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We must declare ourselves, become known; allow the world to discover this subterranean life of ours which connects kings and farm boys, artists and clerks. Let them see that the important thing is not the object of love, but the emotion itself.
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Fifty percent of people won't vote, and fifty percent don't read newspapers. I hope it's the same fifty percent.
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Think of the earth as a living organism that is being attacked by billions of bacteria whose numbers double every forty years. Either the host dies, or the virus dies, or both die.
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Friends, there is no Left in American politics.
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Style is knowing who you are, what you want to say, and not giving a damn.
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It is not enough to succeed. Others must fail.
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For every Scott Fitzgerald concerned with the precise word and the selection of relevant incident, there are a hundred American writers, many well-regarded, who appear to believe that one word is just as good as another and that everything which occurs to them is worth putting down.
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Write something, even if it's just a suicide note.
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Fortunately, our audiences are used to a kind of boredom in the theatre, and if the writer is skillful, he will flatter them into thinking: 'Why, that's us up there, and aren't we - for all our little foibles - pretty nice guys and gals?'
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Any American who is prepared to run for president should automatically, by definition, be disqualified from ever doing so.
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Some writers take to drink, others take to audiences.
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Democracy is supposed to give you the feeling of choice, like Painkiller X and Painkiller Y. But they're both just aspirin.
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The four most beautiful words in our common language: I told you so.
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As societies grow decadent, the language grows decadent, too. Words are used to disguise, not to illuminate, action: you liberate a city by destroying it. Words are to confuse, so that at election time people will solemnly vote against their own interests.
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The genius of our ruling class is that it has kept a majority of the people from ever questioning the inequity of a system where most people drudge along, paying heavy taxes for which they get nothing in return.
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The corporate grip on opinion in the United States is one of the wonders of the Western world. No First World country has ever managed to eliminate so entirely from its media all objectivity - much less dissent.
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Half of the American people have never read a newspaper. Half never voted for President. One hopes it is the same half.
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By the time a man gets to be presidential material, he's been bought ten times over.
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He who is last had best laugh.
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Today's public figures can no longer write their own speeches or books, and there is some evidence that they can't read them either.
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