• There is music in words, and it can be heard you know, by thinking

    E.L. Doctorow
  • The difference between Socrates and Jesus is that no one had ever been put to death in Socrates' name. And that is because Socrates' ideas were never made law. Law, in whatever name, protects privilege

    E.L. Doctorow
  • Satire's nature is to be one-sided, contemptuous of ambiguity, and so unfairly selective as to find in the purity of ridicule an inarguable moral truth

    E.L. Doctorow
  • Writing is like driving a car at night. You can only see as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way

    E.L. Doctorow
  • The three most important documents a free society gives are a birth certificate, a passport, and a library card

    E.L. Doctorow
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