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

—  Robert Benchley, Quoted in Robert Benchley (1955) by Nathaniel Benchley, ch. 1
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On his 85th birthday, as quoted in The Observer [London] (21 August 1955)

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—  John Mayer guitarist and singer/songwriter 1977
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