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12 Smart Jon Stewart Quotes That Reveal His Wit and Heart

After 16 years at the desk, Jon Stewart delivers his final The Daily Show broadcast on August 6th. Take one last breath of his unrivaled smarts and heart with these great career-spanning quotes.

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Jon Stewart on Competence

“Love what you do. Get good at it. Competence is a rare commodity in this day and age.”

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Jon Stewart on Values

“If you don’t stick to your values when they’re being tested, they’re not values” they’re hobbies.”

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Jon Stewart on the Future

“Every generation has their challenge. And things change rapidly, and life gets better in an instant.”

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Jon Stewart on Hope

“We live now in hard times, not end times. And we can have animus and not be enemies.”

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Jon Stewart on Politics as Usual

“Politicians [do] what they need to do to retain power. When you see a
monkey throwing poop, you go, ‘that’s what monkeys do.’ But what I wish
the media would do more frequently is say, ‘bad monkey.'”

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Jon Stewart on the Internet

“The Internet is just a world passing around notes in a classroom.”

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Jon Stewart on Job Secruity

“I have complete faith in the continued absurdity of whatever’s going on.”

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Jon Stewart on Humanity

“Any fool can destroy. But to see…firefighters and policemen and people from all over the country, literally with buckets, rebuilding… that’s extraordinary.”

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Jon Stewart on Noise

“If we amplify everything we hear nothing.”

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Jon Stewart on Congress

“If the presidency is the head of the American body politic, Congress is its gastrointestinal tract.”

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Jon Stewart on the What Unites Us

“Most Americans don’t live their lives solely as Democrats or
Republicans or conservatives or liberals. Most Americans live their
lives just a little bit late for something they have to do.”

Originally Published in Reader's Digest