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    More than 20 years on, sustained competition, informed customers and the rapid growth of new technology provide the necessary environment for substantial deregulation.
    — Stephen L. Carter
    The very aspect of religions that many of their critics most fear - that the religiously devout, in the name of their faith, take positions that differ from approved state policy - is one of their strengths.
    — Stephen L. Carter
    tags: fear  faith  strength 
     
    This trivializing rhetoric runs the subtle but unmistakable message: pray if you like, worship if you must, but whatever you do, do not on any account take your religion seriously.
    — Stephen L. Carter
    tags: worship  pray 
     
    In contemporary American culture, the religions are more and more treated as just passing beliefs - almost as fads - rather than as the fundaments upon which the devout build their lives.
    — Stephen L. Carter
    I find it hard to think of myself as selling books. I don't even have a Web site. I want to sit and write, not sell.
    — Stephen L. Carter
    tags: book  write  sell 
     
    Lots of white people think black people are stupid. They are stupid themselves for thinking so, but regulation will not make them smarter.
    — Stephen L. Carter
    tags: people  thinking  black 
     
    When you shoot someone who is fleeing, it's not self-defense. It's an execution.
    — Stephen L. Carter
    If you're fascinated by America, you'll be fascinated by family.
    — Stephen L. Carter
    tags: america 
     
    I think that black fiction authors have to work very hard to avoid being typed as seeking only a black audience.
    — Stephen L. Carter
    tags: work  author  fiction  black 
     
    Richard John Neuhaus, in his well-known book The Naked Public Square, tells us that in America, the public square has become openly hostile to religion.
    — Stephen L. Carter
    tags: america  book 
     
    Teasing out the way the world might look through another's eyes is what makes the creative process so fascinating and enjoyable.
    — Stephen L. Carter
    To be black and an intellectual in America is to live in a box. On the box is a label, not of my own choosing.
    — Stephen L. Carter
    tags: live  america  black 
     
    Every conflict plagues the peace that follows it.
    — Stephen L. Carter
    tags: peace  conflict 
     
    Love is a gift we deliver when we would rather not.
    — Stephen L. Carter
    tags: gift 
     
    Rumors chase the dead like flies, and we follow them with our prim noses. None of us are gossips, but we love listening to those who are.
    — Stephen L. Carter
    tags: listening 
     
    You should never fall in love with your own press clippings, because it is very much the nature of the beast that the same journalists who build you up between Monday and Friday tear you down for weekend fun...My family's habit of living in the past seems to me pathological, even dangerous. If all greatness lies in the past, what is the point of the future?
    — Stephen L. Carter
    We do not credit to the ideal of religious freedom when we talk as though religious belief is something of which public-spirited adults should be ashamed.
    — Stephen L. Carter
    I think of my novels as entertainments.
    — Stephen L. Carter
    tags: novel 
     
    There is much depressing evidence that the religious voice is required to stay out of the public square only when it is pressed in a conservative cause.
    — Stephen L. Carter
    In our sensible zeal to keep religion from dominating our politics, we have created a political and legal culture that presses the religiously faithful to be other than themselves, to act publicly, and sometimes privately as well, as though their faith does not matter to them.
    — Stephen L. Carter
    One sees a trend in our political and legal cultures toward treating religious beliefs as arbitrary and unimportant, a trend supported by a rhetoric that implies that there is something wrong with religious devotion.
    — Stephen L. Carter
    We often ask our citizens to split their public and private selves, telling them in effect that it is fine to be religious in private, but there is something askew when those private beliefs become the basis for public action.
    — Stephen L. Carter
    tags: belief  self  action  religious 
     
    We live today in a world in which nobody believes choices should have consequences. But may I tell you the great secret that our culture seeks to deny? You cannot escape the consequences of your choices. Time runs in only one direction.
    — Stephen L. Carter
    True love is not the helpless desire to possess the cherished object of one's fervent affection; true love is the disciplined generosity we require of ourselves for the sake of another when we would rather be selfish; that, at least, is how I have taught myself to love my wife.
    — Stephen L. Carter
    tags: desires  true  wife 
     
    Rumor is rarely more interesting than fact, but it is always more readily available.
    — Stephen L. Carter
    tags: facts 
     
    In real life there are indeed black people who have been in the middle class for generations, but in entertainment it's as if they don't exist.
    — Stephen L. Carter
    tags: people  real  black 
     
    So much emotion goes into writing fiction.
    — Stephen L. Carter
    tags: emotion  writing  fiction 
     
    Even in 2012, if there's a black character in the movies or on television that's a professional, if we even hear about their backgrounds they're always 'up from the streets.
    — Stephen L. Carter
    tags: character  movie  black 
     
    But that is the way of the place: down our many twisting corridors, one encounters story after story, some heroic, some villainous, some true, some false, some funny, some tragic, and all of them combining to form the mystical, undefinable entity we call the school. Not exactly the building, not exactly the faculty or the students or the alumni - more than all those things but also less, a paradox, an order, a mystery, a monster, an utter joy.
    — Stephen L. Carter
    tags: funny  joy  mystery  true  school  stories 
     
    If people believe that they are marrying out of love and free choice rather than out of duty, they are more likely to decide, if love should die, that the free choice to join together is no more significant than the free choice to part, and to look for love elsewhere; those married out of duty expect less love to begin with, and what duty has brought together, duty may keep together.
    — Stephen L. Carter
    tags: people  believe  choice  die 
     
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