"The first thing I remember figuring out for myself was that I wanted to be a dfinite personality. I had heard a man say he liked a certain fellow because he always was the same dirty damn so and so. You know, like Larsen in Jack London's 'Sea Wolf'. He was detestable, yet you admired him because he remained true to type. Well, I thought that was a swell idea so I developed a philosophy of my own, be your type! I determined that what I was, I'd be that, I wouldn't teeter on the fence."
W.C. Fields, quoted in a 1935 interview,
recounted in The Man on the Flying Trapese: The Life and Times of W.C. Fields, Simon Louvish