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Oscar Hammerstein II

Hammerstein circa 1940
Background information
Birth name Oscar Greeley Clendenning Hammerstein II
Born (1895-07-12)July 12, 1895
New York City, New York, U.S.
Died August 23, 1960(1960-08-23) (aged 65)
Doylestown, Pennsylvania, U.S.

Musical theatre



The dearest things I know are what you are.
You've got to be taught to hate and fear.
Peace is not the product of a victory or a command. It has no finishing line, no final deadline, no fixed definition of achievement. Peace is a never-ending process, the work of many decisions.
Oscar Hammerstein II
If you become a teacher, by your pupils you'll be taught.
What is a sophisticate? He is a man who thinks he can swim better than he can and sometimes he drowns.
Oscar Hammerstein II
A bell's not a bell 'til you ring it, A song's not a song 'til you sing it, Love in your heart wasn't put there to stay, Love isn't love 'til you give it away!
Oscar Hammerstein II
You gotta have a dream. If you don't have a dream, how you gonna make a dream come true?
Oscar Hammerstein II
I know the world is filled with troubles and many injustices. But reality is as beautiful as it is ugly. I think it is just as important to sing about beautiful mornings as it is to talk about slums. I just couldn't write anything without hope in it.
Oscar Hammerstein II
There is nothin' like a dame.
Be brave, young lovers, and follow your star.
The number of people who will not go to a show they do not want to see is unlimited.
Oscar Hammerstein II
Do you love me because I'm beautiful, or am I beautiful because you love me?
Oscar Hammerstein II