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Eleanor Roosevelt:

I think, at a child’s birth, if a mother could ask a fairy godmother to endow it with the most useful gift, that gift would be curiosity.

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Arthur Ashe:

If I were to say, ‘God, why me?’ about the bad things, then I should have said, ‘God, why me?’ about the good things that happened in my life.

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Ernie Kovacs:

Television is a medium, so called because it is neither rare nor well-done.

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H. P. Lovecraft:

If religion were true, its followers would not try to bludgeon their young into an artificial conformity; but would merely insist on their unbending quest for truth, irrespective of artificial backgrounds or practical consequences.

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Caroline Graham:

“Where is his sense of perspective,” he added, forgetting that a prerequisite for a sense of perspective is a sense of humour.

Graham, Caroline, Murder at Madingly Grange, (London: Headline Publishing, 2009), p. 268

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David Duchovny:

Women’s fashion is a subtle form of bondage. It’s men’s way of binding them. We put them in these tight, high-heeled shoes, we make them wear these tight clothes and we say they look sexy. But they’re actually tied up.

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Richard Hofstadter in “The Paranoid Style in American Politics”(PDF):

(The paranoid mentality) is nothing if not coherent–in fact, the paranoid mentality is far more coherent than the real world, since it leaves no room for mistakes, failures, or ambiguities.

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Daniel Levitin:

Evolution doesn’t design things… The brain is… like a big, old house with piecemeal renovations done on every floor, and less like new construction.

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Vladamir Nabokov:

Curiosity is insubordination in its purest form.

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Wendell Berry:

It is wrong to condemn people for doing a thing and then offer no alternative but failure.

(Missing attribution attributed.)

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Samuel Hopkins Adams in “The Man Who Spoke Latin””

It would be a dull world except for peculiar persons.

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Christian Picciolini:

Redemption without accountablity is just privilege.

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Derrick Jensen:

If your community is founded on an injustice, that injustice cannot be questioned.

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Jeffrey Combs, in the voice of Weyoun 6:

Why be a god if there’s no one to worship you?

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Ovid:

We are ever striving after what is forbidden, and coveting what is denied us.

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Pythagoras:

It is only necessary to make war with five things; with the maladies of the body, the ignorances of the mind, with the passions of the body, with the seditions of the city and the discords of families.

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Rebecca West:

The point is that nobody likes having salt rubbed into their wounds, even if it is the salt of the earth.

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Isaac Asimov:

It was easy to cover up ignorance by the mystical word “intuition.”

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Mary Roberts Rinehart, in the voice of Letitia Carberry:

You haven’t got much mind, or you wouldn’t change it so quickly.

Afterthought:

The more I listen to Mary Roberts Rinehart’s stories, the more impressed I am. She was an excellent writer who could turn a deft phrase.

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Spike Milligan:

All I ask is the chance to prove that money can’t make me happy.

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