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Quotes of the day: Al Franken

Published Wednesday, May 21, 2014 @ 1:28 AM EDT
May 21 2014

Alan Stuart "Al" Franken (b. May 21, 1951) is an American politician, the junior United States Senator from Minnesota, where he has served since 2009. A member of the Minnesota Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party, an affiliate of the Democratic Party, he narrowly defeated incumbent Republican Senator Norm Coleman in 2008. Prior to serving in the Senate, he was a writer and performer for the television show Saturday Night Live (SNL) from its inception in 1975 to 1980 and from 1985 to 1995. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


Enjoy the chase, whether you're the fox or the hounds. But keep in mind, when the hounds catch the fox, they usually tear it to pieces.

I've said that net neutrality is the most important free speech issue of our time. It's true. If Republicans have their way, large corporations won't just have the loudest voices in the room. They'll be able to effectively silence everyone else. Every small business they'd prefer not to compete with. Every blogger who publishes something they don't like. We have to stop them.

If you control the flow of information, you can control the conversation around important issues. If you can control the conversation, you can change this country.

It's easier to put on slippers than to carpet the whole world.

Mistakes are a part of being human. Appreciate your mistakes for what they are: precious life lessons that can only be learned the hard way. Unless it's a fatal mistake, which, at least, others can learn from.

No Child Left Behind is the most ironically named piece of legislation since the 1942 Japanese Family Leave Act.

Personal appearance can be a handy arena in which to punish your spouse passive aggressively by allowing your own appearance to deteriorate.

Religion is like a fire extinguisher. You never know when you're going to need it. So it's best to have one handy.

The biases the media have are much bigger than conservative or liberal. They're about getting ratings, about making money, about doing stories that are easy to cover.

The Hopis say that man is closest to God when he reaches out his hand to help and furthest from God when he raises his hand to strike. This may explain why the Hopis were overrun by the far more warlike Navaho, who have a different saying, which is that your neighbor's corn will not fill your belly unless you take it from him.

Very often when one door closes, another does open. A trapdoor, leading directly to that lonely place at the bottom.

We love America just as much as they do. But in a different way. You see, they love America like a four-year-old loves his mommy. Liberals love America like grown-ups. To a four-year-old, everything Mommy does is wonderful and anyone who criticizes Mommy is bad. Grown-up love means actually understanding what you love, taking the good with the bad and helping your loved one grow. Love takes attention and work and is the best thing in the world.

What Doesn't Kill You Can Have Lingering After-effects.

When you encounter seemingly good advice that contradicts other seemingly good advice, ignore them both.

Whining is anger through a small opening.


"Be just and good."

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