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How much longer are we going to think it necessary to be 'American' before (or in contradistinction to) being cultivated, being enlightened, being humane, and having the same intellectual discipline as other civilized countries?
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Edith Wharton Quotes

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Anger is a very appropriate and necessary response to an injustice. But stand back now the truth, clearly spoken, is always your best weapon. Calmly spoken, it can burn a hole through the hardest heart.
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Bill Chickering Quotes

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It seemed to be a necessary ritual that he should prepare himself for sleep by meditating under the solemnity of the night sky... a mysterious transaction between the infinity of the soul and the infinity of the universe.
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Victor Hugo Quotes

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Certain flaws are necessary for the whole. It would seem strange if old friends lacked certain quirks.
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Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Quotes

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Dreams are necessary to life.
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Anais Nin Quotes

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Any community's arm of force - military, police, security - needs people in it who can do neccesary evil, and yet not be made evil by it. To do only the necessary and no more. To constantly question the assumptions, to stop the slide into atrocity.
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Lois McMaster Bujold Quotes

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In order to preserve your self-respect, it is sometimes necessary to lie and cheat.
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Robert Byrne Quotes

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The world is governed more by appearance than realities so that it is fully as necessary to seem to know something as to know it.
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Daniel Webster Quotes

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That life is worth living is the most necessary of assumptions, and, were it not assumed, the most impossible of conclusions.
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Unknown Author Quotes

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Cowards die many times before their deaths The valiant never taste of death but once. Of all the wonders that I yet have heard, It seems to me most strange that men should fear Seeing that death, a necessary end, Will come when it will come.
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William Shakespeare Quotes

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How many does it take to metamorphose wickedness into righteousness? One man must not kill. If he does, it is murder... But a state or nation may kill as many as they please, and it is not murder. It is just, necessary, commendable, and right. Only get people enough to agree to it, and the butchery of myriads of human beings is perfectly innocent. But how many does it take?
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Adin Ballou Quotes

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For Americans war is almost all of the time a nuisance, and military skill is a luxury like Mah-Jongg. But when the issue is brought home to them, war becomes as important, for the necessary period, as business or sport.
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D. W. Brogan Quotes

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Criticism may not be agreeable, but it is necessary. It fulfils the same function as pain in the human body. It calls attention to an unhealthy state of things.
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Winston Churchill Quotes

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A lot of people like snow. I find it to be an unnecessary freezing of water.
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Carl Reiner Quotes

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Programming languages should be designed not by piling feature on top of feature, but by removing the weaknesses and restrictions that make additional features appear necessary.
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All this pitting of sex against sex, of quality against quality; all this claiming of superiority and imputing of inferiority belong to the private-school stage of human existence where there are sides, and it is necessary for one side to beat another side.
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Virginia Woolf Quotes

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Exaggeration is in the course of things. Nature sends no creature, no man into the world, without adding a small excess of his proper quality. Given the planet, it is still necessary to add the impulse; so, to every creature nature added a little violence of direction in its proper path, a shove to put it on its way; in every instance, a slight generosity, a drop too much.
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Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes

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Always live up to your standards - by lowering them, if necessary.
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Mignon McLaughlin Quotes

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The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak.
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Hans Hofmann Quotes

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As we learn more and more about the universe, there seems less and less for God to do ... When Newton explained the motion of the planets by the universal theory of gravitation, it no longer was necessary for angels to push and pummel the planets about. When Pierre Simon, the Marquis de Laplace, proposed to explain the origin of the solar system - although not the origin of matter - in terms of physical laws as well, even the necessity for a god involved in the origins of things seemed profoundly challenged.
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Carl Sagan Quotes

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