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Stephen Colbert isn’t alone in kissing off the noble concept of North Carolina’s state motto. “It is not…necessary for a prince to have all the above-named qualities,” Niccolo Machiavelli advised in “The Prince” (1532), “but it is very necessary to seem to have them.” And then there was Ferdinand Waldo Demara (1921-1982), who out of […]

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“In the last part of the show… Colbert typically leaps up from his desk and bounds across the set to a table in front of a fireplace with the Latin motto ‘Videri quam esse’ (“To seem to be, rather than to be”), where he interviews a guest about a new book or movie….” – From […]

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