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"I have no academic qualifications whatsoever." - David Irving

"I had the qualifications, but I was not chosen." - Luther Allison

"It is not your qualifications but your exposure in life that makes you who you are." - Jaggi Vasudev

"The successful conduct of an industrial enterprise requires two quite distinct qualifications: fidelity and zeal." - John Stuart Mill

"Those who, in debate, appeal to their qualifications, argue from memory, not from understanding." - Leonardo Da Vinci

"Watchfulness is experiencing a sudden glimpse of something without any qualifications - just the sudden glimpse itself." - Chogyam Trungpa

"Ron Teigen Sr. and Donald Trump Sr. both have matching political qualifications: zero." - Chrissy Teigen

"In one way I would like to teach, but I have no qualifications to teach Westerners." - Tenzin Palmo

"I didn't have any qualifications when I left school - I had three O-levels." - Simon Cowell

"The companion of an evening, and the companion for life, require very different qualifications." - Samuel Richardson

"I adore adverbs; they are the only qualifications I really much respect." - Henry James

"I'm not educated. I left school when I was 16, with no qualifications." - Robbie Williams

"the qualifications for self-government in society are not innate. they are the result of habit and long training." - Thomas Jefferson

"Doctors are busy playing God when so few of us have the qualifications. And besides, the job is taken." - Bernie Siegel

"Aristocracy is that form of government in which education and discipline are qualifications for suffrage and office holding." - Aristotle

"Qualifications of a pastor: the mind of a scholar, the heart of a child, and the hide of a rhinoceros" - Stuart Briscoe

"You don't need qualifications as an actor or a politician. And I didn't want to be a politician." - James Garner

"Look well to the characters and qualifications of those you elect and raise to office and places of trust." - Matthias B. Tallmadge

"Personal happiness lies in knowing that life is not a checklist of acquisition. Your qualifications are not your life." - J K Rowling

"People make fools out of themselves in all sorts of ways. No particular qualifications or particular criteria are necessary." - Jackie Mason

"Politicians only get to the top because they have no qualifications to detain them at the bottom." - Peter Ustinov

"We ought not to judge of men's merits by their qualifications, but by the use they make of them." - Richard Cecil

"I'm glad you like adverbs - I adore them; they are the only qualifications I really much respect." - Henry James

"Almost every man wastes part of his life in attempts to display qualifications which he does not possess." - Samuel Johnson

"People at the top of the tree are those without qualifications to detain them at the bottom." - Peter Ustinov

"Academic qualifications are important and so is financial education. They're both important and schools are forgetting one of them." - Robert Kiyosaki

"I left Scotland when I was 16 because I had no qualifications for anything but to join the Navy, having left school at 13." - Sean Connery

"What office is there which involves more responsibility, which requires more qualifications, and which ought, therefore, to be more honourable, than that of teaching?" - Harriet Martineau

"By creating useful job descriptions and making clear what qualifications should be expected, the Department aims to help improve schools' ability to recruit the right people." - Estelle Morris, Baroness Morris of Yardley

"I think that one of the qualifications of artists should be a vow of celibacy. They should be confined to ruining only their own lives." - Roger Lewis

"If you have a choice between qualifications and personal qualities when it comes to hiring people, go with personal qualities. You can teach them the job." - Roger Ailes

"We always make our friend appear awkward and ridiculous by giving him a laced suit of tawdry qualifications, which nature never intended him to wear." - Junius

"The most accomplished persons have usually some defect, some weakness in their characters, which diminishes the lustre of their brighter qualifications." - Junius

"The only qualifications for a lineman are to be big and dumb. To be a back, you only have to be dumb." - Knute Rockne

"Despite the obvious qualifications of all of Jesse's other sons, God appoints the unlikely David to become the king of Israel." - David Platt

"Without revealing too much, there's a specific skill set you need to be in Loki's army - let me know if you have the qualifications." - Tom Hiddleston

"People who reach the top of the tree are only those who haven't got the qualifications to detain them at the bottom" - Peter Ustinov

"Hating is a full time job with no benefits, only an acquired type can do it. I thank God I didnt meet the qualifications." - Behdad Sami

"Personal happiness lies in knowing that life is not a checklist of acquisition or achievement. Your qualifications are not your life." - J K Rowling

"When an actor plays a scene exactly the way a director orders, it isn't acting. It's following instructions. Anyone with the physical qualifications can do that." - James Dean

"With respect to the present time, there are few persons who unite the qualifications of good observers with a situation favourable for accurate observation." - Jean-Baptiste Say

"He has selected from a group of overwhelming candidates. This candidate was nominated to the Supreme Court because of his extremely overwhelming qualifications." - Rod Parsley

"People who reach the top of the tree are only those who haven't got the qualifications to detain them at the bottom." - Peter Ustinov

"All men will commence in their present rank and promotion will be open to all men alike, without any distinctions or qualifications, political or otherwise." - John Amery

"Ordinary men are given the authority of the priesthood. Worthiness and willingness - not experience, expertise, or education - are the qualifications for priesthood ordination." - David A Bednar

"The longing we have to communicate cleanly and directly with people is always obstructed by qualifications and often with concern about how our messages will be received." - John Le Carre

"I left Scotland when I was 16 because I had no qualifications for anything but the Navy, having left school at 13." - Sean Connery

"I left school with no qualifications, but I was doing theatre and film work and thought that was the best thing since sliced bread." - Dexter Fletcher

"I feel very confident that that information should be sufficient for the members of the Senate to make an informed decision about John Roberts' qualifications." - Alberto Gonzales

"There's never any time I think I'm a real journalist, because I don't have any of the qualifications or the intentions for that." - John Oliver

"A boardroom is a collection of individuals, and individuals have varying motives, egos, agendas and qualifications. Sometimes the dynamics can go off track." - Carly Fiorina

"What office is there which involves more responsibility, which requires more qualifications, and which ought, therefore, to be more honorable, than that of teaching?" - Harriet Martineau

"I believe strongly that we should have nominees to the United States Supreme Court based on their qualifications rather than any litmus test." - John Mccain

"Ideally, I'd like every issue to include a diverse group of stories that meet the qualifications sketched above, but covering a wide range of specific matter and flavour." - Stanley Schmidt

"I have great confidence in Rick Caruso's unique qualifications and his ability to lead a successful bid for the Los Angeles Dodgers." - Joe Torre

"They say I do not have the qualifications to be president, that I do not have education. Well, I would never divide the Liberian people." - George Weah

"If we can modernise the workforce, make them better qualified, have this framework of qualifications, then I think they have a very good case for more money." - Estelle Morris

"By creating useful job descriptions and making clear what qualifications should be expected, the Department aims to help improve schools' ability to recruit the right people." - Estelle Morris

"At one time I thought he wanted to be an actor. He had certain qualifications, including no money and a total lack of responsibility." - Hedda Hopper

"President Bush said that if illegal immigrants want citizenship, they'd have to do three things: pay taxes, hold meaningful jobs, and learn English. Bush doesn't meet those qualifications." - P J Orourke

"An unemployed electrician,whom I had been taunting with my reminder of how much richer I was, leaned forward and said:'What are your qualifications? I know exactly what your qualifications are.You bent over in the shower to pick up some soap at Eton and Harrow, like all the rest of them." - Auberon Waugh

"I went to comprehensive school in North London and left without any qualifications [diploma]. And I was doing bits of acting and improv in a drama club in the evenings. Then I discovered you didn't need qualifications to go to art school, you just needed a body of work." - Joe Wright

"for the present we may groupe the sciences into Professorships as follows, subject however to be changed according to the qualifications of the persons we may be able to engage." - Thomas Jefferson

"I asked Mr. Vann which O levels you need to write situation comedy for television. Mr. Vann said that you don't need qualifications at all, you just need to be a moron." - Sue Townsend

"I would say nobody is perfect. I don't know all the answers. I have don't want to run people's lives and run the world and run the economy. So, my qualifications are a little bit different." - Ron Paul

"Women should have equal pay for equal work and they should be considered equally eligible to the offices of principal and superintendent, professor and president. So you must insist that qualifications, not sex, shall govern appointments and salaries." - Susan B Anthony

"Make it compulsory for a doctor using a brass plate to have inscribed on it, in addition to the letters indicating his qualifications, the words 'Remember that I too am mortal'." - George Bernard Shaw

"Accomplished a bit more for Bush than for Gore only because there were more question marks for Bush. I think he established that he possesses at least the minimum qualifications for being president." - Stuart Rothenberg

"We want to empower our people; we want to strengthen them; we want to provide them with the kind of qualifications that will enable them to build up their own country themselves." - Daw Aung San Suu Kyi

"Having a person of Dr. Berthiaume's calibre leading Library and Archives Canada will be a solid asset to the organization. His extensive experience in the management of large cultural organizations and his strong leadership are important qualifications for this position." - Shelly Glover

"To be courageous requires no exceptional qualifications, no magic formula, no special combination of time, place, and circumstance. It is an opportunity that sooner or later is presented to us all." - John F Kennedy

"The cult phenomenon is definitely journalistically 'in'. But if we were to apply for a financial aid grant as a cult, I'm afraid we would be turned down for lack of proper qualifications." - Frederick Lenz

"Franklin D. Roosevelt is no crusader. He is no tribune of the people. He is no enemy of entrenched privilege. He is a pleasant man who, without any important qualifications for the office, would very much like to be President." - Walter Lippmann

"This process of election affords a moral certainty that the office of President will seldom fall to the lot of any many who is not in an eminent degree endowed with the requisite qualifications." - Alexander Hamilton

"I have so much confidence in the good sense of man, and his qualifications for self-government, that I am never afraid of the issue where reason is left free to exert her force." - Thomas Jefferson

"We shall at all times chance upon men of recondite acquirements, but whose qualifications, from the incommunicative and inactive habits of their owners, are as utterly useless to others as though the possessors had them not." - Charles Caleb Colton

"I am writing to apply for the position of bookkeeper. Attached, you will find my list of qualifications. I have been keeping books for four years now, and I am never going to give them back." - Joey Comeau

"Society never made the preposterous demand that a man should think as much about his own qualifications for making a charming girl happy as he thinks of hers for making himself happy." - George Eliot

"Literary qualifications have no more to do with it than oratory has with salesmanship. One must be able to express himself briefly, clearly, and convincingly, just as a salesman must." - Claude C Hopkins

"I remain an active volunteer in the field of at-risk youth, so I'm pretty familiar with the landscape as it stands now, but I don't have any qualifications or an exhaustive body of research to back up my observations." - Janice Erlbaum

"It's comprised of both Republicans and Democrats and their membership in this club known as the establishment, party affiliation is second or third in terms of your qualifications to be in the club." - Rush Limbaugh

"That's the problem in my industry. Anyone can go and open a f - ing hotel. Anyone can go and buy a restaurant. It's not like a doctor or a lawyer, you need certain qualifications. That's the issue." - Chelsea Handler

"I guess high verbal skills are highest in my list of necessary qualifications for a man - for anyone actually. I like to talk. And I don't necessarily move far, but I move fast." - Carrie Fisher

"The property qualifications for federal office that the framers of the Constitution expressly chose to exclude for demonstrating an unseemly veneration of wealth are now de facto in force and higher than the Founding Fathers could have imagined." - Bill Moyers

"That's the way it must have been a hundred or two hundred years ago. Hardly any people and hardly any loneliness. I'm undoubtedly over-generalizing, but if the proper qualifications were introduced it would be true." - Robert M Pirsig

"What I want is to draw inspiration only from the truth.... My qualifications for this important role include a large head, an enormous nose, disappointment in love, and expectations of ill health." - Naguib Mahfouz

"I don't say tis impossible for an impudent man not to rise in the world, but a moderate merit with a large share of impudence is more probable to be advanced than the greatest qualifications without it." - Mary Wortley Montagu

"Some [Blacks] lack a real grasp of the bitter struggle that was waged to pry open the corporate doors. The buppies harbor the illusion that their good fortune is solely attributable to their own brilliance and their superior qualifications." - Benjamin L. Hooks

"The creative act is not performed by the artist alone; the spectator brings the work in contact with the external world by deciphering and interpreting its inner qualifications and thus adds his contribution to the creative act." - Marcel Duchamp

"The property qualifications for federal office that the framers of the Constitution expressly chose to exclude for demonstrating an unseemly "veneration of wealth " are now de facto in force and higher than the Founding Fathers could have imagined." - Bill Moyers

"Few people know how to take a walk. The qualifications are endurance, plain clothes, old shoes, an eye for nature, good humor, vast curiosity, good speech, good silence and nothing too much." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Good education is so important. We do need to look at the way people are taught. It not just about qualifications to get a job. It's about being educated." - Zaha Hadid

"The Bush administration is the most diverse in history because the president fills jobs on the basis of a person's capabilities and qualifications, not on the color of his or her skin." - Alphonso Jackson

"All things, in all their aspects, consist exclusively of 'souls', that is, of various kinds of subjects, or units of experiencing, with their qualifications, relations, and groupings, or communities." - Charles Hartshorne

"Society understands the architecture of academia and knows there are relevant qualifications in different fields, and the media accepts the idea of specialisations and accords greater respect to those with greater expertise. With one exception: climate science." - Jay Griffiths

"A fearful instance of the ill consequences attending upon irascibility - alive, with the qualifications of the dead - dead, with the propensities of the living - an anomaly on the face of the earth - being very calm, yet breathless." - Edgar Allan Poe

"Presidential primary debates are an important part of our political process. But the media has wrested complete control from the parties and candidates over everything, including the number, the format, the qualifications, and the moderators. And they've become a circus." - Mark Mckinnon

"I have no qualifications to do anything else and there weren't any formal application forms you had to fill in for stand-up, so I thought I'd give that a twist." - Dylan Moran

"There's more to life than passing exams, and paper qualifications can only take you so far. A lot depends on luck, and on being in the right place at the right time, which was certainly true in my case." - Terry Wogan

"What was I qualified to do to make a living? Nothing. You don't need qualifications as an actor or a politician. And I didn't want to be a politician." - James Garner

"We want to empower our people; we want to strengthen them; we want to provide them with the kind of qualifications that will enable them to build up their own country themselves." - Aung San Suu Kyi

"I don't say 'Tis impossible for an impudent man not to rise in the world, but a moderate merit with a large share of impudence is more probable to be advanced than the greatest qualifications without it." - Mary Wortley Montagu

"An ignorant man is always able to say yes or no immediately to any proposition. To a wise man, comparatively few things can be propounded which do not require a response with qualifications, with discriminations, with proportion." - Horace Mann

"Sit not down without assurance. Get alone, and bring thy heart to the bar of trial: force it to answer the interrogatories put to it to set the qualifications of the saints on one side, and the qualifications of thyself on the other side, and then judge what resemblance there is between them.... Yet be sure thou judge by a true touchstone, and mistake not the Scripture description of a saint, that thou neither acquit nor condemn thyself by mistake." - Richard Baxter

"There are some simple maxims which I think might be commended to writers of expository prose. First: never use a long word if a short word will do. So, if you want to make a statement with a great many qualifications, put some of the qualifications in separate sentences. Third: do not let the beginning of your sentence lead the reader to an expectation which is contradicted by the end." - Bertrand Russell

"Some good leaders are rough around the edges and some leaders are difficult. Some have difficult personalities and some are really nice to be around, but those are not the qualifications. The qualifications are their desire to see us achieve more, their desire to push us to be the best we can be. Not for their selfish gain, but because they believe that we have something to offer." - Simon Sinek

"I venture to claim two qualifications for the great office which I hold, which to my mind, without making invidious distinctions, is one of the most important that can be held by any Englishman; and those qualifications are that in the first place I believe in the British Empire, and in the second place I believe in the British race. I believe that the British race is the greatest of the governing races that the world has ever seen." - Joseph Chamberlain

"The good lawyer is not the man who has an eye to every side and angle of contingency, and qualifies all his qualifications, but who throws himself on your part so heartily, that he can get you out of a scrape." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"It is alleged by men of loose principles , or defective views of the subject, that religion and morality are not necessary or important qualifications for political station. When a citizen gives his vote to a man of immorality , he abuses his civic responsibilty. He sacrifices not only his own interest but that of his neighbor, and he betrays the interest of his country." - Noah Webster

"There is nothing in existence available without payment. If you want to know yourself, you will have to drop all false identities. They are your investments, they are your power, they are your prestige, they are your religion, they are your qualifications. It is difficult to drop them; it feels like death." - Rajneesh

"Anybody can become a widow. There aren't any special qualifications. It happens in less time than it takes to draw a breath. It doesn't require the planning, for example, that it takes to become a wife or a mother or any of the other ritual roles of womanhood." - Jacquelyn Mitchard

"To the love of pleasure we may therefore ascribe most of the agreeable, to the love of action we may attribute most of the useful and respectable, qualifications. The character in which both the one and the other should be united and harmonised would seem to constitute the most perfect idea of human nature." - Edward Gibbon

"There are three qualifications required in those who have to fill the highest offices, - (1) first of all, loyalty to the established constitution; (2) the greatest administrative capacity; (3) virtue and justice of the kind proper to each form of government." - Aristotle

"Contrary to what we conclude naturally, the gospel is not too good to be true. It is true! Its the truest truth in the entire universe. No strings attached! No fine print to read. No buts. No conditions. No qualifications. No footnotes. And especially, no need for balance." - Tullian Tchividjian

"You may consider me presumptuous, gentlemen, but I claim to be a citizen of the United States, with all the qualifications of a voter. I can read the Constitution, I am possessed of two hundred and fifty dollars, and the last time I looked in the old family Bible I found I was over twenty-one years of age." - Elizabeth Cady Stanton

"Your qualifications, your CV, are not your life, though you will meet many people of my age and older who confuse the two. Life is difficult, and complicated, and beyond anyone's control, and the humility to know that will enable you to survive its vicissitudes." - J K Rowling

"Freemasonry is an ancient and respectable institution, embracing individuals of every nation, of every religion, and of every condition in life. Wealth, power and talents are not necessary to the person of a Freemason. An unblemished character and a virtuous conduct are the only qualifications for admission into the Order." - Andrew Jackson

"There is no reason in the world why you should not be important where you are known. You have good sense, and a sweet temper, and I am sure you have a grateful heart, that could never receive kindness without hoping to return it. I do not know any better qualifications for a friend and companion." - Jane Austen

"You can get people the qualifications; But you can't teach them the qualities they're going to need. You can't teach integrity, a drive for excellence, refusal to quit under pressure. It's too late to build that into people you're going to hire." - Roger Ailes

"Now there are three guys who directed "Twilight" films that had a gross of a gazillion dollars. All those "Hunger Games" guys, the "Divergent" guys. All those people. When they are looking for the next big director, they see they have a track record. So there's 20 people that spun off of "Twilight" that have more qualifications than any woman." - Catherine Hardwicke

"The division is based on knowledge, based on qualifications - but as I learned from the factionless, a system that relies on a group of uneducated people to do its dirty work without giving them a way to rise is hardly fair." - Veronica Roth

"All in all, the creative act is not performed by the artist alone; the spectator brings the work in contact with the external world by deciphering and interpreting its inner qualifications and thus adds his contribution to the creative act. This becomes even more obvious when posterity gives its final verdict and sometimes rehabilitates forgotten artists." - Marcel Duchamp

"I confess I have the same fears for our South American brethren; the qualifications for self-government in society are not innate. They are the result of habit and long training, and for these they will require time and probably much suffering." - Thomas Jefferson

"Nearly everything possible had been done to spoil the game: the heavy financial interest; the absurd transfer and player-selling system; the lack of any birth or residential qualifications; the absurd publicity given to every feature of it by the press; the monstrous partisanships of the crowds." - J B Priestley

"Always consider the qualifications of anyone who assumes or professes authority, what do they really know? Authorities on spirituality can rarely give a half coherent explanation of what they persuade us to believe they know. They achieve authority by stage management and then exploit audience suggestibility. Same old trick they have pulled for thousands of years." - Peter J. Carroll

"It takes great self-confidence to write a newspaper column. Some might say it takes arrogance. Be that as it may, my willingness to pronounce on a great many matters of which I have little or no knowledge is one of my prime qualifications for this trade." - Russell Baker

"Long intervals frequently elapse between the discovery of new principles in science and their practical application... Those intellectual qualifications, which give birth to new principles or to new methods, are of quite a different order from those which are necessary for their practical application." - Charles Babbage

"Although I entertain great respect and regard for the female sex I consider the qualifications of the ladies to be already sufficiently charming without adding to their influence in society by conferring on them the right to vote for members of the legislature." - James Francis

"The survival of the fittest is the ageless law of nature, but the fittest are rarely the strong. The fittest are those endowed with the qualifications for adaptation, the ability to accept the inevitable and conform to the unavoidable, to harmonize with existing or changing conditions." - Dave Smalley

"Now you look here. All your father ever dreamed of for you was to do something you loved in life. He didn't care about fancy qualifications or fancy clothes or cars, just that you were both happy and fulfilled. He was so excited about your dreams for a career." - Hazel Gaynor

"Pride differs in many things from vanity, and by gradations that never blend, although they may be somewhat indistinguishable. Pride may perhaps be termed a too high opinion of ourselves founded on the overrating of certain qualities that we do actually possess; whereas vanity is more easily satisfied, and can extract a feeling of self-complacency from qualifications that are imaginary." - Charles Caleb Colton

"There are but few talents requisite to become a popular preacher; for the people are easily pleased if they perceive any endeavors in the orator to please them. The meanest qualifications will work this effect if the preacher sincerely sets about it." - Oliver Goldsmith

"It is in the nature of all party systems that the authentically political talents can assert themselves only in rare cases, and it is even rarer that the specifically political qualifications survive the petty maneuvers of party politics with its demands for plain salesmanship." - Hannah Arendt

"In America, where the electoral process is drowning in commercial techniques of fund-raising and image-making, we may have completed a circle back to a selection process as unconcerned with qualifications as that which made Darius King of Persia. ... he whose horse was the first to neigh at sunrise should be King." - Barbara Tuchman

"All men are, or ought to be free, possessing unalienable rights, and the high and noble qualifications of the laws of nature and of self-preservation, to think, and act, and say as they please, while they maintain a due respect to the rights and privileges of all other creatures, infringing upon none." - Joseph Smith Jr

"Gastronomy is the French Foreign Legion. You don't need any qualifications. Just walk through the door and keep your head down. Be respectful - "Yes chef!" - and you'll be given a trade. One day you'll be in a position where you can put a roof over your children's heads, you can put food on their table, create security for them." - Marco Pierre White

"I think I may have too much of a scientific mindset and am always looking for the caveats and qualifications in any situation. I never thought seriously of doing a PhD until relatively late in the day. I was always diligent at the book-work at university but the brightest amongst my friends all seemed to have a more intuitive grasp of the subject." - Stephen Curry

"There are millions in this country of people who bring a lot of qualifications to the table, but I feel that there's an opportunity to be a voice for those people - as somebody who has been a small business owner, who's worked in the tech community, who is a mother of two small children, but also has experience in the public policy arena." - Mindy Finn

"In your telephone call, you [Malcolm Turnbull]said that neither you nor the Cabinet would be supporting my nomination. When I asked the reasons for this, you said that neither you nor the Cabinet has the view that I had the qualifications for the position [of UN's secretary-general]." - Kevin Rudd

"Ten years ago if you would have told me that Mrs. Clinton would be the frontrunner for the Democratic nomination, I'd have never believed you. Her only qualifications for office are that she's Mr. Clinton's partner. And what does that mean? The two of them stand for dishonesty and corruption." - Jackie Mason

"We need a movement that says in a highly competitive global economy all of our kids who have the ability, the qualifications and the desire, will be able to get a college education regardless of income because we will make public colleges and universities tuition free." - Bernie Sanders

"I didn't do great in school. I didn't have many options. I mean, I'd like to have gone to art college, but I didn't have the grades. I didn't have any qualifications. But I had some friends who were hairdressers, so I just thought, Well, I'll have a go at it." - Guido Palau

"He talked about Father Junipero Serra's qualifications for sainthood: they say he cured a nun's lupus. A miracle. Now I'm not a doctor, but I know lupus goes into remission. It's not always fatal. Have Ray Charles and Stevie Wonder play ping-pong together. That's a miracle." - Mick LaSalle

"The most important steps that I followed were studying math and science in school. I was always interested in physics and astronomy and chemistry and I continued to study those subjects through high school and college on into graduate school. That's what prepared me for being an astronaut; it actually gave me the qualifications to be selected to be an astronaut." - Sally Ride

"But I noted with real satisfaction how well ex-footballers seemed to have leadership qualifications . . . I believe that football, perhaps more than any other sport, tends to instill in men the feeling that victory comes through hard - almost slavish - work, team play, self-confidence, and an enthusiasm that amounts to dedication." - Dwight D Eisenhower

"The cliche is what are the qualifications for a federal Court of Appeals judge is somebody who knew a senator once. I mean the process of selection is deeply political and yet we expect the result to somehow stand above it." - Deborah Rhode

"Nothing is more deceptive or more dangerous than the pretence of a desire to simplify government. The simplest governments are despotisms; the next simplest, limited monarchies; but all republics, all governments of law, must impose numerous limitations and qualifications of authority, and give many positive and many qualified rights." - Daniel Webster

"For Mitt Romney, the complex question of anti-Mormon bias boils down to the practical matter of how he can make it go away. Facing a traditional American anti-Catholicism, John F. Kennedy gave a speech during the 1960 presidential campaign declaring his private religion irrelevant to his qualifications for public office." - Noah Feldman

"It's one of the main things that I love about my job. You are never playing yourself, so I really love that I get to be someone else, play a different character and take on that persona, but I also have to take on their qualifications." - Sasha Jackson

"You have to get through the Hamlet hoop as a young actor. Your classical qualifications are based on the quality of your Hamlet. And then, as an older actor, you have to get through the Lear hoop. And I'm approaching the Lear hoop." - Derek Jacobi