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A Book of Fiction May Throw Some Light on What Has Been Written as Fact – “A Moveable Feast”, Ernest Hemingway

October 28th, 2012 · Comments Off on A Book of Fiction May Throw Some Light on What Has Been Written as Fact – “A Moveable Feast”, Ernest Hemingway · Quotes, Writing

If the reader prefers, this book may be regarded as fiction. But there is always the chance that such a book of fiction may throw some light on what has been written as fact.

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Eventually All Things Are Known. And Few Matter – “Burr” – Gore Vidal

September 27th, 2012 · Comments Off on Eventually All Things Are Known. And Few Matter – “Burr” – Gore Vidal · Humanism, Philosophy, Quotes

Eventually all things are known. And few matter.

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Hear Everything, Believe Nothing – “Burr” – Gore Vidal

September 22nd, 2012 · Comments Off on Hear Everything, Believe Nothing – “Burr” – Gore Vidal · Politics, Quotes

One hears everything. But I tend to believe nothing.

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To be Excitingly Right in General is Better Than to be Dully Accurate in Particular – “Burr” – Gore Vidal

September 20th, 2012 · Comments Off on To be Excitingly Right in General is Better Than to be Dully Accurate in Particular – “Burr” – Gore Vidal · Ethics, Journalism, Newspapers, Quotes, Spin, The Media

None of this is quite true but Leggett feels that to be excitingly right in general is better than to be dully accurate in particular. That is why he is such an effective journalist.

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Lying to School Children – “Mudslingers: The Twenty-Five Dirtiest Political Campaigns of All Time” – Kerwin Swint

May 1st, 2012 · Comments Off on Lying to School Children – “Mudslingers: The Twenty-Five Dirtiest Political Campaigns of All Time” – Kerwin Swint · Campaigning, Politics, US Politics

The next day (Charles) Robb responded with a second ad that called (Ollie) North a liar: “After lying about President Reagan and even lying to schoolchildren, now Oliver North is lying about Chuck Robb. Chuck Robb has never had anything to do with illegal drugs – period. B what North doesn’t understand is the real […]

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None of the Facts Are Invented – “If This Is A Man” – Primo Levi

April 12th, 2012 · Comments Off on None of the Facts Are Invented – “If This Is A Man” – Primo Levi · History, Writing

It seems to me unnecessary to add that none of the facts are invented. An interesting statement to end the preface of this book in the light of subsequent fact based literary controversies.

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Forge Thy Tongue on an Anvil of Truth – “The Greek Way” – Edith Hamilton

February 10th, 2012 · 1 Comment · Philosophy, Quotes

Pindar: Forge thy tongue on an anvil of truth And what flies up, though it be but a spark, Shall have weight.

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Truth and Repose – “The Greek Way” – Edith Hamilton

February 8th, 2012 · Comments Off on Truth and Repose – “The Greek Way” – Edith Hamilton · Philosophy, Religion

“God offers to everyone,” says Emerson, “his choice between truth and repose. Take which you please—you can never have both.”

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Mind and Spirit Together – “The Greek Way” – Edith Hamilton

February 7th, 2012 · Comments Off on Mind and Spirit Together – “The Greek Way” – Edith Hamilton · Humanism, Leadership, Philosophy

Mind and spirit together make up that which separates us from the rest of the animal world, that which enables a man to know the truth and that which enables him to die for the truth.

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Turning Feelings into Words – “After the Quake: Earthquake Stories” – Haruki Murakami 

January 30th, 2012 · Comments Off on Turning Feelings into Words – “After the Quake: Earthquake Stories” – Haruki Murakami  · Writing

I understand how you feel, but if you put those feelings into words they will turn into lies.

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