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Mad As Hell And… Quotes of the Day – Wednesday, April 30, 2014 – Wilt Chamberlain

Mad As Hell And… Quotes of the Day – Wednesday, April 30, 2014 – Wilt Chamberlain

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“Everybody pulls for David, nobody roots for Goliath.””

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“With all of you men out there who think that having a thousand different ladies is pretty cool, I have learned in my life I’ve found out that having one woman a thousand different times is much more satisfying.”

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“The man who won’t loan money isn’t going to have many friends – or need them.”

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“I guarantee you, if you could give me 10 points in all those seventh games against the Boston Celtics, instead of Bill Russell having 11 rings, I could’ve at least had nine or eight.”

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“I believe that good things come to those who work.”

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“I get constant reminders from fans who equate that game and my career as one and the same.”

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“And I remember leaving my place in L.A. and – my father is a big fight fan – and I said, ‘Dad, I got a couple of days off and I’m getting ready to go to Houston to sign to fight Muhammad Ali.”

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“When you go out there and do the things you’re supposed to do, people view you as selfish.”

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“If you have ability in a certain area, why not capitalize on it and improve it and use it?”

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“We’re all fascinated by the numbers, as we were about the 100 points.”

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“I couldn’t have come close without my teammates’ help because the Knicks didn’t want me to make 100.”

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“You must understand as a kid of color in those days, the Harlem Globetrotters were like being movie stars.”

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“They say that nobody is perfect. Then they tell you practice makes perfect. I wish they’d make up their minds.”

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“Everything is habit forming, so make sure what you do is what you want to be doing.”

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“Wilt was one of the greatest ever, and we will never see another one like him.” – Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, who broke Chamberlain’s record to become the NBA’s leading career scorer.

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“When I started to play with him, he helped make me a better player. We seemed to have a real good feel together, I think it translated into a confidence with him. All players are generally judged by the number of championships they won. Unfortunately, he only won two. His greatness as a basketball player can’t be questioned. He was fun, we used to laugh at him a lot, some of the things that would happen. I once told him, no one roots for Goliath.” – Jerry West, former teammate and current executive vice president of basketball operations with the Lakers.

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“As I grew up, Wilt the Stilt was the player. Just the things he was able to do. I guess one year they told him he couldn’t make as much money as he wanted because he couldn’t pass the ball, so he went out and led the league in assists. Watching Wilt, you always kind of got the idea he was just playing with people. That he was on cruise control and still 10 times better than anybody else that was playing at that time.” – Denver Nuggets Coach Dan Issel.

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“Obviously, he was both literally and figuratively a larger-than-life sports figure of the 20th century. He dominated his sport like almost no one else.” – Atlanta Hawks president Stan Kasten.

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“He was the NBA. He was the guy on the top. Wilt was the guy you talked about – he and Bill Russell. He was the most dominating center – the best center to ever play in the NBA.” – Former NBA center and Bulls coach Johnny “Red” Kerr, who played part of one season in Philly with Wilt and against him for six-plus years.

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“He was always a person that I viewed as being bigger than life in more ways than one. I had recently heard through friends and associates that he hadn’t been feeling well, but again, I felt Wilt was a person who was able to overcome anything, so I was totally shocked to hear of his death.” – Al Attles, a former teammate of Chamberlain’s with the Warriors and now the team’s vice president and assistant general manager.

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“Wilt Chamberlain had a great deal to do with the success of the NBA. His dominance, power, demeanor and the rivalry with Bill Russell says it all. He will be sorely missed by myself and everyone in the basketball community. Wilt was a great performer and a great athlete.” – Former Boston Celtics coach Red Auerbach.

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“He was a terrific guy. It is a great loss to the sports world. Wilt Chamberlain had a special place in basketball history and he will be missed. We had many battles with Wilt. He was a fun guy to be around; he was a ‘Gentle Giant.’ ” – Boston Celtics great and Hall of Famer Tom Heinsohn.

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“I spent 12 years in his armpits, and I always carried that 100-point game on my shoulders. After I got my third foul, I said to one of the officials, Willy Smith, ‘Why don’t you just give him 100 points and we’ll all go home?’ Well, we did.” – Darrall Imhoff, who as a 6-foot-10 rookie center for the Knicks, guarded Chamberlain during his 100-point game.

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“We’ve lost a giant of a man in every sense of the word. The shadow of accomplishment he cast over our game is unlikely ever to be matched.” – NBA Commissioner David Stern.

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“It’s a shock to all of us in the basketball community. This is a guy whose impact changed the rules of the game … he changed the interior part of our basketball game.” – Los Angeles Lakers Coach Phil Jackson.

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“He was more inquisitive than anybody I ever knew. He was writing a screenplay about his life. He was interested in world affairs, sometimes he’d call me up late at night and discuss philosophy. I think he’ll be remembered as a great man. He happened to make a living playing basketball but he was more than that. He could talk on any subject. He was a Goliath.” – Sy Goldberg, Chamberlain’s longtime attorney.

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“He just was a wonderful person. He comes off one way, but he is truly a family-oriented person, a person who loves his friends and friends loved him. … He is a person that will always be one of our favorite, favorite people. Not only because he was a great basketball player, but he was a great son, a great brother, a great uncle and he was just a nice, nice person.” – Chamberlain’s sister, Barbara Lewis.

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“I did see him about four times a week – big, strong, big smile. He always thought he could play still better than all the guys in the game could play. He is gone and I can’t believe it.” – Announcer Chick Hearn, who broadcast all of the Lakers games when Chamberlain played for them.

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“The 76ers family is deeply saddened by the loss of not only one of our greatest players of all time, but by an incredible human being. We pass along our condolences to his family and join the millions of basketball fans around the world mourning this loss.” – 76ers owner Pat Croce.

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“Wilt was a tremendous individual, I really got to know him when I was coaching at UCLA. He spent a lot of time with the team. As far as basketball, he changed the way the game is played. This is a great loss.”
– 76ers Coach Larry Brown

Wikipedia:  Wilt Chamberlain

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Mad As Hell And… Quotes of the Day – Tuesday, April 29, 2014 – William Tecumseh Sherman

Mad As Hell And… Quotes of the Day – Tuesday, April 29, 2014 – William Tecumseh Sherman

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“An Army is a collection of armed men obliged to obey one man. Every change in the rules which impairs the principle weakens the army.”

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“An army to be useful must be a unit, and out of this has grown the saying, attributed to Napoleon, but doubtless spoken before the days of Alexander, that an army with an inefficient commander was better than one with two able heads.”

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“Courage – a perfect sensibility of the measure of danger, and a mental willingness to endure it.”

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“I am tired and sick of war. Its glory is all moonshine. It is only those who have neither fired a shot nor heard the shrieks and groans of the wounded who cry aloud for blood, for vengeance, for desolation. War is hell.”

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“I hate newspapermen. They come into camp and pick up their camp rumors and print them as facts. I regard them as spies, which, in truth, they are.”

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“If I had my choice I would kill every reporter in the world but I am sure we would be getting reports from hell before breakfast.”

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“I make up my opinions from facts and reasoning, and not to suit any body but myself. If people don’t like my opinions, it makes little difference as I don’t solicit their opinions or votes.”

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“In our Country… one class of men makes war and leaves another to fight it out.”

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“It’s a disagreeable thing to be whipped.”

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“My aim, then, was to whip the rebels, to humble their pride, to follow them to their inmost recesses, and make them fear and dread us. Fear is the beginning of wisdom.”

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“If nominated, I will not run; if elected, I will not serve.”

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“I think I understand what military fame is; to be killed on the field of battle and have your name misspelled in the newspapers.”

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“War is cruelty. There is no use trying to reform it. The crueler it is, the sooner it will be over.”

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“Every attempt to make war easy and safe will result in humiliation and disaster.”

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“Grant stood by me when I was crazy, and I stood by him when he was drunk, and now we stand by each other.”

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“War is the remedy that our enemies have chosen, and I say let us give them all they want.”

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“I know I had no hand in making this war, and I know I will make more sacrifices today than any of you to secure peace.”

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“There will soon come an armed contest between capital and labor. They will oppose each other, not with words and arguments, but with shot and shell, gun-powder and cannon. The better classes are tired of the insane howling of the lower strata and they mean to stop them.”

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“There is many a boy here today who looks on war as all glory, but, boys, it is all hell.”

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“I beg to present you as a Christmas gift the city of Savannah.”

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“If the people raise a great howl against my barbarity and cruelty, I will answer that war is war, and not popularity seeking.”

Wikipedia:  William Tecumseh Sherman

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Mad As Hell And… Quotes of the Day – Monday, April 28, 2014 – Carl Von Clausewitz

Mad As Hell And… Quotes of the Day – Monday, April 28,  2014 – Carl Von Clausewitz

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“All action takes place, so to speak, in a kind of twilight, which like a fog or moonlight, often tends to make things seem grotesque and larger than they really are.”

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“Courage, above all things, is the first quality of a warrior.”

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“Everything in war is very simple. But the simplest thing is difficult.”

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“If the leader is filled with high ambition and if he pursues his aims with audacity and strength of will, he will reach them in spite of all obstacles.”

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“It is even better to act quickly and err than to hesitate until the time of action is past.”

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“Never forget that no military leader has ever become great without audacity.”

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“Principles and rules are intended to provide a thinking man with a frame of reference.”

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“The backbone of surprise is fusing speed with secrecy.”

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“The more a general is accustomed to place heavy demands on his soldiers, the more he can depend on their response.”

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“The political object is the goal, war is the means of reaching it, and the means can never be considered in isolation form their purposes.”

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“Two qualities are indispensable: first, an intellect that, even in the darkest hour, retains some glimmerings of the inner light which leads to truth; and second, the courage to follow this faint light wherever it may lead.”

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“War therefore is an act of violence to compel our opponent to fulfill our will.”

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“Kind-hearted people might of course think there was some ingenious way to disarm or defeat the enemy without too much bloodshed, and might imagine this is the true goal of the art of war. Pleasant as it sounds, it is a fallacy that must be exposed: War is such a dangerous business that mistakes that come from kindness are the very worst.”

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“Determination in a single instance is an expression of courage; if it becomes characteristic, a mental habit. But here we are referring not to physical courage but to courage to accept responsibility, courage in the face of a moral danger. This has often been called courage d’esprit, because it is created by the intellect. That, however, does not make it an act of the intellect: it is an act of temperament. Intelligence alone is not courage; we often see that the most intelligent people are irresolute. Since in the rush of events a man is governed by feelings rather than by thought, the intellect needs to arouse the quality of courage, which then supports and sustains it in action.
Looked at in this way, the role of determination is to limit the agonies of doubt and the perils of hesitation when the motives for action are inadequate.”

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“We repeat again: strength of character does not consist solely in having powerful feelings, but in maintaining one’s balance in spite of them. Even with the violence of emotion, judgment and principle must still function like a ship’s compass, which records the slightest variations however rough the sea.”

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“Men are always more inclined to pitch their estimate of the enemy’s strength too high than too low, such is human nature.”

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“With uncertainty in one scale, courage and self-confidence should be thrown into the other to correct the balance. The greater they are, the greater the margin that can be left for accidents.”

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“Although our intellect always longs for clarity and certainty, our nature often finds uncertainty fascinating.”

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“Any complex activity, if it is to be carried on with any degree of virtuosity, calls for appropriate gifts of intellect and temperament. If they are outstanding and reveal themselves in exceptional achievements, their possessor is called a ‘genius’.”

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“If the mind is to emerge unscathed from this relentless struggle with the unforeseen, two qualities are indispensable: first, an intellect that, even in the darkest hour, retains some glimmerings of the inner light which leads to truth; and second, the courage to follow this faint light wherever it may lead.”

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“There are times when the utmost daring is the height of wisdom.”

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“Boldness governed by superior intellect is the mark of a hero.”

Wikipedia Page:  Carl Von Clausewitz

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Mad As Hell And… Quotes of the Day – Sunday, April 27, 2013 – Warren Buffett

Mad As Hell And… Quotes of the Day – Sunday, April 27, 2013 – Warren Buffett

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“Chains of habit are too light to be felt until they are too heavy to be broken.”

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“It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it.  If you think about that, you’ll do things differently.”

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“It’s better to hang out with people better than you.  Pick out associates whose behavior is better than yours and you’ll drift in that direction.”

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“Only when the tide goes out do you discover who’s been swimming naked.”

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“Risk comes from not knowing what you’re doing.”

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“Risk is a part of God’s game, alike for men and nations.”

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“You only have to do a very few things right in your life so long as you don’t do too many things wrong.”

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“The first rule is not to lose.  The second rule is not to forget the first rule.”

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“It’s never paid to bet against America. We come through things, but its not always a smooth ride.”

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“A public-opinion poll is no substitute for thought.”

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“Our favorite holding period is forever.”

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“Price is what you pay. Value is what you get.”

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“Should you find yourself in a chronically leaking boat, energy devoted to changing vessels is likely to be more productive than energy devoted to patching leaks.”

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“Wall Street is the only place that people ride to in a Rolls Royce to get advice from those who take the subway.”

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“We simply attempt to be fearful when others are greedy and to be greedy only when others are fearful.”

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“You do things when the opportunities come along. I’ve had periods in my life when I’ve had a bundle of ideas come along, and I’ve had long dry spells. If I get an idea next week, I’ll do something. If not, I won’t do a damn thing.”

Wikipedia:  Warren Buffett

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Mad As Hell And… Quotes of the Day – Saturday, April 26, 2014 – Harper Lee

Mad As Hell And… Quotes of the Day – Saturday, April 26, 2014 – Harper Lee

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Below – To Kill A Mockingbird Quotes

“I think there’s just one kind of folks. Folks.”

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“Many receive advice, only the wise profit from it.”

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“The book to read is not the one which thinks for you, but the one which makes you think. No book in the world equals the Bible for that.”

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“They’re certainly entitled to think that, and they’re entitled to full respect for their opinions… but before I can live with other folks I’ve got to live with myself. The one thing that doesn’t abide by majority rule is a person’s conscience.”

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“First of all,” he said, “if you can learn a simple trick, Scout, you’ll get along a lot better with all kinds of folks. You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view–until you climb into his skin and walk around it.”

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“Atticus said to Jem one day, “I’d rather you shot at tin cans in the backyard, but I know you’ll go after birds. Shoot all the blue jays you want, if you can hit ‘em, but remember it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.” That was the only time I ever heard Atticus say it was a sin to do something, and I asked Miss Maudie about it. “Your father’s right,” she said. “Mockingbirds don’t do one thing except make music for us to enjoy. They don’t eat up people’s gardens, don’t nest in corn cribs, they don’t do one thing but sing their hearts out for us. That’s why it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.”

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“With him, life was routine; without him, life was unbearable.”

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“When a child asks you something, answer him, for goodness sake. But don’t make a production of it. Children are children, but they can spot an evasion faster than adults, and evasion simply muddles ’em.”

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“Simply because we were licked a hundred years before we started is no reason for us not to try to win.”

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“You just hold your head high and keep those fists down. No matter what anybody says to you, don’t you let ’em get your goat. Try fightin’ with your head for a change.”

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“There is one way in this country in which all men are created equal—there is one human institution that makes a pauper the equal of a Rockefeller, the stupid man the equal of an Einstein, and the ignorant man the equal of any college president. That institution, gentlemen, is the court.”

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“We’re paying the highest tribute you can pay a man. We trust him to do right. It’s that simple.”

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“There are just some kind of men…who’re so busy worrying about the next world they’ve never learned to live in this one.”

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“Ladies in bunches always filled me with vague apprehension and a firm desire to be elsewhere.”

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People in their right minds never take pride in their talents.

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Atticus had said it was the polite thing to talk to people about what they were interested in, not about what you were interested in.

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“Try fighting with your head for a change…it’s a good one, even if it does resist learning.”

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“I wanted you to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand.  It’s when you know you’re licked before you begin, but you begin anyway and see it through no matter what.  You rarely win, but sometimes you do.”  

Above – To Kill A Mockingbird Quotes

“Well, they’re Southern people, and if they know you are working at home they think nothing of walking right in for coffee. But they wouldn’t dream of interrupting you at golf. ” Harper Lee

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“Any writer worth his salt writes to please himself…It’s a self-exploratory operation that is endless. An exorcism of not necessarily his demon, but of his divine discontent.” Harper Lee

Wikipedia Page:  Harper Lee

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