- The Washington Times - Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Answers compiled and condensed from actual sources by Kelly Jane Torrance, who composed the questions.


I’m not happy about the way the Chinese are treating the Tibetans because I don´t think anyone should be unkind to anyone else. And then the earthquake and all this stuff happened, and then I thought, is that karma? When you´re not nice that the bad things happen to you?

- Sharon Stone

Dear Sharon,

You are right in your consciousness that we are all echoes and reverberations of the same, and you are noble when your interest and pity as to everything that surrounds you appears to have a sustaining and harmonizing power. Only don’t, I beseech you, generalize too much in these sympathies and tendernesses - remember that every life is a special problem, which is not yours but another’s, and content yourself with the terrible algebra of your own.

Henry James

I’m not sure why I feel the need for advice. I just secured a major victory - even toppling a dynasty - on my way to becoming the most powerful man in the world. The best part is, I did it all with style. Really, that’s all I did it with. That and repeating the word “change” a lot. Maybe that’s what I’m worried about. Can I continue my climb to the top without having to worry too much about pesky things like policy?

- Barack Obama

Dear Barack,

The aim of forensic oratory is to teach, to delight, to move. If the truth were self-evident, eloquence would be unnecessary. Still, orators are most vehement when their cause is weak. And never forget that nothing is so unbelievable that oratory cannot make it acceptable.

Marcus Tullius Cicero

I’ve been working toward a goal for decades - you don’t even want to know what I’ve suffered through to get it - and it’s all been derailed in a few short months by the media, sexism, my advisers, the process and MoveOn.org. How do I figure out what percentage of my problems are caused by what factor so I can put the blame where it belongs?

- Hillary Rodham Clinton

Dear Hillary,

A chief is a man who assumes responsibility. He says, “I was beaten”; he does not say, “My men were beaten …” To be a man is, precisely, to be responsible. It is to take pride in a victory won by one’s comrades.

Antoine de Saint-Exupery

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