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“The most powerful tool of all is the word no.”

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source: “What I’ve Learned: Andy Grove,” by Mike Sager, Esquire, May 1, 2000.

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“On what planet do you spend most of your time?…Trying to have a conversation with you would be like trying to argue with a dining room table. I have no interest in doing it.”

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source: town hall meeting, Dartmouth, NH, August 18, 2009

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medium: political event

notes: A constituent in the audience asked Barney Frank: “Why do you continue to support a Nazi policy?” Frank responds: “On what planet do you spend most of your time?” He calls her approach “vile, contemptible nonsense.” Frank closes with: “Trying to have a conversation with you would be like trying to argue with a dining room table. I have no interest in doing it.”

“Analogies, it is true, decide nothing, but they can make one feel more at home.”

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source: “The Dissection of the Psychical Personality,” New Introductory Lectures on Psycho-Analysis (New York: W. W. Norton, 1965), 90.

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“The telephone conversation is, by its very nature, reactive, not reflective. Immediacy is its prime virtue. The immediacy delivers quick company, instant stimulation; the stimulation is cathartic; catharsis pushes back anxiety; into open space flows the kind of thought generated by electric return. The letter, written in absorbed solitude, is an act of faith: it assumes the presence of humanity: world and self are generated from within: loneliness is courted, not feared.”

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source: “Letters are Acts of Faith; Telephone Calls Are a Reflex,” The New York Times, July 31, 1994.

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