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Dorothy Thompson:

No people ever recognize their dictator in advance. He never stands for election on the platform of dictatorship. He always represents himself as the instrument — the Incorporated National Will.

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Seneca the Elder:

It is wrong not to give a hand to the fallen; this law is universal to the whole human race.

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Lionel Shriver:

Reality doesn’t have to be plausible. Reality can be as preposterous as it pleases.

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Harry Shearer:

You know what I call early adopters? Beta testers.

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Alf Landon:

I would say practical progressive, which means that the Republican party or any political party has got to recognize the problems of a growing and complex industrial civilization. And I don’t think the Republican party is really wide awake to that.

Afterthought:

Ya think?

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David Lloyd George:

All down history nine-tenths of mankind have been grinding the corn for the remaining tenth, and been paid with the husks and bidden to thank God they had the husk.

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Robert B. Parker, in the voice of Susan Silverman:

Being tough means looking straight at something ugly and saying, “That’s ugly; I’ll have to find a way to deal with it.” And doing so.

Parker, Robert B., Sixkill (New York: Putnam’s, 2011), p. 89

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Dwight Eisenhower:

I hate war as only a soldier who has lived it can, only as one who has seen its brutality, its futility, its stupidity.

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William Golding:

Man produces evil as a bee produces honey.

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Richard Hofstadter:

It is ironic that the United States should have been founded by intellectuals, for throughout most of our political history, the intellectual has been for the most part either an outsider, a servant or a scapegoat.

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Vincent Price:

Ladies and gentlemen, poison doesn’t always come in bottles and it isn’t always marked with the skull and crossbones of danger. . . . As for the antidote, you can fight prejudice, first by recognizing it for what it is and, second, by actively accepting or rejecting people on their individual worth and by speaking against prejudice and for understanding. Remember, freedom and prejudice can’t exist side by side. If you choose freedom, fight prejudice.

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Errol Morris:

I believe that we face incredible obstacles in our attempts to see the world. Everything in our nature tries to deny the world around us; to refabricate it in our own image; to reinvent it for our own benefit.

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John Quincy Adams:

All men profess honesty as long as they can. To believe all men honest would be folly. To believe none so is something worse.

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Sara Jane Seymour (as Skyler in “Purgatory“):

Someone told me, if you want to know what’s morally right, listen to your stomach.

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Arthur C. Clark:

The best measure of a man’s honesty isn’t his income tax return. It’s the zero adjust on his bathroom scale.

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Jane Fonda:

We’re not meant to be perfect. It took me a long time to learn that.

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William Blake:

Can I see another’s woe, and not be in sorrow too? Can I see another’s grief, and not seek for kind relief?

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Franz Liszt:

Real men are sadly lacking in this world, for when they are put to the test they prove worthless.

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Traditional Scots prayer:

From ghoulies and ghosties
And long-leggedy beasties
And things that go bump in the night,
Good Lord, deliver us!

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Tim Berners-Lee:

The amount of control you have over somebody if you can monitor internet activity is amazing.

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