I cannot live without books.
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Thomas Jefferson (1743 – 1826)

A poem is no place for an idea.
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Edgar Watson Howe (1853 – 1937), Country Town Sayings, 1911

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My education was dismal. I went to a series of schools for mentally disturbed teachers.
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Woody Allen (1935 – )

And since, in our passage through this world, painful circumstances occur more frequently than pleasing ones, and since our sense of evil is, I fear, more acute than our sense of good, we become the victims of our feelings, unless we can in some degree command them.
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Ann Radcliffe (1764 – 1823), The Mysteries of Udolpho, 1764

The man who backbites an absent friend, nay, who does not stand up for him when another blames him, the man who angles for bursts of laughter and for the repute of a wit, who can invent what he never saw, who cannot keep a secret – that man is black at heart: mark and avoid him.
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Cicero (106 BC – 43 BC)

I wish people who have trouble communicating would just shut up.
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Tom Lehrer (1928 – )

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I maintain there is much more wonder in science than in pseudoscience. And in addition, to whatever measure this term has any meaning, science has the additional virtue, and it is not an inconsiderable one, of being true.
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Carl Sagan (1934 – 1996)

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We live in a time of transition, an uneasy era which is likely to endure for the rest of this century. During the period we may be tempted to abandon some of the time-honored principles and commitments which have been proven during the difficult times of past generations. We must never yield to this temptation. Our American values are not luxuries, but necessities – not the salt in our bread, but the bread itself.
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Jimmy Carter (1924 – ), in his farewell address

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The past is finished. There is nothing to b gained by going over it. Whatever it gave us in the experiences it brought us was something we had to know.
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Rebecca Beard

I never vote for anyone; I always vote against.
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W. C. Fields (1880 – 1946)

[It’s] time for the human race to enter the solar system.
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Dan Quayle (1947 – )

One must be a wise reader to quote wisely and well.
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Amos Bronson Alcott (1799 – 1888)

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Not the power to remember, but its very opposite, the power to forget, is a necessary condition for our existence.
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Sholem Asch (1880 – 1957)

Better to write for yourself and have no public, than to write for the public and have no self.
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Cyril Connolly (1903 – 1974)

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My doctor gave me two weeks to live. I hope they’re in August.
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Ronnie Shakes

Any community’s arm of force – military, police, security – needs people in it who can do necessary evil, and yet not be made evil by it. To do only the necessary and no more. To constantly question the assumptions, to stop the slide into atrocity.
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Lois McMaster Bujold, “Barrayar”, 1991

I don’t want any yes-men around me. I want everybody to tell me the truth even if it costs them their jobs.
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Samuel Goldwyn (1882 – 1974)

A man’s silence is wonderful to listen to.
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Thomas Hardy

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You can forget a lot of things, but you cannot forget a woman’s name and claim to love her.
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Real Live Preacher, RealLivePreacher.com Weblog, October 20, 2003

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We don’t know who we are until we see what we can do.
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