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Contemporaries and historians have blamed almost every prominent Confederate general at Gettysburg for mistakes that lost that battle: among them Robert E. Lee himself for mismanagement, overconfidence, and poor judgment; Jeb Stuart for riding off on a raid around the Union army and losing contact with his own army, leaving Lee blind in the enemy’s country; Richard Ewell and Jubal Early for failing to attack Cemetery Hill on the afternoon of July 1st and again for tardiness in attacking on the 2nd; and above all, James Longstreet for lack of cooperation, promptness, and vigor in the assaults of July 2nd and 3rd. It was left to George Pickett to put his finger on the problem with all these explanations. When someone asked Pickett after the war who was responsible for the Confederate defeat at Gettysburg, he scratched his head, and replied: “I’ve always thought the Yankees had something to do with it.”
— Why the Confederacy Lost, 1992

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So instead of responding to his question, I asked, “Did you see that article about you in this morning’s paper?” A columnist had just ripped him apart.
It was immediately obvious I had hit a responsive chord. “Oh, Ronnie,” he said, “they’re burying me in this town. I can’t even turn on the television anymore.” … Evidently he’d been looking for someone friendly to talk with all day. He just happened to find someone on the field in the middle of a game.

—Ron Luciano, Strike Two, 1984

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Bleakwood Avenue runs through a barrio about eight miles due east of the Los Angeles Times’s Globe Lobby, a marble art deco entry that features a massive globe, Hugo Ballin’s murals of 1930s life in America, and bronze busts of General Harrison Gray Otis, Harry Chandler, and other members of the family whose name, in Southern California, is synonymous with wealth and power. For Leo Wolinsky, the distance between the newspaper where he would become a keeper of the journalistic flame and the downtrodden east Los Angeles neighborhood where he grew up might as well have been halfway to the moon.
— James O’Shea, The Deal From Hell, 2011

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Doubt and DiMaggio had seldom kept company, but after that season, they were seldom apart. Joe talked to Topping about retirement. “Don’t even think about it,” the owner told him. He wanted Joe to come over for dinner — at his place, 405 Park Avenue. … Anyway, Topping could read the numbers, with tickets, concessions, parking, radio and TV, his World Champion Yankees probably made three million dollars that year — with one .300 hitter, a part-timer named DiMaggio, at .346. Topping wanted Joe to know he wasn’t going to lose a nickel, just because he’d played in only half the games. He could have another hundred-thousand-dollar contract right now — just say the word. Joe wouldn’t say the word.
— Richard Ben Cramer on DiMaggio’s offseason of 1949

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“Solving the problem of existence is easy for Rakitin: ‘If you want to do something useful today, you can, for instance, fight for people’s civil rights or maintain the price of beef at a reasonable level; that would be a simple and more direct way of manifesting your love for mankind than playing with all kinds of philosophical theories.'”
— Dostoevsky, The Brothers Karamazov, 1880

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The time, it is to be hoped, is gone by, when any defense would be necessary of the “liberty of the press” as one of the securities against corrupt or tyrannical government. … These words had scarcely been written, when, as if to give them an emphatic contradiction, occurred the Government Press Prosecutions of 1858.
—JS Mill, On Liberty, 1859