“Battle Hymn,” a political song in the Inlander

“Those who know do not speak,” Lao Tzu said. “Those who speak do not know.”

“We’re idiots, babe,” Bob Dylan said. “It’s a wonder we can even feed ourselves.”

“Congress shall make no law abridging the freedom of speech,” the First Amendment said, “or of the press, or the right of the people peaceably to assemble.”

“Freedom of speech,” Ice-T said. “Just watch what you say.”

“If you can’t say anything nice,” my mother said, “don’t say anything at all.”

Shit goddamn, I said to myself.

“In the beginning was the Word,” John said, “and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”

“We know little that is certain about words,” Virginia Woolf said, “but this we do know — words never make anything that is useful; and words are the only things that tell the truth and nothing but the truth.

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