Here are some quotes that caught my attention in books I've read recently.

From The Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, Volume II: The Kingdom on the Waves (how's that for a long title?):

It is a fact easily discernible that governments are instituted to commit the crimes that their citizens require for gain, but cannot countenance committing privately.

From Vanity Fair:

The major plays a good knife and fork at tiffin and resumes those weapons with great success at dinner.

From Snow Falling on Cedars:

The strange thing was, he wanted to like everyone. He just couldn't find a way to do it...He loved humanity dearly and with all his heart, but he disliked most human beings.

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