Robert Leo Byrne
Born: 22 May 1930, Dubuque, Iowa
Byrne earned a degree in civil engineering at the University of Colorado in 1954 and moved to the San Francisco area where he edited a construction-industry magazine before becoming a full-time writer in 1977. He apparently got good with a cue stick on the way to writing seven books on billiards and pool. (He did not, however, get involved with chess; that's Robert Eugene Byrne, Grandmaster and long-time chess columnist for The New York Times.) He also got hooked on quotations and has edited several well-known collections, not to mention seven novels and an exposé of literary frauds. Byrne lives with his wife Cindy, back in his home town of Dubuque.
Robert Byrne quotes:
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- A fool and his money are soon partied. permalink
- A lack of accuracy can save your life if you are hurling yourself on your sword. permalink
- A promising young man should go into politics so that he can go on promising for the rest of his life. permalink
- A situation is not hopeless until the contract is signed. permalink
- Absence makes the heart go yonder. permalink
- All politics is loco. permalink
- Anybody who believes that the way to a man's heart is through his stomach flunked geography. permalink
- Beauty is in the eye of the cuckholder. permalink
- Catholics go to Confession just to brag. permalink
- Collecting quotations is an insidious, even embarrassing habit, like ragpicking or hoarding rocks or trying on other people's laundry. I got into it originally while trying to break an addiction to candy. I kicked candy and now seem to be stuck with quotations, which are attacking my brain instead of my teeth. permalink
The Other 637 Best Things Anybody Ever Said (1984)
- Complete this sentence. I never met a man I didn't like:
a. to cheat
b. at first.
c. to avoid.
d. better than you. permalink
- Confidence is always overconfidence. permalink
- Democracy is being allowed to vote for the candidate you dislike least. permalink
- Doing a thing well is often a waste of time. permalink
- Everything is in a state of flux, including the status quo. permalink
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