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Albert Camus:

Mistaken ideas always end in bloodshed, but in every case it is someone else’s blood. That is why some of our thinkers feel free to say just about anything.

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Ted Williams:

If you don’t think too good, don’t think too much.

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Isaac Asimov:

Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent.

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Penn Jilette:

I don’t question things that go against what I believe very much. But boy, the stuff that I really want to believe, I really question a lot.

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Polybius:

All things are subject to decay and change.

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Marcus Aurelius:

He was a man who looked at what ought to be done, not to the reputation which is got by a man’s acts.

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Fawn M. Brodie:

A man’s memory is bound to be a distortion of his past in accordance with his present interests, and the most faithful autobiography is likely to mirror less what a man was than what he has become.

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Gertrude Stein:

Everybody gets so much information all day long that they lose their common sense.

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Richard Rohr:

Power should be entrusted only to those who do not seek it.

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Rex Stout, in the voice of Nero Wolfe:

Courtesy is one’s own affair, but decency is a debt to life.

Stout, Rex, Too Many Cooks (New York: Bantam, 2009), p. 61.

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William Feather:

Plenty of people miss their share of happiness, not because they never found it, but because they didn’t stop to enjoy it.

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Stephen Vizinczey:

Strange as it may seem, no amount of learning can cure stupidity, and formal education positively fortifies it.

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John Nettles as Inspector Barnaby and Laura Howard as his daughter, Cully Barnaby:

Cully Barnaby: So, how’s your witch hunt?

Inspector Barnaby: The witch hunt is not concluded.

Cully Barnaby: Witch hunts never are. You burn one, you have to find another.

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John Astin, as Gomez Addams:

There is only one thing we can do. Worry.

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Hunter S. Thompson:

In a closed society where everybody’s guilty, the only crime is getting caught. In a world of thieves, the only final sin is stupidity.

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Elizabeth Edwards:

I think self-knowledge is the rarest trait in a human being.

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Farrah Fawcett:

The reason that the all-American boy prefers beauty to brains is that he can see better than he can think.

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Dixy Lee Ray:

Beware of averages. The average person has one breast and one testicle.

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Cory Doctorow:

Things are true or they aren’t, no matter how old the person saying them happens to be.

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Phoebe Nicholls, in the voice of Laura Smythe-Webster:

Simon is resolutely Christian. Everything is God’s will. It’s a very convenient way of looking at things, really. It means nothing is ever anyone’s fault.

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