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Today is the first day of the rest of your life.

Charles Dederich

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Dederich, Charles. Used by Charles Dederich as a part of the antidrug movement Synanon. c. 1958.

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Tolkien, J. R. R. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring. George Allen & Unwin, 1954, ch. 10.

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The Ten Commandments. Directed by Cecil B. DeMille. Cecil B. DeMille Productions, 1956.

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Camus, Albert. L'Homme Revolte [The Rebel]. Gallimard, 1951.

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Camus, Albert. L'Homme Revolte [The Rebel]. Gallimard, 1951.

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On the Waterfront. Directed by Elia Kazan, Horizon Pictures, 1954.

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Khrushchev, Nikita. Quoted in "Foreign News: We Will Bury You!" Time Magazine, 26 Nov. 1956. Originally stated while addressing western ambassadors. Reception at the Polish embassy. 18 Nov. 1956, Moscow, Russia.

I am Death.

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The Seventh Seal

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Det sjunde inseglet [The Seventh Seal]. Directed by Ingmar Bergman, Svensk Filmindustri, 1957.

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Sunset Boulevard. Directed by Billy Wilder, Paramount Pictures, 1950.

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West, Mae. Goodness Had Nothing to Do with It: The Autobiography of Mae West. Prentice Hall, 1959, ch. 21.

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Orwell, George. "The Freedom of Press." Times Literary Supplement. News UK, 15 Sept. 1972.

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Nabokov, Vladimir. Lolita. Olympia Press, 1955, ch. 1.

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Eisenhower, Dwight D. "First Inaugural Address." 20 Jan. 1953, East Portico, US Capitol Building, Washington, DC, USA.

The past is never dead. It's not even past.

William Faulkner

Requiem for a Nun

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Faulkner, William. Requiem for a Nun. Random House, 1951.

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Faulkner, William. Requiem for a Nun. Vintage, 2012.

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"Singin' in the Rain." Singin' in the Rain. Directed by Gene Kelly and Stanley Donen, performed by Gene Kelly, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1952.

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Hughes, Langston. "Harlem." Montage of a Dream Deferred. Holt, 1951.

We must not confuse dissent with disloyalty.

Edward R. Murrow

Said on his TV program "See it Now" as a challenge to Senator Joseph McCarthy's attempts to quash "communist" enemies.

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Murrow, Edward R. Tonight See It Now. CBS, 9 Mar. 1954.

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Stevenson, Adlai. "Safeguards Against Communism." 7 Oct. 1952, Masonic Temple, Detroit, MI, USA.

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Det sjunde inseglet [The Seventh Seal]. Directed by Ingmar Bergman, Svensk Filmindustri, 1957.

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Adorno, Theodor. Minima Moralia: Reflexionen aus dem beschädigten Leben [Minima Moralia: Reflections from Damaged Life]. Suhrkamp Verlag, 1951.

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Adorno, Theodor. Minima Moralia: Reflections from Damaged Life, translated by E. F. N. Jephcott. Verso, 2020.