* “Great events are commonly judged by contemporaries quite wrongly. It is in fact one of the chief functions of the historian to correct the contemporary judgment.”–British historian and essayist J.R. Seeley.

* “Clearly India has great potential to be one of the major players in the post-imperial world, so long as it can harness and not be held back by its gargantuan population.”–Samir Puri, author of “The Shadows of Empire.”

* “I hope that no one dares to cross the red line in respect to Russia. Those who organize any provocations threatening our core security interests will regret their deeds more than they regretted anything for a long time.”–Russian President Vladimir Putin.

* “The defining task of politics isn’t to speak truth to power. It is to use power to achieve shared goals.”–Samuel Goldman, director of the Politics and Values Program at George Washington University.

* “When we invest in climate resilience and infrastructure, we create opportunities for everyone. That’s at the heart of our jobs plan.”--President Joe Biden.

* “Deathly afraid of alienating the most rabid MAGA supporters, Republicans continue to stoke racial resentment, fear of immigrants and bizarro conspiracy theories—all of which push away non-whites, women, college-educated voters and younger voters. In sum, Republicans’ base is vanishing and they haven’t the slightest idea what to do about it.”–Jennifer Rubin, Washington Post.

* “I still think that when a police officer acts under the color of law, we should be able to release their name.”–Tampa Police Chief Brian Dugan.

* “(Republicans) may well discover that they have actually disenfranchised many of their own supporters, even as their push to pass restrictive (voting) rules energizes their opponents.”–David Graham, the Atlantic.

* “There is a budding realization from business leaders: Society expects more from them. They cannot do—and will not do—business as usual.”–Meredith Sumpter, CEO of the Council for Inclusive Capitalism, on a growing pattern of U.S. corporations and executives—from Facebook to Target—calling for a defense of Americans’ voting rights.

* “There is racism physically built into some of our highways.”–Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, on an Interstate era that has prompted the demolition or fragmentation of black neighborhoods.

* “The level of racial hatred, anti-Semitic, xenophobic, tribalistic language that was coming from the prior administration could have ripped this nation apart. Now it is time for us to work as hard, as focused, as possible to repair those rifts.”–Derrick Johnson, N.A.A.C.P. president and CEO.

* “I think we need to do a better job for our employees. … It’s clear to me that we need a better vision for how we create value for employees—a vision for their success.”–Amazon founder Jeff Bezos.

* “Sex, glamour, excitement and mystery are relics of a bygone era. Hollywood is now focused on worthy, relevant, socially conscious and lugubrious.”–Maureen Dowd, New York Times.

* “If the pandemic is opening new possibilities for balancing home and work, and if it’s a reminder of the importance of nurturing our most intimate relationships, we will have found a glittering silver lining.”–Mona Charen, the Bulwark.

* “Even if I wasn’t very effective in changing everybody’s minds, the idea that (the Trump Administration) knew that nonsense could not be spouted without my pushing back on it, I felt was important.”–Dr. Anthony Fauci.

* “Fauci is practicing epidemiology. His critics are practicing idiocy. Both are very good at their chosen work.”–Michael Gerson, Washington Post.

* “Administrative costs at U.S. colleges and universities are a big part of what differentiates them from the European system. But so do amenities and sports.”–Karin Klein, Los Angeles Times.

* “It is difficult to comprehend how a citizen of our country who is living in Puerto Rico is permitted to serve in our armed services, yet they are not permitted to vote for their commander-in-chief.”–Ruby Wake, vice president of Tampa Bay Latin Chamber of Commerce.

* “We’ve created an unfair competitive advantage for foreign players and out-of-state retailers on the backs of our local retailers.”–State Sen. Joe Gruters, R-Sarasota, on legislation that will require out-of-state online retailers to collect sales taxes on purchases made by Floridians.

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