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E. B. White:

Luck is not something you can mention in the presence of self-made men.

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Rex Stout:

War doesn’t mature men; it merely pickles them in the brine of disgust and dread.

Stout, Rex, Over My Dead Body (New York: Bantam, 1993), p. 119.

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Fred Allen:

A conference is a gathering of people who singly can do nothing, but together can decide that nothing can be done.

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Erica Jong:

Take your life in your own hands, and what happens? A terrible thing: no one to blame.

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Kim Bassinger:

It always takes the truth a little bit longer to cross the finish line.

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Anita Brookner:

In real life, of course, it is the hare that wins. Every time. Look around you.

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Tom Holt”

The best definition of an immortal is someone who hasn’t died yet.

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Omar N. Bradley, USA:

Ours is a world of nuclear giants and ethical infants. We know more about war that we know about peace, more about killing that we know about living.

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Marcus Aurelius:

Poverty is the mother of crime.

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F. Scott Fitzgerald:

When people are taken out of their depths they lose their heads, no matter how charming a bluff they may put up.

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James Whistler:

I maintain that two and two would continue to make four, in spite of the whine of the amateur for three, or the cry of the critic for five.

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Rex Stout:

It is always wiser, when there is a choice, to trust to inertia. It is the greatest force in the world.

Stout, Rex, Fer-de-Lance (New York: Bantam, 1992), p. 174.
Fer-de-Lance was the first Nero Wolfe mystery, published in 1934.

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Voltaire:

Indeed, history is nothing more than a tableau of crimes and misfortunes.

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Pete Townshend:

We tried not to age, but time had its rage.

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Mia Farrow:

I get it now; I didn’t get it then. That life is about losing and about doing it as gracefully as possible… and enjoying everything in between.

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Dawn Steel:

That’s my proudest accomplishment: that I don’t feel like a grown-up.

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William J. Mayo:

A specialist is a man who knows more and more about less and less.

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Lin Yutang:

Where there are too many policemen, there is no liberty.
Where there are too many soldiers, there is no peace.
Where there are too many lawyers, there is no justice.

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John Mackey:

Message boards are like going to a Halloween masquerade party. Everybody has a screen name.

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Shane Smith:

American media has just become talk radio, incredibly partisan name-calling and op-eds.