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Quotes of the Day for 9 February 2003 – Fruit

Maria do Carmo Miranda da Cunha was born at Marco de Canavezes, Portugal on this day in 1909. Her family soon moved to Rio de Janeiro, where she showed a flair for the dramatic, even in a convent school. She was a hit as a singer at Carenval in 1930, at 30 she stormed Broadway, then Hollywood, as Carmen Miranda. (She was the highest-paid woman in America in 1945.) Alas, her fans in Brazil felt she had become Americanized, and her disappointment at that led to drug problems and an early death. I'm afraid she was before my time - I've only seen pictures, and I mostly remember the hats. Big hats. Piled high with Fruit.

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The quotes:

No thing is created suddenly, any more than a bunch of grapes or a fig. If you tell me that you desire a fig, I answer you that there must be time. Let it first blossom, then bear fruit, then ripen.
     - Epictetus

Don't be afraid to go out on a limb. That's where the fruit is.
     - H. Jackson Browne

Oh, let none think his labor is lost because the fruit does not immediately appear.
     - John Wesley

I value my garden more for being full [of] blackbirds than of cherries, and very frankly give them fruit for their songs.
     - Joseph Addison

The true Southern water-melon is not to be confused with commoner things. It is chief of this world's luxuries, king by the grace of God over all the fruits of the earth. When one has tasted it, he knows what the angels eat. It was not a Southern watermelon that Eve took; we know it because she repented.
     - Mark Twain, The Tragedy of Pudd'nhead Wilson

He that would have the fruit must climb the tree.
     - Dr Thomas Fuller, 1608 - 1661

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