Saturday, April 11, 2009

The MMOB Daily Quote - Leo Rosten

Today, our birthday boy and notable quotable is Leo Rosten.

First, a little background from
Leo Rosten (1908-1997) was the author of countless books, articles and screenplays. During his career, which spanned more than 60 years, Rosten introduced millions of Americans to Jewish language, culture and humor. His works include The Education of H*Y*M*A*N K*A*P*L*A*N and The Joys of Yiddish.
In Chicago, Rosten was raised in a working-class environment whose population of new Jewish Americans formed the setting for much of his later writing. Rosten made a lasting contribution to American and Jewish cultures. Jews who in the 1930s were ashamed of Yiddish, and throughout World War II felt funny about recognizing their Jewishness, learned through people like Rosten to feel proud of their Yiddishness without fear or shame.

And now some Leos Rosten quotes from

“I never cease being dumbfounded by the unbelievable things people believe”

“Extremists think ''communication'' means agreeing with them.”

“Courage is the capacity to confront what can be imagined”

“I will never give in to old age until I become old. And I'm not old yet!”

“Humor is the affectionate communication of insight.”

“A writer writes not because he is educated but because he is driven by the need to communicate. Behind the need to communicate is the need to share. Behind the need to share is the need to be understood.”

“You can understand and relate to most people better if you look at them -- no matter how old or impressive they may be -- as if they are children. For most of us never really grow up or mature all that much -- we simply grow taller. O, to be sure, we laugh less and play less and wear uncomfortable disguises like adults, but beneath the costume is the child we always are, whose needs are simple, whose daily life is still best described by fairy tales.”

Cheers! - Jason

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