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Larry Gelbart:

If vaudeville had died, television was the box they put it in.

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Alexander Woollcott:

All the things I really like to do are either illegal, immoral, or fattening.

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Walter Winchell:

Gossip is the art of saying nothing in a way that leaves practically nothing unsaid.

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John Stuart Mill:

Stupidity is much the same all the world over. A stupid person’s notions and feelings may confidently be inferred from those which prevail in the circle by which the person is surrounded.

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Livy:

Men are only too clever at shifting blame from their own shoulders to those of others.

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Shirley Abbot:

All fiction may be autobiography, but all autobiography is of course fiction.

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David McCallum, as Donald Mallard:

Social media . . . is a cesspool of questionable human behavior.

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Albertus Magnus:

Natural science does not consist in ratifying what others have said, but in seeking the causes of phenomena.

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W. C. Handy:

Life is like a trumpet. If you don’t put anything into it, you don’t get anything out.

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George Jessel:

The human brain is a wonderful organ. It starts to work as soon as you are born and doesn’t stop until you get up to deliver a speech.

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Bronson Pinchot, as George Burton:

We, um, sociopaths, we would do anything, lie, manipulate, anything, to get what we want.

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John Ruskin:

A little group of wise hearts is better than a wilderness full of fools.

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Omar Sharif:

Working gets in the way of living.

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Herodotus:

Circumstances rule men; men do not rule circumstances.

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Mark Twain:

Good breeding consists in concealing how much we think of ourselves and how little we think of the other person.

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Aldous Huxley:

Technological progress has merely provided us with more efficient means for going backwards.

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Thomas de Quincey:

The public is a bad guesser.

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Howard Bloom:

Individual perception untainted by others’ influence does not exist.

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Fergus Hume:

There are no ghosts except of a man’s own raising.

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Brigitte Bardot:

It is sad to grow old but nice to ripen.

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