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every dog has its day. Each one of us is recognized and valued sometime, even if it is fleeting.

Andy Warhol brought this one up to date in 1967 with his comment : “In the future everybody will be world-famous for 15 minutes.” You can see that time really does fly when you are having fun. These days you will often see references to someone's “fifteen minutes of fame.” It is such a significant contribution to popular culture that the exact wording of the quotation is the answer to one of the seven FAQs on the Andy Warhol Museum web site. However, Warhol's intention may not have been to suggest that each and every one of us will be world famous, but rather that fame will be ever more fleeting in the future. Whatever he meant, the reference can now be considered synonymous with this dog expression, except for the 96:1 time compression.


1. Lebar, Tomislav. 2001. The Warhol - Museum Info - FAQ. The Andy Warhol Museum. Accessed Aug 27 2001 from http:// museum_info/ faq.html.

Bartlett's attributes the original phrase to a line in a poem by Charles Kingsley (who also wrote Water Babies, which was one of my favorite books as a small child):
Young blood must have its course, lad, And every dog his day.
2. Bartlett, John. 1980. Familiar Quotations: a Collection of Passages, Phrases and Proverbs Traced to Their Sources in Ancient and Modern Literature. Boston: Little, Brown and Co. 566.
On the other hand, The Dictionary of Cultural Literacy tells us that it was Miguel de Cervantes in Don Quixote, though I imagine that he wrote something like this in Spanish, not English. However, I look on this citation with some skepticism. Despite this tome's pretensions, Hirsch et al. provide nothing more scholarly or specific than this anecdote and a definition. 3. Hirsch, E. D., Jr., Joseph F. Kett, and James Trefil. 1988. The Dictionary of Cultural Literacy [tm]. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co. 49.
About the illustration: Andy Warhol, photo Greg Gorman, 1983. It is used here without permission in the tradition that Mr. Warhol himself established for the fine arts. 4. Gorman. 1983. Andy Warhol. Andy Warhol Museum. Accessed Aug 27 2001from http:// redits.html.
see also: Every day has it's dog Last updated: July 5, 2008
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