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Dorothy Sayers, in the voice of Lord Peter Wimsey:

I know what an Act to make things simpler means. It means that the persons who drew it up don’t understand it themselves and that every one of its clauses needs a law-suit to disentangle it.

Sayers, Dorothy, Unnatural Death (New York: Avon, 1964), p. 137.

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David Lloyd George:

The most dangerous thing in the world is to try to leap a chasm in two jumps.

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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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Richard Stallman:

Value your freedom or you will lose it, teaches history. “Don’t bother us with politics,” respond those who don’t want to learn.

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Vivian Bonnell (as Myrtle Washington in Police Woman):

Play with the devil, wind up in Hell.

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Pauline Kael:

TV executives think that the programs with the highest ratings are what TV viewers want, rather than what they settle for.

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Afred Adler:

It is easier to fight for one’s principles than to live up to them.

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Francois Rabelais:

I never follow the clock: hours were made for man, not man for hours.

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Philo:

A Judge must bear in mind that when he tries a case he is himself on trial.

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Thomas Aquinas:

If the highest aim of a captain were to preserve his ship, he would keep it in port forever.

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Emanuel Cleaver:

The language has changed. When I grew up and watched the campaigns of John Kennedy, even with Richard Nixon, there was a lot higher level of civility. Now we describe a disagreement as an attack.

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Junius (pseudonym):

There is a holy mistaken zeal in politics as well as in religion. By persuading others, we convince ourselves.

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C. Wright Mills:

Prestige is the shadow of money and power.

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Jack Paar:

Now that man can fly through the air like a bird … and swim in the sea like a fish, wouldn’t it be wonderful if he could just walk the earth like a man?

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Rex Stout, in the voice of Nero Wolfe:

You should know that your only safe secrets are those that you have yourself forgotten.

Stout, Rex, Death of a Doxy (New York: Bantam, 1995), p. 97.

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Emile Durkheim:

To pursue a goal which is by definition unattainable is too condemn oneself to a state of perpetual unhappiness.

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Anonymous:

Artificial intelligence is no match for natural stupidity.

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Umberto Eco:

Today, political events are nullified unless they’re on TV.

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Benjamin Cardozo:

Prophecy, however honest, is generally a poor substitute for experience.

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Lady Gaga:

Social media, quite frankly, is the toilet of the internet.

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