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Georges Clemenceau:

America is the only nation in history which miraculously has gone directly from barbarism to degeneration without the usual interval of civilization.

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William Henry Harrison:

…there is nothing more corrupting, nothing more destructive of the noblest and finest feelings of our nature, than the exercise of unlimited power.

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Rex Stout:

When two people who want to get along start needing to have things explained, look out.

Stout, Rex, The Father Hunt (New York: Bantam, 1993), p. 97.

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Euripides:

Cleverness is not wisdom.

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Ennius:

The idle mind knows not what it wants.

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John Adams:

The preservation of the means of knowledge among the lowest ranks is of more importance to the public than all the property of all the rich men in the country.

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William Howard Taft:

No tendency is quite so strong in human nature as the desire to lay down rules of conduct for other people.

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Buzz Burbank:

Trump has proven that you can lie about anything and . . . certain people won’t care if they like your hatred.

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Rex Stout, in the voice of Julie Jaquette:

When people’s brains stop working, just go somewhere else.

Stout, Rex, Death of a Doxy (New York: Bantam, 1995), p. 78.

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H. G. Wells:

The path of least resistance is the path of the loser.

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B. F. Skinner:

The real question is not whether machines think but whether men do. The mystery which surrounds a thinking machine already surrounds a thinking man.

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David Gerrold:

I think I exist, therefore I exist. I think.

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Rex Stout, in the voice of Archie Goodwin:

One of the brain’s most efficient departments is the one that turns possibilities into probabilities, and probabilities into facts.

Stout, Rex, Too Many Clients (New York: Bantam, 1971), P. 123.

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Eugene O’Neill:

One may not give one’s soul to a devil of hate — and remain forever scatheless.

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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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Walter Annenberg:

I didn’t want to be greedy. It’s a mark of bad character and I always believed that pigs go the slaughterhouse.

Afterthought:

It was a more innocent time.

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David Garrick:

Corrupted freemen are the worst of slaves.

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Marshall McLuhan:

I’ve always been careful never to predict anything that had (sic) not already happened.

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R. H. Tawney:

The certainties of one age are the problems of the next.

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Rex Stout, in the voice of Archie Goodwin:

I never try to do any deep thinking when I’m driving; the thinking gets you nowhere and the driving might get you where you would rather not be . . . .

Stout, Rex, The Father Hunt (New York: Bantam, 1993), p. 68.

Aside:

Texting hadn’t been invented when those words were penned.

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