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Vincent Price, in the voice of Simon Templar*:

Youth has no monopoly on idiocy.

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*In The Missing Bridegroom

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Jeremy Irons:

Civility, politeness, it’s like a cement in a society: binds it together. And when we lose it, then I think we all feel lesser and slightly dirty because of it.

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Steve Allen:

Ideas have consequences, and totally erroneous ideas are likely to have destructive consequences.

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Bob Monkhouse:

Silence is not only golden; it is seldom misquoted.

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Vincent Price:

Ladies and Gentlemen, as responsible parents, you never think of allowing your children to play with poison. And as responsible Americans, it’s your duty to protect them from the dangers of the poison we call prejudice.

Here in America, racial and religious hatred does exist, sustained by the political adventurers and plain crackpots who are willing scrap the democratic way of life to attain their own ends. Prejudice in America is centered in their addled philosophy.

But unless we guard ourselves and our families, it can find its way into our into our own lives. Then the poison would do its work, undermining America’s unity, sabotaging our prestige abroad, and wrecking our ideal of individual freedom. In your family life, you can effectively carry on a campaign against prejudice.

Our youngsters grow up with a pride in their country. Teach them that part of that pride is our tradition of accepting or rejecting people on their individual worth, not on the basis of race or religion or color. Remember, freedom and prejudice can’t exist side by side. If you choose freedom, fight prejudice.

Vincent Price recorded those words as the closing remarks for a radio show that aired over seven decades ago (they were aired multiple times). Note that these shows aired shortly after the Dixiecrat Party fielded a segregationist candidate to oppose Harry Truman in the presidential election of 1948. I challenge anyone to prove Price wrong.

Of course, his remarks on “our tradition of accepting people on their individual worth” gloss over the dark side of America’s history, but they also hold aloft the best of what some refer to as “the American ideal.” And his comments about “political adventurers . . . who are willing scrap the democratic way of life” may be truer now than when he said them.

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Sparky Anderson:

People who live in the past generally are afraid to compete in the present. I’ve got my faults, but living in the past is not one of them. There’s no future in it.

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Quintilian:

We should not speak so that it is possible for the audience to understand us, but so that it is impossible for them to misunderstand us.

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Erma Bombeck:

Thanksgiving dinners take eighteen hours to prepare. They are consumed in twelve minutes. Half-times take twelve minutes. This is not coincidence.

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Leon Bertoletti:

I prefer news without interviews to interviews without news.

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Derek Walcott:

I never thought I would see the day when America (which is based on the idea of liberty, from which the world Liberal comes) would become so self-centered and hypocritical. I mean if democracy considers liberal to be a term of abuse, then we should be terrified. A liberal is someone who believes in liberty. And if it is wrong to be liberal, then the other side has to be fascist.

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Edmund Crispin:

Moral indignation was an emotion that Fen distrusted; he made an effort and suppressed it.

Crispin, Edmund, Love Lies Bleeding (New York: Penguin, 1982), p. 145

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Barry Sanders:

One of the flabby lines you hear sometimes is, ‘Speak truth to power’. Power knows the truth. It’s speaking the truth to yourself that’s the challenge.

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Barry Diller:

The entertainment business hasn’t had a new idea in years.

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Philip K. Dick:

The basic tool for the manipulation of reality is the manipulation of words. If you can control the meaning of words, you can control the people who must use the words.

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Terry Farrell, in the voice of Reggie Kostas:

It’s part of life, Becker. People move on. They get older. Even pro golfers have to move on to the senior tour.

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Joyce Carol Oates:

Homo sapiens is the species that invents symbols in which to invest passion and authority, then forgets that symbols are inventions.

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Arthur C. Clarke:

As our own species is in the process of proving, one cannot have superior science and inferior morals. The combination is unstable and self-destroying.

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P. G. Wodehouse:

Many a man may look respectable, and yet be able to hide at will behind a spiral staircase.

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Vladimir Nabokov:

The rich philistinism emanating from advertisements is due not to their exaggerating (or inventing) the glory of this or that serviceable article but to suggesting that the acme of human happiness is purchasable and that its purchase somehow ennobles the purchaser.

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Alexis de Tocqueville:

“The will of the nation” is one of those expressions which have been most profusely abused by the wily and the despotic of every age.

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