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Quotations About / On: PEOPLE

  • 31.
    My main wish is to get my books into other people's rooms, and to keep other people's books out of mine.
    (Samuel Butler (1835-1902), British author. First published in 1912. Samuel Butler's Notebooks, p. 89, E.P. Dutton & Company (1951).)
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  • 32.
    What people call impartiality may simply mean indifference, and what people call partiality may simply mean mental activity.
    (Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874-1936), British author. "The Error of Impartiality," All Things Considered (1908).)
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  • 33.
    It is absurd to divide people into good and bad. People are either charming or tedious.
    (Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. Lord Darlington, in Lady Windermere's Fan, act 1 (1893).)
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  • 34.
    This people must cease to hold slaves, and to make war on Mexico, though it cost them their existence as a people.
    (Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. "Civil Disobedience," originally published as "Resistance to Civil Government" (1849), in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 4, p. 362, Houghton Mifflin (1906).)
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  • 35.
    Women are a colonized people.
    (Robin Morgan (b. 1941), U.S. author, feminist, and child actor. The Word of a Woman, part 1 (1992). Written in 1974.)
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  • 36.
    Policy is the people you work with.
    (William Gaskill (b. 1930), British stage director. Times (London, September 6, 1989). Said of his job as theater director.)
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  • 37.
    U.S.A. is the speech of the people.
    (John Dos Passos (1896-1970), U.S. novelist, poet, playwright, painter. U.S.A., The Modern Library, Random House, Inc. (1937). From the prologue to the U.S.A. trilogy.)
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  • 38.
    Happy the people whose annals are vacant.
    (Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881), Scottish essayist, historian. History of the French Revolution, vol. 1, bk. 2, ch. 1 (1837). Quoting "a paradoxical philosopher" in reply to an aphorism of Montesquieu's, "Happy the people whose annals are tiresome.")
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  • 39.
    Education is not so important as people think.
    (Elizabeth Bowen (1899-1973), Irish author; born in Ireland. Bowen's Court, ch. 5 (1942).)
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  • 40.
    The American people abhor a vacuum.
    (Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919), U.S. Republican (later Progressive) politician, president. speech, Oct. 3, 1907, Cairo, Ill.)
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