„It's mournful and troubling in a way that goes beyond ordinary movie manipulation. It burns clean.“

—  Stephanie Zacharek, Review http://salon.com/ent/movies/review/2000/12/22/cast_away/index.html of Cast Away (2000)
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„Rolling in the muck is not the best way of getting clean.“

—  Aldous Huxley, livro Admirável Mundo Novo
Brave New World (1932), Context: Chronic remorse, as all the moralists are agreed, is a most undesirable sentiment. If you have behaved badly, repent, make what amends you can and address yourself to the task of behaving better next time. On no account brood over your wrong-doing. Rolling in the muck is not the best way of getting clean. Foreword, to the 1946 edition

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„There are many other ways in which language can be used to manipulate an audience. one obvious way is to simply lie.“

—  Randal Marlin Canadian academic 1938
Propaganda & The Ethics Of Persuasion (2002), Chapter Three, Propaganda Technique, p. 107

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„I think politicians and movie actors and movie executives are similar in more ways than they’re different.“

—  Jack Valenti President of the MPAA 1921 - 2007
Context: I think politicians and movie actors and movie executives are similar in more ways than they’re different. There is an egocentric quality about both; there is a very sensitive awareness of the public attitude, because you live or die on public favor or disfavor. There is the desire for publicity and for acclaim, because, again, that’s part of your life... And in a strange and bizarre way, when movie actors come to Washington, they’re absolutely fascinated by the politicians. And when the politicians go to Hollywood, they’re absolutely fascinated by the movie stars. It’s a kind of reciprocity of affection by people who both recognize in a sense they’re in the same racket. Interview on National Public Radio (13 December 1974)

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„The chief trouble with the official style is that it spreads far beyond the formal contexts to which it is suited. Most civil servants, having learned to write in this way, cannot throw off the habit.“

—  Robert Graves English poet and novelist 1895 - 1985
The Reader Over Your Shoulder (1943), Context: The chief trouble with the official style is that it spreads far beyond the formal contexts to which it is suited. Most civil servants, having learned to write in this way, cannot throw off the habit. The obscurity of their public announcements largely accounts for the disrepute into which Departmental activities have fallen: for the public naturally supposes that Departments are as muddled and stodgy as their announcements. The habit of obscurity is partly caused by a settled disinclination among public servants to give a definite refusal even where assent is out of the question; or to convey a vigorous rebuke even where, in private correspondence, any person with self-respect would feel bound to do so. The mood is conveyed by a polite and emasculated style — polite because, when writing to a member of the public, the public servant is, in theory at least, addressing one of his collective employers; emasculated because, as a cog in the Government machine, he must make his phrases look as mechanical as possible by stripping them of all personal feeling and opinion. Ch.4: "The Use and Abuse of Official English"

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„Brilliantly, ecstatically, irrepressibly. This is the way to burn“

—  Tom Robbins, livro Still Life with Woodpecker
Still Life with Woodpecker (1980), Context: "This is the way to burn," the fuse seemed to be saying to the more docile, slow-witted candlewick. "Brilliantly, ecstatically, irrepressibly. This is the way to burn."

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