„Citizenship is not something that you can outsource! ...We've got to do the work ourselves, and you've got to know, and you've got to talk to people.“

David Cay Johnston, "It's Even Worse Than You Think" (Jan 27, 2018)

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Investigative journalist and author 1948

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„Sex appeal is fifty percent what you've got and fifty percent what people think you've got.“

—  Sophia Loren Italian actress 1934

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Variant: Sex appeal is fifty percent what you've got and fifty percent what people think you've got.

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„Sincerity - if you can fake that, you've got it made.“

—  George Burns American comedian, actor, and writer 1896 - 1996

Variant: Acting is all about honesty. If you can fake that, you've got it made.

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—  Curtis LeMay American general and politician 1906 - 1990

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—  Jean Giraudoux French novelist, essayist, diplomat and playwright 1882 - 1944

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„Words are for meaning: when you've got the meaning, you can forget the words.“

—  Zhuangzi classic Chinese philosopher -369 - -286 BC

Original: (zh_Hant) 荃者所以在魚,得魚而忘荃;蹄者所以在兔,得兔而忘蹄;言者所以在意,得意而忘言。吾安得忘言之人而與之言哉!
Variant: "Where can I find a man who has forgotten words? He is the one I would like to talk to."
Context: A trap is for fish: when you've got the fish, you can forget the trap. A snare is for rabbits: when you've got the rabbit, you can forget the snare. Words are for meaning: when you've got the meaning, you can forget the words. Where can I find someone who's forgotten words so I can have a word with him?...

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„You've got to find the answer inside you — feel the right thing to do.“

—  Daniel Keyes, book Flowers for Algernon

Flowers for Algernon (1966)
Context: The answer can't be found in books — or be solved by bringing it to other people. Not unless you want to remain a child all your life. You've got to find the answer inside you — feel the right thing to do.

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