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Quotes of the Day for 26 August 2004 – Christopher Isherwood

Christopher William Bradshaw Isherwood was born at Disley, Cheshire, England on this day in 1904. His father, an army officer, was killed in World War I. Isherwood was educated at Cambridge, then studied medicine at King's College London but gave that up to teach English in Berlin from 1930 to 1933. Based on the decadent environment between the wars, Isherwood wrote "Goodbye to Berlin" in 1939, which became a play called "I Am a Camera" in 1951, and the hit musical "Cabaret" in 1966, released on film in 1972.

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The quotes:

I am a camera with its shutter open, quite passive, recording, not thinking.

California is a tragic country - like Palestine, like every Promised Land.

One should never write down or up to people, but out of yourself.

I'll bet Shakespeare compromised himself a lot; anybody who's in the entertainment industry does to some extent.

Every writer has certain subjects that they write about again and again.... Most people's books are just variations on certain themes.

Life is not so bad if you have plenty of luck, a good physique and not too much imagination.
     - All from Christopher Isherwood, 1904 - 1986


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