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  • Georges Bernanos
    Georges Bernanos
    French writer 1888-1948
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    Civilization exists precisely so that there may be no masses but rather men alert enough never to constitute masses.
  • George Orwell
    George Orwell
    English writer (ps. of Eric Blair) 1903-1950
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    A tragic situation exists precisely when virtue does not triumph but when it is still felt that man is nobler than the forces which destroy him.
  • Carl Sagan
    Carl Sagan
    American astronomer, cosmologist, astrophysicist and author 1934-1996
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    A googolplex is precisely as far from infinity as is the number 1... no matter what number you have in mind, infinity is larger still.
    Source: Cosmos (1980)
  • Milton Friedman
    Milton Friedman
    American economist 1912-
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    A major source of objection to a free economy is precisely that group thinks they ought to want. Underlying most arguments against the free market is a lack of belief in freedom itself.
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    Ralph Waldo Emerson
    American poet and philosopher 1803-1882
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    A man's personal defects will commonly have with the rest of the world precisely that importance which they have to himself. If he makes light of them, so will other men.
  • Bill Cosby
    Bill Cosby
    American actor, comedian, producer 1937-
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    A new father quickly learns that his child invariably comes to the bathroom at precisely the times when he's in there, as if he needed company. The only way for this father to be certain of bathroom privacy is to shave at the gas station.
  • Edward Dahlberg
    Edward Dahlberg
    American novelist, essayist and autobiographer 1900-1977
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    Ambition is a Dead Sea fruit, and the greatest peril to the soul is that one is likely to get precisely what he is seeking.
  • William S. Burroughs
    William S. Burroughs
    American writer and artist 1914-1997
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    America is not so much a nightmare as a non-dream. The American non-dream is precisely a move to wipe the dream out of existence. The dream is a spontaneous happening and therefore dangerous to a control system set up by the non-dreamers.
  • Architects and painters know precisely what they are about as long as they deal with material phenomena.... But when they come to the aesthetics of their work, when they aim at a particular effect on the mind or on the senses, the rules dissolve into nothing but vague ideas.
    Source: On War (1832)
  • Angela Merkel
    Angela Merkel
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    At this time - we're in a dramatic crisis - euro bonds are precisely the wrong answer. They lead us into a debt union, not a stability union. Each country has to take its own steps to reduce its debt.
  • Warren Bennis
    Warren Bennis
    American scholar, organizational consultant and author 1925-2014
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    Becoming a leader is synonymous with becoming yourself. It is precisely that simple, and it is also that difficult.
  • Sigmund Freud
    Sigmund Freud
    Austrian psychiatrist 1856-1939
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    Civilization is a process in the service of Eros, whose purpose is to combine single human individuals, and after that families, then races, peoples and nations, into one great unity, the unity of mankind. Why this has to happen, we do not know; the work of Eros is precisely this.
  • Paul Goodman
    Paul Goodman
    American writer, poet, criticus 1911-1972
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    Comedy deflates the sense precisely so that the underlying lubricity and malice may bubble to the surface.
  • Bill Viola
    Bill Viola
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    Emotions are the key to many aspects of life. They are precisely the elements that make human beings human. I think the fact that emotions have been reduced and put off to the side in intellectual work, particularly in the 20th Century, is tragic.
  • Thomas Carlyle
    Thomas Carlyle
    Scottish writer and historicus 1795-1881
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    Every new opinion, at its starting, is precisely in a minority of one.
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