Irving Berlin

Literary Birthday – 11 May – Irving Berlin

Irving Berlin was born 11 May 1888, and died 22 September 1989.

Three Quotes

  1. Life is 10 percent what you make it, and 90 percent how you take it.
  2. Talent is only the starting point.
  3. You can’t write a song out of thin air. You have to feel and know what you are writing about.

Irving Berlin was an American composer and lyricist. He is considered one of the greatest songwriters in American history. He wrote 1,500 songs, including the scores for 19 Broadway shows and 18 Hollywood films. His songs were nominated eight times for Academy Awards.


Al Aumuller, World Telegram staff photographer, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

by Amanda Patterson

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Posted on: 11th May 2013