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Many Quotes of the Day - 2/9/98

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From: Peter Langston <psl>
Date: Mon,  9 Feb 98 02:04:42 -0800
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Subject: Many Quotes of the Day - 2/9/98

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Enemies are to be selected with care.  Once their usefulness as enemies has
worn off, they can be welcomed back as friends.
				- George W. Spayth

These numbers are not my own.  They are from someone who knows what he is
talking about.
				- a Wisconsin legislator

Only a fool tests the depth of the water with both feet.
				- African proverb

Wisdom gave the elderly the opportunity to be elderly.
				- Robert Half

They call you stubborn when you fail, but persistent when you succeed.
				- Anonymous

A marriage, to be happy, needs an exterior threat.  New York provides that.
				- Garrison Keillor

Now, nature, as I am only too aware, has her enthusiasts, but on the whole,
I am not to be counted among them.  To put it rather bluntly, I am not the
type who wants to go back to the land; I am the type who wants to go back
to the hotel.
				- Fran Lebowitz

From: the 12 Jan issue of Forbes magazine:

The comic spirit is given to us in order that we may analyze, weigh and
clarify things in us which nettle us, or which we are outgrowing, or trying
to reshape.
				- Thornton Wilder

Comedy is tragedy that happens to other people.
				- Angela Carter

Comedy appeals to the collective mind of the audience and this grows
fatigued; while farce appeals to a more robust organ, their collective
				- W. Somerset Maughan

All tragedies are finished by a death, all comedies are ended by a marriage.
				- Lord Byron

The guy has baggy pants, flat feet, the most miserable, bedraggled looking
bastard you ever saw; makes itchy gestures as though he's got crabs under
his arms - but he's funny.
				- Sterling Ford
				(- the cite does not indicate who Ford is
				talking about, but it sounds as if he might
				be talking about Charlie Chaplin - sjn)

All I need to make comedy is a park, a policeman, and a pretty girl  -
				- Charlie Chaplin

The perception of the comic is a tie of sympathy with other men, a pledge
of sanity, and a protection from those perverse tendencies and gloomy
insanity in which fine intellects sometimes lose themselves
				-  Ralph Waldo Emerson

Comedy just pokes at problems, rarely confronts them squarely.  Drama is
like a plate of meat and potatoes; comedy is rather like the dessert, a bit
like meringue.
				- Woody Allen

All that the comedian has to show for his years of work and aggravation is
the echo of forgotten laughter.
				- Fred Allen

To appreciate nonsense requires a serious interest in life.
				- Gelett Burgess

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