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I absolutely adore Thanksgiving. It's the only holiday I insist on making myself.

The United States established itself as a trustworthy new nation in its first two decades after the Revolutionary War by paying its debts even when many in the country believed it had no obligation to do so. Alexander Hamilton the founder of this newspaper insisted on it.

Every society gets the kind of criminal it deserves. What is equally true is that every community gets the kind of law enforcement it insists on.

If you are part of a religion that very strongly insists that you believe then to decide not to do that is quite a big hurdle to jump over. You never forget the thought process you went through. It becomes part of your whole intellectual picture.

If religion were true its followers would not try to bludgeon their young into an artificial conformity but would merely insist on their unbending quest for truth irrespective of artificial backgrounds or practical consequences.

The proper reply to right wing religiosity is not to insist that politics and religion don't mix. This is the stock response of the left.

The Vice-Presidency is sort of like the last cookie on the plate. Everybody insists he won't take it but somebody always does.

The end of poetry is not to create a physical condition which shall give pleasure to the mind... The end of poetry is not an after-effect not a pleasurable memory of itself but an immediate constant and even unpleasant insistence upon itself.

As this long and difficult war ends I would like to address a few special words to the American people: Your steadfastness in supporting our insistence on peace with honor has made peace with honor possible.

There is a fuzzy but real distinction that can and I believe should be made between patriotism which is attachment to a way of life and nationalism which is the insistence that your way of life deserves to rule over other ways of life.

I took piano for many years. I kicked and screamed through all of my lessons but my mom really insisted.

All of us kids ended up 'doing Mom.' There are four of us who've tried show business. Five if you insist on counting my sister the nun who does liturgical dance.

Imagine my surprise when after a lifetime of teaching me to keep personal things to myself Mom insisted my drawings were the start of a comic strip for millions of people to enjoy.

My mom insisted on multigrain bread and never allowed soda in the house.

How can a woman be expected to be happy with a man who insists on treating her as if she were a perfectly normal human being.

I love America more than any other country in this world and exactly for this reason I insist on the right to criticize her perpetually.

Love is the ability and willingness to allow those that you care for to be what they choose for themselves without any insistence that they satisfy you.

Life is really simple but we insist on making it complicated.

Imam Rauf and his backers have every legal right to build their extravagant Islamic center within the lethal radius of Ground Zero. But the rest of us have the right to question why they insist on doing so.

Shouldn't Democrats insist that Sen. Durbin step down as their whip the number two man in their leadership?

All around me insisted that my doubts proved only my own ignorance and sinfulness that they knew by experience they would soon give place to true knowledge and an advance in religion and I felt something like indecision.

I do insist on making what I hope is sense so there's always a coherent narrative or argument that the reader can follow.

In a sense words are encyclopedias of ignorance because they freeze perceptions at one moment in history and then insist we continue to use these frozen perceptions when we should be doing better.

Man seems to insist on ignoring the lessons available from history.