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Quotes of the Day for 27 December 2002 – Marlene

Marie Magdalene Dietrich was born at Schöneberg, Germany on this day in 1901. As a teenager, the shy girl known as a "little grey mouse" was a skilled violinist. After school, she contracted her names to Marlene and went to Berlin where she sang in cabarets and soon became a star.

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The quotes:

A king, realizing his incompetence, can either delegate or abdicate his duties. A father can do neither. If only sons could see the paradox, they would understand the dilemma.

In America sex is an obsession, in other parts of the world it is a fact.

Latins are tenderly enthusiastic. In Brazil they throw flowers at you. In Argentina they throw themselves.

I love quotations because it is a joy to find thoughts one might have, beautifully expressed with much authority by someone recognized wiser than oneself.

It's the friends you can call up at 4 a.m. that matter.
     - Marlene Dietrich, 1901 - 1992


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