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The end move in politics is always to pick up a gun.
-- Buckminster Fuller
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The end of labor is to gain leisure.
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The end of the world will occur at three p.m., this Friday,
with symposium to follow.
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The ends justify the means.
-- after Matthew Prior
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The energy produced by the breaking down of the atom is a very poor kind
of thing. Anyone who expects a source of power from the transformation
of these atoms is talking moonshine.
-- Ernest Rutherford, after he had split the atom for
the first time
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The English country gentleman galloping after a fox -- the unspeakable
in full pursuit of the uneatable.
-- Oscar Wilde, "A Woman of No Importance"
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The English instinctively admire any man
who has no talent and is modest about it.
-- James Agate, British film and drama critic
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The entire work force of the Communist countries is sunjected to periodic
purges (called verifications in Newspeak). One of the most severe took
place in 1957 when Novotny, rattled by the Hungarian Revolution the year
before, tried hard to weed out "radishes" (red outside, white inside) from
all but insignificant positions. Any one of the following would often
result in the loss of one's job: Bourgeois or Jewish family background,
relatives abroad, contacts with former capitalists, having lived in a
Western country, insufficient knowledge of Communist literature, and others.
A man is interviewed by a "Verification Committee."
"What kind of family do you come from?"
"A rich, Jewish family."
"And your wife?"
"A German aristocrat."
"Have you ever been to the West?"
"I spent most of my life in England."
"How did you make a living there?"
"A friend supported me."
"Where did you get the money from?"
"He owned a textile factory."
"Who was Lenin?"
"Never heard of him."
"What is your name?"
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[The ERA] encourages women to leave their husbands, kill their children,
practice witchcraft, destroy capitalism and become lesbians.
-- Pat Robertson, Man of God and serious Republican
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The error of youth is to believe that intelligence is a substitute
for experience, while the error of age is to believe experience is
a substitute for intelligence.
-- Lyman Bryson