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Brooks Atkinson
1894 - 1984

Journalist, author, and critic at the New York Times for over 40 years, winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 1947


Bureaucracies are designed to perform public business. But as soon as a bureaucracy is established, it develops an autonomous spiritual life and comes to regard the public as its enemy.

People everywhere enjoy believing things that they know are not true. It spares them the ordeal of thinking for themselves and taking responsibility for what they know.

1951 - from Once Around the Sun
I have no objections to churches so long as they do not interfere with God's work.