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The cure for poverty has a name. In fact, it’s called the empowerment of women. If you give women some control over the rate at which they reproduce, if you give them some say, take them off the animal cycle of reproduction to which nature and some doctrine — religious doctrine — condemns them, and then if you’ll throw in a handful of seeds, perhaps, and some credit, the floor of everything in that village — education, health, and optimism — will increase. Try it in Bangladesh, try it in Bolivia. It works. It works all the time. Name me one religion that stands for that, or ever has.

Christopher Hitchens

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America will never be destroyed from the outside.

Abraham Lincoln

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A sign of intelligence is an awareness of one’s own ignorance.

Niccolò Machiavelli

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Water and air, the two essential fluids on which all life depends, have become global garbage cans.

Jacques Yves Cousteau

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Water and air, the two essential fluids on which all life depends, have become global garbage cans.

Jacques Yves Cousteau

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America will never be destroyed from the outside.

Abraham Lincoln

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Trouble knocked at the door, but, hearing laughter, hurried away.

Benjamin Franklin

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This above all: to thine own self be true.

William Shakespeare

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In America, anybody can be president. That’s one of the risks you take.

Adlai Stevenson

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What you do speaks so loudly that I cannot hear what you say.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Life is too short to learn German.

Oscar Wilde

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All generalizations are false, including this one.

Mark Twain

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I don’t believe in astrology; I’m a Sagittarius, and we’re skeptical.

Arthur C. Clarke

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I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free.

Michelangelo

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I want to be the white man’s brother, not his brother-in-law.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Puritanism — the haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy.

H. L. Mencken

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Socialism is a scare word they [Republicans] have hurled at every advance the people have made in the last 20 years. Socialism is what they called public power. Socialism is what they called social security. Socialism is what they called farm price supports. Socialism is what they called bank deposit insurance. Socialism is what they called the growth of free and independent labor organizations. Socialism is their name for almost anything that helps all the people.

Harry Truman, 1952

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Always carry a flagon of whiskey in case of snakebite, and furthermore, always carry a small snake.

W. C. Fields

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Journalism is printing what someone else does not want printed. Everything else is public relations.

George Orwell

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Always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.

Elie Wiesel

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If youth knew; if age could.

Sigmund Freud

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I have almost reached the regrettable conclusion that the Negro’s great stumbling block in the stride toward freedom is not the White Citizens Councilor or the Ku Klux Klanner, but the white moderate, who is more devoted to order than to justice; who prefers a negative peace, which is the absence of tension, to a positive peace, which is the presence of justice.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Originality is the art of concealing your source.

Franklin P. Jones

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The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity.

Dorothy Parker

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Here cometh April again, and as far as I can see, the world hath more fools in it than ever.

Charles Lamb

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As democracy is perfected, the office of president represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. We move toward a lofty ideal. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart’s desire at last, and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.

H. L. Mencken

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It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.

Aristotle

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Idealism increases in direct proportion to one’s distance from the problem.

John Galsworthy

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The taverns are full of gadabouts making merry this eve. And though I may press my face against the window like an urchin at a confectioner’s, I am tempted not by the sweetmeats within. A dram in exchange for the pox is an ill bargain, indeed.

From the diary of Samuel Pepys during the Great Plague, London, 1665 (Not really. The quote is a spoof. See comments below.)

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If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die, I want to go where they went.

— Will Rogers

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What good is the warmth of summer without the cold of winter to give it sweetness?

— John Steinbeck

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Between too early and too late, there is never more than a moment.

— Franz Werfel

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One of the most horrible features of war is that all the war-propaganda, all the screaming and lies and hatred, comes invariably from people who are not fighting.

George Orwell

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Success is the ability to go from failure to failure without losing your enthusiasm.

Winston Churchill

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If you can’t explain it to a six-year-old, you don’t understand it yourself.

Albert Einstein

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I like nonsense. It wakes up the brain cells.

Dr. Seuss (Theodor Seuss Geisel)

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Don’t raise your voice. Improve your argument.

— Desmond Tutu

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Remembrance of things past is not necessarily the remembrance of things as they were.

— Marcel Proust

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I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be.

— Douglas Adams

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Those who say it can’t be done should get out of the way of those who are doing it.

— Anne Lamott

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