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Monday, November 17, 2008

Words of Adaptation

"Behind every successful woman there's an astonished man."
General Ann Dunwoody in her acceptance speech as the first female to reach the US Army's highest rank of four-star general.

"Democracy will always be democracy, as long as the leader who takes power knows that one day it must be given back."
Columnist Clive James' observations in "One Vote for All?" for Radio 4's Point of View.

"They don't like being asked "was it worth it?" Nobody would say, "yes, it was worth losing my son or my daughter"..."
Film-maker Morgan Matthews on his documentary about the 300 British troops killed in US-led conflicts in the last seven years.

"Did you think I would leave you dying/When there's room on my horse for two"
From the anti-war song "Two Little Boys", re-recorded by Australian entertainer Rolf Harris to mark the 90th anniversary of the end of World War I in 2008.

"My father was in the cavalry and fought at the Battle of the Somme and the Battle of Arras... [He] died aged 98 but on his death bed he called out for his horse Maisie, who saved his life on many occasions..."
A BBC reader shares his Remembrance Day thoughts

"When you see Muslims and Christians acting as brothers and sisters it's a powerful antidote to violence and war."
Cardinal Jean Louis Tauran on the November 2008 conference between 50 leading Catholic and Muslim scholars from Europe.

"For some scholars, a historical connection to Islam is a "missing link" that explains why English common law is so different from classical Roman legal systems that hold sway across much of the rest of Europe."
Mukul Devichand in his BBC article "Is English law related to Muslim law?" on whether English law really owes a debt to Muslim law.

"When you look for the bad in mankind expecting to find it, you surely will."
From the 1960 film Pollyanna and read in the inscription on Pollyanna's locket, a gift from her father, and attributed to US president Abraham Lincoln. It was actually written by the film's director/writer David Swift.

"Kindness to children."
On the BBC's list of things that make men cry

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