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Nikolai Berdyaev:

The question of bread for myself is a material question, but the question of bread for my neighbor is a spiritual question.

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Phil Rizzuto:

I like radio better than television because if you make a mistake on radio, they don’t know. You can make up anything on the radio.

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Laurie Garrett:

Most Americans think that public health is services for poor people, and since most Americans hate poor people and want all poor people’s services destroyed, they hate public health.

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Rose Bird:

The judiciary must not take on the coloration of whatever may be popular at the moment. We are guardian of rights, and we have to tell people things they often do not like to hear.

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Lawrence Tribe:

There are a lot of things that fit on a bumper sticker in terms of either liberty or equality or progress that when made more concrete just don’t pan out.

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Barbara Tuchman:

War is the unfolding of miscalculations.

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Neil Dudgeon (as Inspector John Barnaby):

That is a sense of community, Jones. One goes mad, they all go mad.

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Ben Bradlee:

If an investigative reporter finds out that someone has been robbing the store, that may be ‘gotcha’ journalism, but it’s also good journalism.

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H. Allen Smith:

On Monday mornings I am dedicated to the proposition that all men are created jerks.

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Rex Stout:

. . . circumstances alter understandings.

Stout, Rex, “Frame-Up for Murder” in Death Times Three (New York, Bantam, 1984), p. 139

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Learned Hand:

In the end it is worse to suppress dissent than to run the risk of heresy.

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Thomas Dewar:

Minds are like parachutes – they only function when open.

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Jason Hughes (as DS Ben Jones): You’ve gone off gossip?
Neil Dudgeon (as Inspector John Barnaby): I think it should occasionally be seasoned with hard facts.

Personal Observation, Midsomer Murders, Season 14, Episode 2, Dark Secrets

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Frank Butler:

A golf course is nothing but a pool room moved outdoors.

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Louis Gossett, Jr.

The worst resentment that anybody can have is one you feel justified to keep.

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Nancy Willard:

Jean Piaget observed that scarcely any question seems absurd to a child, but he was silent on the question of absurd answers from adults.

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Rex Stout:

Nero Wolfe: How do you pass the time?
Noel Ferris: I don’t. It passes me.

Stout, Rex, “Counterfeit for Murder” in Homicide Trinity (New York: Viking Press, Bantam Edition, 1966). p. 170

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Marian Anderson:

Prejudice is like a hair across your cheek. You can’t see it, you can’t find it with your fingers, but you keep brushing at it because the feel of it is irritating.

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George Bernard Shaw:

Democracy is a device that insures we shall be governed no better than we deserve.

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George Seaton:

There’s a lot of bad isms floating around this world, but one of the worst is commercialism.