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Germaine Greer:

You’re only young once, but you can be immature forever.

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Dean Acheson:

The manner in which one endures what must be endured is more important than the thing that must be endured.

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Leonard Goldberg, in the voice of Joanna Blalock (the daughter of Sherlock Holmes*):

Greed has no end. It is like a bottomless well that cannot be filled. And at time the wealthiest are the worst offenders.

Goldberg, Leonard, The Daughter of Sherlock Holmes (New York: Minotaur, 2017), p. 252.


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*Purported daughter.

William S. Baring-Gould proved conclusively that Nero Wolfe was the son of Sherlock Holmes, conceived in circumstances incompatible with the story of Joanna Blalock. Nevertheless, Goldberg’s pastiche is still a ripping good yarn.

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Philo:

Those who give hoping to be rewarded with honor are not giving, they are bargaining.

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W. Somerset Maugham:

Only a mediocre person is always at his best.

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Norman Davies:

People don’t see very often their death coming… Look at the French Revolution: The king of France was thinking in the 1780s, ‘We’re doing rather better than my father in the 1770s.’

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Gore Vidal:

Half of the American people have never read a newspaper. Half never voted for President. One hopes it is the same half.

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H. P. Lovecraft:

It is a mistake to fancy that horror is associated inextricably with darkness, silence, and solitude.

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Voltaire:

It is difficult to free fools from the chains they revere.

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Sonny Liston:

Newspapermen ask dumb questions. They look up at the sun and ask if it is shining.

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David Hamblin (as the Englishman):

London is quite the melting pot these days, . . . except of course, everyone refuses to melt. Is man meant to live separately, as all the bloodletting around the world would lead us to believe, or is man meant to melt?

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Jack Webb, as Pat Novak:

All politicians’ children sit on the floor. There was a picture of Reedy (a politician in the story–ed.) and his family grouped around him on the floor.

Aside:

The link is not FLOSS. It’s in Real Player format.

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Francisco Goya:

Fantasy, abandoned by reason, produces impossible monsters; united with it, she is the mother of the arts and the origin of marvels.

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Groucho Marx:

I read in the newspapers they are going to have 30 minutes of intellectual stuff on television every Monday from 7:30 to 8. to educate America. They couldn’t educate America if they started at 6:30.

Afterthought:

I can’t provide the citation, but Bennett Cerf once wrote that Groucho also said,

My television has a six-foot screen. It’s a Japanese screen.

I put it front of the television and read a book.

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Philip K. Dick:

It is sometimes an appropriate response to reality to go insane.

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Cheryl Mills:

We cannot uphold the rule of law only when it is consistent with our beliefs. We must uphold it even when it protects behavior that we don’t like or is unattractive or is not admirable or that might even be hurtful.

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Rex Stout:

To say that man is a reasoning animal is a very different thing than to say that most of man’s decisions are based on his rational process. That I don’t believe at all.

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Chuck Yeager:

It’s really difficult for fanatic churchgoers to understand God can’t help me. I’m the only one who can help me.

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Jean Kerr:

If you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs, it’s just possible you haven’t grasped the situation.

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Ma Jian:

When history is erased, people’s moral values are also erased.