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Paul Eldridge:

Reading the epitaphs, our only salvation lies in resurrecting the dead and burying the living.

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Joseph L. Mankiewicz:

The difference between life and the movies is that a script has to make sense, and life doesn’t.

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Martin Gardner:

A god whose creation is so imperfect that he must be continually adjusting it to make it work properly seems to me a god of relatively low order, hardly worthy of any worship.

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Edmund Crispin:

What a symposium of deadly sins the poor fellow seems to have been . . . .

Spoken by Gervase Fen in Crispin, Edmund, Swan Song (New York: Avon Books, 1947), p. 95

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Dudley Nichols:

Fear is the highest fence.

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Paul Scofield:

If you look around the table and you can’t tell who the sucker is, it’s you.

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John Astin (as Gomez Addams): Mr. Hilliard may be right. We may have saved the world.

Carolyn Jones (as Morticia Addams): Do you think we did the right thing?

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Gabriel Hetter:

If you were happy every day of your life you wouldn’t be a human being, you’d be a game show host.

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Virgil:

The world cares very little about what a man or woman knows; it is what a man or woman is able to do that counts.

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Lorene Scofaria:

Routine is part of coping.

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Rex Stout:

In the midst of the most difficult and chaotic problems, I have never missed a meal. A stomach too long empty thins the blood and disconcerts the brain.

Nero Wolfe in Stout, Rex, Some Buried Caesar (New York: Bantam Dell, 2008), p. 192

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Raymond Berry:

The most prepared are the most dedicated.

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Peter Drucker:

The most important thing in communication is hearing what isn’t said.

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Walt Kelly:

We are confronted with insurmountable opportunities.

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H. P. Lovecraft:

I fear my enthusiasm flags when real work is demanded of me.

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Kamela Harris:

I believe you’ve got to do your due diligence.

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Claude Pepper:

The mistake a lot of politicians make is in forgetting they’ve been appointed and thinking they’ve been anointed.

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A. J. P. Taylor:

No war is inevitable until it breaks out.

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Ulysses S. Grant:

I suffer the mortification of seeing myself attacked right and left by people at home professing patriotism and love of country who never heard the whistle of a hostile bullet.

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Sophie Kerr:

If peace only had the music and pageantry of war, there’d be no wars.