Irving Berlin

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Irving Berlin (May 11, 1888September 22, 1989) was an American composer and lyricist.


  • I'm dreaming of a white Christmas,
    Just like the ones I used to know.
    • Song White Christmas
  • It's February the 22nd
    And I can't tell a lie.
    • Song Washington's Birthday


  • A patriotic song is an emotion and you must not embarrass an audience with it, or they will hate your guts.
  • Life is 10 percent what you make it, and 90 percent how you take it.
  • Never hate a song that's sold a half million copies.
  • Our attitudes control our lives. Attitudes are a secret power working twenty-four hours a day, for good or bad. It is of paramount importance that we know how to harness and control this great force.
  • Talent is only the starting point.
  • The toughest thing about success is that you've got to keep on being a success.
  • There's an element of truth in every idea that lasts long enough to be called corny.
  • There's no business like show business."
  • All good song-writers have no more than half a dozen good tunes in their systems, and if they have that many, they are liberally blessed.

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