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Quotes of the Day for 1 April 2004 – Faces

Alonso Chaney was born at Colorado Springs, Colorado on this day in 1883, both parents were deaf and dumb. At age nine, "Lon" left school to tend his mother when she was struck with inflammatory rheumatism which left her bedridden for the rest of her life. As the boy learned the news of the town, he pantomimed it to his mother, learning to communicate in pose and gesture. At eighteen he was completely hooked on the stage, working in his own travelling company. In 1912 he moved to Los Angeles and started getting bit parts in movies, and in 1923 stunned audiences with his performance as The Hunchback of Notre Dame. In his last silent picture a bit of artificial snow lodged in his throat, the irritation from which caused the doctors to not discover his bronchial cancer. Because of his skill with makeup, Lon Chaney was known as "the man of a thousand faces", hence today's theme.

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The quotes:

After a certain number of years our faces become our biographies. We get to be responsible for our faces.
     - Cynthia Ozick

Now and then one sees a face which has kept its smile pure and undefiled. Such a smile transfigures; such a smile, if the artful but know it, is the greatest weapon a face can have.
     - Helen Hunt Jackson

A woman knows the face of the man she loves like a sailor knows the open sea.
     - Honoré de Balzac, 1799 - 1850

Don't laugh at a youth for his affectations; he is only trying on one face after another to find a face of his own.
     - Logan Pearsall Smith, 1865 - 1946

He had a face like a benediction.
     - Miguel de Cervantes, 1547 - 1616

If I were two-faced, would I be wearing this one?
     - Abraham Lincoln, 1809 - 1865


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