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.
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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