Irish poet and playwright Samuel Beckett (Waiting for Godot) was born on this day in 1906.
"It (Waiting for Godot) is pretentious gibberish, without any claim to importance whatsoever...It's just a waste of everybody's time and it makes me ashamed to think that such balls could be taken seriously for a moment." -- Noel Coward.
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Harry S Truman was born on this day in 1884.
"I sit here all day," Truman said, "trying to do the things they ought to have sense enough to do without my persuading them. That's all the powers of the President amount to."
Sounds modest enough, but to read another take on the matter, see Gore Vidal on Truman
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Also on this day, in 1918, evangelist Billy Graham was born.
"Current evangelism is as far as one can go in the pursuit of faith without works. Graham has brought to perfection the notion of a global parish, that is, no parish at all. He is relieved of the need to make private visits, to gather boxes of old clothes in the church basement, to perform weddings, bury the dead, to encourage rummage-sales and pie-suppers. Not only is he relieved, but the saved are also...
"With their salvation kits, they are like patients making a single visit to a clinic and who are therefore recorded in the cure statistics." -- Elizabeth Hardwick.
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Humorist Will Rogers was born on this day in 1897. Despite his immense popularity and his reputation for biting political commentary, not everyone was a fan.
"The bosom friend ofd senators and congressmen was about as daring as an early Shirley Temple movie." -- James Thurber.
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English dramatist Richard Sheridan was born on this day in 1751. He wrote:
"The newspapers! Sir, they are the most villanous--licentious--abominable--infernal--not that I ever read them--no--I make it a rule never to look into a newspaper."