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  • #1
    Terry Brooks
    “Let me tell you something you haven’t learned yet, something you learn only by living awhile. As you get older, you find that life begins to wear you down. Doesn’t matter who you are or what you do, it happens. Experience, time, events—they all conspire against you to steal away your energy, to erode your confidence, to make you question things you wouldn’t have given a second thought to when you were young. It happens gradually, a chipping away that you don’t even notice at first, and then one day it’s there. You wake up and you just don’t have the fire anymore.” He smiled...”
    Terry Brooks, The Elf Queen of Shannara

  • #2
    Terry Brooks
    “When you can do that, little Wren, when you can accept the wearing down and the eroding, then you can do anything. How did I manage to keep going out nights? I just told myself I didn’t matter all that much—that those in here mattered more. You know something? It’s not so hard really. You just have to get past the fear.”
    Terry Brooks, The Elf Queen of Shannara

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    William J. Bennett
    “American soldiers were dying in frigid Korea. One of our greatest generals told us that the president and his team were not trying to win. And some strident voices were saying that that was because they didn't want to win,”
    William J. Bennett, From a World at War to the Triumph of Freedom 1914-1989

  • #4
    William J. Bennett
    “Eisenhower has been much criticized for his failure publicly to endorse the Court's decision. But he felt that doing so would set an undesirable precedent. If a president endorsed decisions he agreed with, might he feel compelled to oppose decisions he did not agree with? And what would that do to the rule of law? "The Supreme Court has spoken and I am sworn to uphold ... the constitutional processes.... I will obey."3”
    William J. Bennett, From a World at War to the Triumph of Freedom 1914-1989

  • #5
    William J. Bennett
    “Politics is the art of achieving the maximum amount of freedom for individuals that is consistent with the maintenance of social order,”
    William J. Bennett, From a World at War to the Triumph of Freedom 1914-1989

  • #6
    William J. Bennett
    “and line of cases. Justice Byron R. "Whizzer" White, a JFK appointee, dissented, calling Doe an act of "raw judicial power," as it took these decisions from the states and enshrined their determination in the Supreme Court's reasoning.”
    William J. Bennett, From a World at War to the Triumph of Freedom 1914-1989

  • #7
    “The only real difference between a wise man and a fool, Moore knew, was that the wise man tended to make more serious mistakes—and only because no one trusted a fool with really crucial decisions; only the wise had the opportunity to lose battles, or nations.”
    Tom Clancy, Clear and Present Danger

  • #8
    “The point of life was to press on, to do the best you can, to make the world a better place.”
    Tom Clancy, Clear and Present Danger

  • #9
    Robert Jordan
    “Strange clothes you wear, Child of the Dragon. Has the Wheel turned so far? Do the People of the Dragon return to the first Covenant? But you wear a sword. That is neither now nor then.”
    Robert Jordan, The Eye of the World

  • #10
    George Orwell
    “Until they become conscious they will never rebel, and until after they have rebelled they cannot become conscious.”
    George Orwell, 1984

  • #11
    George Orwell
    “The aims of these three groups are entirely irreconcilable. The aim of the High is to remain where they are. The aim of the Middle is to change places with the High. The aim of the Low, when they have an aim-for it is an abiding characteristic of the Low that they are too much crushed by drudgery to be more than intermittently conscious of anything outside their daily lives -is to abolish all distinctions and create a society in which all men shall be equal.”
    George Orwell, 1984

  • #12
    George Orwell
    “had been equally obvious. The new aristocracy was made up for the most part of bureaucrats, scientists, technicians, trade-union organisers, publicity experts, sociologists, teachers, journalists and professional politicians. These people, whose origins”
    George Orwell, 1984

  • #13
    George Orwell
    “That the Party did not seek power for its own ends, but only for the good of the majority. That it sought power because men in the mass were frail cowardly creatures who could not endure liberty or face the truth, and must be ruled over and systematically deceived by others who were stronger than themselves. That the choice for mankind lay between freedom and happiness, and that, for the great bulk of mankind, happiness was better.”
    George Orwell, 1984

  • #14
    “Jack looked out the window as they passed the Mormon temple, just outside the beltway near Connecticut Avenue. A decidedly odd-looking building, it had grandeur with its marble columns and gilt spires. The beliefs represented by that impressive structure seemed curious to Ryan, a lifelong Catholic, but the people who held them were honest and hardworking, and fiercely loyal to their country, because they believed in what America stood for.”
    Tom Clancy, Clear and Present Danger

  • #15
    “I understand why we do that now. It’s a help, not a threat. It’s something to remind you how important words are. Ideas are important. Principles are important. Words are important. Your word is the most important of all. Your word is who you are.”
    Tom Clancy, Clear and Present Danger



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