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Men can only be happy when they do not assume that the object of life is happiness. George Orwell, author
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I think a lot of times we don't pay enough attention to people with a positive attitude because we assume they are naive or stupid or unschooled. Amy Adams, actress
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True guilt is guilt at the obligation one owes to oneself to be oneself. False guilt is guilt felt at not being what other people feel one ought to be or assume that one is. R. D. Laing, psychologist
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I shall assume that your silence gives consent. Plato, philosopher
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This is an important book, the critic assumes, because it deals with war. This is an insignificant book because it deals with the feelings of women in a drawing-room. Virginia Woolf, author
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An entrepreneur assumes the risk and is dedicated and committed to the success of whatever he or she undertakes. Victor Kiam, businessman
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Children who assume adult responsibilities feel old when they're young. Martha Beck, author
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If we see someone in a wheelchair, we assume they cannot walk. It may be that they can walk three, four, five steps. That, to them, means they can walk. Evelyn Glennie, musician
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Parents shouldn't assume children are made out of sugar candy and will break and collapse instantly. Kids don't. We do. Maurice Sendak, artist
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Partisanship is our great curse. We too readily assume that everything has two sides and that it is our duty to be on one or the other. James Harvey Robinson, historian
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War on the other hand is such a terrible thing, that no man, especially a Christian man, has the right to assume the responsibility of starting it. Leo Tolstoy, novelist
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Never assume the obvious is true. William Safire, author
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Iraq assumes responsibility for its own future... They have got to step up. Jeff Sessions, politician
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I think it's easy for people to assume that fame is equal to glory, but it can be a very isolating experience. Sophia Bush, actress
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Never assume, no matter how strong the temptation, that other people are low-life lying manipulators without a shred of human decency. Dinesh D'Souza, author
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Most people assume that women are responsible for households and child care. Most couples operate that way - not all. That fundamental assumption holds women back. Sheryl Sandberg, businesswoman
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I wish you could see some of the girls I have genuinely had crushes on in my life. They're not the girls you would assume. Chris Evans, actor
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I was a real loner in high school, even though people assume I was the head cheerleader. Kate Bosworth, actress
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I can only assume that your editorial writer tripped over the First Amendment and thought it was the office cat. E. B. White, writer
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Never assume that the guy understands that you and he have a relationship. Dave Barry, journalist
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I think the biggest problem working with me would be that I'm an only child, and so I have an internal dialogue that goes on that I just assume you can hear. Maynard James Keenan, musician
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We must never assume that which is incapable of proof. George Henry Lewes, philosopher
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A benevolent mind, and the face assumes the patterns of benevolence. An evil mind, then an evil face. Jimmy Sangster,
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Most Americans aren't the sort of citizens the Founding Fathers expected; they are contented serfs. Far from being active critics of government, they assume that its might makes it right. Joseph Sobran, activist
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All the evidence that we have indicates that it is reasonable to assume in practically every human being, and certainly in almost every newborn baby, that there is an active will toward health, an impulse towards growth, or towards the actualization. Abraham Maslow, psychologist
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The rule of the game was never assume that anybody, however honorable, would be able to stand up under torture. If Mr. X, who knew where I was, was caught for some reason, I should move. Abraham Pais, scientist
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Just as men must give up economic control when their wives share the responsibility for the family's financial well-being, women must give up exclusive parental control when their husbands assume more responsibility for child care. Augustus Y. Napier,
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Believe it or not, very little research has ever been funded to search for natural mechanisms of warming... it has simply been assumed that global warming is manmade. Climate change - it happens, with or without our help. Roy Spencer, scientist
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Even though the National Guard and Army Reserve see combat today, it rankles me that people assume it was some kind of waltz in the park back then. Larry David, actor
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When future archaeologists dig up the remains of California, they're going to find all of those gyms their scary-looking gym equipment, and they're going to assume that we were a culture obsessed with torture. Doug Coupland, author
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I think the Iranians are clearly determined to have a nuclear program. And we have to assume that with a nuclear program they have the capability and the will to create a nuclear weapon. Colin Powell, statesman
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Everyone assumes we're always going to have a cocktail and a cigarette in hand. Fans expect us all to be dressed up all the time. They always say to me, 'You look so young. You don't seem as tall!' Christina Hendricks, actress
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The original project began because we know the universe is expanding. Everybody had assumed that gravity would slow down the expansion of the universe and everything would come to a halt and collapse. The big surprise was it was actually speeding up. Saul Perlmutter, scientist
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Governments cannot assume or expect that the ECB will always facilitate their funding independently of the achievement of their fiscal and other policy objectives. Lucas Papademos, politician
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We must all assume out responsibilities to take the country forward. Lucas Papademos, politician
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And in English Canada, no one really knows where the support is coming from, but Conservatives would assume that it's bleeding from the Liberals. So we have a divided left in Canada. Rick Mercer, comedian
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Companies in every industry need to assume that a software revolution is coming. Marc Andreessen, businessman
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I tend to play strong characters and people just assume that I would want to play romantic comedies, which I would love to do, but there are other women that do it so great and they maybe couldn't do what I do, play the kind of characters that I play. Carrie-Anne Moss, actress
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There are only so many hilarious actors so when they cross-pollinate, people assume it's always the same actors and directors. Judd Apatow, director
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The fact is that in this day and age I don't think any novelist can assume that a book will get attention. Curtis Sittenfeld, writer
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I always assume I look better than I actually do. I'll feel pretty good about myself when I leave the house, then I'll see a picture and think, 'Crap, I had no idea that's what I was looking like.' Katherine Heigl, actress
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France now has a new president and he must be respected. I assume full responsibility for this defeat. Nicolas Sarkozy, statesman
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I think people assume I only do light things because of the movies that are like 'Hairspray' and 'John Tucker Must Die.' But I think it's all just based on material that I really like and that speaks to me. Brittany Snow, actress
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A chief is a man who assumes responsibility. He says "I was beaten," he does not say "My men were beaten". Antoine de Saint-Exupery, novelist
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When a man assumes leadership, he forfeits the right to mercy. Gennaro Angiulo, criminal
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Education is a kind of continuing dialogue, and a dialogue assumes different points of view. Robert M. Hutchins, educator
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Because your own strength is unequal to the task, do not assume that it is beyond the powers of man; but if anything is within the powers and province of man, believe that it is within your own compass also. Marcus Aurelius, emperor
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Children always assume the sexual lives of their parents come to a grinding halt at their conception. Alan Bennett, dramatist
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People make jokes about my bosoms, why don't they look underneath the breasts at the heart? It's obvious I've got big ones and if people want to assume they're not mine, then let them. Dolly Parton, musician
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After Leaving Las Vegas I did assume that things would get a lot easier than they've been. But it's just been a mirror of the way my career's been from the beginning, so for it to have changed would have been strange. My career has never been perfect. Elisabeth Shue, actress
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I don't believe that I personally have been changed by the money. The bad thing is people assume you've changed because now you have money. Shaquille O'Neal, athlete
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Drama assumes an order. If only so that it might have - by disrupting that order - a way of surprising. Vaclav Havel, leader
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People mistakenly assume that their thinking is done by their head; it is actually done by the heart which first dictates the conclusion, then commands the head to provide the reasoning that will defend it. Anthony De Mello,
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Power is not something that can be assumed or discarded at will like underwear. John Kenneth Galbraith, economist
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Today's message to Baghdad is very clear: the UN Security Council resolution expresses the unity and determination of the entire international community to assume its collective responsibility. Javier Solana, politician
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Show people tend to treat their finances like their dentistry. They assume the man handling it knows what he is doing. Dick Cavett, entertainer
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Iraq's search for weapons of mass destruction has proven impossible to deter and we should assume that it will continue for as long as Saddam is in power. Al Gore, vice president
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Science has sometimes been said to be opposed to faith, and inconsistent with it. But all science, in fact, rests on a basis of faith, for it assumes the permanence and uniformity of natural laws - a thing which can never be demonstrated. Tryon Edwards, theologian
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It seems to me that there are two kinds of trickery: the "fronts" people assume before one another's eyes, and the "front" a writer puts on the face of reality. Francoise Sagan, playwright
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The elementary school must assume as its sublime and most solemn responsibility the task of teaching every child in it to read. Any school that does not accomplish this has failed. William Bennett, politician
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You can safely assume that you've created God in your own image when it turns out that God hates all the same people you do. Anne Lamott, author
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It is very hard to be a female leader. While it is assumed that any man, no matter how tough, has a soft side... and female leader is assumed to be one-dimensional. Billie Jean King, athlete
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Before the war is ended, the war party assumes the divine right to denounce and silence all opposition to war as unpatriotic and cowardly. Robert M. La Follette, politician
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Most discussions of decision making assume that only senior executives make decisions or that only senior executives' decisions matter. This is a dangerous mistake. Peter Drucker, consultant
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But, I don't want to assume that our tradition of excellence is a guarantee of future excellence. Dave Heineman, politician
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So the next thing I assume I'll be hearing from Republicans, they want to change rules some way, as they do on the House when you get a problem with ethics, they just change the rules. Harry Reid, politician
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Entrepreneurs are risk takers, willing to roll the dice with their money or reputation on the line in support of an idea or enterprise. They willingly assume responsibility for the success or failure of a venture and are answerable for all its facets. Victor Kiam, businessman
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Here in Davos, it is generally assumed that there is now only one god - the market. Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, politician
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Talking in one language and talking in another, I think inevitably, produce two different personalities, as far as I've seen in other people. I assume it does the same for me. Alma Guillermoprieto, journalist
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My observation is that women are merely waiting for their husbands to assume leadership. James Dobson, psychologist
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If I talk to a girl, it's assumed that I'm having a scene with her. If I don't, then it's assumed that I'm gay. Shahrukh Khan, actor
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As I assume my responsibilities as your representative, I wish to assure you of my loyalty and devotions, as well of my determination to serve you and the people of Canada to the utmost of my abilities. Romeo LeBlanc, politician
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Everyone assumes that novelists are smarter and more interesting. They're generally smarter and more interesting, but they're often very short. So it kind of cancels all the smart and interesting stuff out. Liev Schreiber, actor
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I expect the audience to come up to my level. I am not interested in compromising my music to make it palatable to an assumed sub-standard mass. Don Ellis, musician
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The war on drugs is wrong, both tactically and morally. It assumes that people are too stupid, too reckless, and too irresponsible to decide whether and under what conditions to consume drugs. The war on drugs is morally bankrupt. Larry Elder, journalist
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What then is tragedy? In the Elizabethan period it was assumed that a play ending in death was a tragedy, but in recent years we have come to understand that to live on is sometimes far more tragic than death. George P. Baker,
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The great disadvantage of our present electoral system is that it freezes the pattern of politics, and holds together the incompatible because everyone assumes that if a party splits it will be electorally slaughtered. Roy Jenkins, politician
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I would assume most people hate my character. But I'm hoping that I'm the character you love to hate. Charlotte Ross, actress
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If most people are not willing to see the difficulty, this is mainly because, consciously or unconsciously, they assume that it will be they who will settle these questions for the others, and because they are convinced of their own capacity to do this. Friedrich August von Hayek, economist
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I have been a multitude of shapes, Before I assumed a consistent form. Taliesin, poet
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I can assume that the younger generations will no longer know what vinyl was. Maybe some kids will take their CD back to the shop, telling the shop owner they have a faulty disc and if they could please get a new one. Mike Rutherford, musician
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We assume, to begin with, that the individual is at least as complex in his internal structure as the language is which he speaks - otherwise, how could he speak a language which is complex? Kenneth L. Pike, sociologist
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Sometimes I listen to songs by very smart writers who assume that the world is a civil place with certain formalities that people follow, but I don't see things that way. My own experience tells me that life is not like that. Suzanne Vega, musician
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When a judge assumes the power to decide which distinctions made in a statute are legitimate and which are not, he assumes the power to disapprove of any and all legislation, because all legislation makes distinctions. Robert Bork, public servant
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It is always incorrect to assume you can know what someone's moral convictions are based on their philosophical theories. Stanley Fish, writer
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All matter originates and exists only by virtue of a force... We must assume behind this force the existence of a conscious and intelligent Mind. This Mind is the matrix of all matter. Max Planck, scientist
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We as Americans assume that big companies are bad, and big power companies are even worse. Frank Luntz, politician
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Of course, there are many, many musicians whose music gives me pleasure, but until I make contact with them, musically or personally, I never assume that anything wonderful will happen. Hugh Hopper, musician
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We should assume that the end product can be switched off by any consumer who is offended or frightened by it. Richard King, director
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The only thing that's a little tricky about it is sometimes people assume that if it's a new song, it's a reflection of what you're feeling or going through now. Richard Marx, musician
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I lost some of my friends because I got so famous, people who just assumed that I would be different now. I felt like everyone hated me. That is the most unhappy time of my life. Haruki Murakami, writer
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M*A*S*H offered real characters and everybody identified with them because they had such soul. The humor was intelligent and it always assumed that you had an intellect. Loretta Swit, actress
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One is actually the democracy here, you know, people are, people assume that this election means that there is democracy in Pakistan. There is no democracy. Imran Khan, athlete
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I answered their questions truthfully and honestly, but I would prefer not to say more. I assume the information was routed back and that is why I was not called to testify. Jeff Gannon, journalist
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World War II had been such a tremendous success story for this country that the political and military leadership began to assume that they would prevail simply because of who they were. We were like the British at the turn of the 19th century. Neil Sheehan, journalist
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I also assume that they are not simply the physical properties of things as now conceived by physical science. Instead, they are ecological, in the sense that they are properties of the environment relative to an animal. James J. Gibson, psychologist
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The actual Blue Rose murders, which lie at the core of the three novels, yield various incorrect solutions which assume the status of truth. Peter Straub, writer
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Trade helps bring us products cheaply, but there is no guarantee whatsoever to assume that it will allow us to replace the jobs that have been lost, and there is no mechanism under productivity that says that, either. Tim Bishop, politician
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People assume that because you have graced the same stage as the star act, in front of thousands, you must be reaping similar financial rewards. This is a complete fallacy. John Barrow, politician
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It was always assumed that I would go to college. Paul D. Boyer, scientist
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One of the great intellectual failures of the American intelligence community, and especially the counterterrorism community, is to assume if someone hasn't attacked us, it's because he can't or because we've defeated him. Michael Scheuer, public servant
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Is it philosophical, is it quite allowable, to assume without evidence from fossil plants that the family or any of the genera was once larger and wide spread? and occupied a continuous area? Asa Gray, scientist
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The country up here is beautiful; everything green and pleasant; and if you saw it now, you would not believe that in two months' time it could have such a parched and barren appearance as it will then assume. William John Wills, scientist
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By a museum, I assume you mean an institution dedicated to the events of Sept. 11 and the aftermath. If that is done with sensitivity, I think it would be most appropriate. David Rockefeller, businessman
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It's politely assumed that democracy is a means of containing and restraining violence. But violence comes not from genes but from ideas. Edward Bond, playwright
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If enough people openly engage in conduct once considered reprehensible, we rewrite the rule book and assume that God, as a good democrat, will go along. James L. Buckley, politician
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Grant, if we edited Fortran, I assume that you'd put a column thing in there. Ken Thompson, scientist
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We assume people we know can't be serial killers. Pat Brown, entertainer
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We assume that celebrities have it easy and so love to watch them having to endure a bit of hardship. Shirley Jones, actress
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More and more couples are having this negotiation or discussion, but I'm still amazed at the number who aren't and where the cultural norm sort of kicks in and they just assume that mom's got to be the one who stays home, not dad. James Levine, musician
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It's rather naive, apart from being ethically objectionable, to assume that our investigators travel around the country with bags of money trying to bribe witnesses to lie on the witness stand. We just don't operate that way. Jim Garrison, public servant
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The famous saying 'God is love', it is generally assumed, means that God is like our immediate emotional indulgence, not that the meaning of love ought to have something of the 'otherness' and terror of God. Charles Williams, editor
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I don't know why they're doing it. I have to assume that their motives are positive, not negative. But they don't understand the severity of the problem in this state. Gray Davis, politician
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Well, let's assume the world is linear. If we required a certain amount of troops per 25,000 population in the Balkans, if the world is not radically different, something of the same extent is going to be needed in Iraq. Eric Shinseki, soldier
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We need to get our sons and daughters home and their responsibility for the security of Iraq needs to be assumed by Iraqis who will stand up and toe the line for their countries. Jay Inslee, politician
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Nowadays, if a studio assumes that his film is bad, there is always an executive that gets more nervous than usual and thinks that if they change the music, the film will become a masterpiece. Maurice Jarre, composer
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One of the great problems with Americans is that - being a decent people - they assume that everyone else is equally decent. Meir Kahane, clergyman
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Pride works frequently under a dense mask, and will often assume the garb of humility. Adam Clarke, theologian
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Nobody can assume that, to a writer, everything is off-limits. Ann Beattie, writer
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If an adult uses violence on a child, the child will naturally assume that he too, has the right to use it on one smaller or weaker. Dora Russell, celebrity
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We should not have assumed that a political space station could be built. Larry Niven, writer
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Somewhere in that 20-year period, I would assume that there will be some basically new approach that will begin to cut into it, but it's got a long time. Jack Kilby, scientist
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It wasn't that I was shy to go out with him, I just didn't want people with preconceived notions to assume anything about why we were together. I was pretty careful for a while. Rose McGowan, actress
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It was very clear that this was a very, very old site. There were remains of sod walls. Fishermen assumed it was an old Indian site. Bu Indians didn't use that kind of buildings and houses. Helge Ingstad, explorer
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Some people argue that we should limit choice in favour of good local services. My response is simple: why should we assume those two concepts are mutually exclusive? John Hutton, educator
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I assume we will have figured out a way to efficiently utilize solar energy and tied that to an efficient way to use nuclear energy in such a way that it doesn't pose a serious environmental issue. John Hickenlooper, politician
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We can just assume they have much more and powerful, more advanced technology, all the new computers, everything could be much more easier and help them to build much more and many more nuclear weapons. Mordechai Vanunu, scientist
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I think it is quite dangerous for an organisation to think they can predict where they are going to need leadership. It needs to be something that people are willing to assume if it feels relevant, given the context of any situation. Margaret J. Wheatley, writer
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Constantly there's a credibility issue; you're judged on how you look. If you look good, people assume you aren't credible. It's a battle you'll always fight if you're on TV and a female. Lisa Guerrero, journalist
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We now assume that when people turn on the evening news, they basically already know what the news is. They've heard it on the radio. They've seen it on the Internet. They've seen it on one of the cable companies. So that makes our job a bit different. Bob Schieffer, journalist
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I would assume the case will never be closed. Richard M. Helms, celebrity
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I always assume that democracy is the only good form of government, quite frankly, and democracy is always to be preferred. Jeane Kirkpatrick, diplomat
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Whose rights will we acknowledge? Whose human dignity will we respect? For whose well-being will we, as a people, assume responsibility? Robert Casey, politician
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The advocates of abortion on demand falsely assume two things: that women must suffer if the lives of unborn children are legally protected; and that women can only attain equality by having the legal option of destroying their innocent offspring in the womb. Robert Casey, politician
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It is clear that the nation that assumes stewardship of the Moon now will inherit stewardship of the galaxy in the coming millennium. I think the USA is ready for that challenge! Wilson Greatbatch, inventor
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Once serious political dialogue has begun, the international community can assume that we have achieved genuine progress along the road to real democratisation. Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, activist
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People assume that the meaning of a song is vested in the lyrics. To me, that has never been the case. There are very few songs that I can think of where I remember the words. Brian Eno, musician
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