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    If men define situations as real, they are real in their consequence.

     
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    The Dalai Lama once asked a Tibetan monk if he feared anything during his imprisonment and torture. He replied his greatest fear was losing his compassion for the Chinese guards tormenting him. To lose that would be to lose what he prized most.

    Dare to Forgive, by Edward M. Hallowell
     
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    Nuclear power is one hell of a way to boil water.

    Albert Einstein
     
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    Republicans originally thought that Fox worked for us and now we’re discovering we work for Fox.

    David Frum, Bush speechwriter
     
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    My wife has been killed by a machine which should never have come into the hands of any human being. It is called a firearm. It makes the blackest of all human wishes come true at once, at a distance: that something die. There is evil for you. We cannot get rid of mankind’s fleetingly evil wishes. We can get rid of the machines that make them come true. I give you a holy word: DISARM.

    Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
     
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    Congressman Nixon had asked me why, as the son of immigrants who had been treated so well by Americans, as a man who had been treated like a son and been sent to Harvard by an American capitalist, I had been so ungrateful to the American economic system. The answer I gave him was not original. Nothing about me has ever been original. I repeated what my one-time hero, Kenneth Whistler, had said in reply to the same general sort of question long, long ago. Whistler had been a witness at a trial of strikers accused of violence. The judge had become curious about him, had asked him why such a well-educated man from such a good family would so immerse himself in the working class. My stolen answer to Nixon was this: “Why? The Sermon on the Mount, sir.”

    Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
     
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    “You hate America, don’t you?” she said. “That would be as silly as loving it,” I said. “It’s impossible for me to get emotional about it, because real estate doesn’t interest me. It’s no doubt a great flaw in my personality, but I can’t think in terms of boundaries. Those imaginary lines are as unreal to me as elves and pixies. I can’t believe that they mark the end or the beginning of anything of real concern to the human soul. Virtues and vices, pleasures and pains cross boundaries at will.”

    Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
     
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    Well, I’ve worried some about, you know, why write books … why are we teaching people to write books when presidents and senators do not read them, and generals do not read them. And it’s been the university experience that taught me that there is a very good reason, that you catch people before they become generals and presidents and so forth and you poison their minds with … humanity, and however you want to poison their minds, it’s presumably to encourage them to make a better world.

    Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
     
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    During the Cold War, a group of Russian journalists toured the United States. On the final day of their visit, they were asked by their hosts for their impressions. ‘I have to tell you,’ said their spokesman, ‘that we were astonished to find after reading all the newspapers and watching TV, that all the opinions on all the vital issues were by and large, the same. To get that result in our country, we imprison people, we tear out their fingernails. Here, you don’t have that. What’s the secret? How do you do it?’

    John Pilger
     
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    I am myself impressed by the great social advantages of increasing the stock of capital until it ceases to be scarce.

    John Maynard Keynes
     
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    [Conservatives] offer me neither food nor drink — intellectual nor spiritual consolation… it leads nowhere; it satisfies no ideal; it conforms to no intellectual standard, it is not safe, or calculated to preserve from the spoilers that degree of civilization which we have already attained.

    John Maynard Keynes
     
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    Capitalism is “the astonishing belief that the nastiest motives of the nastiest men somehow or other work for the best results in the best of all possible worlds.”

    John Maynard Keynes
     
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    The biggest problem in the world could have been solved when it was small

    Witter Bynner, The Way of Life According to Lao Tzu
     
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    As the proverb goes… “To find your way in the fog, follow the tracks of the oxcart ahead.” We have plenty of reasonable paths to follow.

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    Running a country is so difficult, it is generally only rather limited people who feel they are up to the task.

    Alain de Botton
     

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