Victor Borge

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Victor Borge

Victor Borge (January 3, 1909 – December 23, 2000), born Børge Rosenbaum, was a Danish comedian, conductor and pianist, affectionately known as The Clown Prince of Denmark, The Unmelancholy Dane, and The Great Dane.


Quotations from Borge's performances[edit]

  • I only know two pieces, one is 'Clair de Lune', the other one isn't.
    • From the obit in The Independent.[1]
  • When I was a little boy and played Liebestraum, my father used to hit me on the head with a newspaper every time I slopped the cadenza . . . I hate Liebestraum.
    • From the obit in The Independent.[1]
  • (Shortly after Germany forced Denmark to sign a non-aggression pact in 1939) How nice. Now the Germans can sleep in peace, knowing that they will not be invaded by us.
    • From the obit in The Independent.[1]
  • I learned to play the piano on my mother's knee - that was before we got a piano.
    • From the obit in the Boston Globe.[2]
  • [of English] It's your language. I'm just trying to use it.
    • From the obit in the Boston Globe.[2]
  • The first piano was built long after they didn't have any at all.
    • From his skit "History of Pianos" in The Best of Victor Borge

From his autobiography Smilet er den korteste afstand[edit]

  • The smile is the shortest distance between two persons (Smilet er den korteste afstand mellem to mennesker)[3][1]

Off-stage quotations[edit]


  1. a b c d Tom Vallance, "Obituary: Victor Borge", The Independent (London), 26 December 2000
  2. a b Richard Dyer, "Laughter Was at the Heart of Victor Borge's Many Talents", Boston Globe, 29 December 2000
  3. Victor Borge, "Smilet er den korteste afstand (The Smile is the Shortest Distance)"

External links[edit]

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