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Emilio Estevez:

Writing is a lonely job unless you’re a drinker, in which case you always have a friend within reach.

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Averell Harriman:

Conferences at the top level are always courteous. Name-calling is left to the foreign ministers.

Aside:

How very quaint.

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Neil Simon:

If no one ever took risks, Michaelangelo would have painted the Sistine floor.

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Jonathan Coe:

As soon as you start writing about how human beings interact with each other socially, you’re into politics, aren’t you?

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Cindy Crawford:

The face you have at age 25 is the face God gave you, but the face you have after 50 is the face you earned.

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S. S. Van Dine:

. . . he carried himself with the self-conscious precision of a man unduly impressed with his own importance.

Van Dine, S. S. (Willard Huntington Wright), The Canary Murder Case in
The Philo Vance Murder Cases, v. 1 (London: Leonaur, 2010), p. 308

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Francois de la Rouchefoucauld:

Hypocrisy is the homage vice pays to virtue.

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Phylicia Rashad:

Let me just say that to imagine racism does not exist is imagination. And to imagine that it does not create its own set of problems is true imagination. So let’s not imagine that racism is gone, extinguished, because it’s not. We are seeing this in the top levels of the political arena, and we are seeing it very, very plainly.

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Peter Drucker:

>Management by objective works – if you know the objectives. Ninety percent of the time you don’t.

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Aeschylus:

It is not the oath that makes us believe the man, but the man the oath.

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Thomas Hobbes:

Such is the nature of men, that howsoever they may acknowledge many others to be more witty, or more eloquent, or more learned; yet they will hardly believe there be many so wise as themselves.

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Robert van Gulik:

If we ever succeeded in reaching the utmost of what we are longing for, there would be a sense of surfeit.

van Gulik, Robert, The Phantom of the Temple (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1993), p. 131.

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Richard P. Feynman:

It doesn’t matter how beautiful your theory is, it doesn’t matter how smart you are. If it doesn’t agree with experiment, it’s wrong.

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Henri Poincare:

It is far better to foresee even without certainty than not to foresee at all.

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Lao Tzu:

Nothing is softer or more flexible than water, yet nothing can resist it.

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Robert J. Sawyer:

Psychopathy might lurk behind the mask of sanity.

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Mark Twain:

You can’t depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus.

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Dale Carnegie:

When dealing with people, remember you are not dealing with creatures of logic, but creatures of emotion.

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Robert van Gulik:

Most tricks look easy when they are done well.

van Gulik, Robert, The Haunted Monastery (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1997), p. 167

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Katherine Hepburn:

I have many regrets, and I’m sure everyone does. The stupid things you do, you regret… if you have any sense, and if you don’t regret them, maybe you’re stupid.