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Dear Diary #1

Updated: Mar 18, 2021

Sometimes diary entries – those private posts people wrote to themselves before the internet was invented – reveal that famous people are just like us. Or maybe it’s the other way around. Here are a few we discovered recently that make us smile.

January 25, 1851

I’ve fallen in love or imagine that I have; went to a party and lost my head. Bought a horse which I don’t need at all.

[Leo Tolstoy]


Today I have proved myself a glutton—for Scotch oatmeal cookies and erotic thought. There is nothing left to say of me.

[Flannery O’Connor via]


Caught a Greyhound Bus from Monterey to Salinas. On the Bus I was the person woman with about sixty Italian fishermen and I’ve never met sixty such charming gentlemen—they were wonderful. Some company was sending them downstate where their boats and (they hoped) fish were waiting for them. Some could hardly speak english [sic] not only do I love Greeks [illegible] I love Italians. they’re warm, lusty and friendly as hell—I’d love to go to Italy someday.

[Marilyn Monroe via Vanity Fair]


Danny DeVito is so cute, we should all marry him, really. He’s just adorable.

[Andy Warhol]


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