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Jeremy Bentham:

No power of government ought to be employed in the endeavor to establish any system or article of belief on the subject of religion.

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Kerry Greenwood:

If you are not scared then there is no merit to being brave.

Greenwood, Kerry, Death at Victoria Dock (Scottsdale: Poisoned Pen Press, 2007) p. 149

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Samuel Johnson:

Nothing will ever be attempted if all possible objections must first be overcome.

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J. Maarten Troost:

It is a remarkably easy thing to do, pointing out the faults of others and suggesting remedies or courses of action in an argumentative and pedantic sort of way, and I am still amazed that there are many people in the American media who are paid very big money to do this.

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Isaac Newton:

Tact is the art of making a point without making an enemy.

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Patrick Swayze:

The way to screw up somebody’s life is to give them what they want.

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Pamela Meyer:

Nothing is certain in life but death and taxes. And in Donald Trump’s case, lies.

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Kerry Greenwood, in the voices of Phryne Fisher and Jillian Henderson:

Phryne: I’m shocked. Have you no regard for the truth?

Jillian: If you had entered the law, you would know that truth is a very dicey quality. “What is truth?” said Pilate, and I have always thought he must have been a solicitor.

Greenwook, Kerry, Flying Too High, in the collection Introducing the
Honourable Phryne Fisher
(Scottsdale: Poisoned Pen Press, 2011) p. 239.

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Niccolo Machiavelli:

Hatred is gained as much by good works as by evil.

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J. D. Salinger:

All morons hate it when you call them a moron.

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Adam Smith:

No society can surely be flourishing and happy, of which the far greater part of the members are poor and miserable.

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Mary Katharine Ham:

Valentine’s Day is a holiday of high emotions, mostly stress. The occasion has the unique ability to make both those who do participate in it and those who don’t feel vaguely unfulfilled.

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V=Malcolm Gladwell:

The bottom line is that civil society simply cannot function without default to truth…I can’t converse with you, for instance, if I subject every statement that comes out of your mouth to critical scrutiny before I accept it as true. Conversation cannot proceed without default to truth.

We see the truth of his statement every day.

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Henry Adams:

Politics, as a practise, whatever its professions, has always been the systematic organization of hatreds.

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Rex Evans, in the voice of Welsley Dean, upon the discovery of the victim in a mystery show:

I just don’t happen to agree with the theory that the sudden death of a man automatically improves his character.

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Jonathan Swift:

We have enough religion to make us hate, but not enough to make us love one another.

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Robin Day:

Commerce is against morality. Morality is going to lose every time.

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Kerry Greenwood:

Email is a trap; it feels private, but it isn’t.

Greenwood, Kerry, Trick or Treat (Scotsdale, AZ, Poisoned Pen Press, 2010) p. 161

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Andy Rooney:

People will generally accept facts as truth only if the facts agree with what they already believe.

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Raphael Warnock:

When you’re accustomed to privilege, parity and equity and equality may feel like oppression.

Aside:

Methinks we are seeing evidence of his observation playing out in dis coarse discourse.

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