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I just wanted to be an ordinary parish priest.
Even we schoolchildren know that ordinary diplomats don't drive around in unmarked cars carrying Glock pistols.
For us artists there waits the joyous compromise through art with all that wounded or defeated us in daily life; in this way, not to evade destiny, as the ordinary people try to do, but to fulfil it in its true potential - the imagination.
Astronauts are not superhuman. They lead ordinary lives and have varied personalities.
One always has the idea of a stupid man as perfectly healthy and ordinary, and of illness as making one refined and clever and unusual.
It's the quality of the ordinary, the straight, the square, that accounts for the great stability and success of our nation. It's a quality to be proud of. But it's a quality that many people seem to have neglected.
Gerald R. Ford
The ordinary American - as far as I can tell - knows so much less than he did fifty years ago and has such poor work habits compared with fifty years ago that the average multiplicand of knowledge/capabilities is a much smaller number than it was in 1961.
Henry James's later works would have been better had he resisted that curious sort of self-indulgence, dictating to a secretary. The roaming garrulousness of ordinary speech is usually corrected when it's transcribed into written prose.
Joyce Carol Oates
The thing you notice here after America is how refreshingly ordinary people look because they haven't had their chin wrapped around the back of their ears.
America had been a boom-and-bust economy going into the Great Depression - just over and over and over, fortunes were wiped out, ordinary families were crushed under it.
The truth is that I'm constitutionally incapable of doing an ordinary job.
The situation in the United States is becoming more dire for average ordinary Americans and the last thing we need to do is to spend money on death, destruction and war.
I'm an ordinary guy with an extraordinary job.
If your job is to leaven ordinary lives with elevating spectacle, be elevating or be gone.
Because it equates tradition with prejudice, the left finds itself increasingly unable to converse with ordinary people in their common language.
Even now, I have traces of the good little girl. When I am not performing, for instance, I am really very quiet and ordinary.
There are people who like just ordinary comedy fun, and making mistakes - which I do easily - and then there are people who like the falling over.
That's important to me, to find the extraordinary inside the ordinary.
I feel like I'm playing more of a role walking down the red carpet than when I'm playing an ordinary woman covered in sweat.
Theodore Roosevelt had drawn public attention to his attractive family in order to create a bond with ordinary Americans. Eleanor Roosevelt had successfully broached the idea that a First Lady could be nearly as much a public figure as her husband.
Tax laws favor capital over labor, giving capital gains a lower rate than ordinary income. The rich get humongous mortgage interest deductions while renters get no deduction at all.
Snowden grants that NSA employees by and large believe in their mission and trust the agency to handle the secrets it takes from ordinary people - deliberately, in the case of bulk records collection, and 'incidentally,' when the content of American phone calls and e-mails are swept into NSA systems along with foreign targets.
Nobody is ordinary if you know where to look.
The big dramas that fascinate me are the quiet ones that happen behind closed doors in so-called ordinary families.
What I see everywhere in the world are ordinary people willing to confront despair, power, and incalculable odds in order to restore some semblance of grace, justice, and beauty to this world.
John F. Kennedy
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