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You develop an instant global consciousness, a people orientation, an intense dissatisfaction with the state of the world, and a compulsion to do something about it. FROM OUT THERE ON THE MOON, international politics look SO PETTY. You want to GRAB a politician BY THE SCRUFF OF THE NECK and DRAG HIM a quarter of a MILLION MILES out and say: “LOOK AT THAT, you idiot.

— Apollo 14, astronaut Edgar Mitchell

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Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me. What a dirty lie.

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It`s gonna hurt, because it`s metter.

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The most important things are the hardest to say. They are the things you get ashamed of, because words diminish them — words shrink things that seemed limitless when they were in your head to no more than living size when they’re brought out. But it’s more than that, isn’t it? The most important things lie too close to wherever your secret heart is buried, like landmarks to a treasure your enemies would love to steal away. And you may make revelations that cost you dearly only to have people look at you in a funny way, not understanding what you’ve said at all, or why you thought it was so important that you almost cried while you were saying it. That’s the worst, I think. When the secret stays locked within not for want of a teller but for want of an understanding ear.

― Stephen King, Different Seasons

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