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Charles Van Doren

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Born Friday 12 February 1926, died Tuesday 9 April 2019

Professions: Celebrity, Editor, Producer, Writer

Nationality: American

I hoped that it would be possible to slide slowly from my public life back to the life of teaching and writing that I had always wanted. But things didn't work out that way.

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I cannot take back one word or action; the past does not change for anyone.

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I worked hard at memorizing lists of facts and figures, and carried with me a book of facts.

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My total winnings after 14 appearances were $129,000.

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I never wanted to see another quiz show.

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Because the world is radically new, the ideal encyclopedia should be radical, too.

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The last part, the part you're now approaching, was for Aristotle the most important for happiness.

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Some of you read with me 40 years ago a portion of Aristotle's Ethics, a selection of passages that describe his idea of happiness. You may not remember too well.

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I was involved, deeply involved, in a deception... I have deceived my friends - and I had millions of them.

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I've learned a lot about good and evil. They are not always what they appear to be.

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