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Daniel J. Boorstin:

Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some hire public relations officers.

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Philo:

Those who give hoping to be rewarded with honor are not giving, they are bargaining.

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W. Edwards Deming:

It is not necessary to change. Survival is not mandatory.

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Rene Magritte:

We must not fear daylight just because it almost always illuminates a miserable world.

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Paul Tillich:

Boredom is rage spread thin.

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Katherine Hepburn:

If you always do what interests you, at least one person is pleased.

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Rex Stout:

Like every argument I ever had a part in, nobody changed anybody.

Stout, Rex, Death of a Dude (New York, The Viking Press, 1969), p. 121

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Theodore Roosevelt:

To announce that there must be no criticism of the president… is morally treasonable to the American public.

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Jacques Barzun:

A man who has both feet planted firmly in the air can be safely called a liberal as opposed to the conservative, who has both feet firmly planted in his mouth.

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Soren Kierkegaard:

Most men pursue pleasure with such breathless haste that they hurry past it.

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Pericles:

Just because you do not take an interest in politics doesn’t mean politics won’t take an interest in you.

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H. P. Lovecraft:

Very few minds are strictly normal, and all religious fanatics are marked with abnormalities of various sorts.

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Harriet Tubman:

I think slavery is the next thing to hell. If a person would send another into bondage, he would, it appears to me, be bad enough to send him into hell if he could.

Aside:

qotd.org, my preferred quotations site and one to which I’ve donated, appears to be down as I write this, so I’m back to brainyquote, the site that thinks persons should be alphabetized by first names.

The “information superhighway” has become the expressway to stupid.

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John Kenneth Galbraith

The modern conservative is engaged in one of man’s oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness.

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Flannery O’Connor:

I think it is safe to say that while the South is hardly Christ-centered, it is most certainly Christ-haunted.

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Ambrose Bierce:

To Dogmatism the Spirit of Inquiry is the same as the Spirit of Evil.

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Bernard Baruch:

I’m not smart. I try to observe. Millions saw the apple fall but Newton was the one who asked why.

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James Madison:

All men having power ought to be mistrusted.

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Yip Harburg:

This we learn from Watergate that almost any creep’ll be glad to help the Government overthrow the people.

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Oscar Wilde:

What a pity that in life we only get our lessons when they are of no use to us.