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Alistair Cooke Quotes

Alistair Cooke
The best compliment to a child or a friend is the feeling you give him that he has been set free to make his own inquiries, to come to conclusions that are right for him, whether or not they coincide with your own.
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#American Journalist

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A professional is someone who can do his best work when he doesn't feel like it.
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#American Journalist #Work

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Golf is an open exhibition of overweening ambition, courage deflated by stupidity, skill soured by a whiff of arrogance.
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#Ambition

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Texas does not, like any other region, simply have indigenous dishes. It proclaims them. It congratulates you, on your arrival, at having escaped from the slop pails of the other 49 states.
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#Nations

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All Presidents start out to run a crusade but after a couple of years they find they are running something less heroic and much more intractable: namely the presidency. The people are well cured by then of election fever, during which they think they are choosing Moses. In the third year, they look on the man as a sinner and a bumble and begin to poke around for rumors of another Messiah.
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#President #Running

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Curiosity ... endows the people who have it with a generosity in argument and a serenity in their own mode of life which springs from their cheerful willingness to let life take the form it will.
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#Curiosity

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It has been an unchallengeable American doctrine that cranberry sauce, a pink goo with overtones of sugared tomatoes, is a delectable necessity of the Thanksgiving board and that turkey is uneatable without it.
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#Doctrine

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Hollywood grew to be the most flourishing factory of popular mythology since the Greeks.
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#American Journalist #Hollywood

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To the goggling unbeliever Texans say - as people always say about their mangier dishes - "but it's just like chicken, only tenderer." Rattlesnake is, in fact, just like chicken, only tougher.
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#People

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Washington's birthday is as close to a secular Christmas as any Christian country dare come this side of blasphemy.
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#Birthday #Festivals

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Between a quarter and a third of Los Angeles's land area is now monopolized by the automobile and its needs-by freeways, highways, garages, gas stations, car lots, parking lots. And all of it is blanketed with anonymity and foul air.
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#Land

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These doomsday warriors look no more like soldiers than the soldiers of the Second World War looked like conquistadors. The more expert they become the more they look like lab assistants in small colleges.
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#American Journalist

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It's an acting job-acting natural.
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#Acting And Actors

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People, when they first come to America, whether as travelers or settlers, become aware of a new and agreeable feeling: that the whole country is their oyster.
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#American Journalist #America

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These humiliations are the essence of the game.
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#American Journalist

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Las Vegas is Everyman's cut-rate Babylon. Not far away there is, or was, a roadside lunch counter and over it a sign proclaiming in three words that a Roman emperor's orgy is now a democratic institution. "Topless Pizza Lunch."
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#Las Vegas

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People in America, when listening to radio, like to lean forward. People in Britain like to lean back.
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#American Journalist #America

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Man has an incurable habit of not fulfilling the prophecies of his fellow men.
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#American Journalist #Habit

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As always, the British especially shudder at the latest American vulgarity, and then they embrace it with enthusiasm two years later.
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#American Journalist #Enthusiasm

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Curiosity is free-wheeling intelligence.
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#American Journalist #Curiosity

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Canned music is like audible wallpaper.
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#American Journalist