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This is related to my post, Tweeting wisdom of the ages, attempting to debunk the notion that something less than 140 characters must be shallow. These are quotations from Gloria Steinem that would fit in tweets:

A liberated woman is one who has sex before marriage and a job after.

A woman reading Playboy feels a little like a Jew reading a Nazi manual.

Childbirth is more admirable than conquest, more amazing than self-defense, and as courageous as either one.

I have yet to hear a man ask for advice on how to combine marriage and a career.

Men should think twice before making widow hood woman’s only path to power.

Most American children suffer too much mother and too little father.

The first problem for all of us, men and women, is not to learn, but to unlearn.

Without leaps of imagination, or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities. Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning.

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This is related to my post, Tweeting wisdom of the ages, attempting to debunk the notion that something less than 140 characters must be shallow. These are quotations from Ronald Reagan that would fit in tweets:

Entrepreneurs and their small enterprises are responsible for almost all the economic growth in the United States.

Facts are stubborn things.

Government always finds a need for whatever money it gets.

I have left orders to be awakened at any time in case of national emergency, even if I’m in a cabinet meeting.

I have wondered at times what the Ten Commandments would have looked like if Moses had run them through the US Congress.

Inflation is as violent as a mugger, as frightening as an armed robber and as deadly as a hit man.

It has been said that politics is the second oldest profession. I have learned that it bears a striking resemblance to the first.

Recession is when a neighbor loses his job. Depression is when you lose yours.

The most terrifying words in the English language are: I’m from the government and I’m here to help.

The problem is not that people are taxed too little, the problem is that government spends too much.

There are no constraints on the human mind, no walls around the human spirit, no barriers to our progress except those we ourselves erect.

Trust, but verify.

In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.

I should note that one of Reagan’s most memorable statements, paying tribute to the Challenger astronauts, was too long for a tweet: We will never forget them, nor the last time we saw them, this morning, as they prepared for their journey and waved good-bye and “slipped the surly bonds of earth” to “touch the face of God.”

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This is related to my post, Tweeting wisdom of the ages, attempting to debunk the notion that something less than 140 characters must be shallow. These are quotations from Helen Keller that would fit in tweets:

All the world is full of suffering. It is also full of overcoming.

Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.

Faith is the strength by which a shattered world shall emerge into the light.

I do not want the peace which passeth understanding, I want the understanding which bringeth peace.

Life is a succession of lessons which must be lived to be understood.

Love is like a beautiful flower which I may not touch, but whose fragrance makes the garden a place of delight just the same.

No one has a right to consume happiness without producing it.

No pessimist ever discovered the secret of the stars, or sailed to an uncharted land, or opened a new doorway for the human spirit.

Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.

Self-pity is our worst enemy and if we yield to it, we can never do anything wise in this world.

The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched – they must be felt with the heart.

When we do the best that we can, we never know what miracle is wrought in our life, or in the life of another.

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This is related to my post, Tweeting wisdom of the ages, attempting to debunk the notion that something less than 140 characters must be shallow. These are quotations from Karl Marx that would fit in tweets:

From each according to his abilities, to each according to his needs.

Capital is dead labor, which, vampire-like, lives only by sucking living labor, and lives the more, the more labor it sucks.

History repeats itself, first as tragedy, second as farce.

In bourgeois society capital is independent and has individuality, while the living person is dependent and has no individuality.

Religion is the opium of the masses.

Sell a man a fish, he eats for a day, teach a man how to fish, you ruin a wonderful business opportunity.

The history of all previous societies has been the history of class struggles.

The rich will do anything for the poor but get off their backs.

The worker of the world has nothing to lose, but their chains, workers of the world unite.

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This is related to my post, Tweeting wisdom of the ages, attempting to debunk the notion that something less than 140 characters must be shallow. These are quotations from Nelson Mandela that would fit in tweets:

Let freedom reign. The sun never set on so glorious a human achievement.

If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.

I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it.

I detest racialism, because I regard it as a barbaric thing, whether it comes from a black man or a white man.

Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.

After climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb.

Never, never and never again shall it be that this beautiful land will again experience the oppression of one by another.

There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children.

We must use time wisely and forever realize that the time is always ripe to do right.

When the water starts boiling it is foolish to turn off the heat.

There is no such thing as part freedom.

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This is related to my post, Tweeting wisdom of the ages, attempting to debunk the notion that something less than 140 characters must be shallow. These are quotations from Winston Churchill that would fit in tweets:

A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on.

A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.

All the great things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word: freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope.

An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last.

Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.

From Stettin in the Baltic to Trieste in the Adriatic, an iron curtain has descended across the Continent.

He has all of the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire.

If you go on with this nuclear arms race, all you are going to do is make the rubble bounce.

Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.

The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings; the inherent virtue of socialism is the equal sharing of miseries.

The length of this document defends it well against the risk of its being read.

The truth is incontrovertible, malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end; there it is.

I should note that this quote, one of Churchill’s most famous, is too long for a tweet: We shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be, we shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender.

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This is related to my post, Tweeting wisdom of the ages, attempting to debunk the notion that something less than 140 characters must be shallow. These are quotations from Mohandas Gandhi that would fit in tweets:

Always aim at complete harmony of thought and word and deed. Always aim at purifying your thoughts and everything will be well.

Even if you are a minority of one, the truth is the truth.

First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.

I am prepared to die, but there is no cause for which I am prepared to kill.

I believe that a man is the strongest soldier for daring to die unarmed.

I object to violence because when it appears to do good, the good is only temporary; the evil it does is permanent.

If we are to teach real peace in this world, and if we are to carry on a real war against war, we shall have to begin with the children.

Imitation is the sincerest flattery.

In a gentle way, you can shake the world.

It is my own firm belief that the strength of the soul grows in proportion as you subdue the flesh.

Let us all be brave enough to die the death of a martyr, but let no one lust for martyrdom.

Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.

Nobody can hurt me without my permission.

Non-cooperation with evil is as much a duty as is cooperation with good.

Poverty is the worst form of violence.

The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.

The human voice can never reach the distance that is covered by the still small voice of conscience.

There are people in the world so hungry, that God cannot appear to them except in the form of bread.

There is a higher court than courts of justice and that is the court of conscience. It supercedes all other courts.

We must become the change we want to see in the world.

You can chain me, you can torture me, you can even destroy this body, but you will never imprison my mind.

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