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Abraham J. Heschel December 23
Harry S. Truman December 26

Quotes in 1972

Arthur C. Clarke

There is no reason to assume that the universe has the slightest interest in intelligence - or even in life. Both may be random accidental byproducts of its operations like the beautiful patterns on a butterfly's wings. The insect would fly just as well without them.

Arthur C. Clarke (The Lost Worlds of 2001, 1972)

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Charlie Chaplin

I went into the business for the money, and the art grew out of it. If people are disillusioned by that remark, I can't help it. It's the truth.

Charlie Chaplin (Acceptance speech of an Academy award, 1972)

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Isaac Asimov

If knowledge can create problems, it is not through ignorance that we can solve them.

Isaac Asimov (Asimov's Guide to Science, 1972)

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Joyce Brothers

Marriage is not just spiritual communion and passionate embraces; marriage is also three meals a day, sharing the workload and remembering to carry out the trash.

Joyce Brothers (Good Housekeeping, 1972)

Anger repressed can poison a relationship as surely as the cruelest words.

Joyce Brothers (Good Housekeeping, 1972)

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Leo Buscaglia

Love always creates, it never destroys. In this lie's man's only promise.

Leo Buscaglia (Love, 1972)

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Sydney J. Harris

The art of living consists in knowing which impulses to obey and which must be made to obey.

Sydney J. Harris (For the Time Being, 1972)

Sometimes the best, and only effective, way to kill an idea is to put it into practice.

Sydney J. Harris (For the Time Being, 1972)

It is certain that nothing we have brings us happiness, but only what we are, what we feel about ourselves.

Sydney J. Harris (For the Time Being, 1972)

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Ursula K. Le Guin

Death and life are the same thing - like the two sides of my hand, the palm and the back. And still the palm and the back are not the same...They can be neither separated, nor mixed.

Ursula K. Le Guin (The Farthest Shore - Chapter 5, 1972)

To claim power over what you do not understand is not wise, nor is the end of it likely to be good.

Ursula K. Le Guin (The Farthest Shore - Chapter 5, 1972)

A man does not make his destiny: he accepts it or denies it.

Ursula K. Le Guin (The Farthest Shore, 1972)

This is. And thou art. There is no safety. There is no end. The word must be heard in silence. There must be darkness to see the stars. The dance is always danced above the hollow place, above the terrible abyss.

Ursula K. Le Guin (The Farthest Shore, 1972)

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