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Jeremy Collier:

Belief gets in the way of learning.

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Bernard Crick:

Totalitarian rule marks the sharpest contrast imaginable with political rule, and ideological thinking is an explicit and direct challenge to political thinking.

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Horace:

A word once uttered can never be recalled.

And he wrote that long before the inner tubes existed . . . .

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Daniel Defoe:

All men would be tyrants if they could.

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Mary Shipp, in the voice of Angie, in Simon Carries the Ivy:

People only erect barriers who are frightened.

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Yeah, I know the modifier is misplaced, but the gist is good.

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Bill Vaughan:

A citizen of America will cross the ocean to fight for democracy, but won’t cross the street to vote in a national election.

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Robert Frost:

Most of the change we think we see in life Is due to truths being in and out of favor.

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J. B. Priestley:

Living in age of advertisement, we are perpetually disillusioned. The perfect life is spread before us every day, but it changes and withers at a touch.

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P. T Barnum:

Money is in some respects life’s fire: it is a very excellent servant, but a terrible master.

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Bosco Hogan, in the voice of Sir Paul Berowne:

A politician has to listen to humbug, talk humbug, condone humbug, we don’t actually have to believe it.

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Vincent Price, in the voice of Simon Templar*:

Youth has no monopoly on idiocy.

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*In The Missing Bridegroom

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Jeremy Irons:

Civility, politeness, it’s like a cement in a society: binds it together. And when we lose it, then I think we all feel lesser and slightly dirty because of it.

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Steve Allen:

Ideas have consequences, and totally erroneous ideas are likely to have destructive consequences.

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Bob Monkhouse:

Silence is not only golden; it is seldom misquoted.

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Vincent Price:

Ladies and Gentlemen, as responsible parents, you never think of allowing your children to play with poison. And as responsible Americans, it’s your duty to protect them from the dangers of the poison we call prejudice.

Here in America, racial and religious hatred does exist, sustained by the political adventurers and plain crackpots who are willing scrap the democratic way of life to attain their own ends. Prejudice in America is centered in their addled philosophy.

But unless we guard ourselves and our families, it can find its way into our into our own lives. Then the poison would do its work, undermining America’s unity, sabotaging our prestige abroad, and wrecking our ideal of individual freedom. In your family life, you can effectively carry on a campaign against prejudice.

Our youngsters grow up with a pride in their country. Teach them that part of that pride is our tradition of accepting or rejecting people on their individual worth, not on the basis of race or religion or color. Remember, freedom and prejudice can’t exist side by side. If you choose freedom, fight prejudice.

Vincent Price recorded those words as the closing remarks for a radio show that aired over seven decades ago (they were aired multiple times). Note that these shows aired shortly after the Dixiecrat Party fielded a segregationist candidate to oppose Harry Truman in the presidential election of 1948. I challenge anyone to prove Price wrong.

Of course, his remarks on “our tradition of accepting people on their individual worth” gloss over the dark side of America’s history, but they also hold aloft the best of what some refer to as “the American ideal.” And his comments about “political adventurers . . . who are willing scrap the democratic way of life” may be truer now than when he said them.

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Sparky Anderson:

People who live in the past generally are afraid to compete in the present. I’ve got my faults, but living in the past is not one of them. There’s no future in it.

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Quintilian:

We should not speak so that it is possible for the audience to understand us, but so that it is impossible for them to misunderstand us.

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Erma Bombeck:

Thanksgiving dinners take eighteen hours to prepare. They are consumed in twelve minutes. Half-times take twelve minutes. This is not coincidence.

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Leon Bertoletti:

I prefer news without interviews to interviews without news.

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Derek Walcott:

I never thought I would see the day when America (which is based on the idea of liberty, from which the world Liberal comes) would become so self-centered and hypocritical. I mean if democracy considers liberal to be a term of abuse, then we should be terrified. A liberal is someone who believes in liberty. And if it is wrong to be liberal, then the other side has to be fascist.

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