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Wit & Wisdom

From Adlai Stevenson, Elsa Maxwell, Woody Allen, Oscar Wilde, Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach, Marilyn vos Savant, Richard Nixon

“In America, anyone can become president. It’s one of the risks we take.” Adlai Stevenson, quoted in Politico.com

“Under pressure, people admit to murder, setting fire to the village church, or robbing a bank, but never to being bores.” Columnist and hostess Elsa Maxwell, quoted in The Wall Street Journal

“The people who successfully delude themselves seem happier than the people who can’t.”Woody Allen, quoted in The Boston Globe 

“The pure and simple truth is rarely pure and never simple.”Oscar Wilde, quoted in the Columbus, Ohio, Dispatch

“No one is so eager to gain new experience as he who doesn’t know how to make use of the old ones.”Novelist Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach, quoted in the Associated Press  

“To acquire knowledge, one must study; but to acquire wisdom, one must observe.”Columnist Marilyn vos Savant, quoted in the Toronto Globe and Mail

“A man is not finished when he is defeated. He is finished when he quits.”Richard Nixon, quoted in the Montreal Gazette 

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