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Audio rendition of "Auld Lang Syne"
Some feedback indicated a lot of Daily Quip subscribers didn't recognize this, which surprised me. The Beatles issued a number of recordings that were distributed for promotional opportunities and to fan clubs. This is, of course, "Auld Lang Syne" the traditional New Year anthem penned by Scottish poet Robert Burns (and to which few know lyrics beyond the first verse).
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Dr. Lawrence J. Peter
Every man serves a useful purpose: A miser, for example, makes a wonderful ancestor.
Dr. Peter died in 1988, but not before achieving success as professor of education and author. Among his many books geared toward teaching methodology and management, Peter is well known for the "Peter Principle" in which one "rises to the level of incompetency".
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Marilyn Pittman
What do people mean when they say the computer went down on me?
You can take a look at Marilyn's official site. with options to explore her many talents in comedy, radio, voice-over and more.
Elizabeth Taylor
Some of my best leading men have been dogs and horses.
Probably some pigs, too, but that's just my personal guess. Taylor is serious in her quote as she was the star of "National Velvet" as well as at least one Lassie film. Born in England in 1932, Elizabeth Taylor is considered by some to be the last of the truly great Hollywood legends. Known for her beauty (oh, those violet eyes!), exemplary acting, and her numerous spouses, especially her relationship with Richard Burton. Mr. Showbiz has a bio with plenty of other links.
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Coco Chanel
As long as you know that most men are like children, you know everything.
1883-1971, Gabrielle Chanel was of humble beginnings but became one of the most influential fashion designers of 1920s Paris. Check out this wonderful photo of her along with a brief biography. Named as one of the most important women of the 20th century.
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Dwight D. Eisenhower
May we never confuse honest dissent with disloyal subversion
1890-1969. Thirty-Fourth president of the United States, holding office from 1953-61. Also served briefly as President of Columbia University and worked toward world peace. Check out his official bio at Whitehorse.gov.
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Willy Wonka
A little nonsense now and then, is cherished by the wisest men.
Gene Wilder plays the role of Willy Wonka in the film, which is based on the book "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory". Wilder performed impressively and the film was such a hit that Nestlé actually has a line of Wonka candy and an interactive website where you can visit Loompaland, and buy the products, of course.
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Elvis Presley
I don't know anything about music. In my line you don't have to.
1935-1977, this is the birthday of Elvis. What can be said about Elvis that has not been said before? Rock & Roll icon and heartthrob that died an early death. Read about him at the official site where you are greeted with "Hound Dog".
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The amount of sleep required by the average person is just 5 minutes more.
Jennifer Lopez
All I can say is if they show my butt in a movie, it better be a wide shot.
This is not a mean-spirited quip, J Lo has spoken both openly and fondly about her butt. She is crying all the way to the bank. Check out her official site or read Mr. Showbiz's interview with her.
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Robert Heinlein
Sex without love is merely healthy exercise.
1907-1988, a cult sci-fi writer, you gotta love the domain name for his site. You can grok Heinlein by checking it out -- even hear his voice.
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Friedrich Nietzsche
I could not believe in a God that could not dance.
1844 - 1901, German philosopher. Having close connections with the composer Wagner, he is often associated with being a Hitler supporter, though it is well documented his sister modified his work for her own political agenda. Interesting and sad life, with moments of madness and brilliance. Check out his bio at this site.
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Ezra Pound
All great art is born of the metropolis.
1885-1972. American poet, a bibliography and biographical time line here and about his relationship with writer H.D. Brilliant.
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Gore Vidal
I never miss a chance to have sex or appear on television.
American writer. Historical novelist and writer of "metafiction" Vidal completed his first novel at the age of 19 and published his first book at the age of 21, you may remember such titles as Myra Breckenridge and Caligula. Known also for his books reviews and political essays. The definitive Gore Vidal site.
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Martin Luther King, Jr.
Audio Quip. Now is the time .. to make real the promises of democracy! ...
1929 - 1968. Amazing political and spiritual leader. King remains "a controversial symbol of the African-American civil rights struggle, revered by many for his martyrdom on behalf of non-violence and condemned by others for his militancy and insurgent views." Visit the Martin Luther King, Jr. Papers Project for a biography and much more.
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Erica Jong
There are no atheists on turbulent airplanes.
American writer made headlines with her Fear of Flying, where she described the "zipless fuck." She has an official site.
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Arabian Proverb
Trust in Allah, but tie your camel.
John Updike
Sex is like money: only too much is enough.
Read a multitude of articles about Updike and his writing at the New York Times or at The Centaurian, an Updike site with far too many H1 tags -- but it does have content.
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Jimmy Shubert
Women might be able to fake orgasms. But men can fake whole relationships.
Of course this comedian has a web site, doesn't everyone?
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Jon Stewart
The only non-traditional element in this inauguration is that the winner will be watching it from Carthage, Tennessee.
I loved this quotation, considering the election hoopla. Check out Jon Stewart's biting comedy at Comedy Central - Daily Show.
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Herman Melville
Better sleep with a sober cannibal than a drunken Christian.
Surf to the Life & Works of Herman Melville site for more information about this great author.
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Eugene McCarthy
It is dangerous for a national candidate to say things people might remember.
Politician and author of more than thirty books ranging in topic from poetry to economics. Check out his biography at the Minnesota Authors Biography Project
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Terence H. Qualter
The weapon of the dictator is not so much propaganda as censorship.
From Introduction to Propaganda and Psychological Warfare, 1962. Most of his books are out of print and there isn't much available online about this author. This makes me a little suspicious.
Michael Sinz
Programming is like sex; one mistake and you have to support it for the rest of your life.
I know, I know ... this quotation has been floating around forever. Sinz is formerly of Commodore-Amiga Inc. and you can check out his Résumé or his web site.
Hidden talent counts for nothing.
Nero Claudius Caesar, A.D. 37ľA.D. 68, Roman emperor (A.D. 54ľA.D. 68). Check out the short online bio.
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Rita Mae Brown
If the world were a logical place, men would ride side-saddle.
Fun and interesting writer from the classic Rubyfruit Jungle to her series of mysteries. Rita Mae and Sneaky Pie have the requisite web presence or you can take a quick look at at short bio at infoplease.
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John Ashcroft
America's only King is Jesus.
Says Attorney General Ashcroft, and he means it. Yeah, he has written books, But they deserve no promotion on my site. Let Bob Jones University promote him.
Frank Gifford
Pro football is like nuclear warfare. There are no winners, only survivors.
Kathie Lee's spouse. 'Nuff said.
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Jeremy S. Anderson
There are two major products that came out of Berkeley: LSD and UNIX. We don't believe this to be a coincidence.
So there is evidently some question about whether Jeremy S. Anderson is a real person. And there are more questions about the veracity of the quotation. This consumes some people enough to create a web page.
Chinese Proverb
Do not use a hatchet to remove a fly from your friend's forehead.
To have another language is to possess a second soul.
Charles, King of the Franks. Read the Catholic Encyclopedia biography or one based on Charlemagne the King: An biography from Will Durant's Story of Civilization (1950). I always liked the idea of a man with more than one tongue ...
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