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Quotes of the Day for 23 October 2001 – Johnny Carson

Johnny Carson was born at Corning, Iowa on this day in 1925. A mail-order course in magic started his entertainment career, after a Navy stint and the accompanying GI Bill passage through the University of Nebraska he moved to radio, became a writer for Red Skelton, and hosted a game show before becoming the host of the Tonight Show. Four other entertainers turned down that gig, Carson became the highest paid television personality as a result of it. Here are a few quotes from the master of late-night TV.

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The quotes:

The only thing money gives you is the freedom of not worrying about money.

Talent alone won't make you a success. Neither will being in the right place at the right time, unless you are ready. The most important question is: "Are your ready?"

My success just evolved from working hard at the business at hand each day.

For three days after death hair and fingernails continue to grow but phone calls taper off.

If life was fair, Elvis would be alive and all the impersonators would be dead.

Democracy means that anyone can grow up to be president, and anyone who doesn't grow up can be vice president.
     - All today's quotes are from Johnny Carson

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