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Champagne offers a minimum of alcohol and a maximum of companionship. — David Niven

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From David Niven's autobiography, Bring on the Empty Horses. Director Mike Curtiz to David Niven & Errol Flynn: You lousy bums, you and your stinking language, you think I know fuck nothing, well let me tell you - I know FUCK ALL! — David Niven

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Happy people are those who use a lower threshold in order to label an event positive. — David Niven

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This is a terrible confession to make, but after I left the Army I had a number of things to try. I had a great conceit to think that if all else failed I could always go to Hollywood. So when all else did fail I really went to Hollywood. And then I found out how wrong I was. — David Niven

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Much in life is simply a matter of perspective. It's not inherently good or
bad, a success or failure; it's how we choose to look at things that makes the difference. — David Niven

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Do something today that reflects who you are, what you are capable of, what you care about. Give yourself plenty of evidence of what you can do, and you will not doubt your abilities to do anything. — David Niven

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Actors don't retire. They just get offered fewer roles. — David Niven

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As any man, I, of course, have certain preferences. Being a Scot by birth, I'm inclined to favor those with a well-scrubbed look and a hint of color in their cheeks-put there by an early walk in the chill air rather than by rouge. The smell of soap on a woman's skin or the hint of shampoo in her hair is perfume enough for me ... Humor is important. The most beautiful woman in the world is a bore without that. — David Niven

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Tomorrow, Trubshawe, I am going to get married again, thereby quite possibly making the greatest mistake of my life. — David Niven

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If you could do something that would make people happy, and it would cost you neither money nor time, would you do it? If that same thing made you happy, would you do it? What is this magical thing that will brighten your day and the days of people around you and yet cost you nothing? A smile. — David Niven

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The only laugh that man will ever get in his life is by stripping and showing off his shortcomings. — David Niven

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A philosopher once noted that people long for immortality but run out of things to do on a rainy afternoon. — David Niven

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I've taken up the Bible again, somewhat in the spirit of W.C. Fields - looking for loopholes. — David Niven

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You are not just here to fill space or be a background character in someone else's movie. Consider this: nothing would be the same if you did not exist. Every place you have ever been and everyone you have ever spoken to would be different without you. We are all connected, and we are all affected by the decisions and even the existence of those around us. — David Niven

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But Champagne is not drinking. — David Niven

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I have a face that is a cross between two pounds of halibut and an explosion in an old clothes closet. — David Niven

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Keep the circus going inside you, keep it going, don't take anything too seriously, it'll all work out in the end. — David Niven

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True leadership strengthens the followers. It is a process of teaching, setting an example, and empowering others. If you seek to lead, your ability will ultimately be measured in the successes of those around you. — David Niven

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I wonder why it is, that young men are always cautioned against bad girls. Anyone can handle a bad girl. It's the good girls men should be warned against. — David Niven

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Max, for some people there are no victories, just alternate forms of losing. — David Niven

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seeing something different as a problem instead of seeing it as an asset. — David Niven

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Stardom is like making love in a hammock - a happy experience but one of uncertain duration. — David Niven

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There are wonderful people out there but also wonderful people right here. — David Niven

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I see my purpose in life as making the world a happier place to be in . — David Niven

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Ultra competitive people who always need to win end up enjoying things less. — David Niven

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Going to war was the only unselfish thing I have ever done for humanity. — David Niven

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Malta is a sod of a place. — David Niven

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You can count on Errol Flynn, he'll always let you down. — David Niven

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Events are temporary. Bad things happen, but usually we do not feel their effects on us forever. It's really true that time heals wounds. Your disappointments are important and serious, but your distress will pass and your life will take you in new directions. Give yourself some time. — David Niven

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Isn't it fascinating to think that probably the only laugh that man will ever get in his life is by stripping off and showing his shortcomings? — David Niven

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I make two movies a year to take care of the butcher and the baker and the school fees. Then I try to write, but it's not that easy. Acting is what's easy. — David Niven

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Watching too much TV can triple our hunger for more possessions, while reducing our personal contentment by about 5 percent for every hour a day we watch. — David Niven

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Never stop learning and adapting. The world will always be changing. If you limit yourself to what you knew and what you were comfortable with earlier in your life, you will grow increasingly frustrated with your surroundings as you age. — David Niven

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Many of our feelings of satisfaction or dissatisfaction have their roots in how we compare ourselves to others. When we compare ourselves to those who have more, we feel bad. When we compare ourselves to those who have less, we feel grateful. Even though the truth is we have exactly the same life either way, our feelings about our life can vary tremendously based on who we compare ourselves with. Compare yourself with those examples that are meaningful but that make you feel comfortable with who you are and what you have. — David Niven

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Television is the creamy filling that distracts us from the substance our lives — David Niven

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Old age has got to start creeping up on me one day soon, and frankly I'm very scared. I don't want to be old. I've always felt so young. And I want to stay that way. — David Niven

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I've been lucky enough to win an Oscar, write a best-seller - my other dream would be to have a painting in the Louvre. The only way that's going to happen is if I paint a dirty one on the wall of the gentlemen's lavatory. — David Niven