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So uh, what's been going on while I've been gone?—President Obama
I am aware of my power, but my power is feminine; it demands a match, not a victory.—Anais Nin
Be ashamed to die until you have won some victory for humanity.—Horace Mann
The problem [in Iran] is not about who plays the role of president in a charade of pseudo-democracy. The problem is about an atrophied system that blocks all paths to reform, development and progress.—Amir Taheri
Greed and stupidity will end humanity earlier than expected.—Stephen Hawking
This [Iran nuke] deal represents the same failed approach of the past that brought us to the current imminent threat we face from North Korea,—Rex Tillerson, U.S. Secretary of State
All countries should change their policies, including Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Qatar, Kuwait, UAE and Bahrain, as well as Iran, Oman and Syria. We all have to do this by changing our current foreign policy. We have to sit with each other. Why are we fighting each other? What is the reason?—Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
I have no relationship with him other than he called me a genius—Donald Trump on Vladimir Putin during a campaign rally in Feb 2016
The best revenge is not to be like your enemy.—Marcus Aurelius
The Turkish republic has always been flawed, but it always contained the aspiration that – against the backdrop of the principles to which successive constitutions claimed fidelity – it could become a democracy. Erdoğan’s new Turkey closes off that prospect.—Steven A. Cook
We have the best government that money can buy.—Mark Twain
Today's designations highlight our continued support for the Iranian people and demonstrate our commitment to hold the Government of Iran responsible for its continued repression of its own citizens.— John E. Smith, director of the Treasury DepI OFAC
After listening for 10 minutes [to Xi Jingping], I realized it's not so easy. I felt pretty strongly that they [China] had a tremendous power over North Korea. But it's not what you would think.—Donald Trump
In politics, stupidity is not a handicap.—Napoléon Bonaparte
We need to learn from Iraq and Libya — wars that were propagated as necessary to relieve human suffering, but actually increased human suffering many times over.—Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii)
For each ecstatic instant we must an anguish pay in keen and quivering ratio to the ecstasy. For each beloved hour sharp pittances of years, bitter contested farthings and coffers heaped with tears. —Emily Dickinson
[Russia should] Side with the U.S. and likeminded countries on Syria, or embrace Iran, militant group Hezbollah and embattled Syrian leader Bashar Assad.— Rex Tillerson, U.S. Secretary of State
God felt sorry for actors, so he gave them a place in the sun and a lot of money. All they had to sacrifice was their talent.—Claude Rains
Bannon was then, as he is now, simply another bitter Hollywood wannabe who went rogue by way of toxic narcissistic iconoclasm. But, deep in his heart, he’s just a conniving hateful bloated punk who despises mankind. And then there are also the bad things about him.—Sean Penn
I really believe we should have and still should take out his air fields and prevent him from being able to use them to bomb innocent people and drop sarin gas on them."—Hillary Clinton

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