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Cannonball Adderley:

There’s no future without the past and anybody who doesn’t really understand where jazz has come from has no right to try to direct where it’s going.

Not just jazz, folks.

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Utah Phillips:

Talking to a conservative is like talking to your refrigerator… You know, the light goes on, the light goes off; it’s not going to do anything that isn’t built into it.

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Groucho Marx:

I must say I find television very educational. The minute somebody turns it on, I go to the library and read a good book.

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Friedrich Engels:

Terror consists mostly of useless cruelties perpetrated by frightened people in order to reassure themselves.

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Jerome Frank:

The test of the moral quality of a civilization is its treatment of the weak and powerless.

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Franklin Foer:

. . . Facebook and Google are these giant feedback loops that give people what they want to hear. And when you use them in a world where your biases are being constantly confirmed, you become susceptible to fake news, propaganda, demagoguery.

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Vladimir Nabokov:

Curiosity is insubordination in its purest form.

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Vaughan Monroe:

It now costs more to amuse a child than it once did to educate his father.

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Anthony Trollope:

It has now become the doctrine of a large clan of politicians that political honesty is unnecessary, slow, subversive of a man’s interests, and incompatible with quick onward movement.

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Willard Huntington Wright, under the pseudonym of S. S. van Dine, in the voice of Philo Vance:

Logic is the most perfect artificial means of arriving at a false conclusion.

van Dine, S. S., The Garden Murder Case, in a double volume
with The Kidnap Murder Case, (London: Leonaur, 2010), p. 62.

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Branch Rickey:”

Luck is the residue of design.

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Hodding Carter:

Television news is like a lightning flash. It makes a loud noise, lights up everything around it, leaves everything else in darkness and then is suddenly gone.

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James Reston:

In foreign policy you have to wait twenty-five years to see how it comes out.

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Kofi Annan:

As long as inequality and other social problems plague us, populists will try to exploit them.

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Robert B. Parker, in the voice of Spenser:

I don’t think the internet requires evidence.

Parker, Robert B., Sixkill (New York: Putnam, 2011), p. 6.

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Ulrich Duchrow:

Western civilisation, with its own spirituality, has permeated all corners of the earth. My thesis is that this is the spirituality of money.

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Ken Kesey:

The fundamentalists have taken the fun out of the mental.

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Politeness just too big for one room . . . .

Parizek said officers recovered the firearm and identified bullet holes inside the home indicating the gun had been discharged in one room and bullets had passed through a wall before striking the victim in another room inside the home.

Musical NotesGuns and stupid, guns and stupid,
They go together like love and Cupid.
Let me tell you, brother,
You can’t have one without the other.

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Martin Goldsmith:

That’s life. Whichever way you turn, fate sticks out a foot to trip you.

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Fred Allen:

During the Samuel Johnson days they had big men enjoying small talk; today we have small men enjoying big talk.

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