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Quotes of the Day for 12 April 2003 – Talk

David Letterman was born at Indianapolis, Indiana on this day in 1947. He was floundering in school when he discovered a speech class which revived his interest in school and led to pursuing a degree in broadcasting at Ball State University. He was fired from the BSU campus radio station for fabricating biographies of composers, and lost his job as a weekend TV weather announcer after describing hailstones "the size of canned hams." He went to Hollywood to pursue comedy writing, appearing on or writing for a number of TV shows. He started in "talk shows" as a guest on the Tonight Show, then filled in as host, and had a couple of his own shows. When his friend Johnny Carson retired, Letterman lost out to Jay Leno to take Carson's place and jumped to CBS to compete head-to-head. I'm always up late enough to watch, but instead I sit here in the quiet and pick out quotes on the theme of Talk.

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The quotes:

Some people talk in their sleep. Lecturers talk while other people sleep.
     - Albert Camus, 1913 - 1960

Democracy means government by discussion, but it is only effective if you can stop people talking.
     - Clement Richard Attlee

Wisdom is the reward you get for a lifetime of listening when you'd have preferred to talk.
     - Doug Larson

There is only one thing in the world worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about.
     - Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Grey

If you can talk brilliantly about a problem, it can create the consoling illusion that it has been mastered.
     - Stanley Kubrick

Oh, you know. I am secretary of state. My trips aren't successful. I just talk to people.
     - George Pratt Shultz


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