Quotations From RUSSELL BAKER

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  • 1.
    Inanimate objects are classified scientifically into three major categories—those that don't work, those that break down and those that get lost.
    Russell Baker (b. 1925), U.S. journalist. New York Times (June 18, 1968).

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  • 2.
    It seems to be a law in American life that whatever enriches us anywhere except in the wallet inevitably becomes uneconomic.
    Russell Baker (b. 1925), U.S. journalist. New York Times (March 24, 1968).

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  • 3.
    I worry about people who get born nowadays, because they get born into such tiny families—sometimes into no family at all. When you're the only pea in the pod, your parents are likely to get you confused with the Hope Diamond. And that encourages you to talk too much.
    Russell Baker (b. 1925), U.S. journalist. "Life with Mother," Inventing the Truth: The Art and Craft of Memoir, ed. William Zinsser, Houghton Mifflin (1987).

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  • 4.
    Children rarely want to know who their parents were before they were parents, and when age finally stirs their curiosity, there is no parent left to tell them.
    Russell Baker (20th century), American journalist and author. Growing Up, ch. 1 (1982).

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  • 5.
    Ah, summer, what power you have to make us suffer and like it.
    Russell Baker (b. 1925), U.S. journalist. New York Times (June 27, 1965).

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  • 6.
    In America nothing dies easier than tradition.
    Russell Baker (b. 1925), U.S. journalist. New York Times (May 14, 1991).

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  • 7.
    So there he is at last. Man on the moon. The poor magnificent bungler! He can't even get to the office without undergoing the agonies of the damned, but give him a little metal, a few chemicals, some wire and twenty or thirty billion dollars and, vroom! there he is, up on a rock a quarter of a million miles up in the sky.
    Russell Baker (b. 1925), U.S. journalist. New York Times (July 21, 1969).

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