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Are you going to come along quietly, or am I going to have to use ear plugs?

-- Terence Alan "Spike" Milligan (1918-2002) Anglo-Irish comedian, writer, actor
The Goon Show, 9×12 “The Call of the West” (20 Jan 1959) 
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To work a Man to thy Bent: 1. Know his Inclinations. 2. Observe his Ends. 3. Search out his Weakness. And so thou mayst either draw or drive him.

-- Thomas Fuller (1654-1734) English writer, physician
Introductio ad Prudentiam, #1067 (1731)
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He died doing what he loved most: not being dead.

-- Joss Whedon (b. 1964) American screenwriter, author, producer [Joseph Hill Whedon]
Tweet (3 Oct 2014) 

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She was beautiful, but she was beautiful in the way a forest fire was beautiful: something to be admired from a distance, not up close.

-- Neil Gaiman (b. 1960) British fabulist
Good Omens [with Terry Pratchett] (1990)
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No, I have never wanted to be a man. I have often wanted to be more effective as a woman, but I have never felt that trousers would do the trick!

-- Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962) First Lady of the US (1933-45), politician, diplomat, activist
If You Ask Me (1946)
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Praise, like gold and diamonds, owes its value only to its scarcity.

Samuel Johnson Samuel Johnson (1709-1784) English writer, lexicographer, critic
The Rambler, #127 (6 Jun 1751)
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Regret for the things we did can be tempered by time; It is regret for the things we did not do that is inconsolable.

-- Sydney J. Harris (1917-1986) Anglo-American columnist, journalist, author
Strictly Personal (1953)

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Censorship, in my opinion, is a stupid and shallow way of approaching the solution to any problem. Though sometimes necessary, as witness a professional and technical secret that may have a bearing upon the welfare and very safety of this country, we should be very careful in the way we apply it, because in censorship always lurks the very great danger of working to the disadvantage of the American nation.

-- Dwight David Eisenhower (1890-1969) American general, US President (1953-61)
Speech, Associated Press luncheon, New York (24 Apr 1950)
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Philosophy directs us first to seek the goods of the mind, and the rest will either be supplied, or are not much wanted.

-- Francis Bacon (1561-1626) English philosopher, author, politician
Advancement of Learning, 8.2 (1605)
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Sorry for the gap in posting -- I was off on holiday and don't have a means to automatically feed these items into Google+ (though I did have quotes queued up to post on the underlying WIST.info site).

I'm back now, so let the quoting continue!
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Some very worthy persons, who have not had great advantages for information, have objected against that clause in the constitution which provides, that no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States. They have been afraid that this clause is unfavorable to religion. But my countrymen, the sole purpose and effect of it is to exclude persecution, and to secure to you the important right of religious liberty. We are almost the only people in the world, who have a full enjoyment of this important right of human nature. In our country every man has a right to worship God in that way which is most agreeable to his conscience. If he be a good and peaceable person he is liable to no penalties or incapacities on account of his religious sentiments; or in other words, he is not subject to persecution. But in other parts of the world, it has been, and still is, far different. Systems of religious error have been adopted, in times of ignorance. It has been the interest of tyrannical kings, popes, and prelates, to maintain these errors. When the clouds of ignorance began to vanish, and the people grew more enlightened, there was no other way to keep them in error, but to prohibit their altering their religious opinions by severe persecuting laws. In this way persecution became general throughout Europe.

-- Oliver Ellsworth (1745-1807) American lawyer, politician, Founder, Supreme Court chief justice (1796-1800)
Essay (17 Dec 1787) 

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There is something wonderful in seeing a wrong-headed majority assailed by truth.

-- John Kenneth Galbraith (1908-2006) Canadian-American economist, diplomat, author
The Guardian (28 Jul 1989)
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A personal collection of quotations, updated each weekday.
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This is the Google+ page for "Wish I'd Said That", my personal and ever-growing collection of quotations -- hand-picked and lovingly researched for attribution.

While most of the quotations are sentiments I agree with, some are merely intriguing or provocative, some are amusing or have a historic resonance, and a few I simply liked the turn of phrase.  So don't take "Wish I'd Said That" too literally.

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