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Quotations From ROBERT BENCHLEY

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  • 51.
    The Great Arizona Desert is full of the bleaching bones of people who waited for me to start something.
    Robert Benchley (1889-1945), U.S. writer, humorist. After 1903What? "Why Are You a Failure?" Harper & Brothers (1938).

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  • 52.
    I never knew anyone yet who got up at six who did anything more useful between that time and breakfast than banging a tennis ball up against the side of the house, waiting for the more civilized members of the party to get up.
    Robert Benchley (1889-1945), U.S. writer, humorist. The Early Worm, "The Boys' Camp Business," Henry Holt (1927).

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  • 53.
    It took me fifteen years to discover that I had no talent for writing, but I couldn't give it up because by that time I was too famous.
    Robert Benchley (1889-1945), U.S. humorous writer. Quoted in Robert Benchley, ch. 1, Nathaniel Benchley (1955).

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  • 54.
    The free-lance writer is a man who is paid per piece or per word or perhaps.
    Robert Benchley (1889-1945), U.S. humor writer. quoted by James Thurber in Bermudian (Nov. 1950).
  • 55.
    The Ultimate Day really begins the night before, when you sit up until one o'clock trying to get things into trunk and bags. This is when you discover the well-known fact that summer air swells articles to twice or three times their original size.
    Robert Benchley (1889-1945), U.S. writer, humorist. Pluck and Luck, "The Last Day," Henry Holt (1925). The last day referred to is the last day of a summer's vacation.

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