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A minister asked a little boy how to get to the Post Office. After the little boy told him, the minister said, Why don't you come to church tonight? I'm giving instructions on how to get to heaven. After thinking a minute, the boy replied, I don't think so. You don't even know how to get to the Post Office.
~ Anonymous - [Preachers and Preaching]

 

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Childbearing is glorified in part because women die from it.
~ Andrea Dworkin - [Pregnancy]

 

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Few sinners are saved after the first twenty minutes of a sermon.
~ Mark Twain - [Preachers and Preaching]

 

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He who asks fortune-tellers the future unwittingly forfeits an inner intimation of coming events that is a thousand times more exact than anything they may say. He is impelled by inertia, rather than curiosity, and nothing is more unlike the submissive apathy with which he hears his fate revealed than the alert dexterity with which the man of courage lays hands on the future.
~ Walter Benjamin - [Prediction]

 

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I think predictability has become the rule and I'm completely the opposite -- I like spectators to be disturbed.
~ Louis Malle - [Prediction]

 

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If men could get pregnant, abortion would be a sacrament.
~ Florynce R. Kennedy - [Pregnancy]

 

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If men were equally at risk from this condition -- if they knew their bellies might swell as if they were suffering from end-stage cirrhosis, that they would have to go nearly a year without a stiff drink, a cigarette, or even an aspirin, that they would be subject to fainting spells and unable to fight their way onto commuter trains -- then I am sure that pregnancy would be classified as a sexually transmitted disease and abortions would be no more controversial than emergency appendectomies.
~ Barbara Ehrenreich - [Pregnancy]

 

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It is a maxim among these lawyers, that whatever hath been done before, may legally be done again: and therefore they take special care to record all the decisions formerly made against common justice and the general reason of mankind.
~ Jonathan Swift - [Precedents]

 

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It is in the very nature of things human that every act that has once made its appearance and has been recorded in the history of mankind stays with mankind as a potentiality long after its actuality has become a thing of the past.
~ Hannah Arendt - [Precedents]

 

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Judicial judgment must take deep account of the day before yesterday in order that yesterday may not paralyze today.
~ Felix Frankfurter - [Precedents]

 

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Legends of prediction are common throughout the whole Household of Man. Gods speak, spirits speak, computers speak. Oracular ambiguity or statistical probability provides loopholes, and discrepancies are expunged by Faith.
~ Ursula K. Le Guin - [Prediction]

 

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No one can possibly know what is about to happen: it is happening, each time, for the first time, for the only time.
~ James Baldwin - [Prediction]

 

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Prediction is very difficult, especially about the future.
~ Niels Bohr - [Prediction]

 

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Predictions of the future are never anything but projections of present automatic processes and procedures, that is, of occurrences that are likely to come to pass if men do not act and if nothing unexpected happens; every action, for better or worse, and every accident necessarily destroys the whole pattern in whose frame the prediction moves and where it finds its evidence.
~ Hannah Arendt - [Prediction]

 

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The glory of each generation is to make its own precedents.
~ Belva Lockwood - [Precedents]

 

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The man who will follow precedent, but never create one, is merely an obvious example of the routineer. You find him desperately numerous in the civil service, in the official bureaus. To him government is something given as unconditionally, as absolutely as ocean or hill. He goes on winding the tape that he finds. His imagination has rarely extricated itself from under the administrative machine to gain any sense of what a human, temporary contraption the whole affair is. What he thinks is the heavens above him is nothing but the roof.
~ Walter Lippmann - [Precedents]

 

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The object of preaching is to constantly remind mankind of what they keep forgetting; not to supply the intellect, but to fortify the feebleness of human resolutions.
~ Sydney Smith - [Preachers and Preaching]

 

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The unpredictability inherent in human affairs is due largely to the fact that the by-products of a human process are more fateful than the product.
~ Eric Hoffer - [Prediction]

 

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These wretched babies don't come until they are ready.
~ Queen Elizabeth - [Pregnancy]

 

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To do something, say something, see something, before anybody else -- these are things that confer a pleasure compared with which other pleasures are tame and commonplace, other ecstasies cheap and trivial.
~ Mark Twain - [Precedents]

 

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