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Nicolas Gomez Davila:

If philosophy does not resolve any scientific problem, science, in its turn, does not resolve any philosophical problem.

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Xenophanes:

It takes a wise man to recognize a wise man.

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Emily Bronte:

Honest people don’t hide their deeds.

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Banacek:

Christine Belford as Carlie Kirkland: I don’t know why I have so much trouble saying what I really mean.

George Peppard as Thomas Banacek: We all do. It comes from lack of practice.

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John Pilger:

It is not enough for journalists to see themselves as mere messengers without understanding the hidden agendas of the message and the myths that surround it.

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H. P. Lovecraft:

It is only the inferior thinker who hastens to explain the singular and the complex by the primitive shortcut of supernaturalism.

Aside:

Get your Lovecraft here.

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Katherine of Sienna:

The poison of selfishness destroys the world.

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Thomas Hauser:

Not voting is disrespecting the best of what this nation stands for.

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David Hare:

The ultimate tendency of civilization is towards barbarism.

(Methinks he may be onto something.)

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Norman Thomas:

All our rulers have said that war is unthinkable, and then we think about it almost all the time. We’ve got to make it unthinkable.

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Willard Huntingdon Wright as S. S. Van Dine:

Mystery is the basis of all romance . . . .

Van Dine, S. S., The Benson Murder Case in a double volume
with The Canary Murder Case (London: Leonaur.com), p.53.

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Andrejs Dunkels:

It is easy to lie with statistics. It is hard to tell the truth without it.

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Booth Tarkington:

Arguments only confirm people in their own opinions.

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Horace Mann:

A house without books is like a room without windows. No man has a right to bring up his children without surrounding them with books, if he has the means to buy them.

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Louis Brandeis:

The difference between a nation and a nationality is clear, but it is not always observed. Likeness between members is the essence of nationality, but the members of a nation may be very different. A nation may be composed of many nationalities, as some of the most successful nations are.

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Gertrude Stein:

Disillusionment in living is finding that no one can really ever be agreeing with you completely in anything.

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Theodore Gray:

Adults only look like they know what they’re doing. In fact, they’re all making it up as they go along, especially when giving advice.

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Ozzie Smith:

We hope there is a sense of purpose in everything.

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Will Rogers:

Lettin’ the cat outta the bag is a whole lot easier ‘n puttin’ it back in.

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Michael Gambon, in the voice of Chief Inspector Maigret:

True sophistication is absolute simplicity.

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