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Polybius:

All things are subject to decay and change.

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Marcus Aurelius:

He was a man who looked at what ought to be done, not to the reputation which is got by a man’s acts.

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Fawn M. Brodie:

A man’s memory is bound to be a distortion of his past in accordance with his present interests, and the most faithful autobiography is likely to mirror less what a man was than what he has become.

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Gertrude Stein:

Everybody gets so much information all day long that they lose their common sense.

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Richard Rohr:

Power should be entrusted only to those who do not seek it.

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Rex Stout, in the voice of Nero Wolfe:

Courtesy is one’s own affair, but decency is a debt to life.

Stout, Rex, Too Many Cooks (New York: Bantam, 2009), p. 61.

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William Feather:

Plenty of people miss their share of happiness, not because they never found it, but because they didn’t stop to enjoy it.

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Stephen Vizinczey:

Strange as it may seem, no amount of learning can cure stupidity, and formal education positively fortifies it.

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John Nettles as Inspector Barnaby and Laura Howard as his daughter, Cully Barnaby:

Cully Barnaby: So, how’s your witch hunt?

Inspector Barnaby: The witch hunt is not concluded.

Cully Barnaby: Witch hunts never are. You burn one, you have to find another.

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John Astin, as Gomez Addams:

There is only one thing we can do. Worry.

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Hunter S. Thompson:

In a closed society where everybody’s guilty, the only crime is getting caught. In a world of thieves, the only final sin is stupidity.

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Elizabeth Edwards:

I think self-knowledge is the rarest trait in a human being.

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Farrah Fawcett:

The reason that the all-American boy prefers beauty to brains is that he can see better than he can think.

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Dixy Lee Ray:

Beware of averages. The average person has one breast and one testicle.

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Cory Doctorow:

Things are true or they aren’t, no matter how old the person saying them happens to be.

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Phoebe Nicholls, in the voice of Laura Smythe-Webster:

Simon is resolutely Christian. Everything is God’s will. It’s a very convenient way of looking at things, really. It means nothing is ever anyone’s fault.

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Pete Seeger:

I still call myself a communist, because communism is no more what Russia made of it than Christianity is what the churches make of it.

Afterthought:

Karl Marx was an excellent economist, but a lousy prophet. His analysis of the past was as accurate as his prediction of the future fantastickal.

I have long believed that his prophet’s vision of a “dictatorship of the proletariat” leading to a world of “from each according to his abilities to each according to his means” was a desperate, deluded fantasy–an intellectual short-circuit–born of his economist seeing no way to escape capitalist dystopia.

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Christopher Hitchins:

What can be asserted without evidence can be dismissed without evidence.

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Peter Senge:

The further human society drifts away from nature, the less we understand interdependence.

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Daniel Defoe:

Fear of danger is ten thousand times more terrifying than danger itself.

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