Alistair Cooke

Literary Birthday – 20 November – Alistair Cooke

Alistair Cooke was born 20 November 1908, and died 30 March 2004.

Five Quotes

  1. A professional is someone who can do his best work when he doesn’t feel like it.
  2. Every sport pretends to be literature…
  3. In the best of times, our days are numbered anyway. So it would be a crime against nature for any generation to take the world crisis so solemnly that it put off enjoying those things for which we were designed in the first place: the opportunity to do good work, to enjoy friends, to fall in love, to hit a ball, and to bounce a baby.
  4. Curiosity is free-wheeling intelligence.
  5. People in America, when listening to radio, like to lean forward. People in Britain like to lean back.

Alistair Cooke was a British/American journalist, television personality and broadcaster. He was known for Letter from America  and  Alistair Cooke’s America, and as the host of PBS Masterpiece Theater from 1971 to 1992.

Source for Image,_head-and-shoulders_portrait,_facing_front,_gesturing_with_left_hand,_during_interview,_March_18,_1974.jpg

Trikosko, Marion S., Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

 by Amanda Patterson

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Posted on: 20th November 2013