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"… primitiveness and civilization are degrees of the same thing. If civilization has an opposite, it is war. Of those two things, you have either one, or the other. Not both."

Ursula K. Le Guin, The Left Hand of Darkness (1969)

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"Philosophy is called upon to compensate for the frustrations of politics and, more generally, of life itself."

Hannah Arendt, The Life of the Mind (1978)

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"Nothing was private in the Chinese world, nothing could be kept secret, the very word for secret also meant unlawful."

Pearl S. Buck, My Several Worlds (1954)

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"If you don’t have imagination you’re lost. But it’s a virtue that’s becoming increasingly rare, especially in its higher form: spontaneity. Mad, happy spontaneity."

Françoise Sagan, Nightbird: Conversations With Françoise Sagan (1974)

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"As women, Blacks, Hispanics, Asians, and American Indians began to move into the world of management, the emphasis was not on learning from them. Efforts focused, instead, on fitting minorities and women into what once was the domain of white men. These efforts almost totally missed the point by failing to take advantage of the new resources being brought to the management world. Interestingly, though, as affirmative action has gained ground, management theory and practice are expanding the concept of what makes a good manager. The new members of the workforce exhibit many of the behaviors that are being discussed and very tentatively tried out by managers."

Alice G. Sargent, The Androgynous Manager (1981)

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"… the large white snow-flakes as they flutter down, softly, one by one, whisper soothingly, ‘Rest, poor heart, rest!’ It is as though our mother smoothed our hair, and we are comforted."

Ralph Iron, The Story of an African Farm (1883)

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"… trouble of all kinds is voluble, and has plenty of words, but happiness was never written down."

Amelia E. Barr, All the Days of My Life (1913)

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"I lie to myself all the time. But I never believe me."

S,E. Hinton, The Outsiders (1967)

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