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Quotes of the Day for 13 August 2004 – Fright

Alfred Hitchcock was born at London on this day in 1899. He left school at 14 after his father's death, working in a telegraph office until 1920 when he took a job designing title cards for Famous Players-Lasky. He took the chance to work at any other bit of filmmaking he could, and by 1927 directed his first film. He directed the first "talkie" in England before David O. Selznick brought him to Hollywood. Although he never won an Oscar for best director, his first US movie (Rebecca) won for best picture. He made dozens of films and appeared briefly in every one of them. Known as the "Master of Suspense", today's quotes are about fright in his honor.

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The quotes:

I don't know what effect these men will have upon the enemy, but, by God, they frighten me.
     - Arthur Wellesley, First Duke of Wellington, 1769 - 1852

A timid person is frightened before a danger, a coward during the time, and a courageous person afterward.
     - Jean Paul Richter, 1763 - 1825

There is nothing more frightful than ignorance in action.
     - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, 1749 - 1832

I don't use drugs, my dreams are frightening enough.
     - Mauritis Cornelius Escher, 1898 - 1972

Quiet minds can't be perplexed or frightened, but go on in fortune or misfortune at their own private pace, like a clock during a thunderstorm.
     - Robert Louis Stevenson, 1850 - 1894

Always make an audience suffer as much as possible.
     - Alfred Hitchcock, 1899 - 1980


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