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Entries from September 30th, 2012

The Intensity of Abstract Hatred – “Burr” – Gore Vidal

September 30th, 2012 · Comments Off on The Intensity of Abstract Hatred – “Burr” – Gore Vidal · Politics

“But suppose Jefferson does betray us?” Dayton’s dislike of Jefferson was far more intense than mine because he hardly knew the President and so could despise him in the abstract. I have always found that this sort of passion is the most fierce, the least rational and the very stuff of which saints and conquerors […]

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It is a Stepping Stone – “Burr” – Gore Vidal

September 30th, 2012 · Comments Off on It is a Stepping Stone – “Burr” – Gore Vidal · Quotes, The Law

“But I don’t want to be a lawyer.” “Well, who does? I mean what man of spirit? The law kills the lively mind. It stifles originality. But it is a stepping-stone …”

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America is a Nation of Lawyers – “Burr” – Gore Vidal

September 29th, 2012 · Comments Off on America is a Nation of Lawyers – “Burr” – Gore Vidal · Quotes, The Law

It is a good thing, you know. They say England is a nation of shopkeepers. Well, (America) is a nation of lawyers. For the lawyer, anything is possible. For the rest of us impossible.

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As Familiar as a Clock Strike – “Burr” – Gore Vidal

September 29th, 2012 · Comments Off on As Familiar as a Clock Strike – “Burr” – Gore Vidal · Elitism, Quotes

Jefferson tended to strike the self-righteous note in much the same way as a clock strikes the hour and like a familiar clock one does not hear the sound unless one is anxious, as I confess I was, to tell, as it were, the time.

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America Loves a Canting Hypocrite – “Burr” – Gore Vidal

September 28th, 2012 · Comments Off on America Loves a Canting Hypocrite – “Burr” – Gore Vidal · Politics, US Politics

But Hamilton realized better than anyone that the world—our American world at least—loves a canting hypocrite.

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Mistakes Unmade, the Future Bright – “Burr” – Gore Vidal

September 28th, 2012 · Comments Off on Mistakes Unmade, the Future Bright – “Burr” – Gore Vidal · Leadership, Politics, Quotes

Jefferson was in an excellent mood. But what new president is not? His mistakes unmade, the future bright.

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Eventually All Things Are Known. And Few Matter – “Burr” – Gore Vidal

September 27th, 2012 · Comments Off on Eventually All Things Are Known. And Few Matter – “Burr” – Gore Vidal · Humanism, Philosophy, Quotes

Eventually all things are known. And few matter.

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Jefferson’s Slaves – “Burr” – Gore Vidal

September 27th, 2012 · Comments Off on Jefferson’s Slaves – “Burr” – Gore Vidal · Hypocrisy, Politics, US Politics

We rode through a meadow filled with brick kilns. Slaves were everywhere, hard at work. I was surprised to see how “bright” they were. I do not know if that word is still in use in the south, but in those days a slave with a large degree of white blood was known as “bright.” […]

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Righteous People – “Burr” – Gore Vidal

September 26th, 2012 · Comments Off on Righteous People – “Burr” – Gore Vidal · Elitism, Politics, Quotes

Actually the movement to abolish black slavery in the south is deeply unpopular. It is not that New Yorkers so much like the institution of slavery as they dislike the sort of righteous people who want to abolish it.

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Distrust – “Burr” – Gore Vidal

September 26th, 2012 · Comments Off on Distrust – “Burr” – Gore Vidal · Politics, Quotes

I would not trust Matt Davis to tell me the right time of day.

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