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Quotes of the Day for 15 May 2004 – Clifton Fadiman

Clifton Fadiman was born at Brooklyn, New York on this day in 1904. He was an author, broadcaster, editor, and one of the founders of the Book of the Month Club. In the 'The Little, Brown Book Of Anecdotes' he did for anecdotes what I attempt to do for quotes.

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You will find an expanded profile, photo, additional biographical links, and all quotes from this author on the author's Notable Quotable page.

The quotes:

When you reread a classic you do not see more in the book than you did before; you see more in you than there was before.

A cheese may disappoint. It may be dull, it may be naive, it may be oversophisticated. Yet it remains cheese, milk's leap toward immortality.

A bottle of wine begs to be shared; I have never met a miserly wine lover.

For most men life is a search for the proper manila envelope in which to get themselves filed.

The male is a domestic animal which, if treated with firmness, can be trained to do most things.
     (Misattribution, actually from Jilly Cooper)

One measure of friendship consists not in the number of things friends can discuss, but in the number of things they need no longer mention.
     - All from Clifton Fadiman, 1904 - 1999

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