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"Freedom is much more complicated than servitude."

Caryl Rivers, More Joy Than Rage (1991)

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"We humans should never forget our capacity to connect with the collective spirit of animals. Their energy is essential to our future growth."

Shirley MacLaine, Dancing in the Light (1985)

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"… forethought spares afterthought …"

Amelia E. Barr, Jan Vedder's Wife (1895)

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"There is no denying that there are ‘royal roads’ through existence for the upper classes; for them, at least, the highways are macadamized, swept, and watered."

L.E. Landon, Ethel Churchill, or, The Two Brides (1837)

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"He didn’t like to travel much, but he didn’t mind it in other people."

Lorrie Moore, Like Life (1990)

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"You must — you abosolutely must — possess what can only be called leadership: that rare-as-rubies personal force that can resolve the clash of issues and personalities, pull others along with you, induce them to see things your way, to work their heads off in your young firm’s behalf."

Paula Nelson, The Joy of Money: The Womans Guide to Financial Freedom (1975)

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"What do I actually mean when I say ‘delusion’? I mean the absurdity of the claim that the excessive atomic armament of both sides creates a ‘balance of terror’ that reduces the danger of war; that in the long run it even offers a minimum of security. … Hence the cynical saying: He who strikes first will die second."

Christa Wolf, Cassandra: A Novel and Four Essays (1984)

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"I am not impressed by external devices for the preservation of virtue in men or women. Marriage laws, the police, armies and navies are the mark of human incompetence."

Dora Russell, The Right to Be Happy (1927)

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