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I'm an advocate of the great Dr. Johnson the English man of letters who said that patriotism was the last refuge of the scoundrel.

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These days I'm mostly familiar with two parts of L.A.: one is movie culture and the other is Asian culture. The Westside is work and the Eastside is Chinese - which means my friends.

To deal with the true causes of war one must begin by recognizing as of prime relevancy to the solution of the problem the familiar fact that civilization is a partial incomplete and to a great extent superficial modification of barbarism.

A new scientific truth does not triumph by convincing its opponents and making them see the light but rather because its opponents eventually die and a new generation grows up that is familiar with it.

There are in truth no specialties in medicine since to know fully many of the most important diseases a man must be familiar with their manifestations in many organs.

The photograph reverses the purpose of travel which until now had been to encounter the strange and unfamiliar.

I decided that if I were to write a teen series I'd want to set it in a place that was familiar to me - Manhattan where I'd grown up - and I'd model the characters on myself and my friends.

Part of the problem is when we bring in a new technology we expect it to be perfect in a way that we don't expect the world that we're familiar with to be perfect.

We have such a long familiar history with Peter Falk. The minute his mug is on that screen people smile.

Drill everything mine everything roll back regulations tweak the science expedite permits. Sound familiar? The Republicans offer up more 19th-Century solutions to our 21st-Century energy problems.

People and especially theologians should try to familiarize themselves with scientific ideas. Of course science is technical in many respects but there are some very good books that try to set out some of the conceptual structure of science.

A scientific truth does not triumph by convincing its opponents and making them see the light but rather because its opponents eventually die and a new generation grows up that is familiar with it.

Of course the plea for respect for nonhuman life goes far beyond the scientific delight of familiarity with our planet mates. The nonhuman forms of life with which we 6 000 million talking upright apes share this finite planet are directly or indirectly connected to our well-being.

But with Christ we have access in a one-to-one relationship for as in the Old Testament it was more one of worship and awe a vertical relationship. The New Testament on the other hand we look across at a Jesus who looks familiar horizontal. The combination is what makes the Cross.

The ability of writers to imagine what is not the self to familiarize the strange and mystify the familiar is the test of their power.

When I've had hard times in my life the one thing about being in TV is that it's positive. I withdrew to 'Cheers ' it was familiar in that it was family. It had a kind of realistic positiveness to it.

One thing that hasn't changed though is that we still have to hear the new ad 2 or 3 times before it begins to affect us even when we're already familiar with the advertiser in question and have a positive opinion of them.

Traditional matter must be glorified since it would be easier to listen to the re-creation of familiar stories than to quite new and unexpected things the listeners we must remember needed poetry chiefly as the re-creation of tired hours.

Most people read poetry listening for echoes because the echoes are familiar to them. They wade through it the way a boy wades through water feeling with his toes for the bottom: The echoes are the bottom.

He who does not become familiar with nature through love will never know her.

Nature is a temple in which living columns sometimes emit confused words. Man approaches it through forests of symbols which observe him with familiar glances.

My friends are mostly familiar with music that plays on the mainstream radio.

Like anyone who goes to college you're leaving a familiar surrounding and a comfortable environment and your friends and everything and you're starting fresh. It can be pretty daunting.

I'm pretty horrible at relationships and haven't been in many long-term ones. Leaving and moving on - returning to a familiar sense of self-reliance and autonomy - is what I know that feeling is as comfortable and comforting as it might be for a different kind of person to stay.

What affects men sharply about a foreign nation is not so much finding or not finding familiar things it is rather not finding them in the familiar place.