portrait of Julius Henry 'Groucho' Marx

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Quotes of the Day for 2 October 2003 – Groucho

Julius Henry Marx was born at New York City on this day in 1890, we know him as Groucho. At age fifteen he was the first of the brothers to start a stage career, twice the rest of his troupe disappeared in the night and left him to pay the bills. It may have been this that led to his hunger for material success, in turn driving the careers of the Marx Brothers. (This was reinforced by their mother's social ambitions and Chico's perennial financial distress from gambling.) Groucho kept his eyebrows raised and jabbed with his cigar to punctuate his rapier wit.

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The quotes:

A child of five would understand this. Send someone to fetch a child of five.

Here's to our wives and girlfriends: May they never meet!

I have nothing but confidence in you, and very little of that.

I sent the club a wire stating, "Please accept my resignation. I don't want to belong to any club that will accept me as a member."

Now there's a man with an open mind - you can feel the breeze from here!

I've had a perfectly wonderful evening. But this wasn't it.

Those are my principles. If you don't like them I have others.
     - All from Julius Henry "Groucho" Marx, 1890 - 1977

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