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Joseph Epstein:

Of the seven deadly sins, only envy is no fun at all.

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Kerry Greenwood:

Cec: He must be like that bloke on the radio, the Shadow, that has the power to cloud men’s minds.

Miss Eliza: Not a lot of power needed there.

Greenwood, Kerry, Murder in the Dark (Scottsdale, AZ: Poisoned Pen Press, 2009), p. 174

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Phaedrus:

In outward show so splendid and so vain; ’tis but a gilded block without a brain.

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Buzz Burbank:

It is better to do something than to do nothing.

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Charles E. Nash:

A government which cannot protect its humblest citizens from outrage and injury is unworthy of the name and ought not to command the support of a free people.

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Harry S Truman:

[Republican Senator Robert] Taft explained that the great issue in this campaign is “creeping socialism.” Now that is the patented trademark of the special interest lobbies. Socialism is a scare word they have hurled at every advance the people have made in the last 20 years.

Socialism is what they called public power.

Socialism is what they called social security.

Socialism is what they called farm price supports.

Socialism is what they called bank deposit insurance.

Socialism is what they called the growth of free and independent labor organizations.

Socialism is their name for almost anything that helps all the people.

When the Republican candidate inscribes the slogan “Down With Socialism” on the banner of his “great crusade,” that is really not what he means at all.

What he really means is, “Down with Progress — down with Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal,” and “down with Harry Truman’s fair Deal.” That is what he means.

Afterthought:

That was 70 years ago.

Times haven’t changed.

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Arnold M. Ludwig:

Although humans and baboons may fight among themselves, dominate others, and keep harems, only humans have the ability to give pious excuses for what they do.

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Mort Sahl:

A conservative is someone who believes in reform. But not now.

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Harry S Truman:

It’s a recession when your neighbor loses his job; it’s a depression when you lose yours.

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Elijah Cummings:

Most people who are hating on you, they are not worried about where you are. They’re worried about where you’re going.

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Thucydides:

So little pains do the vulgar take in the investigation of truth, accepting readily the first story that comes to hand.

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John Oliver:

In science, you don’t just get to cherry-pick the parts that justify what you were going to do anyway! That’s religion! You’re thinking of religion.

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Robert Walpole:

Gentlemen have talked a great deal of patriotism. A venerable word, when duly practiced.

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Franz Kafka:

I do not read advertisements. I would spend all of my time wanting things.

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William Ralph Inge:

Patriotism varies, from a noble devotion to a moral lunacy.

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H. Rider Haggard:

I have never observed that the religious are more eager to die than the rest of us poor mortals.

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Fran Tarkenton:

Ignoring facts does not make them go away.

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Socrates:

False words are not only evil in themselves, but they infect the soul with evil.

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Confucius:

To see and listen to the wicked is already the beginning of wickedness.

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Linus Pauling:

The way to get good ideas is to get lots of ideas and throw the bad ones away.

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