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Harry Anderson:

There is no magic. There are only magicians.

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Richard Moll, in the voice of Bull Shannon, and Marsha Warfield, in the voice of Roz Russell:

Bull: Why are weddings such a royal pain the keister?
Roz: Maybe to prepare you for marriage.

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Alexander Hamilton:

Why has government been instituted at all? Because the passions of man will not conform to the dictates of reason and justice without constraint.

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Trevor Donovan, in the voice of Thomas Buckner:

I miss being a kid and not knowing how screwed up the world really is.

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Theresa Rebeck:

Why is it so hard for men to identify with women as fellow travelers on this good Earth?

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Bennett Cerf:

Gross ignorance is 144 times worse than ordinary ignorance.

Aside:

If you haven’t read any of Bennett Cerf’s collections of anecdotes and jokes, go to the library now.

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Brian O’Driscoll:

Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit; wisdom is knowing not to use it in a fruit salad.

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Marilynne Robinson:

Experience had taught them that truth had sharp edges and hard corners, and could be seriously at odds with kindness.

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John Adams:

Power always thinks it has a great soul and vast views beyond the comprehension of the weak.

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Philo:

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

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Jacques Deval:

God loved the birds and invented trees. Man loved the birds and invented cages.

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Joseph Schumpeter:

The first thing a man will do for his ideals is lie.

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John Cotton Dana:

Who dares to teach must never cease to learn.

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Paul Valery:

The folly of mistaking a paradox for a discovery, a metaphor for a proof, a torrent of verbiage for a spring of capital truths, and oneself for an oracle, is inborn in us.

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Jean de la Fontaine:

Be advised that all flatterers live at the expense of those who listen to them.

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Steve Kagen:

If we get public education right, everything else will follow. But if we get it wrong, not much else will matter.

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Bernard Katz:

Organized religion: the world’s largest pyramid scheme.

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William Pitt the Younger:

Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves.

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John Larroquette, in the voice of Dan Fielding:

I wouldn’t be running for public office if I didn’t think that there was someone out there who would be willing to buy me.

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Richard Sanders, in the voice of Clark Edwards:

There is always something wrong.

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