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Quotes of the Day for 27 August 2004 – Samuel Goldwyn

Shmuel Gelbfisz was born at Warsaw, Poland on this day in 1882. While living with relatives in England he adopted a more easily pronounced name, Samuel Goldfish. He moved to the US in 1899 and was a very successful glove salesman, but he ended up making movies - over seventy of them. Five years after his first picture he adopted the name we recognize: Samuel Goldwyn. Between his high energy and English being his second language, he had a flair for malapropisms rivaling Yogi Berra, some of them are gems.

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The quotes:

A verbal contract isn't worth the paper it's written on.

Gentlemen, include me out.

I don't want any yes-men around me. I want everybody to tell me the truth even if it costs them their jobs.

I paid too much for it, but it's worth it.

I'm willing to admit that I may not always be right, but I am never wrong.

Spare no expense to make everything as economical as possible.

Why should people go out and pay money to see bad films when they can stay at home and see bad television for nothing?
     - All from Samuel Goldwyn, 1882 - 1974

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