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Bureaucracy
Engrave this Quote Bureaucracy, the rule of no one, has become the modern form of despotism.
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-Mary McCarthy
Culture
Engrave this Quote A society person who is enthusiastic about modern painting or Truman Capote is already half a traitor to his class. It is middle-class people who, quite mistakenly, imagine that a lively pursuit of the latest in reading and painting will advance their status in the world.
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-Mary McCarthy
Curiosity
Engrave this Quote Every age has a keyhole to which its eye is pasted.
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-Mary McCarthy
Friends
Engrave this Quote ...friendship...is essential to intellectuals. You can date the evolving life of a mind, like the age of a tree, by the rings of friendship formed by the expanding central trunk.
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-Mary McCarthy
Liberty
Engrave this Quote Liberty, as it is conceived by current opinion, has nothing inherent about it; it is a sort of gift or trust bestowed on the individual by the state pending good behavior.
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Life
Engrave this Quote We all live in suspense from day to day; in other words, you are the hero of your own story.
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-Mary McCarthy
Optimism
Engrave this Quote The happy ending is our national belief.
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-Mary McCarthy
Politics
Engrave this Quote In politics, it seems, retreat is honorable if dictated by military considerations and shameful if even suggested for ethical reasons.
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-Mary McCarthy
Racism
Engrave this Quote Anti-Semitism is a horrible disease from which nobody is immune, and it has a kind of evil fascination that makes an enlightened person draw near the source of infection, supposedly in a scientific spirit, but really to sniff the vapors and dally with the possibility.
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Religion
Engrave this Quote To care for the quarrels of the past, to identify oneself passionately with a cause that became, politically speaking, a losing cause with the birth of the modern world, is to experience a kind of straining against reality, a rebellious nonconformity that, again, is rare in America, where children are instructed in the virtues of the system they live under, as though history had achieved a happy ending in American civics.
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Science
Engrave this Quote In science, all facts no matter how trivial, enjoy democratic equality.
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-Mary McCarthy
Speeches (oratory)
Engrave this Quote Congress
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-Mary McCarthy, On the Contrary, 1961
Twentieth Century
Engrave this Quote It has to be acknowledged that in capitalist society, with its herds of hippies, originality has become a sort of fringe benefit, a mere convention, accepted obsolescence, the Beatnik model being turned in for the Hippie model, as though strangely obedient to capitalist laws of marketing.
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Violence
Engrave this Quote In violence we forget who we are.
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-Mary McCarthy

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