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By the time a man gets to be presidential material, he's been bought ten times over.
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#Man

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The four most beautiful words in our common language: I told you so.
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#American Novelist #Language

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There is something about a bureaucrat that does not like a poem.
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#American Novelist

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A narcissist is someone better looking than you are.
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#American Novelist

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The last best hope of earth, two trillion dollars in debt, is spinning out of control, and all we can do is stare at a flickering cathode-ray tube as Ollie ''answers'' questions on TV while the press, resolutely irrelevant as ever, asks politicians if they have committed adultery. From V-J Day 1945 to this has been, my fellow countrymen, a perfect nightmare.
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#Control #Twentieth Century

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Think of the earth as a living organism that is being attacked by billions of bacteria whose numbers double every forty years. Either the host dies, or the virus dies, or both die.
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#American Novelist #Earth

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Democracy is supposed to give you the feeling of choice, like Painkiller X and Painkiller Y. But they're both just aspirin.
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#American Novelist #Choice

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In America, the race goes to the loud, the solemn, the hustler. If you think you're a great writer, you must say that you are.
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#American Novelist #America

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Write something, even if it's just a suicide note.
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#American Novelist #Life

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Trust a nitwit society like this one to think that there are only two categories - fag and straight.
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#Society

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It is the spirit of the age to believe that any fact, no matter how suspect, is superior to any imaginative exercise, no matter how true
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#Age And Aging

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Sex is. There is nothing more to be done about it. Sex builds no roads, writes no novels and sex certainly gives no meaning to anything in life but itself.
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#American Novelist #Sex

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Religions sprang up among men to deal with the sometimes terrifying aspects of existence, to make sense out of the senseless, to explain things we find inexplicable
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#Existence

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Laughing at someone else is an excellent way of learning how to laugh at oneself; and questioning what seem to be the absurd beliefs of another group is a good way of recognizing the potential absurdity of many of one's own cherished beliefs.
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#Learning #Sarcasm

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All children alarm their parents, if only because you are forever expecting to encounter yourself.
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#American Novelist #Children

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I don't see us winning the war. We have made enemies of one billion Muslims."
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#Enemies

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Any American who is prepared to run for president should automatically, by definition, be disqualified from ever doing so.
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#American Novelist

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What other culture could have produced someone like Hemingway and not seen the joke?
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#Culture

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Never have children, only grandchildren.
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#Children

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Andy Warhol is the only genius I've ever known with an I.Q. of 60.
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#American Novelist #Genius