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There's not a one of us who has lived for a long stretch of time in the capital, I believe, who has not experienced that awful moment of realization that a friend or acquaintance with some public responsibility is losing the gift of normal discourse. He will have begun to address us over a casual drink or at the supermarket as if he were orating at the United Nations.
-- Washington
Meg Greenfield

Mark is a syndicated columnist, that's why I'd seen him on television. He writes about Washington as if it's a city like any other (it's not), filled with rich and interesting characters (it's not).
-- Heartburn
Nora Ephron

It is sometimes called the City of Magnificent Distances, but it might with greater propriety be termed the City of Magnificent Intentions.
-- American Notes
Charles Dickens

I have much faith in the American character, but I cannot believe either in Washington city or in the Washington monument. The boast made has been too loud, and the fulfillment yet accomplished has been too small!
-- North America
Anthony Trollope

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