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One organism, one vote.
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One planet is all you get.
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One seldom sees a monument to a committee.
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Only two kinds of witnesses exist. The first live in a neighborhood where
a crime has been committed and in no circumstances have ever seen anything
or even heard a shot. The second category are the neighbors of anyone who
happens to be accused of the crime. These have always looked out of their
windows when the shot was fired, and have noticed the accused person standing
peacefully on his balcony a few yards away.
-- Sicilian police officer
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Our congratulations go to a Burlington Vermont civilian employee of the
local Army National Guard base. He recently received a substational cash
award from our government for inventing a device for optical scanning.
His device reportedly will save the government more than $6 million a year
by replacing a more expensive helicopter maintenance tool with his own,
home-made, hand-held model.
Not suprisingly, we also have a couple of money-saving ideas that we submit
to the Pentagon free of charge:
(a) Don't kill anybody.
(b) Don't build things that do.
(c) And don't pay other people to kill anybody.
We expect annual savings to be in the billions.
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Our sires' age was worse that our grandsires'.
We their sons are more worthless than they:
so in our turn we shall give the world a progeny yet more corrupt.
-- Quintus Horatius Flaccus (Horace)
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Our swords shall play the orators for us.
-- Christopher Marlowe
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Ours is a world of nuclear giants and ethical infants.
-- General Omar N. Bradley
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Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel.
-- S. Johnson, "The Life of Samuel Johnson" by J. Boswell
In Dr. Johnson's famous dictionary patriotism is defined as the last
resort of the scoundrel. With all due respect to an enlightened but
inferior lexicographer I beg to submit that it is the first.
-- Ambrose Bierce
When Dr. Johnson defined patriotism as the last refuge of a scoundrel,
he ignored the enormous possibilities of the word reform.
-- Sen. Roscoe Conkling
Public office is the last refuge of a scoundrel.
-- Boies Penrose
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Patriotism is the virtue of the vicious.
-- Oscar Wilde