Edgar Bergen

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Hard work never killed anybody, but why take a chance?

Edgar John Bergen (16 February 190330 September 1978) was an American actor and radio performer, best known as a ventriloquist.


  • Charlie McCarthy: I can't take this schoolwork any more - it's driving me nuts.
    Edgar Bergen: Well Charlie, I'm sorry, but hard work never killed anyone.
    Charlie McCarthy: Still, there's no use in taking chances.
    • Quoted in Todd Harris Goldman, Teachers: Jokes, Quotes, and Anecdotes (2001) p. 136

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