Quips & Quotes

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“Pa­tri­o­tism is when love of your own peo­ple comes first; na­tion­al­ism, when hate of peo­ple other than your own comes first.” – Charles de Gaulle, quoted in the Wash­ing­ton Post

“The worst part of suc­cess is try­ing to find some­one who is happy for you.” – Bette Mi­dler

“I was writ­ing a sick let­ter to my young daugh­ter’s school­teacher. She was watch­ing in­tently and as I neared the end, she nod­ded her head and said, ‘That’s right, Mum, now put ‘Yours Sin­fully’ and sign your name.” – 1959 “Teacups” let­ter to the New Zealand Woman’s Weekly

“Ev­ery great work of lit­er­a­ture is either the Il­liad or the Odyssey.” – French au­thor Ray­mond Que­neau

“The press are not the en­emy of the peo­ple. They are al­most all we have to make those we elected an­swer­able to those who elected them.” – Sam Neill

“All day it felt like Amer­ica was in the doc­tor’s of­fice wait­ing for our STD re­sults to come back.” – Jimmy Kim­mel on the US midterms

“I think it’s just ter­ri­ble and dis­gust­ing how ev­ery­one has treated Lance Arm­strong, es­pe­cially af­ter what he achieved, win­ning seven Tour de France races while on drugs. When I was on drugs, I couldn’t even find my bike.” – Wil­lie Nel­son

“The less you know, the bet­ter you sleep.” – Rus­sian proverb

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