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A Quote by Herbert George Wells on conservatism, conversation, debt, fiction, history, home, ideas, learning, life, literature, nonsense, opportunity, politics, purpose, retirement, science, present, thinking, and time

History has been kinder to Churchill than many of his contemporaries ever were. Some may be surprised to learn that the following luminary from the field of science-fiction had anything political to say at all: "Winston Churchill, the present would-be British Fuehrer, is a person with a range of ideas limited to the adventures and opportunities of British political life. He has never given evidence of thinking extensively, or of any scientific or literary capacity. . . . His ideology, picked up in the garrison life of India, on the reefs of South Africa, the maternal home and the conversation of wealthy Conservative households, is a pitiful jumble of incoherent nonsense. A boy scout is better equipped. He has served his purpose and it is high time he retired upon his laurels before we forget the debt we owe him. . . ."

H.G. Wells (1866 - 1946)

Source: Tribune article, December 15, 1944

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A Quote by Grenville Kleiser on cleverness, conversation, culture, people, radicals, temper, and time

Discreetly keep most of your radical opinions to yourself. When with people be a listener a large part of the time. Be considerate in every word and act, and resist the tendency to say clever things. The best evidence of your culture is the tone and temper of your conversation.

Grenville Kleiser (1868 - 1953)

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A Quote by Gilbert Keith Chesterton on belief, birds, conversation, dreams, eternity, freedom, god, liberals, men, mountains, necessity, respect, theology, thought, and truth

We say, not lightly but very literally, that the truth has made us free. They say that it makes us so free that it cannot be the truth. To them it is like believing in fairyland to believe in such freedom as we enjoy. It is like believing in men with wings to entertain the fancy of men with wills. It is like accepting a fable about a squirrel in conversation with a mountain to believe in a man who is free to ask or a God who is free to answer. This is a manly and a rational negation, for which I for one shall always show respect. But I decline to show any respect for those who first of all clip the bird and cage the squirrel, rivet the chains and refuse the freedom, close all the doors of the cosmic prison on us with a clang of eternal iron, tell us that our emancipation is a dream and our dungeon a necessity; and then calmly turn round and tell us they have a freer thought and a more liberal theology.

Gilbert Chesterton (1874 - 1936)

Source: The Everlasting Man

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A Quote by George Matthew Adams on advertising, brevity, conversation, correction, earth, guidance, happiness, ideas, inspiration, life, philosophy, possessions, success, time, and women

Every one of us, unconsciously, works out a personal philosophy of life, by which we are guided, inspired, and corrected, as time goes on. It is this philosophy by which we measure out our days, and by which we advertise to all about us the man, or woman, that we are. . . . It takes but a brief time to scent the life philosophy of anyone. It is defined in the conversation, in the look of the eye, and in the general mien of the person. It has no hiding place. It's like the perfume of the flower - unseen, but known almost instantly. It is the possession of the successful, and the happy. And it can be greatly embellished by the absorption of ideas and experiences of the useful of this earth.

George Matthew Adams

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A Quote by George Bernard Shaw on conversation, power, speech, and trouble

The trouble with her is that she lacks the power of conversation but not the power of speech.

George Bernard Shaw (1856 - 1950)

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A Quote by George Bernard Shaw on conversation and quotations

I often quote myself. It adds spice to my conversation.

George Bernard Shaw (1856 - 1950)

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A Quote by Frederick William Robertson on books, conversation, growth, meditation, religion, sermons, truth, and variety

It is not the number of books you read, nor the variety of sermons you hear, nor the amount of religious conversation in which you mix, but it is the frequency and earnestness with which you meditate on these things till the truth in them becomes your own and part of your being, that ensures your growth.

Frederick William Robertson (1816 - 1883)

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A Quote by Franklin Delano Roosevelt on america, conversation, deception, diplomacy, existence, government, hope, nations, peace, planning, presidency, surprises, time, and war

It could be inferred from President Roosevelt's public statements that the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor had come as a complete surprise to his administration - that it had not been, and could not have been, anticipated. . . . "The United States was at peace with that Nation [Japan] and, at the solicitation of Japan, was still in conversation with its Government and its Emperor looking toward the maintenance of peace in the Pacific. Indeed one hour after Japanese air squadrons had commenced bombing in the American Island of Oahu, the Japanese Ambassador to the United States and his colleague delivered to our Secretary of State a formal reply to a recent American message. And while this reply stated that it seemed useless to continue the existing diplomatic relations, it contained no threat or hint of war or of armed attack. It will be recorded that the distance of Hawaii from Japan makes it obvious that the attack was deliberately planned many days or even weeks ago. During the intervening time the Japanese Government has deliberately sought to deceive the United States by false statements and expressions of hope for continued peace."

Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882 - 1945)

Source: Address to the Congress, December 8, 1941

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A Quote by Frank Sheed on conversation

One way to prevent conversation from being boring is to say the wrong thing.

Frank Sheed

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A Quote by Fran Lebowitz on animals, certainty, and conversation

No animal should ever jump up on the dining-room furniture unless absolutely certain that he can hold his own in the conversation.

Fran Lebowitz

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