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No guest should be admitted without the date of their departure settled.

Julian Fellowes, Downton Abbey (2012)


the greater fool

Sloan Sabbith: ‘The greater fool is actually an economic term. It’s a patsy…For the rest of us to profit, we need a greater fool—someone who will buy long and sell short. Most people spend their lives trying not to be the greater fool. We toss him the hot potato; we dive for his seat when the music stops. The greater fool is someone with the perfect blend of self-delusion and ego to think that he can succeed where others have failed. This whole country was made by greater fools.’

Aaron Sorkin, The Newsroom, “The Greater Fool”  (2012)



…an inescapable eternity of repetition.

from NBC’s opening tribute to the 2012 Summer Olympics (2012)


look stupid

If you’re not prepared to look stupid, then nothing great is ever going to happen.

Matt Witten and David Shore (creator), House MD, Season 2, Episode 14 (2006)


the ERA

Ainsley Hayes (on opposing the ERA):
I am a citizen of this country, I am not a special subset in need of your protection. I do not have to have my rights handed down to me by a bunch of old, white men. The same Article 14 that protects you protects me.

Aaron Sorkin, The West Wing, “17 People” (2001)


a little harder

Donna: Well, we can’t all be you.
Josh: You could all try a little harder to be.

Aaron Sorkin, The West Wing, “Debate Camp” (2002)

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