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Quotes of the Day for 15 February 2003 – John Barrymore

John Barrymore was born at Philadelphia on this day in 1882, younger brother to Lionel and Ethel who went on to acting success. John set off to be an editorial cartoonist, but was not only lazy but had taken to drink at age 14. Out of work, he signed on with a troupe of players bound for Australia, stopping in San Francisco to wait for their ship. He slept through the earthquake of 1906, and stumbling out of his hotel was pressed into service on a cleanup crew under martial law. His uncle reportedly remarked, "It took a calamity of nature to get him out of bed and the US Army to make him go to work." (I guess every family needs a black sheep, it's a role I handle quite capably for the Van Horns.) So here are a few quotes from John Barrymore, including one on love that I couldn't use yesterday.

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The quotes:

A man is not old until regrets take the place of dreams.

America is the country where you buy a lifetime supply of aspirin for one dollar, and use it up in two weeks.

Happiness sneaks through a door you didn't know that you left open.

Love is the delightful interval between meeting a beautiful girl and discovering that she looks like a haddock.

One of my chief regrets during my years in the theater is that I couldn't sit in the audience and watch me.

You never realize how short a month is until you pay alimony.
     - All from John Barrymore, 1882 - 1942

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