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  • The doctor seemed especially troubled by the fact of the robbery having been unexpected, and attempted in the night-time; as if it were the established custom of gentlemen in the housebreaking way to transact business at noon, and to make an appointment, by the twopenny post, a day or two previous.
    (Charles Dickens, "Oliver Twist")
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  • Always listen to yourself... It is better to be wrong than simply to follow convention.
    (Bryce Courtenay, "The Power of One")
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  • Culture is a slingshot moved by the force of its past
    (Barbara Kingsolver, "The Poisonwood Bible")
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  • Perhaps both men and women in America may hunger, in our material, outward, active, masculine culture, for the supposedly feminine qualities of heart, mind and spirit--qualities which are actually neither masculine nor feminine, but simply human qualities that have been neglected. It is growth along these lines that will make us whole, and will enable the individual to become world to himself.
    (Anne Morrow Lindbergh, "Gift from the Sea")
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  • Is it advisable to spread out all the conveniences of culture before people to whom a few steps up a stair to a library is a sufficient deterrent from reading?
    (Ayn Rand, "The Fountainhead")
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  • Food culture in the United States has long been cast as the property of a privileged class. It is nothing of the kind. Culture is the property of a species.
    (Barbara Kingsolver, "Animal, Vegetable, Miracle")
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  • Back to culture. Yes, actually to culture. You can't consume much if you sit still and read books.
    (Aldous Huxley, "Brave New World")
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  • At first, I thought it was because I was raised with all this Chinese humility... Or maybe it was because when you're Chinese you're supposed to accept everything, flow with the Tao and not make waves. But my therapist said, Why do you blamd your culture, your ethnicity? And I remembered reading an article about baby boomers, how we expect the best and when we get it we worry that maybe we shoudl have expected more, because it's all diminishing returns after a certain age.
    (Amy Tan, "The Joy Luck Club")
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  • We grow up in a culture where accountability, learning to accept responsibility, admitting mistakes and learning from them was critical to us. When we don't see that happening it worries us. Poor military judgment has been used throughout this mission.
    (Anthony Zinni)
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  • The violent illiteracies of the graffiti, the clenched silence of the adolescent, the nonsense cries from the stage-happening, are resolutely strategic. The insurgent and the freak-out have broken off discourse with a cultural system which they despise as a cruel, antiquated fraud. They will not bandy words with it. Accept, even momentarily, the conventions of literate linguistic exchange, and you are caught in the net of the old values, of the grammars that can condescend or enslave.
    (George Steiner)
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  • We're seeing the emergence of a new political culture, and the folks in Washington had better wake up and be responsive to it.
    (Andrew Friedman)
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  • There are some liberals eager to embrace a culture void of morals, but the majority of America is made up of honest, hard-working families who turned out in droves to protect the traditional way of life.
    (John Doolittle)
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  • We can't escape what we do as a product of culture. We are a cultural being we can't hunt as a bear or a mountain lion does. The need is no longer present.
    (Paul Moriarty)
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  • I have never relied on my sexuality and I don't really have an image at all. If you look at film footage of me 20 years ago, I don't look much different to the way I do now. I used to say that I would never wear anything on stage that I couldn't wear out to dinner with my grandmother. It just felt more respectable. I always assumed that being a musician was a vocation and that it was something I would do throughout my life and I wanted to do it with dignity. This current pop culture is full of perversity. I've been called the Emily Dickinson of pop and the thinking man's Madonna. You sort that one out.
    (Natalie Merchant)
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  • It becomes a question of, 'How do you create a culture with a sense of openness for everybody'
    (John Challenger)
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