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A decline in courage may be the most striking feature that an outside observer notices in the West today. The Western world has lost its civic courage, both as a whole and separately, in each country, in each government, in each political party, and, of course, in the United Nations. Such a decline in courage is particularly noticeable among the ruling and intellectual elites...
– Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Commencement Address at Harvard University, June 8, 1978.
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A deer that knows all the hunting techniques of a lion will never fall prey to a lion!
– Mehmet Murat ildan
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A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until a majority of voters discover that they can vote themselves largess out of the public treasury.
– Alexander Tyler
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A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largesse from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most benefits the public treasury with the result that a democracy always collapses over lousy fiscal policy, always followed by a dictatorship. The average of the world's great civilizations before they decline has been 200 years. These nations have progressed in this sequence: From bondage to spiritual faith; from faith to great courage; from courage to liberty; from liberty to abundance; from abundance to selfishness; from selfishness to Complacency; from complacency to apathy; from apathy to dependency; from dependency back again to bondage.
– Alexander Fraser Tyler, Cycle of Democracy (1770)
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A democracy is two wolves and a small lamb voting on what to have for dinner. Freedom under a constitutional republic is a well armed lamb contesting the vote.
– Benjamin Franklin
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A democratic government is only as strong as the alert conscience of its people.
– Charles W. Tobey
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A designer is only as good as the star who wears her clothes.
– Edith Head
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A desire to be in charge of our own lives, a need for control, is born in each of us. It is essential to our mental health, and our success, that we take control.
– Robert F. Bennett
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A desire to be observed, considered, esteemed, praised, beloved, and admired by his fellows is one of the earliest as well as the keenest dispositions discovered in the heart of man.
– John Adams
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A desk is a dangerous place from which to watch the world.
– John le Carre
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A devil is the one who knows what is right but will not do it.
– Vikrant Parsai
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A Diamond is born only after the Coal withstanding and enduring tremendous pressure and enormous heat for thousands of years. Beauty doesn't just happen by chance!
– Deodatta V. Shenai-Khatkhate
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A diamond with a flaw is worth more than a pebble without imperfections.
– Chinese Proverb
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A diet is when you watch what you eat and wish you could eat what you watch.
– Hermione Gingold, from a press report, 1973
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A different language is a different vision of life.
– Federico Fellini
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A dimple in the chin a devil within.
– Irish Proverb
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A dinner lubricates business.
– Lord William Stowell
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A diplomat is a man who always remembers a woman's birthday but never remembers her age.
– Robert Frost
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A diplomat is a man who says you have an open mind, instead of telling you that you have a hole in the head.
– Unknown
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A diplomat is a person who can tell you to go to hell in such a way that you actually look forward to the trip.
– Caskie Stinnett
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A diplomat must always think twice before he says nothing.
– Irish Proverb
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A diplomat these days in nothing, but a head waiter who is allowed to sit down occasionally.
– Peter Ustinov
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A diplomat... is a person who can tell you to go to hell in such a way that you actually look forward to the trip.
– Caskie Stinnett
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A discovery is said to be an accident meeting a prepared mind.
– Albert von Szent-Gyorgyi
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A disposition to preserve, and an ability to improve, taken together, would be my standard of a statesman.
– Edmund Burke
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