In some ways, you know, people that don't exist, are much nicer than people that do.
(Lewis Carroll [Charles Lutwidge Dodgson] (1832-1898), British author, mathematician, clergyman. Letter, May 22, 1891, to Sydney Bowles. The Letters of Lewis Carroll, vol. II, ed. Morton N. Cohen, Oxford University Press (1979).)
Don't talk to the people until you've listened to the people.
(Ann Klein (1923-1986), U.S. politician. Originally quoted in the Morristown (New Jersey) Daily Record (May 1, 1974). As quoted in Past and Promise, part 4, by Noel Robinson (1990).
Klein, a New Jersey Democrat, held various political posts and advocated such causes as abortion rights, improved Medicaid, the rights of institutionalized people, and opposition to child abuse.)
You can be much more alone with other people than you are by yourself. Even if it's people you love.
(Philip Dunne (1908-1992), U.S. screenwriter. Joseph L. Mankiewicz. Mrs. Muir (Gene Tierney), The Ghost and Mrs. Muir, explaining to her grown-up daughter why she prefers to live alone (1947).
From the novel by R.A. Dick.)
The root of the problem is not so much that our people have lost confidence in government, but that government has demonstrated time and again its lack of confidence in the people.
(Jimmy Carter (James Earl Carter, Jr.) (b. 1924), U.S. president. Announcement Speech, National Press Club, Washington, DC, December 12, 1974, transcript in Speechwriters File: Nesmith, Box 1, Jimmy Carter Library, Atlanta, Georgia.
Explaining the change he hoped to bring about as president.)