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Quotation by Gore Vidal
Laughing at someone else is an excellent way of learning how to laugh at oneself; and questioning what seem to be the absurd beliefs of another group is a good way of recognizing the potential absurdity of many of one's own cherished beliefs.
Gore Vidal (b. 1925), U.S. novelist, critic. repr. In Homage to Daniel Shays: Collected Essays 1952-1972 (1974). "Satire in the 1950's," Nation (New York, April 26, 1958).
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