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Quotes of the day: Shirley Temple

Published Wednesday, April 22, 2015 @ 2:39 PM EDT
Apr 22 2015

Shirley Temple Black (April 23, 1928 – February 10, 2014) was an American film and television actress, singer, dancer and public servant, most famous as Hollywood's number one box-office star from 1935 through 1938. As an adult, she entered politics and became a diplomat, serving as United States Ambassador to Ghana and later to Czechoslovakia, and as Chief of Protocol of the United States. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


Any star can be devoured by human adoration, sparkle by sparkle.

At the end of the Depression, people were perhaps looking for something to cheer themselves up. They fell in love with a dog and a little girl. It won't happen again.

Don't forget to tell your favorite people that you love them.

Dr. Kissinger was a former child. Jerry Ford was a former child. Even F.D.R. was a former child. I retired from the movies in 1949, and I'm still a former child.

Good luck needs no explanation.

I don’t like to do negatives. There are always pluses to things.

I have one piece of advice for those of you who want to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award: Start early!

I stopped believing in Santa Claus when I was six. Mother took me to see him in a department store and he asked for my autograph.

I've always been bossy.

Long ago, I became more interested in the real world than in make- believe.

Nothing crushes freedom as substantially as a tank.

Our whole way of life today is dedicated to the removal of risk. Cradle to grave we are supported, insulated, and isolated from the risks of life - and if we fail, our government stands ready with Bandaids of every size.

Politicians are actors, too, don't you think? Usually, if you like people and you're outgoing, not a shy little thing, you can do pretty well in politics.

Sunnybrook Farm is now a parking lot; the petticoats are in the garbage can, where they belong in the modern world; and I detest censorship.

Time is money. Wasted time means wasted money means trouble.

We would have to invent the U.N. if we did not have it, which is not an original thought.

When I was 14, I was the oldest I ever was. I've been getting younger ever since.

When you're a performer, you have to please a large audience. And when you're in politics, you have to please a large audience, too.


(April 23 is also the birthday of J.P. Donleavy.)

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