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Wit & Wisdom

From William Feather, Sam Rayburn, Nora Ephron, Mary McCarthy, Robert Townsend, Jack Handey

“Success seems to be largely a matter of hanging on after others have let go.”Publisher William Feather, quoted in United Press International

“No one has a finer command of language than the person who keeps his mouth shut.” Congressman Sam Rayburn, quoted in the Chicago Tribune

“Insane people are always sure that they are fine. It is only the sane people who are willing to admit that they are crazy.”Nora Ephron, quoted in The Book Reporter

“Bureaucracy, the rule of no one, has become the modern despotism.”Mary McCarthy, quoted in the London Times

“Consultants are people who borrow your watch and tell you what time it is—and then walk off with the watch.”Robert Townsend, quoted in Salon.com

“I hope life isn’t a big joke, because I don’t get it.”Comedic writer Jack Handey, quoted in ESPN.com

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