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History shows that the human mind, fed by constant accessions of knowledge,
periodically grows too large for its theoretical coverings, and bursts them
asunder to appear in new habiliments, as the feeding and growing grub, at
intervals, casts its too narrow skin and assumes another... Truly the imago
state of Man seems to be terribly distant, but every moult is a step gained.
-- Charles Darwin, from "Origin of the Species"
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History teaches us that men and nations behave wisely once they have
exhausted all other alternatives.
-- Abba Eban
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How can you govern a nation which has 246 kinds of cheese?
-- Charles de Gaulle
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How is the world ruled, and how do wars start? Diplomats tell lies to
journalists, and they believe what they read.
-- Karl Kraus, "Aphorisms and More Aphorisms"
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I am a friend of the working man, and I would rather be his friend
than be one.
-- Clarence Darrow
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I am convinced that the truest act of courage is to sacrifice ourselves
for others in a totally nonviolent struggle for justice. To be a man
is to suffer for others.
-- Cesar Chavez
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I am not a politician and my other habits are also good.
-- A. Ward
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I can hire one half of the working class to kill the other half.
-- Jay Gould
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I don't care how poor and inefficient a little country is; they like to
run their own business. I know men that would make my wife a better
husband than I am; but, darn it, I'm not going to give her to 'em.
-- The Best of Will Rogers
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"I don't care who does the electing as long as I get to do the nominating."
-- Boss Tweed