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Franklin P. Jones:

Nothing makes it easier to resist temptation than a proper bringing-up, a sound set of values – and witnesses.

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Kevin Kelly:

We are infected by our own misunderstanding of how our own minds work.

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Harold J. Stone, as Mike Martine:

When you see a snowball rolling, watch out for an avalanche.

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Voltaire:

To the wicked, everything serves as pretext.

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Harry S Truman:

I remember when I first came to Washington. For the first six months you wonder how the hell you ever got here. For the next six months you wonder how the hell the rest of them ever got here.

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David Herbert Donald:

I’m not sure Lincoln would fare well if he were a presidential candidate today.

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Shari Redstone:

I always say, complacency is the kiss of death.

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Mark Spitz:

. . . a known fact is better than an unknown fact.

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Branch Rickey:

Luck is the residue of design.

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Romain Rolland:

I find war detestable but those who praise it without participating in it even more so.

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Margaret Oliphant:

Temptations come, as a general rule, when they are sought.

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Bill Keller:

I do care if religious doctrine becomes an excuse to exclude my fellow citizens from the rights and protections our country promises.

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John Moffat, as Hercule Poirot:

If le bon Dieu had intended man to fly, he would have provided him with a stronger stomach.

Death in the Clouds, at MysteryShows.com (membership required to listen
to the show, a “lifetime” membership is only 10 bucks and it’s well worth it).

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Paul Theroux:

Gain a modest reputation for being unreliable and you will never be asked to do a thing.

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David Janssen, as Harry Orwell:

It’s not the junk mail that bothers me. I like junk mail. It’s usually more reassuring than the morning paper.

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Nell Carter:

Rich is not better.

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Earl Weaver:

I became an optimist when I discovered that I wasn’t going to win any more games by being anything else.

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Agatha Christie, in the voice of Hercule Poirot:

And originality becomes eccentricity as the years go by?

Christie, Agatha, “Dead Man’s Mirror” in the collection, Dead Man’s Mirror (New York: Berkley, 1984), p. 6.

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W. Bruce Cameron:

I’ve read that the ancient Chinese art of feng shui can bring a sense of peace, well-being, and positive energy to a home – same as beer.

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Rex Stout, in the voice of Archie Goodwin:

The trouble was that I was sore. You can work when you’re sore, or eat or sleep or fight, but you can’t think straight.

Stout, Rex, “Blood Will Tell,” Trio for Blunt Instruments (New York: Bantam, 2002), p. 180

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