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Quotes of the Day for 4 October 2003 – Damon Runyon

Alfred Damon Runyon was born at Manhattan, Kansas on this day in 1884 and grew up in the Colorado town of Pueblo. At age fourteen he volunteered for the Spanish-American War and served in the Philippines. In Denver he covered Pancho Villa's forays along the Mexican border. He moved to New York and covered sports, including most of the major fights from WW I until his death. He made friends, and drank with, a wide array of notables, including both Al Capone and William Randolph Hearst. He is best known for his short stories of the characters on Broadway, including the collection "Guys and Dolls" which was turned into the musical of the same name. After his death in 1946, legendary ace Eddie Rickenbacker buzzed Broadway, dumping Runyon's ashes over his favorite beat.

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The quotes:

I long ago come to the conclusion that all life is six to five against.

My boy ... always try to rub up against money, for if you rub up against money long enough, some of it may rub off on you.

You can become a winner only if you are willing to walk over the edge.

You can keep the things of bronze and stone and give me one man to remember me just once a year.

Sell your cleverness and buy bewilderment.

It may be that the race is not always to the swift, nor the battle to the strong - but that's the way to bet.
     - All from Damon Runyon, 1884 - 1946

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