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Quotes of the day: Angus Wilson
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Published Sunday, August 10, 2014 @ 11:28 PM EDT
Aug 10 2014

Sir Angus Frank Johnstone Wilson, KBE (August 11, 1913 – May 31, 1991) was an English novelist and short story writer. He was awarded the 1958 James Tait Black Memorial Prize for The Middle Age of Mrs. Eliot and later received a knighthood for his services to literature. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)

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All are deceptions, substitutes for the hard job of using reason and industry and intuition and compassion to solve even a little bit of the muddle with humaneness and awe for the natural world and the complexity of human beings.

Envy has the ugliness of a trapped rat that has gnawed its own foot in its effort to escape.

I have no concern for the common man except that he should not be so common.

Life can't be put on paper in all its complexity.

Life isn't just to be found, you have to work for it.

Life today is jungle like... it is complex, it is inhuman in its materialism.

Once a Catholic always a Catholic.

People are able to live with only half a heart, to live without real compassion, because they are able to use words that are only forms.

The opportunities for heroism are limited in this kind of world: the most people can do is sometimes not to be as weak as they've been at other times.

You have a perfect right to consign us all to hell, rector, but you must allow us the choice of how we get there.

Youth is the time for loving, so poets always say.

(August 11 is also the birthday of Robert Green Ingersoll.)


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Quotes of the day: Herbert Hoover
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Published Sunday, August 10, 2014 @ 12:21 AM EDT
Aug 10 2014

Herbert Hoover (August 10, 1874 - October 20, 1964) was the 31st president of the United States (1929–1933), whose term was notably marked by the stock market crash of 1929 and the beginnings of the Great Depression. (Click here for full biography.com article)

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A good many things go around in the dark besides Santa Claus.

About the time we can make the ends meet, somebody moves the ends.

As a nation we must prevent hunger and cold to those of our people who are in honest difficulties.

Being a politician is a poor profession. Being a public servant is a noble one.

Blessed are the young, for they shall inherit the national debt.

Economic depression can not be cured by legislative action or executive pronouncement.

Honor is not the exclusive property of any political party.

I'm the only person of distinction who's ever had a depression named for him.

In its broad aspects, the proper feeding of children revolves around a public recognition of the interdependence of the human animal upon his cattle. The white race cannot survive without dairy products.

Many years ago, I concluded that a few hair shirts were part of the mental wardrobe of every man. The president differs from other men in that he has a more extensive wardrobe.

No public man can be just a little crooked.

Older men declare war. But it is youth that must fight and die. And it is youth who must inherit the tribulation, the sorrow and the triumphs that are the aftermath of war.

Once upon a time my political opponents honored me as possessing the fabulous intellectual and economic power by which I created a worldwide depression all by myself.

Prosperity cannot be restored by raids upon the public Treasury.

The ancient bitter opposition to improved methods on the ancient theory that it more than temporarily deprives men of employment... has no place in the gospel of American progress.

We are in danger of developing a cult of the Common Man, which means a cult of mediocrity.

When the outcome of a meeting is to have another meeting, it has been a lousy meeting.

When there is a lack of honor in government, the morals of the whole people are poisoned

When we are sick, we want an uncommon doctor; when we have a construction job to do, we want an uncommon engineer, and when we are at war, we want an uncommon general. It is only when we get into politics that we are satisfied with the common man.


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