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What have the Romans ever done for us?
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I find it rather easy to portray a businessman. Being bland, rather cruel and incompetent comes naturally to me.

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The really good idea is always traceable back quite a long way, often to a not very good idea which sparked off another idea that was only slightly better, which somebody else misunderstood in such a way that they then said something which was really rather interesting.

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Solemnity, I don't know what it's for. I mean, what is the point of it? The two most beautiful memorial services that I've ever attended both had a lot of humor. It somehow freed us all and made the services inspiring and cathartic. But solemnity, it serves pomposity. The self important always know at some level of their consciousness that their egotism is going to be punctured by humor. That's why they see it as a threat! And so, dishonestly, they pretend that their deficiency makes their views more substantial.

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The French have so many civil wars, they can win one now and again.

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It was not fair and therefore unworthy of my respect. It was as simple as that.

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But now I began to notice odd moments that suggested he was not the brightest lighthouse on the coastline. For instance, he once got very cross during assembly because he felt the boys had become lazy, and so he demanded that every single boy in the school should improve his ranking in class in the course of the next fortnight.

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Toffs could get up to speed. But Ben at least knew roughly

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The Americans all love 'The Holy Grail', and the English all love 'Life Of Brian', and I'm afraid on this one, I side with the English.

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I have several times made a poor choice by avoiding a necessary confrontation.

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It's only on the brink that people find the will to change. Only at the precipice do we evolve.

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I don't want to have to start being unselfish again. The great thing about being on your own is you do what you damned well like.

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When you collaborate with someone else on something creative, you get to places that you would never get to on your own. The way an idea builds as it careens back and forth between good writers is so unpredictable. Sometimes it depends on people misunderstanding each other, and that's why I don't think there's any such thing as a mistake in the creative process. You never know where it might lead.

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I have a tendency sometimes to get too logical with what I'm writing, just because I want it to be kind of perfect.

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Ask yourself, "When does this decision have to be taken?" and having answered it, defer the decision until then, in order to give yourself maximum pondering time.

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Aping urbanity,
Oozing with vanity,
Plump as a manatee,
Faking humanity,
Intellectual inanity,
Journalistic calamity,
Fox Noise insanity,
You're a profanity,
Hannity

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