There are authors, comedians, politicians and others, today and in the past, who have made statements worthy of quoting and sharing. Some are well known and others are not so familiar for various reasons: offensive language, subject matter that might be offensive or politically incorrect.


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Samuel Clemens (1835 - 1910) was an American author, humorist and philosopher-of-the-people, who grew up in the Southern US. While working on a riverboat on the Mississippi River he watched a crew member throwing a calibrated lead line into the river. When it landed on the bottom of the river and the line was vertical and taught, the crew member read the depth on the calibrated line and called out the number of fathoms to the captain. When he called out a two fathom depth he would yell "Mark Twain!". Later, Samuel Clemens adopted that phrase as his nom de plume. Mark Twain's writings and speeches are full of wise and witty sayings.

Mark Twain quote: "A banker is a fellow who lends you his umbrella when the sun is shining and wants it back the minute it begins to rain."

W.C. Fields (1880 - 1946) was an American, born William Claude Dukenfield and became a comedian and film actor in the 1930s and 1940s. He starred in movies such as "The Bank Dick" and "Never Give a Sucker an Even Break". He became notable as a cantancerous drunk who disliked children, dogs and women. Much of his quotable humour was focused on his dislikes and his love of alcohol. In England he was billed as Wm. C. Fields, since "W. C." is a term meaning "water closet" (toilet).

W. C. Fields quote: "Once, during Prohibition, I was forced to live for days on nothing but food and water."



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George Carlin (1937 - 2008) was an American stand-up comedian, satirist and social critic in the US who was noted for the barbs in his humor, his clever manipulation of the definitions of words and double entendres. His controversial programming content flew in the face of media censors and government control of censorship.

George Carlin quote: "As soon as someone is identified as an unsung hero, he no longer is"

Julius "Groucho" Marx (1890 -1977) was an American comic. He and his four brothers became famous in movies as the comedy team, the Marx Brothers. His sharp, quick wit and way with words were in demand when television came along. His exaggerated eyebrows and mustache and his large nose were copied and have become a plasic gag item called "Groucho glasses".

Groucho Marx quote: "Just give me a comfortable couch, a dog, a good book and a woman. Then if you can get the dog to go somewhere and read the book, I might have a little fun."


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Groucho Marx continues to show up at parties and on Halloween, long after he passed on to that grand stage in the sky, thanks to the gag disguise you can buy in costume stores.

John Lennon was born and raised in Liverpool, England and was a member of the Beattles. He wrote some of their music and lyrics and had a strong influence on the Beattles. His promotion of peace and love followed his recognition of the violence and brutality he inflicted on his first wife.

John Lennon Quote: "Those of you in the cheaper seats can clap your hands, and those of you in the balcony can just rattle your jewelry."


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