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  1. Archeologists and historians … they are like jewelers, examining every tiny aspect of each valuable thing, with exactness and care —Judith Martin
  2. Business is a vocation. Philosophy is, or should be, an avocation —Elbert Hubbard
  3. A financier is a pawnbroker with imagination —Arthur W. Pinero
  4. (I guess) getting into nunhood is about as hard as pro football —Michael Malone
  5. (In ordinary business, man can settle to routine. The journalist can’t.) He’s [the journalist] like a robin, looking in all directions at once —Frank Swinnerton
  6. He who philosophizes is like a mirror that reflects objects that it cannot see, like a cave that returns the echo of voices that it does not hear —Kahlil Gibran
  7. Journalism, like history, is certainy not an exact science —John Gunther
  8. The Notary Public, like the domestic dog, is found everywhere —John Cadman Roper
  9. The philosopher is like a mountaineer who has with difficulty climbed a mountain for the sake of the surprise, and arriving at the top finds only fog; whereupon he wanders down again —W. Somerset Maugham
  10. Philosophy is like the ocean: there are pearls in its depths, but many divers find nothing for all their exertion and perish in the attempt —Ha Yevani Zerahia
  11. Police business … it’s a good deal like politics. It asks for the highest type of men, and there’s nothing in it to attract the highest type of men —Raymond Chandler
  12. Professors are just like actors. Actors got press agents that write things about them and they get so they believe it —Anon
  13. Professors get to looking at their diplomas and get to believing what it says there —Will Rogers, radio broadcast, January 27, 1935
  14. Psychoanalysis, like imagination, cannot be learned by rote —Theodor Reik
  15. Psychology is like physics before Galileo’s time, not a single elementary law yet caught a glimpse of —William James, letter to James Sully, 1890
  16. Running a liberal paper is like feeding melted butter on the end of an awl to a wild cat —Oscar Ameringer, Progressive, January 17, 1942

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  17. Working journalists regularly chase wild geese. Like firemen, they answer alarms, many of them false —Richard Rovere
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In the first place, it may be deemed almost superfluous to establish the fact, that among people at large, the business of whaling is not accounted on a level with what are called the liberal professions.
Her husband, who made no professions to any particular religious character, nevertheless reverenced and respected the consistency of hers, and stood, perhaps, a little in awe of her opinion.
Yet, compared with the cheap professions of most reformers, and the still cheaper wisdom an eloquence of politicians in general, his are almost the only sensible and valuable words, and we thank Heaven for him.
This company of pilgrims resembled Chaucer's in this: that it had in it a sample of about all the upper occupations and professions the country could show, and a corresponding variety of costume.
And yet there was not a man any where round, who made higher professions of religion, or was more active in revivals,--more attentive to the class, love-feast, prayer and preach- ing meetings, or more devotional in his family,-- that prayed earlier, later, louder, and longer,--than this same reverend slave-driver, Rigby Hopkins.
Believe me, sir, I am far, very far, from gratified in being the object of such professions.
Dashwood, "since leisure has not promoted your own happiness, that your sons will be brought up to as many pursuits, employments, professions, and trades as Columella's.
The same low tone of mind assails men in other professions in a similar manner -- calls great writers scribblers -- great generals, butchers -- and so on.
But indeed, at that time, putting to death was a recipe much in vogue with all trades and professions, and not least of all with Tellson's.
I could not help laughing again, at his balancing all callings and professions so equally; and I told him so.
Yet he does not doubt the sincerity of her professions, and he conceals the hollowness of his own from her, partly because he is ashamed of it, and partly out of pity for her.
Look at the successful men in any of the learned professions.

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