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Maria Edgeworth:

An orator is the worse person to tell a plain fact.

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William Feather:

Plenty of people miss their share of happiness, not because they never found it, but because they didn’t stop to enjoy it.

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Abigail Adams:

I am more and more convinced that man is a dangerous creature; and that power, whether vested in many or a few, is ever grasping, and, like the grave, cries, “Give, give!”

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Jean de La Fontaine:

Be advised that all flatterers live at the expense of those who listen to them.

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Albert Camus:

No matter what cause one defends, it will suffer permanent disgrace if one resorts to blind attacks on crowds of innocent people.

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Plato:

We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.

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Graham Greene:

Our worst enemies here are not the ignorant and the simple, however cruel; our worst enemies are the intelligent and corrupt.

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Bobbie Gentry:

Euphemism is a euphemism for lying.

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Albert Einstein:

Few people are capable of expressing with equanimity opinions that differ from the prejudices of their social environment. Most people are even incapable of forming such opinions.

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Nick Turse:

Few Americans born after the Civil War know much about war. Real war. War that seeks you out. War that arrives on your doorstep – not once in a blue moon, but once a month or a week or a day.

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Joe Rogan:

Some people don’t believe in aliens. I do believe in aliens. But I believe they gave up on people a long time ago.

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Chuck Hagel:

I took an oath of office to the Constitution, I didn’t take an oath of office to my party or my president.

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Elie Wiesel:

We must take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.

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John Diefenbaker:

Freedom is the right to be wrong, not the right to do wrong.

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P. D. James:

In 1930s mysteries, all sorts of motives were credible which aren’t credible today, especially motives of preventing guilty sexual secrets from coming out. Nowadays, people sell their guilty sexual secrets.

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S. S. van Dine (Willard Huntingdon Wright) in the voice of Philo Vance:

. . . there’s very little that is reasonable in this fantastic and ironical world, Sergeant.

van Dine, S. S., The Scarab Murder Case in a double volume with
The Kennel Murder Case (London: Leonaur.Ltd., 2010), p. 216.

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Henry Wallace:

It is no coincidence that the growth of modern tyrants has in every case been heralded by the growth of prejudice.

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Spike Milligan:

God made night . . . Man made darkness.

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Lew Wallace:

One is never more on trial than in the moment of excessive good fortune.

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William Finnegan:

For billionaires who cannot buy good press, there is the option of buying the press.

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