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Born: 1941-08-26
Profession: Writer
Nation: American
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Yes. I think the anti-Wal-Mart is Costco, which pays much better and has much better health benefits and which is profitable and offers low prices.

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I think it's tragic that we have this human capacity, which appears to be hardwired, or so the evolutionary biologists say, for collective joy. We have these techniques for generating it that go back thousands of years, and yet we tend not to use this.

Tags: Capacity, Human, Joy

That's the really neat thing about Dan Quayle, as you must have realized from the first moment you looked into those lovely blue eyes: impeachment insurance.

Tags: Eyes, Lovely, Moment

The secret of the truly successful, I believe, is that they learned very early in life how not to be busy. They saw through that adage, repeated to me so often in childhood, that anything worth doing is worth doing well.

Tags: Busy, Life, Successful

Well, the first thing that clued me in to the fact that there was something really scary about breast cancer, way beyond the thought of dying, was coming across an ad in the newspaper for pink breast cancer teddy bears. I am not that afraid of dying, but I am terrified of dying with a pink teddy bear under my arm.

Tags: Afraid, Fact, Thought

As anyone knows who has ever had to set up a military encampment or build a village from the ground up, occupations pose staggering logistical problems.

Tags: Anyone, Military, Problems

For a long time on Earth humans didn't worship good gods; that's a new idea. The ancient Greek gods, the Hindu gods, are fairly amoral, most of them. We get stuck when we insist that God be both good and all-powerful.

Tags: God, Good, Time

I have a Ph.D. in cell biology. And that's really manual labor. I mean, experimental science, you do it with your hands. So it's very different. You're out there in a lab, cleaning test tubes, and it just wasn't that fascinating.

Tags: Labor, Mean, Science

If you can attribute your success entirely to your own mental effort, to your own attitude, to some spiritual essence that you have that is better than other people's, then that must feel pretty good.

Tags: Attitude, Good, Success

In fact, there is clear evidence of black intellectual superiority: in 1984, 92 percent of blacks voted to retire Ronald Reagan, compared to only 36 percent of whites.

Tags: Black, Clear, Fact

Individually the poor are not too tempting to thieves, for obvious reasons. Mug a banker and you might score a wallet containing a month's rent. Mug a janitor and you will be lucky to get away with bus fare to flee the crime scene.

Tags: Away, Might, Poor

It was a real surprise to me to come across the evidence that Christianity might once have been a danced religion. Certainly, some of the early church leaders thought this was great and spoke of what seems to have been circle dancing, perhaps around an altar.

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Lenders, including major credit companies as well as payday lenders, have taken over the traditional role of the street-corner loan shark, charging the poor insanely high rates of interest.

Tags: High, Interest, Poor

People tend to judge presidents on how the economy performs, and yet we don't expect them to have the power to do much about it. Or we don't want them to exercise that power, if they were to have it.

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Personally, I have nothing against work, particularly when performed, quietly and unobtrusively, by someone else. I just don't happen to think it's an appropriate subject for an 'ethic.'

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That's free enterprise, friends: freedom to gamble, freedom to lose. And the great thing - the truly democratic thing about it - is that you don't even have to be a player to lose.

Tags: Freedom, Friends, Great

The internet was supposed to make this whole business of job searching rational and simple. You could post your resume and companies would search them and they'd find you. It doesn't seem to work that way. There aren't enough jobs for experienced, college educated managers and professionals.

Tags: Business, Simple, Work

The one regret I have about my own abortions is that they cost money that might otherwise have been spent on something more pleasurable, like taking the kids to movies and theme parks.

Tags: Money, Movies, Regret

There is the fear, common to all English-only speakers, that the chief purpose of foreign languages is to make fun of us. Otherwise, you know, why not just come out and say it?

Tags: Fear, Fun, Why

Yes, I think especially the Pentecostal churches, you know, that there's been such a growth in Pentecostalism. And it's a rejection of the much more dour and barren kind of Calvinist worship and also, the very formal Catholic forms of worship.

Tags: Growth, Rejection, Yes

No matter that patriotism is too often the refuge of scoundrels. Dissent, rebellion, and all-around hell-raising remain the true duty of patriots.

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At best the family teaches the finest things human beings can learn from one another generosity and love. But it is also, all too often, where we learn nasty things like hate, rage and shame.

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Take motherhood: nobody ever thought of putting it on a moral pedestal until some brash feminists pointed out, about a century ago, that the pay is lousy and the career ladder nonexistent.

Tags: Career, Mom, Thought
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Employers have gone away from the idea that an employee is a long-term asset to the company, someone to be nurtured and developed, to a new notion that they are disposable.

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Marriage is socialism among two people.

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Of all the nasty outcomes predicted for women's liberation... none was more alarming, from a feminist point of view, than the suggestion that women would eventually become just like men.

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I'm not a nice person.

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Like many other women, I could not understand why every man who changed a diaper has felt impelled, in recent years, to write a book about it.

Tags: Book, Understand, Women

Natural selection, as it has operated in human history, favors not only the clever but the murderous.

Tags: History, Human, Natural

We who officially value freedom of speech above life itself seem to have nothing to talk about but the weather.

Tags: Freedom, Life, Weather

Personally, I can't see why it would be any less romantic to find a husband in a nice four-color catalogue than in the average downtown bar at happy hour.

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Well I do think there are people who are habitually negative and depressed and take the opposite approach because they imagine the worst, and their minds become dominated by that. They let their own emotions and expectations transform their perceptions of the world.

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America is addicted to wars of distraction.

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Both chronic, long-term poverty and downward mobility from the middle class are in the same category of things that America likes not to think about.

Tags: America, Both, Poverty

Exercise is the yuppie version of bulimia.

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Experimental science is fascinating, but I don't want to do it. I want other people to do it, and I'll read about it.

Tags: Read, Science

Medical debts are the number-one cause of bankruptcy in America.

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No one should be incarcerated for debt or squeezed for money they have no chance of getting their hands on.

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So even though I consider myself a fairly upbeat person, energetic and things like that, I never do very well on happiness tests.

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Someone has to stand up for wimps.

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There's more pressure on women to be chirpy and perky.

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We love television because television brings us a world in which television does not exist.

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Well, I certainly wouldn't want to live in the 18th century myself, or the 19th either, for that matter.

Tags: Century, Either, Matter

When I was born, my father was a copper miner in Butte, Montana. It was a hard-core, blue-collar situation.

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Whenever people can access deities directly without the intervention of a religious hierarchy, they don't need to have hierarchy so much.

Tags: Hierarchy, Religious, Whenever
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