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Leo Rosten

Data de nascimento: 11. Abril 1908
Data de falecimento: 19. Fevereiro 1997
Outros nomes: לאו רוסטן

Leo Calvin Rosten was an American humorist in the fields of scriptwriting, storywriting, journalism, and Yiddish lexicography. He was also a political scientist interested especially in the relationship of politics and the media.

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„The purpose of life is not to be happy—but to matter, to be productive, to be useful, to have it make some difference that you lived at all.“

—  Leo Rosten

"The Myths by Which We Live", in The Rotarian, Vol. 107, No. 3 (September 1965), p. 55
Variante: The purpose of life is not to be happy at all. It is to be useful, to be honorable. It is to be compassionate. It is to matter, to have it make some difference that you lived.

„I learned that it is the weak who are cruel, and that gentleness is to be expected only from the strong.“

—  Leo Rosten

Fonte: Captain Newman, M. D (1962), p. 328; this is also sometimes attributed to Leo Buscaglia, who often quoted it in his addresses and in his book Living, Loving and Learning (1982).

„Any man who hates dogs and babies can't be all bad.“

—  Leo Rosten

Although a very common misconception is to attribute the final part of this quote to W.C. Fields himself, it was actually first said about him by Rosten during a "roast" of Fields at the Masquer's Club in Hollywood in 1939, as Rosten explains in his book, The Power of Positive Nonsense (1977).
Contexto: The only thing I can say about W. C. Fields … is this: Any man who hates dogs and babies can't be all bad.

„What's green, hangs on a wall and whistles?“

—  Leo Rosten

Riddle presented in The Joys of Yiddish (1968) The answer: "A Herring" — because you can paint it green, nail it to the wall — and the whistling part is added just to make the riddle hard." Rosten did not claim to be the author of this riddle, but he popularized it.

„Extremists think "communication" means agreeing with them.“

—  Leo Rosten

As quoted in Peter's Quotations: Ideas for Our Time (1979) compiled by Laurence J. Peter, p. 100

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„Conservative: One who admires radicals a century after they're dead.“

—  Leo Rosten

As quoted in The Modern Handbook of Humor (1967) by Ralph Louis Woods
Variants:
A conservative is someone who admires radicals a century after they're dead.
A conservative is one who admires radicals centuries after they're dead.

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