Robert Benchley

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Born Sunday 15 September 1889, died Friday 21 September 1945

Professions: Actor, Comedian

Nationality: American

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At fifteen one is first beginning to realize that everything isn't money and power in this world, and is casting about for joys that do not turn to dross in one's hands.

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We call ourselves a free nation, and yet we let ourselves be told what cabs we can and can't take by a man at a hotel door, simply because he has a drum major's uniform on.

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Nothing makes a man feel older than to hear a band coming up the street and not to have the impulse to rush downstairs and out on to the sidewalk.

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You might think that after thousands of years of coming up too soon and getting frozen, the crocus family would have had a little sense knocked into it.

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After an author has been dead for some time, it becomes increasingly difficult for his publishers to get a new book out of him each year.

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In a house where there are small children the bathroom soon takes on the appearance of the Old Curiosity Shop.

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There seems to be no lengths to which humorless people will not go to analyze humor. It seems to worry them.

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We are constantly being surprised that people did things well before we were born.

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Other men wear white suits in summer and it doesn't seem to bother them. But my white suit seems to be a little whiter than theirs. I think also that it may have something written on the back of it, although I can't find it when I take the suit off.

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I have been told by hospital authorities that more copies of my works are left behind by departing patients than those of any other author.

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A great many people have come up to me and asked how I manage to get so much work done and still keep looking so dissipated.

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The biggest obstacle to professional writing is the necessity for changing a typewriter ribbon.

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Even nowadays a man can't step up and kill a woman without feeling just a bit unchivalrous.

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I know I'm drinking myself to a slow death, but then I'm in no hurry.

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Why don't you get out of that wet coat and into a dry martini?

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An ardent supporter of the hometown team should go to a game prepared to take offense, no matter what happens.

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It took me fifteen years to discover I had no talent for writing, but I couldn't give it up because by that time I was too famous.

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For a nation which has an almost evil reputation for bustle, bustle, bustle, and rush, rush, rush, we spend an enormous amount of time standing around in line in front of windows, just waiting.

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Tell us your phobias and we will tell you what you are afraid of.

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If Mr. Einstein doesn't like the natural laws of the universe, let him go back to where he came from.

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