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American Author and Journalist, b.1938

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    I Like this quote I dislike this quote“The invention of the teenager was a mistake. Once you identify a period of life in which people get to stay out late but don't have to pay taxes - naturally, nobody wants to live any other way.”

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    I Like this quote I dislike this quote“Hypocrisy is not generally a social sin, but a virtue.”

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    I Like this quote I dislike this quote“The dinner table is the center for the teaching and practicing not just of table manners but of conversation, consideration, tolerance, family feeling, and just about all the other accomplishments of polite society except the minuet.”

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    I Like this quote I dislike this quote“When a society abandons its ideals just because most people can't live up to them, behavior gets very ugly indeed.”

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    I Like this quote I dislike this quote“Chaperons, even in their days of glory, were almost never able to enforce morality; what they did was to force immorality to be discreet. This is no small contribution.”

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    I Like this quote I dislike this quote“Honesty has come to mean the privilege of insulting you to your face without expecting redress.”

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    I Like this quote I dislike this quote“If written directions alone would suffice, libraries wouldn't need to have the rest of the universities attached.”

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    I Like this quote I dislike this quote“The simple idea that everyone needs a reasonable amount of challenging work in his or her life, and also a personal life, complete with noncompetitive leisure, has never really taken hold.”

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    I Like this quote I dislike this quote“Gentle reader: Yes, the thing to do is to ignore it. A general rule of etiquette is that one apologizes for the unfortunate occurrence, but the unthinkable is unmentionable”

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    I Like this quote I dislike this quote“It's far more impressive when others discover your good qualities without your help.”

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