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Quotes of the day: Gene Fowler
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Published Saturday, March 08, 2014 @ 12:00 AM EST
Mar 08 2014

Gene Fowler (March 8, 1890 - July 2, 1960), born Eugene Devlan, was a writer and actor, known for The Mighty Barnum (1934), What Price Hollywood? (1932) and Billy the Kid (1941). (Click here for full Wikipedia article)

A book is never finished; it's abandoned.

An editor should have a pimp for a brother so he'd have someone to look up to.

Duty largely consists of pretending that the trivial is critical.

Everyone needs a warm personal enemy or two to keep him free from rust in the movable parts of his mind.

For books are more than books, they are the life, the very heart and core of ages past, the reason why men lived and worked and died, the essence and quintessence of their lives.

He has a profound respect for old age. Especially when it's bottled.

Hollywood is a place where you either ride in a Rolls Royce or are run over by one.

If they haven't heard it before, it's original.

It is easier to believe than to doubt.

Love and memory last and will so endure till the game is called because of darkness.

Men are not against you; they are merely for themselves.

Never thank anybody for anything, except a drink of water in the desert- and then make it brief.

News is history shot on the wing. The huntsmen from the Fourth Estate seek to bag only the peacock or the eagle of the swifting day.

Perhaps no mightier conflict of mind occurs ever again in a lifetime than that first decision to unseat one's own tooth.

Psychoanalysts seem to be long on information and short on application.

The best way to become a successful writer is to read good writing, remember it, and then forget where you remember it from.

They that will not be counseled, cannot be helped. If you do not hear reason she will rap you on the knuckles.

What is success? It is a toy balloon among children armed with pins.

Whatever one believes to be true either is true or becomes true in one's mind.

Whatever one wishes to say, there is one noun only by which to express it, one verb only to give it life, one adjective only which will describe it. One must search until one has discovered them, this noun, this verb, this adjective, and never rest content with approximations, never resort to trickery, however happy, or to vulgarisms, in order to dodge the difficulty.

Writing is easy; all you do is sit staring at a blank sheet of paper until the drops of blood form on your forehead.


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