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Leo Rosten

Datum narození: 11. duben 1908
Datum úmrtí: 19. únor 1997
Další jména: לאו רוסטן

Leo Calvin Rosten byl americký učitel a humorista známý zejména svými příběhy o frekventantu večerní školy angličtiny Hymanu Kaplanovi. Wikipedia

„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
Varianta: 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

Zdroj: 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).
Kontext: The only thing I can say about W. C. Fields … is this: Any man who hates dogs and babies can't be all bad.

„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.

„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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„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.

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