political conversations led me to these:

“The great enemy of truth is very often not the lie–deliberate, contrived and dishonest–but the myth–persistent, persuasive and unrealistic. Too often we hold fast to the cliches of our forebears. We subject all facts to a prefabricated set of interpretations. We enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought.
[Commencement Address at Yale University, June 11 1962]”― John F. Kennedy

“Disagreement often turns into dehumanization. Too often, we judge other groups by their worst examples and judge ourselves by our best intentions.”– George W. Bush

“Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.” Eleanor Roosevelt

Political language… is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.  George Orwell

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