584–1616 and John Fletcher 1579–1625
  • Lord Beaverbrook (Max Aitken, Lord Beaverbrook) 1879–1964
  • Carl Becker 1873–1945
  • Samuel Beckett 1906–89
  • William Beckford 1759–1844
  • Thomas Lovell Beddoes 1803–49
  • The Venerable Bede (St Bede) AD 673–735
  • Harry Bedford and Terry Sullivan
  • Barnard Elliott Bee 1823–61
  • Thomas Beecham 1879–1961
  • H. C. Beeching 1859–1919
  • Max Beerbohm 1872–1956
  • Ethel Lynn Beers 1827–79
  • Ludwig van Beethoven 1770–1827
  • Isabella Beeton 1836–65
  • Brendan Behan 1923–64
  • Aphra Behn 1640–89
  • John Hay Beith
  • Lord Belhaven 1656–1708
  • Alexander Graham Bell 1847–1922
  • Clive Bell 1881–1964
  • George Bell 1883–1958
  • Gertrude Bell 1868–1926
  • Francis Bellamy 1856–1931
  • St Robert Bellarmine 1542–1621
  • Hilaire Belloc 1870–1953
  • Saul Bellow 1915–2005
  • Du Belloy (Pierre-Laurent Buirette du Belloy) 1725–75
  • Robert Benchley 1889–1945
  • Julien Benda 1867–1956
  • Pope Benedict XVI (Joseph Ratzinger) 1927– 
  • Peter Benenson 1921–2005
  • Stephen Vincent Benét 1898–1943
  • William Rose Benét 1886–1950
  • Judah P. Benjamin 1811–84
  • Tony Benn (Anthony Wedgwood Benn) 1925–2014
  • George Bennard 1873–1958
  • Alan Bennett 1934– 
  • Arnold Bennett 1867–1931
  • Jill Bennett 1931–90
  • A. C. Benson 1862–1925
  • Stella Benson 1892–1933
  • Henry A. Bent 1926– 
  • Jeremy Bentham 1748–1832
  • Edmund Clerihew Bentley 1875–1956
  • Eric Bentley 1916– 
  • Richard Bentley 1662–1742
  • Wilson A. Bentley 1865–1931
  • Lloyd Bentsen 1921–2006
  • Pierre-Jean de Béranger 1780–1857
  • Lord Charles Beresford 1846–1919
  • Henri Bergson 1859–1941
  • George Berkeley 1685–1753
  • Irving Berlin (Israel Baline) 1888–1989
  • Isaiah Berlin 1909–97
  • Hector Berlioz 1803–69
  • J. D. Bernal 1901–71
  • Georges Bernanos 1888–1948
  • Bernard of Chartres d. c.1130
  • St Bernard of Clairvaux 1090–1153
  • Claude Bernard 1813–78
  • Bill Bernbach 1911–82
  • Eric Berne 1910–70
  • Lord Berners 1883–1950
  • Tim Berners-Lee 1955– 
  • Leonard Bernstein 1918–90
  • Yogi Berra 1925–2015
  • Wendell Berry 1934– 
  • John Berryman 1914–72
  • Pierre Berton 1920–2004
  • Charles Best fl. 1602
  • Theobald von Bethmann Hollweg 1856–1921
  • John Betjeman 1906–84
  • Bruno Bettelheim 1903–90
  • Aneurin Bevan 1897–1960
  • William Henry Beveridge 1879–1963
  • Ernest Bevin 1881–1951
  • Beyond the Forest
  • Theodore Beza 1519–1605
  • Bhagavadgita
  • Benazir Bhutto 1953–2007
  • The Bible (Authorized Version, 1611)
  • The Bible (Vulgate)
  • Isaac Bickerstaffe 1733–c.1808
  • E. H. Bickersteth 1825–1906
  • Francis Biddle 1886–1968
  • Ambrose Bierce 1842–c.1914
  • Roger Bigod, Earl of Norfolk 1245–1306
  • Steve Biko 1946–77
  • Josh Billings (Henry Wheeler Shaw) 1818–85
  • Maeve Binchy 1940–2012
  • Laurence Binyon 1869–1943
  • Bion c.325–c.255 BC
  • Nigel Birch 1906–81
  • Lord Birkenhead
  • Earle Birney 1904–95
  • Augustine Birrell 1850–1933
  • Harrison Birtwistle 1934– 
  • Billy Bishop 1894–1956
  • Elizabeth Bishop 1911–79
  • Otto von Bismarck 1815–98
  • James Black 1924–2010
  • Valentine Blacker 1728–1823
  • William Blackstone 1723–80
  • Blade Runner
  • Robert Blair 1699–1746
  • Tony Blair 1953– 
  • Eubie Blake (James Hubert Blake) 1883–1983
  • William Blake 1757–1827
  • Susanna Blamire 1747–94
  • Jean Joseph Louis Blanc 1811–82
  • Lesley Blanch 1904–2007
  • Danny Blanchflower 1926–93
  • Fanny Blankers-Koen 1918–2004
  • Blazing Saddles
  • Philip Paul Bliss 1838–76
  • Hans Blix 1928– 
  • Karen Blixen
  • Alexander Blok 1880–1921
  • Reginald Blomfield 1856–1942
  • Gebhard Lebrecht Blücher 1742–1819
  • Judy Blume 1938– 
  • Edmund Blunden 1896–1974
  • Wilfrid Scawen Blunt 1840–1922
  • Robert Bly 1926– 
  • Ronald Blythe 1922– 
  • Boccaccio 1313–75
  • John Ernest Bode 1816–74
  • Thomas Bodley 1546–1613
  • Ivan F. Boesky 1937– 
  • William J. H. Boetcker 1873–1962
  • Boethius c.AD 476–524
  • Louise Bogan 1897–1970
  • Humphrey Bogart 1899–1957
  • John B. Bogart
  • Niels Bohr 1885–1962
  • Nicolas Boileau 1636–1711
  • Eavan Boland 1944– 
  • Alan Bold 1943– 
  • Henry, St John, Lord Bolingbroke 1678–1751
  • Heinrich Böll 1917–85
  • Robert Bolt 1924–95
  • Usain Bolt 1986– 
  • Edmund Bolton c.1575–c.1633
  • Ludwig Boltzmann 1844–1906
  • Bolus of Mendes (Pseudo-Democritus)
  • Elizabeth Patterson Bonaparte 1785–1879
  • Laetitia Bonaparte 1750–1836
  • Andrew Bonar Law 1858–1923
  • St Bonaventura (Giovanni di Fidanza) 1221–74
  • Carrie Jacobs Bond 1862–1946
  • David Bone 1874–1959
  • Violet Bonham Carter 1887–1969
  • Dietrich Bonhoeffer 1906–45
  • St Boniface 680–754
  • Bonnie and Clyde
  • The Book of Common Prayer 1662
  • Daniel Boone 1734–1820
  • John Wilkes Booth 1838–65
  • Paul Booth
  • William Booth 1829–1912
  • Frances Boothby fl. 1670
  • Robert Boothby 1900–86
  • James H. Boren 1925– 
  • Jorge Luis Borges 1899–1986
  • Cesare Borgia
  • George Borrow 1803–81
  • Pierre Bosquet 1810–61
  • John Collins Bossidy 1860–1928
  • Jacques-Bénigne Bossuet 1627–1704
  • James Boswell 1740–95
  • Horatio Bottomley 1860–1933
  • Lucien Bouchard 1938– 
  • Dion Boucicault (Dionysius Lardner Boursiquot) 1820–90
  • Antoine Boulay de la Meurthe 1761–1840
  • Pierre Boulle
  • Harold Edwin Boulton 1859–1935
  • Matthew Boulton 1728–1809
  • Henri Bourassa 1868–1952
  • F. W. Bourdillon 1852–1921
  • Paul Bourget 1852–1935
  • E. E. Bowen 1836–1901
  • Elizabeth Bowen 1899–1973
  • Lord Bowen 1835–94
  • David Bowie (David Jones) 1947–2016
  • William Lisle Bowles 1762–1850
  • Maurice Bowra 1898–1971
  • George Box 1919–2013
  • Boy George 1961– 
  • Mary Elizabeth Braddon 1837–1915
  • John Bradford c.1510–55
  • F. H. Bradley 1846–1924
  • Omar Bradley 1893–1981
  • Don Bradman 1908–2001
  • John Bradshaw 1602–59
  • Anne Bradstreet c.1612–72
  • Ernest Bramah (Ernest Bramah Smith) 1868–1942
  • James Bramston c.1694–1744
  • Louis D. Brandeis 1856–1941
  • Willy Brandt 1913–92
  • Joseph Brant (Thayendanegea) 1742–1807
  • Georges Braque 1882–1963
  • Richard Brathwaite c.1588–1673
  • John W. Bratton and James B. Kennedy
  • Wernher von Braun 1912–77
  • Bertolt Brecht 1898–1956
  • Gerald Brenan 1894–1987
  • William J. Brennan, Jr. 1906–97
  • Sydney Brenner 1927– 
  • Jane Brereton (née Hughes) 1685–1740
  • Nicholas Breton c.1545–1626
  • Aristide Briand 1862–1932
  • Percy Williams Bridgeman 1882–1961
  • The Bridge on the River Kwai 1957
  • Edward Bridges 1892–1969
  • Robert Bridges 1844–1930
  • John Bright 1811–89
  • Anthelme Brillat-Savarin 1755–1826
  • Vera Brittain 1893–1970
  • Benjamin Britten 1913–76
  • Paul Broca 1824–80
  • Russell Brockbank
  • Tom Brokaw 1940– 
  • Alexander Brome 1620–66
  • Jacob Bronowski 1908–74
  • Charlotte Brontë 1816–55
  • Emily Brontë 1818–48
  • Patrick Brontë 1777–1861
  • Frances Brooke 1724–89
  • Henry Brooke 1703–83
  • Rupert Brooke 1887–1915
  • Anita Brookner 1928–2016
  • Gwendolyn Brooks 1917–2000
  • J. Brooks
  • Phillips Brooks 1835–93
  • Thomas Brooks 1608–80
  • Robert Barnabas Brough 1828–60
  • Lord Brougham 1778–1868
  • Heywood Broun 1888–1939
  • Heywood Hale Broun 1918–2001
  • Christy Brown 1932–81
  • Gordon Brown 1951– 
  • H. Rap Brown (Hubert Geroid Brown) 1943– 
  • Henry Box Brown b. 1815
  • John Brown 1715–66
  • John Brown 1800–59
  • Joseph Brown 1821–94
  • Lew Brown (Louis Brownstein) 1893–1958
  • Rita Mae Brown 1944– 
  • T. E. Brown 1830–97
  • Thomas Brown 1663–1704
  • Cecil Browne 1932– 
  • Sir Thomas Browne 1605–82
  • William Browne 1692–1774
  • Elizabeth Barrett Browning 1806–61
  • Frederick ‘Boy’ Browning 1896–1965
  • Robert Browning 1812–89
  • Lenny Bruce 1925–66
  • Robert Bruce 1554–1631
  • Beau Brummell (George Bryan Brummell) 1778–1840
  • Frank Bruno 1961– 
  • Giordano Bruno 1548–1600
  • Mary Brunton 1778–1818
  • William Jennings Bryan 1860–1925
  • Bill Bryson 1951– 
  • Zbigniew Brzezinski 1928– 
  • Martin Buber 1878–1965
  • John Buchan (Lord Tweedsmuir) 1875–1940
  • Frank Buchman 1878–1961
  • Georg Büchner 1813–37
  • Art Buchwald 1925–2007
  • Gene Buck (Edward Eugene Buck) 1885–1957 and Herman Ruby 1891–1959
  • George Villiers, 2nd Duke of Buckingham 1628–87
  • John Sheffield, 1st Duke of Buckingham and Normanby 1648–1721
  • H. J. Buckoll 1803–71
  • J. B. Buckstone 1802–79
  • Warren Buffett 1930– 
  • Comte de Buffon (George-Louis Leclerc) 1707–88
  • Edward Bullard 1907–80
  • Arthur Buller 1874–1944
  • Gerald Bullett 1893–1958
  • Bernhard von Bülow 1849–1929
  • Edward Robert Bulwer, Earl of Lytton
  • Edward George Bulwer-Lytton (1st Baron Lytton) 1803–73
  • Alfred ‘Poet’ Bunn c.1796–1860
  • Basil Bunting 1900–85
  • Luis Buñuel 1900–83
  • John Bunyan 1628–88
  • Samuel Dickinson Burchard 1812–91
  • Julie Burchill 1960– 
  • James Bland Burges 1752–1824
  • Anthony Burgess 1917–93
  • Gelett Burgess 1866–1951
  • Lord Burghley
  • John William Burgon 1813–88
  • John Burgoyne 1722–92
  • Edmund Burke 1729–97
  • Johnny Burke 1908–64
  • Frances Hodgson Burnett 1849–1924
  • Thomas E. Burnett, Jnr 1963–2001
  • Fanny Burney (Mme d’Arblay) 1752–1840
  • John Burns 1858–1943
  • Robert Burns 1759–96
  • Aaron Burr 1756–1836
  • John Burroughs 1837–1921
  • William S. Burroughs 1914–97
  • Benjamin Hapgood Burt 1880–1950
  • Nat Burton
  • Richard Burton 1821–90
  • Robert Burton 1577–1640
  • Wilhelm Busch 1832–1908
  • Hermann Busenbaum 1600–68
  • Barbara Bush 1925– 
  • George Bush 1924– 
  • George W. Bush 1946– 
  • Comte de Bussy-Rabutin 1618–93
  • Joseph Butler 1692–1752
  • Nicholas Murray Butler 1862–1947
  • R. A. (‘Rab’) Butler 1902–82
  • Samuel Butler 1612–80
  • Samuel Butler 1835–1902
  • William Butler 1535–1618
  • Mary Butts 1890–1937
  • A. S. Byatt 1936– 
  • William Byrd 1543–1623
  • Liam Byrne 1970– 
  • John Byrom 1692–1763
  • Lord Byron 1788–1824
  • C
  • James Branch Cabell 1879–1958
  • George Cadbury 1839–1922
  • Caecilius Statius d. after 166 BC
  • Irving Caesar 1895–1996
  • Julius Caesar 100–44 BC
  • Octavius Caesar
  • John Cage 1912–92
  • James Cagney
  • Herman Cain 1945– 
  • James M. Cain 1892–1977
  • Pedro Calderón de La Barca 1600–81
  • Caligula (Gaius Julius Caesar Germanicus) AD 12–41
  • James Callaghan 1912–2005
  • Callimachus c.305–c.240 BC
  • Charles Alexandre de Calonne 1734–1802
  • C. S. Calverley (born Blayds) 1831–84
  • Italo Calvino 1923–85
  • Helder Camara 1909–99
  • Pierre, Baron de Cambronne 1770–1842
  • Lord Camden 1714–94
  • David Cameron 1966– 
  • Julia Margaret Cameron 1815–79
  • Alastair Campbell 1957– 
  • Jane Montgomery Campbell 1817–78
  • Mrs Patrick Campbell (Beatrice Stella Tanner) 1865–1940
  • Roy Campbell 1901–57
  • Thomas Campbell 1777–1844
  • Thomas Campion 1567–1620
  • Albert Camus 1913–60
  • Elias Canetti 1905–94
  • George Canning 1770–1827
  • Hughie Cannon 1877–1912
  • Moya Cannon 1956– 
  • Eric Cantona 1966– 
  • Robert Capa 1913–54
  • Truman Capote 1924–84
  • Al Capp (Alfred Gerard Caplin) 1907–79
  • Francesco Caracciolo 1752–99
  • Ethna Carbery 1866–1902
  • Ernesto Cardenal 1925– 
  • Neville Cardus 1889–1975
  • Richard Carew 1555–1620
  • Thomas Carew c.1595–1640
  • George Carey 1935– 
  • Henry Carey c.1687–1743
  • James B. Carey 1911–73
  • Jane Carlyle (née Welsh) 1801–66
  • Thomas Carlyle 1795–1881
  • Stokely Carmichael 1941–98
  • Stokely Carmichael 1941–98 and Charles Vernon Hamilton 1929– 
  • Andrew Carnegie 1835–1919
  • Dale Carnegie 1888–1955
  • Julia A. Carney 1823–1908
  • Mark Carney 1965– 
  • Caroline of Ansbach 1683–1737
  • Joseph Edwards Carpenter 1813–85
  • Emily Carr 1871–1945
  • J. L. Carr 1912–94
  • Lewis Carroll (Charles Lutwidge Dodgson) 1832–98
  • William Herbert Carruth 1859–1924
  • Edward Carson 1854–1935
  • Rachel Carson 1907–64
  • Angela Carter 1940–92
  • Henry Carter d. 1806
  • Howard Carter 1874–1939
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  • Les Enfants du Paradis
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  • Ephelia
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  • Epitaphs
  • Jacob Epstein 1880–1959
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  • Every Day's a Holiday
  • Everything You Always Wanted to Know about Sex
  • Gavin Ewart 1916–95
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  • Pierre de Fermat 1601–65
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  • Richard Phillips Feynman 1918–88
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  • The Fly
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  • Jimmy Hughes and Frank Lake
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  • Robert Hunter 1941–2005
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  • Herman Hupfeld 1894–1951
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  • Saddam Hussein 1937–2006
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  • Lord Hutton 1931– 
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  • I’m No Angel
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  • Eugène Ionesco 1912–94
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  • Weldon J. Irvine
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  • Anne Ingram, Lady Irwin c.1696–1764
  • Christopher Isherwood 1904–86
  • St Isidore of Seville c.560–636
  • Alec Issigonis 1906–88
  • The Italian Job
  • Jonathan Ive 1967– 
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  • Alija Izetbegović 1925–2003
  • Eddie Izzard 1962– 
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  • Jesse Jackson 1941– 
  • Mahalia Jackson 1911–72
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  • Thomas Jonathan ‘Stonewall’ Jackson 1824–63
  • Harriet Jacobs 1813–97
  • Joe Jacobs 1896–1940
  • Jacopone da Todi c.1230–1306
  • Mick Jagger 1943–  and Keith Richards 1943– 
  • Richard Jago 1715–81
  • Jaina Sutras
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  • James I (James VI of Scotland) 1566–1625
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  • Tove Jansson 1914–2001
  • Randall Jarrell 1914–65
  • Jaws 2
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  • Jean Paul
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  • David Jenkins 1925–2016
  • Roy Jenkins 1920–2003
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  • Soame Jenyns 1704–87
  • St Jerome c.AD 342–420
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  • William Jerome 1865–1932
  • Douglas Jerrold 1803–57
  • John Jewel 1522–71
  • Muhammad Ali Jinnah 1876–1948
  • St Joan of Arc c.1412–31
  • Steve Jobs 1955–2011
  • John XXIII (Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli) 1881–1963
  • John of Salisbury c.1115–80
  • St John of the Cross 1542–91
  • Elton John 1947–  and Bernie Taupin 1950– 
  • John Paul II 1920–2005
  • Amryl Johnson 1944–2001
  • Amy Johnson 1903–41
  • Boris Johnson 1964– 
  • Dorothy Johnson 1905–84
  • Hiram Johnson
  • Linton Kwesi Johnson 1952– 
  • Lyndon Baines Johnson 1908–73
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  • Philander Chase Johnson 1866–1939
  • Philip Johnson 1906–2005
  • Samuel Johnson 1709–84
  • Samuel Johnson 1822–82
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  • Hanns Johst 1890–1978
  • Jean de Joinville c.1224–1319
  • Al Jolson (Asa Yoelson) 1886–1950
  • Bobby Jones 1902–71
  • Henry Arthur Jones 1851–1929 and Henry Herman 1832–94
  • John Paul Jones 1747–92
  • LeRoi Jones
  • Mary Harris ‘Mother’ Jones c.1837–1930
  • Steve Jones 1944– 
  • William Jones 1746–94
  • Erica Jong 1942– 
  • Ben Jonson c.1573–1637
  • Janis Joplin 1943–70
  • Thomas Jordan c.1612–85
  • Joseph II 1741–90
  • Chief Joseph (Hinmaton-Yalaktit) c.1840–1904
  • Jenny Joseph 1932– 
  • Joseph Joubert 1754–1824
  • Benjamin Jowett 1817–93
  • James Joyce 1882–1941
  • William Joyce (Lord Haw-Haw) 1906–46
  • Juan Carlos I 1938– 
  • Judah ben Samuel the Hasid d. 1217
  • Jack Judge 1878–1938 and Harry Williams 1874–1924
  • Julian of Norwich 1343–after 1416
  • Julian the Apostate c.AD 332–363
  • Carl Gustav Jung 1875–1961
  • Jung Chang 1952– 
  • Ernst Junger 1895–1998
  • ‘Junius’
  • John Junor 1919–97
  • Donald Justice 1925–2004
  • Justinian AD 483–565
  • Claude Jutra 1930–86
  • Juvenal c.AD 60–c.140
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  • Franz Kafka 1883–1924
  • Frida Kahlo 1907–54
  • Gus Kahn 1886–1941 and Raymond B. Egan 1890–1952
  • Kamo no Chomei 1155–1216
  • Immanuel Kant 1724–1804
  • Donna Karan 1948– 
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  • Gerald Kaufman 1930–2017
  • Paul Kaufman and Mike Anthony
  • Christoph Kaufmann 1753–95
  • Kenneth Kaunda 1924– 
  • Kautilya (Chanakya) fl. c.300 BC
  • Patrick Kavanagh 1904–67
  • Alan Kay 1940– 
  • Danny Kaye
  • Paul Keating 1944– 
  • John Keats 1795–1821
  • John Keats 1920– 
  • John Keble 1792–1866
  • Brian Keenan
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  • Helen Keller 1880–1968
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  • Ned Kelly 1855–80
  • Thomas Kelly 1769–1855
  • Walt Kelly
  • Lord Kelvin 1824–1907
  • Thomas à Kempis
  • Thomas Ken 1637–1711
  • Jaan Kenbrovin and William Kellette
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  • Jimmy Kennedy and Michael Carr
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  • Joseph P. Kennedy 1888–1969
  • Robert Kennedy 1925–68
  • Rose Kennedy 1890–1995
  • Kenojuak Ashevak 1927– 
  • Jomo Kenyatta 1891–1978
  • Lady Caroline Keppel b. 1735
  • Jack Kerouac 1922–69
  • Jean Kerr 1923–2003
  • John Kerry 1943– 
  • William Kethe d. 1594
  • Ralph Kettell 1563–1643
  • Charles Kettering 1876–1958
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  • Francis Scott Key 1779–1843
  • John Maynard Keynes 1883–1946
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  • Amir Khusrau 1253–1325
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  • Kitty Kiernan d. 1945
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  • Francis Kilvert 1840–79
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  • Stephen King 1947– 
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  • King Kong
  • Charles Kingsley 1819–75
  • Hugh Kingsmill (Hugh Kingsmill Lunn) 1889–1949
  • Barbara Kingsolver 1955– 
  • Neil Kinnock 1942– 
  • Alfred Kinsey 1894–1956
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  • Henry Kissinger 1923– 
  • Lord Kitchener 1850–1916
  • Paul Klee 1879–1940
  • Heinrich von Kleist 1777–1811
  • Friedrich Klopstock 1724–1803
  • Charles Knight and Kenneth Lyle
  • Frank H. Knight 1885–1973
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  • Mary Knowles 1733–1807
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  • Ronald Knox 1888–1957
  • Vicesimus Knox 1752–1821
  • Ted Koehler
  • Arthur Koestler 1905–83
  • Helmut Kohl 1930–2017
  • Johann Georg Kohl 1808–78
  • Käthe Kollwitz 1867–1945
  • The Koran
  • Gene Kranz 1933– 
  • Karl Kraus 1874–1936
  • Jiddu Krishnamurti 1895–1986
  • Kris Kristofferson 1936– 
  • Leopold Kronecker 1823–91
  • Paul Kruger 1825–1904
  • Joseph Wood Krutch 1893–1970
  • Stanley Kubrick 1928–99
  • Satish Kumar 1937– 
  • Milan Kundera 1929– 
  • Hanif Kureishi 1954– 
  • Thomas Kyd 1558–94
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  • Henry Labouchere 1831–1912
  • Jean de la Bruyère 1645–96
  • Nivelle de la Chaussée 1692–1754
  • James Lackington 1746–1815
  • Pierre Choderlos de Laclos 1741–1803
  • Madame de La Fayette 1634–93
  • Jean de la Fontaine 1621–95
  • Jules Laforgue 1860–87
  • Fiorello La Guardia 1882–1947
  • John Lahr 1941– 
  • R. D. Laing 1927–89
  • Alphonse de Lamartine 1790–1869
  • Lady Caroline Lamb 1785–1828
  • Charles Lamb 1775–1834
  • Constant Lambert 1905–51
  • John Lambert 1619–83
  • John George Lambton
  • George Lamming 1927– 
  • Norman Lamont 1942– 
  • Giuseppe di Lampedusa 1896–1957
  • Osbert Lancaster 1908–86
  • Letitia Elizabeth Landon (L. E. L.) 1802–38
  • Walter Savage Landor 1775–1864
  • Andrew Lang 1844–1912
  • David Lange 1942–2005
  • Susanne Langer 1895–1985
  • William Langland c.1330–c.1400
  • Stephen Langton d. 1228
  • Emilia Lanier 1569–1645
  • Lao Tzu c.604–c.531 BC
  • Dionysius Lardner 1793–1859
  • Ring Lardner 1885–1933
  • James Larkin 1867–1947
  • Philip Larkin 1922–85
  • Duc de la Rochefoucauld 1613–80
  • Duc de la Rochefoucauld-Liancourt 1747–1827
  • Harold Laski 1893–1950
  • Hugh Latimer c.1485–1555
  • William Laud 1573–1645
  • Harry Lauder (Hugh MacLennan) 1870–1950
  • Stan Laurel (Arthur Stanley Jefferson)
  • Ralph Lauren 1939– 
  • William L. Laurence 1888–1977
  • Wilfrid Laurier 1841–1919
  • Johann Kaspar Lavater 1741–1801
  • Emily Lawless 1845–1913
  • D. H. Lawrence 1885–1930
  • T. E. Lawrence (‘Lawrence of Arabia’) 1888–1935
  • Laws of Manu
  • Nigel Lawson 1932– 
  • Irving Layton 1912–2006
  • Emma Lazarus 1849–87
  • Edmund Leach 1910–89
  • Stephen Leacock 1869–1944
  • Mary Leapor 1722–46
  • Edward Lear 1812–88
  • Timothy Leary 1920–96
  • Mary Elizabeth Lease 1853–1933
  • F. R. Leavis 1895–1978
  • Fran Lebowitz 1950– 
  • Stanislaw Lec 1909–66
  • John le Carré (David John Moore Cornwell) 1931– 
  • Le Corbusier (Charles-Édouard Jeanneret) 1887–1965
  • Alexandre Auguste Ledru-Rollin 1807–74
  • Francis Ledwidge 1891–1917
  • Gypsy Rose Lee (Rose Louise Hovick) 1914–70
  • Harper Lee 1926–2016
  • Henry Lee (‘Light-Horse Harry’) 1756–1818
  • Laurie Lee 1914–97
  • Nathaniel Lee c.1653–92
  • Robert E. Lee 1807–70
  • Jacobus Johannes van der Leeuw 1893–1934
  • Richard Le Gallienne 1866–1947
  • Ursula K. Le Guin 1929– 
  • Ernest Lehman
  • Tom Lehrer 1928– 
  • Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz 1646–1716
  • Fred W. Leigh d. 1924
  • Vivien Leigh 1913–67
  • Curtis E. LeMay 1906–90
  • Ninon de Lenclos 1620–1705
  • Lenin (Vladimir Ilich Ulyanov) 1870–1924
  • John Lennon 1940–80
  • John Lennon 1940–80 and Paul McCartney 1942– 
  • Dan Leno (George Galvin) 1860–1904
  • William Lenthall 1591–1662
  • Elmore Leonard 1925–2013
  • Leonardo da Vinci 1452–1519
  • Mikhail Lermontov 1814–41
  • Alan Jay Lerner 1918–86
  • Doris Lessing 1919–2013
  • G. E. Lessing 1729–81
  • Kathy Lette 1958– 
  • Winifred Mary Letts 1882–1972
  • Lord Leverhulme 1851–1925
  • Ada Leverson 1865–1936
  • Denise Levertov 1923–97
  • René Lévesque 1922–87
  • Primo Levi 1919–87
  • Bernard Levin 1928–2004
  • Duc de Lévis 1764–1830
  • Claude Lévi-Strauss 1908–2009
  • Theodore Levitt 1925–2006
  • G. H. Lewes 1817–78
  • C. S. Lewis 1898–1963
  • David Lewis 1909–81
  • Esther Lewis (Clark) fl. 1747–89
  • George Cornewall Lewis 1806–63
  • Gwyneth Lewis 1959– 
  • Robert Lewis
  • Sam M. Lewis 1885–1959 and Joe Young 1889–1939
  • Sinclair Lewis 1885–1951
  • Wyndham Lewis 1882–1957
  • Ludwig Lewisohn 1882–1955
  • George Leybourne d. 1884
  • Liberace (Wladziu Valentino Liberace) 1919–87
  • Libosus of Vaga
  • Georg Christoph Lichtenberg 1742–99
  • A. J. Liebling 1904–63
  • Gordon Lightfoot 1938– 
  • Charles-Joseph, Prince de Ligne 1735–1814
  • Beatrice Lillie 1894–1989
  • George Lillo 1693–1739
  • Abraham Lincoln 1809–65
  • Charles Lindbergh 1902–74
  • R. M. Lindner
  • J. A. Lindon
  • Audrey Erskine Lindop fl. 1959
  • Vachel Lindsay 1879–1931
  • Graham Linehan and Arthur Mathews
  • Eric Linklater 1899–1974
  • Art Linkletter 1912–2010
  • George Linley 1798–1865
  • Lin Yutang 1895–1976
  • Walter Lippmann 1889–1974
  • Joseph Lister 1827–1912
  • Richard Littledale 1833–90
  • Joan Littlewood 1914–2002 and Charles Chilton 1914–2013
  • Maxim Litvinov 1876–1951
  • Penelope Lively 1933– 
  • David Livingstone 1813–73
  • Ken Livingstone 1945– 
  • Livy (Titus Livius) 59 BC–AD 17
  • Richard Llewellyn (Richard Llewellyn Lloyd) 1907–83
  • Robert Lloyd 1733–64
  • David Lloyd George 1863–1945
  • Liz Lochhead 1947– 
  • John Locke 1632–1704
  • Frederick Locker-Lampson 1821–95
  • John Gibson Lockhart 1794–1854
  • David Lodge 1935– 
  • Thomas Lodge 1558–1625
  • Frank Loesser 1910–69
  • Christopher Logue 1926– 
  • Vince Lombardi 1913–70
  • Jack London 1876–1916
  • Huey Long 1893–1935
  • Henry Wadsworth Longfellow 1807–82
  • Longinus on the Sublime
  • Michael Longley 1939– 
  • Alice Roosevelt Longworth 1884–1980
  • Anita Loos 1893–1981
  • Federico García Lorca 1899–1936
  • Edward N. Lorenz 1917–2008
  • Konrad Lorenz 1903–89
  • Louis XIV (the ‘Sun King’) 1638–1715
  • Louis XV 1710–74
  • Louis XVI 1754–93
  • Louis XVIII 1755–1824
  • Joe Louis 1914–81
  • Louis Philippe 1773–1850
  • Love and Death
  • H. P. Lovecraft 1890–1937
  • Ada Lovelace 1815–52
  • Richard Lovelace 1618–58
  • Bernard Lovell 1913–2012
  • James Lovell 1928– 
  • Samuel Lover 1797–1868
  • Love Story
  • David Low 1891–1963
  • Robert Lowe, Lord Sherbrooke 1811–92
  • Amy Lowell 1874–1925
  • James Russell Lowell 1819–91
  • Robert Lowell 1917–77
  • William Lowndes 1652–1724
  • L. S. Lowry 1887–1976
  • Malcolm Lowry 1909–57
  • Mina Loy 1882–1966
  • Ingrid Loyau-Kennett – 
  • Lu Xun (Chou Shu Jen) 1881–1936
  • Henri de Lubac 1896–1991
  • John Lubbock 1834–1913
  • Lucan (Marcus Annaeus Lucanus) AD 39–65
  • George Lucas
  • Clare Booth Luce 1903–87
  • Lucilius (Gaius Lucilius) c.180–102 BC
  • Lucretius (Titus Lucretius Carus) c.94–55 BC
  • Fray Luis de León c.1527–91
  • Alison Lurie 1926– 
  • Martin Luther 1483–1546
  • Edwin Lutyens 1869–1944
  • Rosa Luxemburg 1871–1919
  • John Lydgate c.1370–c.1451
  • John Lyly c.1554–1606
  • Lord Lyndhurst 1772–1863
  • Jonathan Lynn 1943–  and Antony Jay 1930–2016
  • Lysander d. 395 BC
  • Henry Francis Lyte 1793–1847
  • George Lyttelton, Lord Lyttelton 1709–73
  • Humphrey Lyttelton 1922–2008
  • E. R. Bulwer, Lord Lytton
  • M
  • Douglas MacArthur 1880–1964
  • Rose Macaulay 1881–1958
  • Thomas Babington Macaulay 1800–59
  • Anthony McAuliffe 1898–1975
  • Christa McAuliffe 1948–86
  • Norman McCaig 1910–96
  • Joseph McCarthy 1908–57
  • Mary McCarthy 1912–89
  • Linda McCartney 1941–98
  • Paul McCartney 1942– 
  • George B. McClellan 1826–85
  • Ewan MacColl 1915–89
  • P. D. McCormick c.1834–1916
  • Horace McCoy 1897–1955
  • John McCrae 1872–1918
  • Carson McCullers 1917–67
  • Hugh MacDiarmid (Christopher Murray Grieve) 1892–1978
  • George MacDonald 1824–1905
  • John A. Macdonald 1815–91
  • Ramsay MacDonald 1866–1937
  • A. G. MacDonell 1889–1941
  • Ian McEwan 1948– 
  • William McGonagall c.1825–1902
  • Patrick McGoohan 1928–2009, George Markstein, and David Tomblin
  • Roger McGough 1937– 
  • Jimmie McGregor 1932– 
  • Antonio Machado 1875–1939
  • Niccolò Machiavelli 1469–1527
  • Claude McKay 1890–1948
  • Compton Mackenzie 1883–1972
  • James Mackintosh 1765–1832
  • Alexander Maclaren 1826–1910
  • Don McLean 1945– 
  • Archibald MacLeish 1892–1982
  • Murdoch McLennan fl. 1715
  • Iain Macleod 1913–70
  • Marshall McLuhan 1911–80
  • Comte de MacMahon 1808–93
  • Harold Macmillan 1894–1986
  • Robert McNamara 1916–2009
  • Louis MacNeice 1907–63
  • Robert MacNeil 1931– 
  • William Macpherson of Cluny 1926– 
  • Geoffrey Madan 1895–1947
  • Samuel Madden 1686–1765
  • Winnie Madikizela-Mandela 1934– 
  • James Madison 1751–1836
  • Madonna 1958– 
  • Gaeus Cilnius Maecenas d. 8 BC
  • Maurice Maeterlinck 1862–1949
  • John Gillespie Magee 1922–41
  • William Connor Magee 1821–91
  • Ferdinand Magellan
  • Magna Carta
  • René Magritte 1898–1967
  • Mahāyāna Buddhist texts
  • Gustav Mahler 1860–1911
  • Derek Mahon 1941– 
  • Norman Mailer 1923–2007
  • Maimonides (Moses ben Maimon) 1135–1204
  • Henry Maine 1822–88
  • Joseph de Maistre 1753–1821
  • John Major 1943– 
  • Bernard Malamud 1914–86
  • Malcolm X 1925–65
  • Stéphane Mallarmé 1842–98
  • David Mallet (Malloch) c.1705–65
  • George Leigh Mallory 1886–1924
  • Thomas Malory c.1418–71
  • David Malouf 1934– 
  • André Malraux 1901–76
  • Thomas Robert Malthus 1766–1834
  • Lord Mancroft 1914–87
  • W. R. Mandale
  • Nelson Mandela 1918–2013
  • Peter Mandelson 1953– 
  • Osip Mandelstam 1892–1938
  • Édouard Manet 1832–83
  • John Streeter Manifold 1915–85
  • Manilius (Marcus Manilius)
  • Mrs Manley 1663–1724
  • Horace Mann 1796–1859
  • Thomas Mann 1875–1955
  • John Manners, Duke of Rutland 1818–1906
  • Katherine Mansfield (Kathleen Mansfield Beauchamp) 1888–1923
  • William Murray, Lord Mansfield 1705–93
  • Richard Mant 1776–1848
  • Hilary Mantel 1952– 
  • The Man who Shot Liberty Valance
  • Alessandro Manzoni 1785–1873
  • Mao Zedong 1893–1976
  • Diego Maradona 1960– 
  • René Maran 1887–1960
  • Marco Polo c.1254–c.1324
  • William Learned Marcy 1786–1857
  • Princess Margaret 1930–2002
  • Marguerite of Angoulême 1492–1549
  • Lynn Margulis 1938–2011
  • Marie-Antoinette 1755–93
  • Edwin Markham 1852–1940
  • Johnny Marks 1909–85
  • Leo Marks 1920–2001
  • Sarah, Duchess of Marlborough 1660–1744
  • Bob Marley 1945–81
  • Christopher Marlowe 1564–93
  • Don Marquis 1878–1937
  • John Marriot 1780–1825
  • Frederick Marryat (Captain Marryat) 1792–1848
  • Arthur Marshall 1910–89
  • John Marshall 1755–1835
  • Thomas R. Marshall 1854–1925
  • Thurgood Marshall 1908–93
  • Martial c.AD 40–c.104
  • Harriet Martineau 1802–76
  • Andrew Marvell 1621–78
  • Holt Marvell (Eric Maschwitz) 1901–69
  • Chico Marx 1891–1961
  • Groucho Marx 1890–1977
  • Karl Marx 1818–83
  • Karl Marx 1818–83 and Friedrich Engels 1820–95
  • Mary I (Mary Tudor) 1516–58
  • Queen Mary 1867–1953
  • Mary, Queen of Scots 1542–87
  • John Masefield 1878–1967
  • Abraham Maslow 1908–70
  • Donald Mason 1913– 
  • Philip Massinger 1583–1640
  • Cotton Mather 1662–1728
  • Increase Mather 1639–1723
  • James Mathew 1830–1908
  • Henri Matisse 1869–1954
  • Leonard Matlovich 1943–88
  • W. Somerset Maugham 1874–1965
  • Bill Mauldin 1921–2003
  • Guy de Maupassant 1850–93
  • André Maurois 1885–1967
  • James Maxton 1885–1946
  • James Clerk Maxwell 1831–79
  • Theresa May 1956– 
  • Vladimir Mayakovsky 1893–1930
  • Louis B. Mayer 1885–1957
  • Jonathan Mayhew 1720–66
  • Cardinal Mazarin 1602–61
  • Giuseppe Mazzini 1805–72
  • Cormac McCarthy 1933– 
  • Leonard McNally 1752–1820
  • Scott McNealy 1954– 
  • Margaret Mead 1901–78
  • Shepherd Mead 1914–94
  • Hughes Mearns 1875–1965
  • Peter Medawar 1915–87
  • Catherine de’ Medici 1518–89
  • Cosimo de’ Medici 1389–1464
  • Lorenzo de’ Medici 1449–92
  • Mehmed II 1430–81
  • Mehrab Khan fl. 1839– 
  • Golda Meir 1898–1978
  • Nellie Melba (Helen Porter Mitchell) 1861–1931
  • William Lamb, Lord Melbourne 1779–1848
  • David Mellor 1949– 
  • Herman Melville 1819–91
  • Gilles Ménage 1613–92
  • Menander 342–c.292 BC
  • Mencius
  • H. L. Mencken 1880–1956
  • Moses Mendelssohn 1729–86
  • Meng-tzu (Mencius) 371–289 BC
  • Robert Gordon Menzies 1894–1978
  • David Mercer 1928–80
  • Johnny Mercer 1909–76
  • George Meredith 1828–1909
  • Owen Meredith (Edward Robert Bulwer Lytton, Lord Lytton) 1831–91
  • Angela Merkel 1954– 
  • Bob Merrill 1921–98
  • James Merrill 1926–95
  • Dixon Lanier Merritt 1879–1972
  • W. S. Merwin 1927– 
  • Jean Meslier c.1664–1733
  • Ian Messiter
  • Methodist Service Book 1975
  • Prince Metternich 1773–1859
  • Charlotte Mew 1869–1928
  • Michelangelo 1475–1564
  • Jules Michelet 1798–1874
  • Adam Mickiewicz 1798–1855
  • William Julius Mickle 1735–88
  • Thomas Middleton c.1580–1627
  • Bette Midler 1945– 
  • Midrash
  • Ludwig Mies van der Rohe 1886–1969
  • George Mikes 1912–87
  • William Porcher Miles 1822–96
  • Military sayings and songs
  • John Stuart Mill 1806–73
  • Edna St Vincent Millay 1892–1950
  • Alice Duer Miller 1874–1942
  • Arthur Miller 1915–2005
  • Henry Miller 1891–1980
  • Jonathan Miller 1934– 
  • Spike Milligan (Terence Alan Milligan) 1918–2002
  • A. J. Mills, Fred Godfrey, and Bennett Scott
  • Irving Mills 1894–1985
  • Henry Hart Milman 1791–1868
  • A. A. Milne 1882–1956
  • Lord Milner 1854–1925
  • John Milton 1608–74
  • Comte de Mirabeau 1749–91
  • Misquotations
  • The Missal
  • Mistinguett 1875–1956
  • Adrian Mitchell 1932–2008
  • Elma Mitchell 1919–2000
  • John Mitchell 1785–1859
  • Joni Mitchell (Roberta Joan Anderson) 1945– 
  • Margaret Mitchell 1900–49
  • Mary Russell Mitford 1787–1855
  • Nancy Mitford 1904–73
  • François Mitterrand 1916–96
  • Issey Miyake 1935– 
  • Wilson Mizner 1876–1933
  • Ariane Mnouchkine 1934– 
  • Emilio Mola 1887–1937
  • Molière (Jean-Baptiste Poquelin) 1622–73
  • Mary Mollineux (née Southworth) 1651–95
  • Helmuth von Moltke 1800–91
  • Walter Mondale 1928– 
  • Piet Mondrian 1872–1944
  • James, Duke of Monmouth 1649–85
  • Jean Monnet 1888–1979
  • James Monroe 1758–1831
  • Marilyn Monroe 1926–62
  • John Samuel Bewley Monsell 1811–75
  • Lady Mary Wortley Montagu 1689–1762
  • C. E. Montague 1867–1928
  • John Montague 1929– 
  • Montaigne (Michel Eyquem de Montaigne) 1533–92
  • Eugenio Montale 1896–1981
  • Montesquieu (Charles-Louis de Secondat) 1689–1755
  • Lord Montgomery of Alamein 1887–1976
  • Robert Montgomery 1807–55
  • Henry de Montherlant 1896–1972
  • Casimir, Comte de Montrond 1768–1843
  • James Graham, Marquess of Montrose 1612–50
  • Percy Montrose
  • Monty Python's Flying Circus 1969–74
  • Monty Python's Life of Brian
  • Clement C. Moore 1779–1863
  • Edward Moore 1712–57
  • George Moore 1852–1933
  • Henry Moore 1898–1986
  • Marianne Moore 1887–1972
  • Sturge Moore 1870–1944
  • Thomas Moore 1779–1852
  • Thomas Osbert Mordaunt 1730–1809
  • Hannah More 1745–1833
  • Thomas More 1478–1535
  • Thomas Morell 1703–84
  • Morelly fl. 1755
  • John Pierpont Morgan 1837–1913
  • Robin Morgan 1941– 
  • Christopher Morley 1890–1957
  • Lord Morley 1838–1923
  • Countess Morphy (Marcelle Azra Forbes) fl. 1930–50
  • James Morrill 1824–65
  • Charles Morris 1745–1838
  • Desmond Morris 1928– 
  • George Pope Morris 1802–64
  • Jan Morris 1926– 
  • William Morris 1834–96
  • Herbert Morrison 1888–1965
  • Herbert ‘Herb’ Morrison d. 1989
  • Jim Morrison 1943–71
  • R. F. Morrison
  • Toni Morrison 1931– 
  • Van Morrison 1945– 
  • Morrissey 1959– 
  • Dwight Morrow 1873–1931
  • Samuel Morse 1791–1872
  • Wayne Lyman Morse 1900–74
  • Owen Morshead 1893–1977
  • John Mortimer 1923–2009
  • J. B. Morton (‘Beachcomber’) 1893–1975
  • Jelly Roll Morton 1885–1941
  • Rogers Morton 1914–79
  • Thomas Morton c.1764–1838
  • Claus Moser 1922–2015
  • Edwin Moses 1955– 
  • Kate Moss 1974– 
  • Andrew Motion 1952– 
  • John Lothrop Motley 1814–77
  • N
  • Motoori Norinaga 1730–1801
  • Peter Motteux
  • Mottoes
  • Lord Mountbatten 1900–79
  • Daniel P. Moynihan 1927–2003
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart 1756–91
  • Hosni Mubarak 1928– 
  • Robert Mugabe 1924– 
  • Malcolm Muggeridge 1903–90
  • Edwin Muir 1887–1959
  • Frank Muir 1920–98
  • Jean Muir 1928–95
  • John Muir 1838–1914
  • Paul Muldoon 1951– 
  • Robert Muldoon 1921–92
  • H. J. Muller 1890–1967
  • Herbert J. Muller 1905–80
  • Wilhelm Müller 1794–1827
  • Ethel Watts Mumford 1878–1940 and others
  • Lewis Mumford 1895–1990
  • Mumonkan c.1228
  • Edvard Munch 1863–1944
  • Murasaki Shikibu c.978–c.1031
  • Iris Murdoch 1919–99
  • C. W. Murphy and Will Letters
  • Fred Murray
  • James Augustus Henry Murray 1837–1915
  • Les A. Murray 1938– 
  • Ed Murrow 1908–65
  • Miyamoto Musashi 1584–1645
  • Alfred de Musset 1810–57
  • Benito Mussolini 1883–1945
  • A. J. Muste 1885–1967
  • Vladimir Nabokov 1899–1977
  • Ralph Nader 1934– 
  • Nagarjuna c.AD 2nd century
  • Sarojini Naidu 1879–1949
  • Shiva Naipaul 1945–85
  • V. S. Naipaul 1932– 
  • Ian Nairn 1930–83
  • Lewis Namier 1888–1960
  • Fridtjof Nansen 1861–1930
  • Napoleon I (Napoleon Bonaparte) 1769–1821
  • R. K. Narayan 1906–2001
  • Ogden Nash 1902–71
  • Thomas Nashe 1567–1601
  • John Mason Neale 1818–66
  • Jawaharlal Nehru 1889–1964
  • A. S. Neill 1883–1973
  • Horatio, Lord Nelson 1758–1805
  • Howard Nemerov 1920–91
  • Nero AD 37–68
  • Pablo Neruda 1904–73
  • Gérard de Nerval 1808–55
  • Edith Nesbit 1858–1924
  • Network
  • John von Neumann 1903–57
  • Otto Neurath 1882–1945
  • Allan Nevins 1890–1971
  • Henry Newbolt 1862–1938
  • Anthony Newley 1931–99 and Leslie Bricusse 1931– 
  • John Henry Newman 1801–90
  • Newspaper headlines and leaders
  • Huey Newton 1942–89
  • Isaac Newton 1642–1727
  • John Newton 1725–1807
  • Nicholas I 1796–1855
  • Nicias c.470–413 BC
  • Harold Nicolson 1886–1968
  • Reinhold Niebuhr 1892–1971
  • Martin Niemöller 1892–1984
  • Friedrich Nietzsche 1844–1900
  • Night After Night
  • A Night at the Opera
  • Florence Nightingale 1820–1910
  • Chester W. Nimitz 1885–1966
  • Anaïs Nin 1903–77
  • Ninotchka
  • Richard Milhous Nixon 1913–94
  • Kwame Nkrumah 1900–72
  • Caroline Maria Noel 1817–77
  • Thomas Noel 1799–1861
  • Oodgeroo Noonuccal (Kath Walker) 1920–93
  • Charles Howard, Duke of Norfolk 1746–1815
  • Christopher North (John Wilson) 1785–1854
  • Lord North 1732–92
  • Alfred Harmsworth, Lord Northcliffe 1865–1922
  • Caroline Norton (née Sheridan) 1808–77
  • Jack Norworth 1879–1959
  • Novalis (Friedrich von Hardenberg) 1772–1801
  • Now, Voyager
  • Alfred Noyes 1880–1958
  • William Richard Morris, Lord Nuffield 1877–1963
  • Sam Nunn 1938– 
  • Nursery rhymes
  • Bill Nye (Edgar Wilson Nye) 1850–96
  • Julius Nyerere 1922–99
  • O
  • Charles Edward Oakley 1832–65
  • Lawrence Oates 1880–1912
  • Barack Obama 1961– 
  • Michelle Obama 1964– 
  • Conor Cruise O’Brien 1917–2008
  • Edna O’Brien 1932– 
  • Flann O’Brien (Brian O’Nolan and O Nuallain) 1911–66
  • Sean O’Casey 1880–1964
  • William of Occam c.1285–1349
  • Daniel O’Connell 1775–1847
  • Bernard O’Donoghue 1945– 
  • Official advice
  • David Ogilvy 1911–99
  • James Ogilvy, Lord Seafield 1664–1730
  • John O’Hara 1905–70
  • Theodore O’Hara 1820–67
  • Georgia O’Keeffe 1887–1986
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  • Dale Russell 1937– 
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  • Scottish Metrical Psalms 1650
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  • Amartya Sen 1933– 
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  • John Sentamu 1949– 
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  • Vikram Seth 1952– 
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  • The Siddur
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  • Maurice Sigler 1901–61 and Al Hoffman 1902–60
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  • Georges Simenon 1903–89
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  • Tom Simpson 1937–67
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  • Upton Sinclair 1878–1968
  • Isaac Bashevis Singer 1904–91
  • Manmohan Singh 1932– 
  • C. H. Sisson 1914–2003
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  • Edith Sitwell 1887–1964
  • Osbert Sitwell 1892–1969
  • The Sixth Sense
  • Antonio Skarmeta 1940– 
  • John Skelton c.1460–1529
  • Noel Skelton 1880–1935
  • B. F. Skinner 1904–90
  • Sleeper
  • Slogans
  • Joseph Roberts Smallwood 1900–91
  • Christopher Smart 1722–71
  • Elizabeth Smart 1913–86
  • Samuel Smiles 1812–1904
  • Adam Smith 1723–90
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  • Delia Smith 1941– 
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  • Godfrey Smith 1926– 
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  • Some Like It Hot
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  • Lord Spencer 1964– 
  • Raine, Countess Spencer 1929–2016
  • Stanley Spencer 1891–1959
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  • Steven Spielberg
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  • Lord Stair 1648–1707
  • Joseph Stalin (Iosif Vissarionovich Dzhugashvili) 1879–1953
  • Bessie Anderson Stanley fl. 1905
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  • Edwin Mcmasters Stanton 1814–69
  • Elizabeth Cady Stanton 1815–1902
  • Frank L. Stanton 1857–1927
  • Freya Stark 1893?–1993
  • John Stark 1728–1822
  • Star Wars
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  • Christina Stead 1902–83
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  • Richard Steele 1672–1729
  • Lincoln Steffens 1866–1936
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  • John Steinbeck 1902–68
  • Gloria Steinem 1934– 
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  • James Fitzjames Stephen 1829–94
  • James Kenneth Stephen 1859–92
  • Leslie Stephen 1832–1904
  • James Stephens 1882–1950
  • George Stephenson 1781–1848
  • Nicholas Stern 1946– 
  • Laurence Sterne 1713–68
  • Brooks Stevens 1911–95
  • Wallace Stevens 1879–1955
  • Adlai Stevenson 1900–65
  • Anne Stevenson 1933– 
  • Robert Louis Stevenson 1850–94
  • Ian Stewart 1945– 
  • Sting (Gordon Sumner) 1951– 
  • Caskie Stinnett 1911–98
  • Samuel John Stone 1839–1900
  • Winifred Sackville Stoner 1902–83
  • Marie Stopes 1880–1958
  • Tom Stoppard 1937– 
  • William Stoughton 1631–1701
  • Harriet Beecher Stowe 1811–96
  • William Scott, Lord Stowell 1745–1836
  • Lytton Strachey 1880–1932
  • Thomas Wentworth, Lord Strafford 1593–1641
  • William L. Strauss and A. J. E. Cave
  • Igor Stravinsky 1882–1971
  • John Whitaker (‘Jack’) Straw 1946– 
  • August Strindberg 1849–1912
  • Jan Struther (Joyce Anstruther) 1901–53
  • William Stubbs 1825–1901
  • G. A. Studdert Kennedy 1883–1929
  • John Suckling 1609–42
  • Sudden Impact
  • Sudraka
  • Alan Sugar 1947– 
  • Suger 1081–1151
  • Annie Sullivan 1866–1936
  • Louis Henri Sullivan 1856–1924
  • Terry Sullivan
  • Timothy Daniel Sullivan 1827–1914
  • Maximilien de Béthune, Duc de Sully 1559–1641
  • Arthur Hays Sulzberger 1891–1968
  • Edith Summerskill 1901–80
  • Charles Sumner 1811–74
  • Sun Tzu fl. c.400–320 BC
  • Sunset Boulevard
  • Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey c.1517–47
  • R. S. Surtees 1805–64
  • David Sutton 1944– 
  • Italo Svevo 1861–1928
  • Hannen Swaffer 1879–1962
  • Annie S. Swan 1859–1953
  • Jonathan Swift 1667–1745
  • Algernon Charles Swinburne 1837–1909
  • Herbert Bayard Swope 1882–1958
  • Thomas Sydenham 1624–89
  • Charles J. Sykes 1954– 
  • John Millington Synge 1871–1909
  • Thomas Szasz 1920–2012
  • Albert von Szent-Györgyi 1893–1986
  • T
  • Tacitus (Cornelius Tacitus) c.AD 56–after 117
  • William Howard Taft 1857–1930
  • Rabindranath Tagore 1861–1941
  • Nellie Talbot
  • Charles-Maurice de Talleyrand 1754–1838
  • The Talmud
  • Amy Tan 1952– 
  • Tantric Buddhist texts
  • Booth Tarkington 1869–1946
  • Donna Tartt 1963– 
  • Torquato Tasso 1544–95
  • Allen Tate 1899–1979
  • Catherine Tate
  • Nahum Tate 1652–1715
  • R. H. Tawney 1880–1962
  • A. J. P. Taylor 1906–90
  • Ann Taylor 1782–1866 and Jane Taylor 1783–1824
  • Bayard Taylor 1825–78
  • Edward Taylor c.1645–1729
  • Henry Taylor 1800–86
  • Jeremy Taylor 1613–67
  • Tom Taylor 1817–80
  • Ibn Taymiyyah 1263–1328
  • Norman Tebbit 1931– 
  • Tecumseh 1768–1813
  • Pierre Teilhard de Chardin 1881–1955
  • William Temple 1628–99
  • William Temple 1881–1944
  • John Tenniel 1820–1914
  • Alfred, Lord Tennyson 1809–92
  • Tenzing Norgay 1914–86
  • Te Rauparaha d. 1849
  • Terence (Publius Terentius Afer) c.190–159 BC
  • Terentianus Maurus
  • Mother Teresa (Blessed Teresa of Calcutta) 1910–97
  • St Teresa of Ávila 1512–82
  • St Teresa of Lisieux 1873–97
  • The Terminator
  • Terminator 2: Judgment Day
  • Ellen Terry 1847–1928
  • Tertullian (Quintus Septimius Florens Tertullianus) c.AD 160–c.225
  • A. S. J. Tessimond 1902–62
  • William Makepeace Thackeray 1811–63
  • Margaret Thatcher 1925–2013
  • Bob Thaves 1924–2006
  • William Roscoe Thayer 1859–1923
  • Themistocles c.528–c.462 BC
  • Theocritus c.300–260 BC
  • Louis Adolphe Thiers 1797–1877
  • The Third Man
  • Thomas à Kempis c.1380–1471
  • St Thomas Aquinas c.1225–74
  • Brandon Thomas 1856–1914
  • Dylan Thomas 1914–53
  • Edward Thomas 1878–1917
  • Elizabeth Thomas 1675–1731
  • Gwyn Thomas 1913–81
  • Irene Thomas 1919–2001
  • R. S. Thomas 1913–2000
  • E. P. Thompson 1924–93
  • Francis Thompson 1859–1907
  • Julian Thompson 1934– 
  • Robert Norman Thompson 1914–97
  • William Hepworth Thompson 1810–86
  • James Thomson 1700–48
  • James Thomson 1834–82
  • Roy Thomson 1894–1976
  • Henry David Thoreau 1817–62
  • Robert Thorne d. 1527
  • Jeremy Thorpe 1929–2014
  • Thucydides c.455–c.400 BC
  • James Thurber 1894–1961
  • Edward, Lord Thurlow 1731–1806
  • Edward, Lord Thurlow 1781–1829
  • Tiberius 42 BC–AD 37
  • The Tibetan Book of the Dead
  • Tibullus (Albius Tibullus) c.50–19 BC
  • Chidiock Tichborne c.1558–86
  • Thomas Tickell 1686–1740
  • Lionel Tiger 1937– 
  • Tiglath-pileser I c.1115–c.1077 BC
  • Paul Tillich 1886–1965
  • The Time Machine
  • Kahn Tineta-Horn 1940– 
  • Tipu Sultan c.1750–99
  • Titian c.1488–1576
  • Titus (Titus Flavius Vespasianus) AD 39–81
  • Alexis de Tocqueville 1805–59
  • Alvin Toffler 1928–2016
  • To Have and Have Not
  • J. R. R. Tolkien 1892–1973
  • Leo Tolstoy 1828–1910
  • Wolfe Tone 1763–98
  • Augustus Montague Toplady 1740–78
  • Tora! Tora! Tora!
  • Michael Torke 1961– 
  • Robert Torrens 1780–1864
  • Cyril Tourneur
  • A. Toussenel 1803–85
  • Pete Townshend 1945– 
  • Arnold Toynbee 1889–1975
  • Polly Toynbee 1946– 
  • Toy Story
  • Thomas Traherne c.1637–74
  • Henry Duff Traill 1842–1900
  • Joseph Trapp 1679–1747
  • Merle Travis 1917–83
  • Herbert Beerbohm Tree 1852–1917
  • G. M. Trevelyan 1876–1962
  • George Otto Trevelyan 1838–1928
  • William Trevor (William Trevor Cox) 1928–2016
  • Calvin Trillin 1935– 
  • David Trimble 1944– 
  • Tommy Trinder 1909–89
  • Anthony Trollope 1815–82
  • Frances Trollope 1780–1863
  • Leon Trotsky (Lev Davidovich Bronstein) 1879–1940
  • Pierre Trudeau 1919–2000
  • François Truffaut 1932–84
  • Harry S. Truman 1884–1972
  • Donald Trump 1946– 
  • Sojourner Truth c.1797–1883
  • Morgan Tsvangirai 1952– 
  • Harriet Tubman c.1820–1913
  • Barbara W. Tuchman 1912–89
  • Sophie Tucker (Sophia Abuza) 1884–1966
  • Martin Tupper 1810–89
  • Ivan Turgenev 1818–83
  • A. R. J. Turgot 1727–81
  • Alan Turing 1912–54
  • Charles Tennyson Turner 1808–79
  • J. M. W. Turner 1775–1851
  • Thomas Turner 1729–93
  • Walter James Redfern Turner 1889–1946
  • John Tusa 1936– 
  • Desmond Tutu 1931– 
  • Mark Twain (Samuel Langhorne Clemens) 1835–1910
  • Kenneth Tynan 1927–80
  • William Tyndale c.1494–1536
  • Dudley Atkins Tyng 1825–58
  • U
  • Harlan K. Ullman and James P. Wade
  • Ulpian (Domitius Ulpianus) d. 228
  • Laurel Thatcher Ulrich 1938– 
  • Umar ibn Abd al-Aziz c.682–720
  • Miguel de Unamuno 1864–1937
  • The Upanishads
  • John Updike 1932–2009
  • Urban II (Odo of Lagery) c.1035–99
  • James Ussher 1581–1656
  • Peter Ustinov 1921–2004
  • V
  • Valerius Flaccus fl. c.AD 90
  • Paul Valéry 1871–1945
  • John Vanbrugh 1664–1726
  • Vivian van Damm c.1889–1960
  • William Henry Vanderbilt 1821–85
  • Laurens van der Post 1906–96
  • Henry Van Dyke 1852–1933
  • Henry Vane 1613–62
  • Raoul Vaneigem 1934– 
  • Vincent Van Gogh 1853–90
  • William Cornelius Van Horne 1843–1915
  • Bartolomeo Vanzetti 1888–1927
  • Marcus Terentius Varro 116–27 BC
  • Michel Vaucaire 1904–80
  • Henry Vaughan 1622–95
  • Janet-Maria Vaughan 1899–1993
  • Luc de Clapiers, Marquis de Vauvenargues 1715–47
  • Thomas, Lord Vaux 1510–56
  • Thorstein Veblen 1857–1929
  • Lope de Vega 1562–1635
  • Vegetius (Flavius Vegetius Renatus) fl. AD 379–95
  • J. Craig Venter 1946– 
  • Robert Venturi 1925– 
  • Giuseppe Verdi 1813–1901
  • Giovanni Verga 1840–1922
  • Pierre Vergniaud 1753–93
  • Paul Verlaine 1844–96
  • Jules Verne 1828–1905
  • René Aubert, Abbé de Vertot 1655–1735
  • Hendrik Frensch Verwoerd 1901–66
  • Vespasian (Titus Flavius Vespasianus) AD 9–79
  • Giambattista Vico 1668–1744
  • Queen Victoria 1819–1901
  • Gore Vidal 1925–2012
  • José Antonio Viera Gallo 1943– 
  • Gilles Vigneault 1928– 
  • Alfred de Vigny 1797–1863
  • Matteo Villani d. c.1363
  • Philippe-Auguste Villiers de L’Isle-Adam 1838–89
  • François Villon c.1431– after 63
  • St Vincent of Lerins d. c.AD 450
  • Virgil (Publius Vergilius Maro) 70–19 BC
  • Vitruvius fl. 1st century BC
  • Voltaire (François-Marie Arouet) 1694–1778
  • Kurt Vonnegut 1922–2007
  • Andrei Voznesensky 1933–2010
  • Diana Vreeland 1903–89
  • Peter Vyazemsky 1792–1878
  • W
  • Richard Wagner 1813–83
  • Derek Walcott 1930–2017
  • Lech Wałęsa 1943– 
  • Alice Walker 1944– 
  • Felix Walker fl. 1820
  • Edgar Wallace 1875–1932
  • George Wallace 1919–98
  • Henry Wallace 1888–1965
  • William Wallace c.1270–1305
  • William Ross Wallace 1819–81
  • Graham Wallas 1858–1932
  • Edmund Waller 1606–87
  • William Waller 1598–1668
  • Wall Street
  • Horace Walpole, Lord Orford 1717–97
  • Robert Walpole, Lord Orford 1676–1745
  • William Walsh 1663–1708
  • John Walter 1739?–1812
  • Izaak Walton 1593–1683
  • Sam Walton 1919–92
  • William Warburton 1698–1779
  • Artemus Ward (Charles Farrar Browne) 1834–67
  • Barbara Ward 1914–81
  • Nathaniel Ward 1578–1652
  • Andy Warhol 1927–87
  • Sylvia Townsend Warner 1893–1978
  • Earl Warren 1891–1974
  • Robert Penn Warren 1905–89
  • Booker T. Washington 1856–1915
  • George Washington 1732–99
  • Ned Washington 1901–76
  • Edward Waterfield
  • Rowland Watkyns c.1616–64
  • James Dewey Watson 1928– 
  • Thomas Watson, Snr. 1874–1956
  • William Watson c.1559–1603
  • William Watson 1858–1936
  • Isaac Watts 1674–1748
  • Evelyn Waugh 1903–66
  • Frederick Weatherly 1848–1929
  • Beatrice Webb 1858–1943
  • Sidney Webb 1859–1947
  • Byron Webber b. 1838
  • Max Weber 1864–1920
  • Daniel Webster 1782–1852
  • John Webster c.1580–c.1625
  • Josiah Wedgwood 1730–95
  • Simone Weil 1909–43
  • Max Weinreich 1894–1969
  • Arabella Weir
  • Robert Stanley Weir 1856–1926
  • Victor Weisskopf 1908–2002
  • Johnny Weissmuller
  • Chaim Weizmann 1874–1952
  • Thomas Earle Welby 1881–1933
  • Joseph Welch 1890–1960
  • Fay Weldon 1931– 
  • Orson Welles 1915–85
  • Duke of Wellington 1769–1852
  • H. G. Wells 1866–1946
  • Arnold Wesker 1932–2016
  • Charles Wesley 1707–88
  • John Wesley 1703–91
  • Mary Wesley 1912–2002
  • Samuel Wesley 1662–1735
  • Mae West 1892–1980
  • Rebecca West (Cicily Isabel Fairfield) 1892–1983
  • William C. Westmoreland 1914–2005
  • John Fane, Lord Westmorland 1759–1841
  • R. P. Weston 1878–1936 and Bert Lee 1880–1947
  • Charles Wetherell 1770–1846
  • Adelheid Wette 1858–1916
  • Edith Wharton 1862–1937
  • Thomas, Lord Wharton 1648–1715
  • Richard Whately 1787–1863
  • Phillis Wheatley c.1753–84
  • When Harry Met Sally
  • William Whewell 1794–1866
  • James McNeill Whistler 1834–1903
  • E. B. White 1899–1985
  • Gilbert White 1720–93
  • H. Kirke White 1785–1806
  • Patrick White 1912–90
  • T. H. White 1906–64
  • Theodore H. White 1915–86
  • Alfred North Whitehead 1861–1947
  • White Heat
  • Katharine Whitehorn 1928– 
  • William Whitelaw 1918–99
  • George Whiting
  • William Whiting 1825–78
  • Gough Whitlam 1916–2014
  • Walt Whitman 1819–92
  • Isabella Whitney fl. 1573
  • John Greenleaf Whittier 1807–92
  • Robert Whittington c.1480–1553?
  • Charlotte Whitton 1896–1975
  • Cornelius Whur
  • Edward Whymper 1840–1911
  • William H. Whyte 1917–99
  • George John Whyte-Melville 1821–78
  • Ann Widdecombe 1947– 
  • Elie Wiesel 1928–2016
  • Bradley Wiggins 1980– 
  • Michael Wigglesworth 1631–1705
  • Samuel Wilberforce 1805–73
  • William Wilberforce 1759–1833
  • Richard Wilbur 1921– 
  • Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1855–1919
  • Robert Wild 1615–79
  • Oscar Wilde 1854–1900
  • Billy Wilder (Samuel Wilder) 1906–2002
  • Thornton Wilder 1897–1975
  • Robert Wilensky 1951– 
  • Wilhelm II (‘Kaiser Bill’) 1859–1941
  • John Wilkes 1727–97
  • Emma Hart Willard 1787–1870
  • William I (William the Conqueror) 1027–87
  • William III (William of Orange) 1650–1702
  • William of Malmesbury c.1090–c.1143
  • Heathcote Williams 1941–2017
  • Isaac Williams 1802–65
  • Peter Williams
  • R. J. P. Williams 1926–2015
  • Rowan Williams 1950– 
  • Sarah Williams 1837–68
  • Shirley Williams 1930– 
  • Tennessee Williams (Thomas Lanier Williams) 1911–83
  • William Carlos Williams 1883–1963
  • Marianne Williamson 1953– 
  • Roy Williamson 1936–90
  • Love Maria Willis (née Whitcomb) 1824–1908
  • Wendell Willkie 1892–1944
  • Angus Wilson 1913–91
  • Charles E. Wilson 1890–1961
  • Edward O. Wilson 1929– 
  • Harold Wilson 1916–95
  • Harriette Wilson 1789–1846
  • John Wilson
  • Sandy Wilson 1924–2014
  • Woodrow Wilson 1856–1924
  • Walter Winchell 1897–1972
  • Anne Finch, Lady Winchilsea 1661–1720
  • Duchess of Windsor (Wallis Simpson) 1896–1986
  • Duke of Windsor
  • Oprah Winfrey 1954– 
  • Catherine Winkworth 1827–78
  • Yvor Winters 1900–68
  • John Winthrop 1588–1649
  • Robert Charles Winthrop 1809–94
  • Nicholas Wiseman 1802–65
  • Owen Wister 1860–1938
  • George Wither 1588–1667
  • Ludwig Wittgenstein 1889–1951
  • The Wizard of Oz
  • P. G. Wodehouse 1881–1975
  • Terry Wogan 1938–2016
  • Christa Wolf 1929–2011
  • Naomi Wolf 1962– 
  • Charles Wolfe 1791–1823
  • Humbert Wolfe 1886–1940
  • James Wolfe 1727–59
  • Thomas Wolfe 1900–38
  • Tom Wolfe 1931– 
  • Mary Wollstonecraft 1759–97
  • Thomas Wolsey c.1475–1530
  • Kenneth Wolstenholme 1920–2002
  • Woman of the Year
  • Mrs Henry Wood (née Ellen Price) 1814–87
  • Woodbine Willie
  • George Woodcock 1912–95
  • John Wooden 1910–2010
  • Marion Woodman 1928– 
  • Thomas Woodrooffe 1899–1978
  • Harry Woods 1896–1970
  • Virginia Woolf 1882–1941
  • Alexander Woollcott 1887–1943
  • Dorothy Wordsworth 1771–1855
  • Elizabeth Wordsworth 1840–1932
  • William Wordsworth 1770–1850
  • Terry Worrall fl. 1991
  • Henry Wotton 1568–1639
  • Frank Lloyd Wright 1867–1959
  • James Wright 1927–80
  • Mehetabel (‘Hetty’) Wright (née Wesley) 1697–1750
  • Lady Mary Wroth c.1586–c.1652
  • St Wulfstan c.1009–95
  • Thomas Wyatt c.1503–42
  • William Wycherley c.1640–1716
  • Tammy Wynette 1942–98 and Billy Sherrill c.1938–2015
  • Andrew of Wyntoun c.1350–c.1420
  • X
  • Xenophon c.428–c.354 BC
  • Xerxes I c.519–465 BC
  • Augustin, Marquis de Ximénèz 1726–1817
  • Y
  • Isoroku Yamamoto 1884–1943
  • Sheikh Ahmed Zaki Yamani 1930– 
  • Minoru Yamasaki 1912–88
  • William Yancey 1814–63
  • Thomas Russell Ybarra b. 1880
  • W. F. Yeames 1835–1918
  • W. B. Yeats 1865–1939
  • Boris Yeltsin 1931–2007
  • Sergei Yesenin 1895–1925
  • Yevgeny Yevtushenko 1933–2017
  • Shoichi Yokoi 1915–97
  • Andrew Young 1932– 
  • Arthur Young 1741–1820
  • Edward Young 1683–1765
  • George W. Young 1846–1919
  • Neil Young 1945– 
  • Neil Young 1945–  and Jeff Blackburn
  • Marguerite Yourcenar 1903–87
  • You’re Telling Me
  • Malala Yousafzai 1997– 
  • Z
  • Yevgeny Zamyatin 1884–1937
  • Israel Zangwill 1864–1926
  • Emiliano Zapata 1879–1919
  • Frank Zappa 1940–93
  • Zeno of Citium c.335–c.263 BC
  • Ed Zern 1910–94
  • Zhuangzi
  • Mikhail Zhvanetsky 1934– 
  • Philip Ziegler 1929– 
  • Ronald L. Ziegler 1939–2003
  • Grigori Zinoviev 1883–1936
  • Hiller B. Zobel 1932– 
  • Zohar
  • Émile Zola 1840–1902
  • Zoroastrian Scriptures