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"The elephant has a thick skin, a head full of ivory, and as everyone who has seen a circus parade knows, proceeds best by grasping the tail of its predecessor."

"It will be helpful in our mutual objective to allow every man in America to look his neighbor in the face and see a man-not a color."

"You know, you really can't beat a household commodity-the ketchup bottle on the kitchen table."

"He is the kind of politician who would cut down a redwood tree, then mount the stump and make a speech for conservation."

"The first principle of a free society is an untrammeled flow of words in an open forum."

"This the first time I ever heard it said that the crime is not the burglary, but the discovery of the burglar."

"I don't want to send them to jail. I want to send them to school."

"After four years at the United Nations I sometimes yearn for the peace and tranquillity of a political convention."

"Law is not a profession at all, but rather a business service station and repair shop."

"We must recover the element of quality in our traditional pursuit of equality. We must not, in opening our schools to everyone, confuse the idea that all should have equal chance with the notion that all have equal endowments."

"Man does not live by words alone, despite the fact that sometimes he has to eat them."

"The relationship of the toastmaster to speaker should be the same as that of the fan to the fan dancer. It should call attention to the subject without making any particular effort to cover it."

"Do you know the difference between a beautiful woman and a charming one? A beauty is a woman you notice, a charmer is one who notices you."

"I find Paul appealing and Peale appalling."

"A diplomat's life is made up of three ingredients: protocol, Geritol and alcohol."

"Freedom is not an ideal, it is not even a protection, if it means nothing more than the freedom to stagnate."

"We have confused the free with the free and easy."

"You are in the courtroom of world opinion. You have denied they exist, and I want to know if I understood you correctly. I am prepared to wait for my answer until hell freezes over. And I am also prepared to present the evidence in this room!"

"I think that one of the most fundamental responsibilities is to give testimony in a court of law, to give it honestly and willingly."

"A hypocrite is the kind of politician who would cut down a redwood tree, then mount the stump and make a speech for conservation."

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