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If you have an important point to make, don’t try to be subtle or clever. Use a pile driver. Hit the point once. Then come back and hit it again. Then hit it a third time – a tremendous whack. – Winston Churchill

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Civilization is a stream with banks. The stream is sometimes filled with blood from people killing, stealing, shouting and doing the things historians usually record, while on the banks, unnoticed, people build homes, make love, raise children, sing songs. – Will Durant

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Solitude and company may be allowed to take their turns: the one creates in us the love of mankind, the other that of ourselves; solitude relieves us when we are sick of company, and conversation when we are weary of being alone, so that the one cures the other. There is no man so miserable…

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I want to talk to these people because they stay in power and you change all the time. – Nikita Sergeyevich Khrushchev

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We live in a time of such rapid change and growth of knowledge that only he who is in a fundamental sense a scholar – that is, a person who continues to learn and inquire – can hope to keep pace, let alone play the role of guide. – Nathan M. Pusey

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I do not think there is any thrill that can go through the human heart like that felt by the inventor as he sees some creation of the brain unfolding to success…. Such emotions make a man forget food, sleep, friends, love, everything. – Nikola Tesla

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There is a time to be timid. There is a time to be conciliatory. There is a time, even, to fly and there is a time to fight. And I’m going to fight like hell. (On Congressional moves toward impeachment) – Richard M. Nixon

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Give me the fruitful error any time, full of seeds, bursting with its own corrections. You can keep your sterile truth for yourself. – Vilfredo Pareto

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The dream begins, most of the time, with a teacher who believes in you, who tugs and pushes and leads you on to the next plateau, sometimes poking you with a sharp stick called truth. – Dan Rather

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Time is a fixed income and, as with any income, the real problem facing most of us is how to live successfully within our daily allotment. – Margaret B. Johnstone