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Quotes of the Day for 10 March 2004 – Kick

Carlos Ray Norris, Jr was born at Ryan, Oklahoma on this day in 1940. He moved to California at age 12 with his mother and brothers, graduated from high school, married, and joined the Air Force. In the service he started learning the martial arts, eventually earning black belts in two (Tang Soo Do and Tae Kwon Do) and practicing several others. He met Bruce Lee at a demonstration in 1964, Lee talked the young veteran into pursuing an acting career. Adopting the name Chuck Norris, it turned out pretty well, culminating in an eight-year run as "Walker, Texas Ranger" for CBS. Larkin and I loved Walker, it was classic melodrama. The good guys were good, the bad guys were bad, and every episode had a happy ending (although some took two shows to get there). But if Walker never kicked anyone when they were down, you could depend on him kicking every bad guy as many times as it took to get him to go down and stay down.

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The quotes:

A pat on the back, though only a few vertebrae removed from a kick in the pants, is miles ahead in results.
     - Bennett Cerf

If you're going to kick authority in the teeth, you might as well use two feet.
     - Keith Richards

Wisdom never kicks at the iron walls it can't bring down.
     - Olive Schreiner

Any jackass can kick down a barn, but it takes a good carpenter to build one.
     - Sam Rayburn, 1882 - 1961

All the adversity I've had in my life, all my troubles and obstacles, have strengthened me.... You may not realize it when it happens, but a kick in the teeth may be the best thing in the world for you.
     - Walter Elias Disney, 1901 - 1966

Remember that nobody will ever get ahead of you as long as he is kicking you in the seat of the pants.
     - Walter Winchell, 1897 - 1972

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