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#1. My mother was born in Baltimore, and before her marriage, she was an artist and teacher of art. - Author: J. Robert Oppenheimer
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#2. The great Jewish scientists and philosophers of the last few generations - Spinoza, Einstein, Freud, Robert Oppenheimer and others - were natives of Europe and America. - Author: David Ben-Gurion
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#3. I think it's a great pity in the Anglophone world that we conflate cinema verite and Direct Cinema; they're, in fact, ontological opposites. In Direct Cinema, we create a fictional reality with characters and pretend we're not that. - Author: Joshua Oppenheimer
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#4. When you approach someone as a human being, truly and try to be as open as safety allows, some of the bigger reenactments with a whole army of paramilitary people participating, I couldn't say my feelings openly in front of everybody, without it being dangerous for my crew. - Author: Joshua Oppenheimer
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#5. The Kimberley Process is not a perfect construct, and it is necessary now to re-double efforts to address its remaining shortcomings and strengthen its provisions. - Author: Nicky Oppenheimer
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#6. Mexican police will round up illegal American migrants surging into Mexico seeking work as field hands. - Author: Michael Oppenheimer
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#7. America is a country of entrepreneurship and great business leaders. - Author: Nicky Oppenheimer
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#8. We are constantly - in order to cope with painful realities - shuffling through third-rate, half-remembered fantasies taken from movies, from TV, from people we admire. We do this individually, we do it collectively - we tell stories to escape our most painful truths. - Author: Joshua Oppenheimer
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#9. There must be no barriers to freedom of inquiry. There is no place for dogma in science. The scientist is free, and must be free to ask any question, to doubt any assertion, to seek for any evidence, to correct any errors. - Author: J. Robert Oppenheimer
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#10. Diamonds are a key component in the campaign to make poverty history. - Author: Nicky Oppenheimer
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#11. Science is not everything, but science is very beautiful. - Author: J. Robert Oppenheimer
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#12. Dirac politely refused Robert's [Robert Oppenheimer] two proffered books: reading books, the Cambridge theoretician announced gravely, "interfered with thought." - Author: Luis Walter Alvarez
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#13. At our production company, the trademark dish - and this sounds particularly revolting - is curried pickled herring. - Author: Joshua Oppenheimer
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#14. If we must live with a perpetual sense that the world and the men in it are greater than we and too much for us, let it be the measure of our virtue that we know this and seek no comfort. - Author: J. Robert Oppenheimer
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#15. The greatest of the changes that science has brought is the acuity of change; the greatest novelty the extent of novelty. - Author: J. Robert Oppenheimer
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#16. Understanding is a lot like sex; it's got a practical purpose, but that's not why people do it normally. - Author: Frank Oppenheimer
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#17. Pragmatism is an intellectually safe but ultimately sterile philosophy. - Author: J. Robert Oppenheimer
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#18. There is something irreversible about acquiring knowledge; and the simulation of the search for it differs in a most profound way from the reality. - Author: J. Robert Oppenheimer
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#19. Like many children of the rich and famous, Paris Hilton didn't always get to spend quality time with her parents, especially her mother. A socially ambitious young woman, Kathleen Elizabeth Avanzino Richards Hilton, who had married into the celebrated Hilton Hotel family, was often out and about. - Author: Jerry Oppenheimer
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#20. I don't think Africa gets as much credit as it should have on the world stage. People tend to think of us as coming from The Dark Continent, where nothing good goes on. That's not true. A huge amount of, as I say, entrepreneurship goes on. - Author: Nicky Oppenheimer
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#21. What I've always been most interested in is exposing the way stories and fantasies reconstitute our everyday reality. What appears to be non-fiction is not only totally mysterious, unfathomable, and strange when you really look at what it is. - Author: Joshua Oppenheimer
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#22. The most beautiful philosophical song existing in any known tongue. - Author: J. Robert Oppenheimer
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#23. The whole tradition of cinema is dominated, really, by films about good guys versus bad guys, good versus evil. But we have very few films about the nature of evil itself. - Author: Joshua Oppenheimer
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#24. In the material sciences these are and have been, and are most surely likely to continue to be heroic days. - Author: J. Robert Oppenheimer
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#25. Oppenheimer's theorizing was so startlingly original - so far in advance of the corroborating observations and so far off the beaten track of astrophysical research - that his colleagues' ignorance cost him the recognition he deserved. - Author: Algis Valiunas
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#26. I was never a skilled artist or anything like that - never a rebel. - Author: Nicky Oppenheimer
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#27. The function of journalism is, primarily, to uncover vital new information in the public interest and to put that information in a context so that we can use it to improve the human condition. - Author: Joshua Oppenheimer
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#28. I think Americans are aware that they are involved in all sorts of violence around the world. They normally don't want to look at that. - Author: Joshua Oppenheimer
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#29. I think that our task as filmmakers is to create the most insightful reality given the most pressing questions. - Author: Joshua Oppenheimer
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#30. I'm sure it's one of the most frustrating aspects of human experience for all of us, that when we tell someone who's hurt us that they've hurt us, they tend to react with anger because they feel guilty, and we know we also get angry when we feel guilty. - Author: Joshua Oppenheimer
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#31. Scientists are not delinquents. Our work has changed the conditions in which men live, but the use made of these changes is the problem of governments, not of scientists. - Author: J. Robert Oppenheimer
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#32. We hunger for nobility: the rare words and acts that harmonize simplicity and truth. - Author: J. Robert Oppenheimer
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#33. The powerful notion of entropy, which comes from a very special branch of physics ... is certainly useful in the study of communication and quite helpful when applied in the theory of language. - Author: J. Robert Oppenheimer
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#34. I wanted to resist in 'The Look of Silence' making a film that ends with any kind of positive hope I feel in human rights documentaries dealing with human survivors. - Author: Joshua Oppenheimer
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#35. Both the man of science and the man of action live always at the edge of mystery, surrounded by it. - Author: J. Robert Oppenheimer
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#36. tea was served every afternoon between three and four in the Common Room on the main floor of Fuld Hall. "Tea is where we explain to each other," Oppenheimer once said, "what we don't understand. - Author: Kai Bird
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#37. Knowledge cannot be pursued without morality. - Author: Robert Oppenheimer
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#38. We know too much for one man to know too much. - Author: J. Robert Oppenheimer
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#39. In a free world, if it is to remain free, we must maintain, with our lives if need be, but surely by our lives, the opportunity for a man to learn anything - Author: J. Robert Oppenheimer
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#40. Certainly the party counts a considerable number of intellectuals among its members, but I am by no means disposed to apologise for that. - Author: Harry Oppenheimer
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#41. You can certainly destroy enough of humanity so that only the greatest act of faith can persuade you that what's left will be human. - Author: J. Robert Oppenheimer
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#42. I believe every time you film anybody, you create reality with that person - whether it's fiction or nonfiction. - Author: Joshua Oppenheimer
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#43. When we deny the EVIL within ourselves, we dehumanize ourselves, and we deprive ourselves not only of our own destiny but of any possibility of dealing with the EVIL of others. - Author: J. Robert Oppenheimer
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#44. I think 'The Act of Killing' forced people to look at the problem, but the problem is actually a state run by thugs, or a shadow state, a part of the state that's run by thugs, and a military that enjoys complete legal - not just impunity, but immunity. - Author: Joshua Oppenheimer
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#45. Yes, it was difficult - making 'The Act of Killing' in particular was a very lonely process. No one really believed in it until very close to the end. But it was also a sanctuary. I was working in obscurity. - Author: Joshua Oppenheimer
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#46. We can never run away from our past. The past will catch up to us because it is us. It is a part of us; it's what makes us we are. It's what delineates the borders of our societies. - Author: Joshua Oppenheimer
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#47. For my part, as a filmmaker, I've never been a fly-on-the-wall documentarian. I have no commitment to that method. I believe it's a lie. - Author: Joshua Oppenheimer
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#48. Groves, with his eye for sizing up people who could get things done, saw the deep ambition Oppenheimer covered with his surface charm. - Author: Garry Wills
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#49. Wit isn't a useful instrument of defense; it may make a short-run appeal, but it creates a backlash- one saw this in the Hiss case and the Oppenheimer hearings; certainly one saw it in the trial of Oscar Wilde. - Author: Diana Trilling
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#50. Through the international hotel empire, the Hilton name has become synonymous with class and sophistication. - Author: Jerry Oppenheimer
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#51. You can get a diamond which is worth 10 cents; you can get a diamond of exactly the same size, which is worth a hundred dollars. - Author: Nicky Oppenheimer
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#52. I can't think that it would be terrible of me to say - and it is occasionally true - that I need physics more than friends. - Author: J. Robert Oppenheimer
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#53. It is proper to the role of the scientist that he not merely find new truth and communicate it to his fellows, but that he teach, that he try to bring the most honest and intelligible account of new knowledge to all who will try to learn. - Author: J. Robert Oppenheimer
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#54. I think we are fascinated and scared by evil at the same time. I think it's important not to suppress our fascination but to walk into it with open eyes. - Author: Joshua Oppenheimer
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#55. A pragmatist is concerned with results, not reality. - Author: J. Robert Oppenheimer
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#56. The diamond business has always been secretive. - Author: Nicky Oppenheimer
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#57. Although Oppenheimer's mind was not the whiz-bang computer of a John von Neumann or the astral navigation system of a Hans Bethe, it processed other men's original contributions so adeptly that for multifaceted excellence it may well have been the finest scientific instrument of all. - Author: Algis Valiunas
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#58. Now I am become death, the destroyer of worlds. (quoting the Bhagavad-Gita after witnessing the first Nuclear explosion.) - Author: J. Robert Oppenheimer
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#59. Things which stimulate my curiosity are pretty far removed from the practical and therefore from classification. - Author: J. Robert Oppenheimer
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#60. From 2005 to 2010, I was exclusively shooting 'The Act of Killing' and then editing it. - Author: Joshua Oppenheimer
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#61. Truth, not a pet, is man's best friend. - Author: J. Robert Oppenheimer
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#62. Performance is always oriented towards a spectator, towards an imagined audience and I was thinking who is their imagined audience? - Author: Joshua Oppenheimer
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#63. Discovery follows discovery, each both raising and answering questions, each ending a long search, and each providing the new instruments for a new search. - Author: J. Robert Oppenheimer
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#64. Denial, panic, threats, anger - those are very human responses to feeling guilt. - Author: Joshua Oppenheimer
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#65. When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and you argue about what to do about it only after you have had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb. - Author: J. Robert Oppenheimer
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#66. I have a British and an American passport. - Author: Joshua Oppenheimer
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#67. Military rule in Indonesia formally ended in 1998, but the army remains above the law. - Author: Joshua Oppenheimer
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#68. Sometimes the answer to fear does not lie in trying to explain away the causes, sometimes the answer lies in courage. - Author: J. Robert Oppenheimer
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#69. Today, it is not only that our kings do not know mathematics, but our philosophers do not know mathematics and - to go a step further - our mathematicians do not know mathematics. - Author: J. Robert Oppenheimer
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#70. In some sort of crude sense, which no vulgarity, no humor, no overstatement can quite extinguish, the physicists have known sin; and this is a knowledge which they cannot lose. - Author: J. Robert Oppenheimer
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#71. If you acknowledge that filming is an occasion where people express things they might not otherwise express, that offers a much more insightful analysis of why documentaries - even of the fly-on-the-wall variety - are powerful. - Author: Joshua Oppenheimer
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#72. Each and every perpetrator was boastful, usually they would invite me to the places where they killed and I would of course accept those invitations because I could document what happened that way. - Author: Joshua Oppenheimer
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#73. No one forgets the presence of the camera, no matter how long it's there. - Author: Joshua Oppenheimer
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#74. I think Direct Cinema's trying to be insightful by looking at reality in a very close way while, in fact, much more is staged than we like to think. In cinema verite, it's about trying to make something invisible visible - the role of fantasy and imagination in everyday life. - Author: Joshua Oppenheimer
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#75. The filmmakers have a story they want to tell, and they go get the material they need for it. The film either exceeds or fails to meet up to their expectations or it's different. - Author: Joshua Oppenheimer
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#76. In Denmark, the annual Christmas party is probably the most important cultural institution in the country. - Author: Joshua Oppenheimer
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#77. I see myself as an explorer more than a storyteller. A great storyteller, in control of her craft, must be the same person when she finishes telling a story as she was at the start. But I want to be transformed by my filmmaking, by the journey I take. - Author: Joshua Oppenheimer
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#78. In terms of so-called fly-on-the-wall documentaries, there's a claim that the camera is a transparent window into a pre-existing reality. What really is happening is that the film crew and the subjects are collaborating to simulate a reality in which they pretend the camera is not present. - Author: Joshua Oppenheimer
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#79. There's a tradition of reenactment in documentary which is about sort of illustrating what the past might have been like. - Author: Joshua Oppenheimer
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#80. Films can't change the society; they can simply open the space for the discussion which can lead to social change and can start new forms of social activism. - Author: Joshua Oppenheimer
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#81. The optimist thinks that this is the best of all possible worlds, and the pessimist knows it. - Author: J. Robert Oppenheimer
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#82. Maybe General Groves was right. Maybe we should just banish thinking forever. - Author: J. Robert Oppenheimer
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#83. It is a profound and necessary truth that the deep things in science are not found because they are useful; they are found because it was possible to find them. - Author: J. Robert Oppenheimer
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#84. To recruit staff, I traveled all over the country talking with people who had been working on one or another aspect of the atomic-energy enterprise and people in radar work, for example, and underwater sound, telling them about the job, the place that we are going to, and enlisting their enthusiasm. - Author: J. Robert Oppenheimer
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#85. I think for a while now people have been scared to be out of TMT the commonly used acronym for technology-media-telecom stocks, which have tended to rise in tandem recently and the feeling has really been you have to be there ... but now we're getting a dose of reality. - Author: Peter Oppenheimer
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#86. I mean by Society, the totality of concepts of all purely natural relations and institutions between man and man. - Author: Franz Oppenheimer
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#87. I was born in New York in 1904. - Author: J. Robert Oppenheimer
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#88. Upon his return to New York, Robert opened his mail to learn that Ernest Rutherford had rejected him. "Rutherford wouldn't have me," Oppenheimer recalled. "He didn't think much of Bridgman and my credentials were peculiar. - Author: Kai Bird
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#89. 'It worked.' (said after witnessing the first atomic detonation). - Author: J. Robert Oppenheimer
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#90. I still receive very regular death threats that make it impossible for me to return to Indonesia. I think I could get in, but I don't think I could get out again. - Author: Joshua Oppenheimer
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#91. The kind of person that I admire most would be one who becomes extraordinarily good at doing a lot of things but still maintains a tear-stained countenance. - Author: Kai Bird
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#92. I think it's our obligation as filmmakers, as people investigating the world, to create the reality that is most insightful to the issues at hand. Here are human beings, like us, boasting about atrocities that should be unimaginable. - Author: Joshua Oppenheimer
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#93. It's much nicer to be known as Mr. Nice Guy than Mr. Nasty Guy. But you've got to have lines - and when you hit the line, that's the end of the story, nice guy or not. - Author: Nicky Oppenheimer
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#94. At Harvard, direct cinema was the core of the film department, and most of the students were trying to make socially conscious works, but I was trying to combine fiction and non-fiction to show how our seemingly factual world is constituted through fantasy and stories. - Author: Joshua Oppenheimer
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#95. There are no secrets about the world of nature. There are secrets about the thoughts and intentions of men. - Author: J. Robert Oppenheimer
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#96. All we can do is find the courage to stand still and to look backwards. - Author: Joshua Oppenheimer
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#97. One doesn't necessarily have a mission. - Author: Nicky Oppenheimer
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#98. Businesses need certainty, to see clearly the rules of engagement for investing in South Africa. - Author: Nicky Oppenheimer
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#99. The army taught me to sign my name very quickly, and that's stood me in good stead the rest of my life. - Author: Nicky Oppenheimer
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#100. To put it crudely, 'The Act of Killing' would blast open the space for the more delicate film, 'The Look of Silence,' to do its work. - Author: Joshua Oppenheimer
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