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  • #61
    Robert Ardrey
    “The dog barking at you from behind his master's fence acts for a motive indistinguishable from that of his master when the fence was built.”
    Robert Ardrey, The Territorial Imperative: A Personal Inquiry Into the Animal Origins of Property and Nations

  • #62
    Sidney Lumet
    “I don't know how to choose work that illuminates what my life is about. I don't know what my life is about and don't examine it. My life will define itself as I live it. The movies will define themselves as I make them. As long as the theme is something I care about at the moment, it's enough for me to start work. Maybe work itself is what my life is about.”
    Sidney Lumet, Making Movies

  • #63
    Max Ehrmann
    “As far as possible, without surrender, be on good terms with all persons.”
    Max Ehrmann, Desiderata: A Poem for a Way of Life

  • #64
    P.D. James
    “All the motives for murder are covered by four Ls: Love, Lust, Lucre and Loathing.”
    P.D. James, The Murder Room

  • #65
    P.D. James
    “What mattered at fifty-eight was what had mattered at eighteen: breeding and good bone structure.”
    P.D. James, The Murder Room

  • #66
    P.D. James
    “Her aunt and uncle worked fifteen hours a day in their desperate attempt to keep the corner shop in profit, and their Sundays were marked by exhaustion. The moral code by which they lived was that of cleanliness, respectability and prudence. Religion was for those who had the time for it, a middle-class indulgence.”
    P.D. James, The Murder Room

  • #67
    Mark Twain
    “Ours is a terrible religion. The fleets of the world could swim in spacious comfort in the innocent blood it has spilt.”
    Mark Twain, On Religion

  • #68
    “It’s hard to talk about guns without sounding defensive or blustery. I’m pro-gun the same way I’m pro-potato fork. I use them both to gather food for the year, with the caveat that if you break into my house, I won’t be waiting for yo at the top of the stairs with a potato fork.”
    Michael Perry

  • #69
    “From the get-go, my hair was programmed to fall out. One is grateful this so rarely happens with the pancreas or the eyeballs.”
    Michael Perry

  • #70
    “In 1951, a man bought a pickup truck because he needed to load things up and move them. Things like bricks and bags of feed. Somewhere along the line trendsetters and marketers got involved, and now we buy pickups -- big, horse-powered, overbuilt, wide-assed, comfortable pickups -- so that we may stick our key in the ignition of an icon, fire up an image, and drive off in a cloud of connotations. I have no room to talk. I long to get my International running part so I can drive down roads that no longer exist.”
    Michael Perry

  • #71
    “The amateur study of philosophy is like taking a few laps with a NASCAR driver. You’re not qualified to do it on your own, you have no business behind the wheel, but for a few laps or paragraphs, you’re right in there with ‘em, and when it’s all over, you’ve learned something. Or, as my local fire chief once said, you’ve simply exasperated the situation.”
    Michael Perry

  • #72
    Mary Roach
    “The nobility of the human spirit grows harder for me to believe in. War, zealotry, greed, malls, narcissism. I see a backhanded nobility in excessive, impractical outlays of cash prompted by nothing loftier than a species joining hands and saying “I bet we can do this.” Yes, the money could be better spent on Earth. But would it? Since when has money saved by government red-lining been spent on education and cancer research? It is always squandered. Let’s squander some on Mars. Let’s go out and play.”
    Mary Roach, Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void

  • #73
    Abraham Lincoln
    “If slavery is not wrong, nothing is wrong.”
    Abraham Lincoln

  • #74
    Robert Louis Stevenson
    “I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel's sake. The great affair is to move.”
    Robert Louis Stevenson, Travels with a Donkey in the Cévennes

  • #75
    Freeman Dyson
    “The glory of science is to imagine more than we can prove.”
    Freeman Dyson

  • #76
    “Consider the millions who are buying those modern Aladdin’s lamps called e-readers. These magical devices, ever more beautiful and nimble in design, have only to be lightly rubbed for the genie of literature to be summoned.”
    Steve Wasserman

  • #77
    “The truth is usually just an excuse for a lack of imagination.”

  • #78
    Dana Stabenow
    “At the moment developing a nice little inoffensive cancer somewhere on dry land seemed infinitely preferable to what she was grimly convinced was soon to be her death by drowning way too far out at sea.”
    Dana Stabenow, Dead In The Water

  • #79
    Nancy Pearl
    “If you still don't like a book after slogging through the first 50 pages, set it aside. If you're more than 50 years old, subtract your age from 100 and only grant it that many pages.”
    Nancy Pearl

  • #80
    Albert Einstein
    “Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the universe.”
    Albert Einstein

  • #81
    Barbara W. Tuchman
    “Theology being the work of males, original sin was traced to the female.”
    Barbara Tuchman

  • #82
    Margaret Atwood
    “Writing is work. It’s also gambling. You don’t get a pension plan. Other people can help you a bit, but ­essentially you’re on your own. ­Nobody is making you do this: you chose it, so don’t whine.”
    Margaret Atwood

  • #83
    William Langewiesche
    “Some think of Islam as an expedient jobs program that moves the female half of the population out of the way.”
    William Langewiesche, Sahara Unveiled: A Journey Across the Desert
    tags: islam

  • #84
    Laurie Lee
    “I felt once again the unease of arriving at night in an unknown city--that faint sour panic which seems to cling to a place until one has found oneself a bed.”
    Laurie Lee, As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning

  • #85
    Dana Stabenow
    “Science fiction is the agent provocateur of literature.”
    Dana Stabenow

  • #86
    Stephen Fry
    “This is the point. One technology doesn't replace another, it complements. Books are no more threatened by Kindle than stairs by elevators.”
    Stephen Fry

  • #87
    Brendan Behan
    “I respect kindness in human beings first of all, and kindness to animals. I don't respect the law; I have a total irreverence for anything connected with society except that which makes the roads safer, the beer stronger, the food cheaper and the old men and old women warmer in the winter and happier in the summer.”
    Brendan Behan

  • #88
    “To write a book is to risk being shot at in public.”

  • #89
    John Gardner
    “What true materialist would settle for a MacDonald's hamburger?”
    John Gardner, October Light

  • #90
    Dana Stabenow
    “The library is what keeps us a step ahead of the apes.”
    Dana Stabenow