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    Paddy Chayefsky

    Television is democracy at its ugliest.

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    Ambrose Bierce

    Politics: A strife of interests masquerading as a contest of principles. The conduct of public affairs for private advantage.

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    Will Rogers

    A fool and his money are soon elected.

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    Christy Romano

    And after I make a lot of money, I'll be able to afford running for office.

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    John Kenneth Galbraith

    Liberalism is, I think, resurgent. One reason is that more and more people are so painfully aware of the alternative.

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    Henry A. Kissinger

    Ninety percent of the politicians give the other ten percent a bad reputation.

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    Noam Chomsky

    If we don't believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we don't believe in it at all.

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    A. J. Liebling

    Freedom of the press is guaranteed only to those who own one.

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    Charles de Gaulle

    In order to become the master, the politician poses as the servant.

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    George Will

    Voters don't decide issues, they decide who will decide issues.

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    Richard Armour

    Politics, it seems to me, for years, or all too long, has been concerned with right or left instead of right or wrong.

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    Margaret Thatcher

    I am extraordinarily patient, provided I get my own way in the end.

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    Adlai E. Stevenson

    The idea that you can merchandise candidates for high office like breakfast cereal - that you can gather votes like box tops - is, I think, the ultimate indignity to the democratic process.

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    Lewis Black

    Republicans have nothing but bad ideas and Democrats have no ideas.

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    Spiro T. Agnew

    Confronted with the choice, the American people would choose the policeman's truncheon over the anarchist's bomb.

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    Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr.

    It has been well said that a hungry man is more interested in four sandwiches than four freedoms.

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    Maggie Gallagher

    When governments become large, voters cannot exercise close oversight, otherwise known as political power.

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    Mao Tse-Tung

    Politics is war without bloodshed, while war is politics with bloodshed.

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    Thomas Paine

    'Tis the business of little minds to shrink; but he whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves his conduct, will pursue his principles unto death.

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    P. J. O'Rourke

    The Democrats are the party that says government will make you smarter, taller, richer, and remove the crabgrass on your lawn. The Republicans are the party that says government doesn't work and then they get elected and prove it.

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    Charles de Gaulle

    Politics is too serious a matter to be left to the politicians.

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    H. L. Mencken

    The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.

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    Barbara Bush

    You may think the president is all-powerful, but he is not. He needs a lot of guidance from the Lord.

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    William E. Gladstone

    Liberalism is trust of the people tempered by prudence. Conservatism is distrust of the people tempered by fear.

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    Barry Goldwater

    I would remind you that extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice! And let me remind you also that moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.

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    George MacDonald

    It is not in the nature of politics that the best men should be elected. The best men do not want to govern their fellowmen.

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    Theodore Hesburgh

    Voting is a civic sacrament.

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    Warren G. Harding

    America's present need is not heroics but healing; not nostrums but normalcy; not revolution but restoration.

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    A. N. Wilson

    I should prefer to have a politician who regularly went to a massage parlour than one who promised a laptop computer for every teacher.

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    Meg Greenfield

    If a politician murders his mother, the first response of the press or of his opponents will likely be not that it was a terrible thing to do, but rather that in a statement made six years before he had gone on record as being opposed to matricide.

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    Robertson Davies

    Their very conservatism is secondhand, and they don't know what they are conserving.

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    John Kenneth Galbraith

    Politics is the art of choosing between the disastrous and the unpalatable.

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    Ronald Reagan

    Inflation is as violent as a mugger, as frightening as an armed robber and as deadly as a hit man.

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    Hyman Rickover

    If you are going to sin, sin against God, not the bureaucracy. God will forgive you but the bureaucracy won't.

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    John F. Kennedy

    My brother Bob doesn't want to be in government - he promised Dad he'd go straight.

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    Clare Boothe Luce

    They say women talk too much. If you have worked in Congress you know that the filibuster was invented by men.

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    John Kenneth Galbraith

    The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness.

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    P. J. O'Rourke

    The good news is that, according to the Obama administration, the rich will pay for everything. The bad news is that, according to the Obama administration, you're rich.

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    Thomas P. O'Neill

    You better take advantage of the good cigars. You don't get much else in that job.

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    John Morley

    You have not converted a man because you have silenced him.

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    Dante Alighieri

    The secret of getting things done is to act!

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    Robert Byrne

    Democracy is being allowed to vote for the candidate you dislike least.

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    Imelda Marcos

    When they see me holding fish, they can see that I am comfortable with kings as well as with paupers.

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    Winston Churchill

    If you have ten thousand regulations you destroy all respect for the law.

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    Harry S. Truman

    A leader in the Democratic Party is a boss, in the Republican Party he is a leader.

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    Milton Friedman

    Hell hath no fury like a bureaucrat scorned.

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    William Gilbert

    I always voted at my party's call, and I never thought of thinking for myself at all.

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    Roger Nash Baldwin

    So long as we have enough people in this country willing to fight for their rights, we'll be called a democracy.

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    Oscar Levant

    The only difference between the Democrats and the Republicans is that the Democrats allow the poor to be corrupt, too.

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    Thomas Sowell

    If you have always believed that everyone should play by the same rules and be judged by the same standards, that would have gotten you labeled a radical 60 years ago, a liberal 30 years ago and a racist today.

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    Dante Alighieri

    The darkest places in hell are reserved for those who maintain their neutrality in times of moral crisis.

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    Oliver Stone

    I've been to war, and it's not easy to kill. It's bloody and messy and totally horrifying, and the consequences are serious.

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    Louis D. Brandeis

    If we desire respect for the law, we must first make the law respectable.

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    E. B. White

    Democracy is the recurrent suspicion that more than half of the people are right more than half of the time.

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    Milton Friedman

    If you put the federal government in charge of the Sahara Desert, in 5 years there'd be a shortage of sand.

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    P. J. O'Rourke

    When buying and selling are controlled by legislation, the first things to be bought and sold are legislators.

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    Newt Gingrich

    Perseverance is the hard work you do after you get tired of doing the hard work you already did.

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    Woodrow Wilson

    A conservative is a man who just sits and thinks, mostly sits.

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    Joseph Stalin

    It is enough that the people know there was an election. The people who cast the votes decide nothing. The people who count the votes decide everything.

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    William Ellery Channing

    The world is governed by opinion.

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    Bernard Baruch

    Vote for the man who promises least; he'll be the least disappointing.

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    Clarence Darrow

    When I was a boy I was told that anybody could become President; I'm beginning to believe it.

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    Grover Cleveland

    Your every voter, as surely as your chief magistrate, exercises a public trust.

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    Daniel J. Boorstin

    Freedom means the opportunity to be what we never thought we would be.

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    Daniel Hannan

    You cannot spend your way out of recession or borrow your way out of debt.

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    Leo Rosten

    A conservative is one who admires radicals centuries after they're dead.

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    Woodrow Wilson

    A conservative is someone who makes no changes and consults his grandmother when in doubt.

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    Gore Vidal

    Half of the American people have never read a newspaper. Half never voted for President. One hopes it is the same half.

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    Bill Vaughan

    The Vice-Presidency is sort of like the last cookie on the plate. Everybody insists he won't take it, but somebody always does.

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    Ambrose Bierce

    Conservative, n: A statesman who is enamored of existing evils, as distinguished from the Liberal who wishes to replace them with others.

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    Gore Vidal

    Any American who is prepared to run for president should automatically, by definition, be disqualified from ever doing so.

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    Sydney Pollack

    I think it's a terrible shame that politics has become show business.

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    H. L. Mencken

    In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican.

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    Gertrude Stein

    There ain't no answer. There ain't gonna be any answer. There never has been an answer. That's the answer.

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    John Foster Dulles

    The world will never have lasting peace so long as men reserve for war the finest human qualities. Peace, no less than war, requires idealism and self-sacrifice and a righteous and dynamic faith.

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    Estelle Morris

    What politicians want to create is irreversible change because when you leave office someone changes it back again.

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    Winston Churchill

    Healthy citizens are the greatest asset any country can have.

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    Thomas B. Macaulay

    Many politicians are in the habit of laying it down as a self-evident proposition that no people ought to be free till they are fit to use their freedom. The maxim is worthy of the fool in the old story who resolved not to go into the water till he had learned to swim.

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    Gerhard Schroder

    I can't let important policy decisions hinge on the fact that an election is coming up every 90 days.

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    Martin L. Gross

    We live in a world in which politics has replaced philosophy.

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    Neal Barnard

    The beef industry has contributed to more American deaths than all the wars of this century, all natural disasters, and all automobile accidents combined.

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    Franklin D. Roosevelt

    A conservative is a man with two perfectly good legs who, however, has never learned how to walk forward.

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    Arthur C. Clarke

    I have a fantasy where Ted Turner is elected President but refuses because he doesn't want to give up power.

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    Doug Larson

    Instead of giving a politician the keys to the city, it might be better to change the locks.

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    Sandra Day O'Connor

    My hope is that 10 years from now, after I've been across the street at work for a while, they'll all be glad they gave me that wonderful vote.

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    Benjamin Disraeli

    In politics nothing is contemptible.

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    Lord Acton

    Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely.

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    George C. Wallace

    After much prayerful consideration, I feel that I must say I have climbed my last political mountain.

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    Charles de Gaulle

    In politics it is necessary either to betray one's country or the electorate. I prefer to betray the electorate.

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    Edmund Burke

    When bad men combine, the good must associate; else they will fall one by one, an unpitied sacrifice in a contemptible struggle.

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    Sandra Day O'Connor

    It is difficult to discern a serious threat to religious liberty from a room of silent, thoughtful schoolchildren.

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    Dick Gregory

    In most places in the country, voting is looked upon as a right and a duty, but in Chicago it's a sport.

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    Robert Kennedy

    Whenever men take the law into their own hands, the loser is the law. And when the law loses, freedom languishes.

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    Winston Churchill

    Politics is not a game. It is an earnest business.

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    Kin Hubbard

    We would all like to vote for the best man but he is never a candidate.

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    John Stuart Mill

    The person who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself.

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    Lady Bird Johnson

    Every politician should have been born an orphan and remain a bachelor.

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    Frank Lloyd Wright

    A free America... means just this: individual freedom for all, rich or poor, or else this system of government we call democracy is only an expedient to enslave man to the machine and make him like it.

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    John W. Gardner

    When one may pay out over two million dollars to presidential and Congressional campaigns, the U.S. government is virtually up for sale.

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    Stewart Udall

    We have, I fear, confused power with greatness.

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    William E. Simon

    Bad politicians are sent to Washington by good people who don't vote.

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    Ralph Nader

    Turn on to politics, or politics will turn on you.

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    William O. Douglas

    Free speech is not to be regulated like diseased cattle and impure butter. The audience that hissed yesterday may applaud today, even for the same performance.

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    R. Buckminster Fuller

    The end move in politics is always to pick up a gun.

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    Gary Hart

    I think there is one higher office than president and I would call that patriot.

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    Emma Goldman

    No real social change has ever been brought about without a revolution... revolution is but thought carried into action.

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    Thomas Jefferson

    I have no ambition to govern men; it is a painful and thankless office.

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    John Quincy Adams

    Always vote for principle, though you may vote alone, and you may cherish the sweetest reflection that your vote is never lost.

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    Will Rogers

    Politics has become so expensive that it takes a lot of money even to be defeated.

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    Dan Quayle

    I do have a political agenda. It's to have as few regulations as possible.

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    Abba Eban

    It is our experience that political leaders do not always mean the opposite of what they say.

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    Harry S. Truman

    All the president is, is a glorified public relations man who spends his time flattering, kissing, and kicking people to get them to do what they are supposed to do anyway.

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    Theodore White

    The flood of money that gushes into politics today is a pollution of democracy.

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    Will Rogers

    I don't make jokes. I just watch the government and report the facts.

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    Nelson Mandela

    If the United States of America or Britain is having elections, they don't ask for observers from Africa or from Asia. But when we have elections, they want observers.

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    Robert Reich

    The largest party in America, by the way, is neither the Democrats nor the Republicans. It's the party of non-voters.

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    Erich Fromm

    The successful revolutionary is a statesman, the unsuccessful one a criminal.

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    Gloria Steinem

    The first resistance to social change is to say it's not necessary.

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    Alexis de Tocqueville

    There are many men of principle in both parties in America, but there is no party of principle.

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    Carter Glass

    A liberal is a man who is willing to spend somebody else's money.

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    Ross Perot

    The activist is not the man who says the river is dirty. The activist is the man who cleans up the river.

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    Khalil Gibran

    Life without liberty is like a body without spirit.

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    Cal Thomas

    One of the reasons people hate politics is that truth is rarely a politician's objective. Election and power are.

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    Daniel J. Boorstin

    As you make your bed, so you must lie in it.

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    Pope John Paul II

    Radical changes in world politics leave America with a heightened responsibility to be, for the world, an example of a genuinely free, democratic, just and humane society.

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    Aristotle

    Politicians also have no leisure, because they are always aiming at something beyond political life itself, power and glory, or happiness.

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    Harry S. Truman

    You want a friend in Washington? Get a dog.

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    Daniel Webster

    Justice, sir, is the great interest of man on earth. It is the ligament which holds civilized beings and civilized nations together.

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    Edward Koch

    If you don't like the President, it costs you 90 bucks to fly to Washington to picket. If you don't like the Governor, it costs you 60 bucks to fly to Albany to picket. If you don't like me, 90 cents.

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    Robert Orben

    Do you ever get the feeling that the only reason we have elections is to find out if the polls were right?

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    Mark Twain

    Suppose you were an idiot, and suppose you were a member of Congress; but I repeat myself.

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    Napoleon Bonaparte

    I love power. But it is as an artist that I love it. I love it as a musician loves his violin, to draw out its sounds and chords and harmonies.

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    Mahatma Gandhi

    It is better to be violent, if there is violence in our hearts, than to put on the cloak of nonviolence to cover impotence.

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    Fidel Castro

    The revolution is a dictatorship of the exploited against the exploiters.

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    Jeane Kirkpatrick

    I was a woman in a man's world. I was a Democrat in a Republican administration. I was an intellectual in a world of bureaucrats. I talked differently. This may have made me a bit like an ink blot.

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    Charles W. Pickering

    A healthy democracy requires a decent society; it requires that we are honorable, generous, tolerant and respectful.

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    Charles de Secondat

    When the body of the people is possessed of the supreme power, it is called a democracy.

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    Sandra Day O'Connor

    It is a measure of the framers' fear that a passing majority might find it expedient to compromise 4th Amendment values that these values were embodied in the Constitution itself.

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    Milton Friedman

    Only government can take perfectly good paper, cover it with perfectly good ink and make the combination worthless.

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    Jimmy Carter

    Republicans are men of narrow vision, who are afraid of the future.

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    Herbert Hoover

    The thing I enjoyed most were visits from children. They did not want public office.

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    William Randolph

    A politician will do anything to keep his job - even become a patriot.

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    William Tecumseh Sherman

    If nominated, I will not run; if elected, I will not serve.

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    John Stuart Mill

    Conservatives are not necessarily stupid, but most stupid people are conservatives.

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    Caskie Stinnett

    A diplomat is a person who can tell you to go to hell in such a way that you actually look forward to the trip.

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    Henry B. Adams

    He too serves a certain purpose who only stands and cheers.

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    Edward Koch

    I know many writers who first dictate passages, then polish what they have dictated. I speak, then I polish - occasionally I do windows.

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    Gilbert K. Chesterton

    Tradition means giving votes to the most obscure of all classes, our ancestors. It is the democracy of the dead. Tradition refuses to submit to that arrogant oligarchy who merely happen to be walking around.

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    Mark Twain

    Principles have no real force except when one is well-fed.

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    Thomas Jefferson

    Whenever a man has cast a longing eye on offices, a rottenness begins in his conduct.

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    Emma Goldman

    If voting changed anything, they'd make it illegal.

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    Edward Kennedy

    Frankly, I don't mind not being President. I just mind that someone else is.

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    Dick Durbin

    Our party is a diverse one, as is my home state of Illinois.

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    Niccolo Machiavelli

    Politics have no relation to morals.

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    John F. Kennedy

    Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.

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    Alexander Hamilton

    Those who stand for nothing fall for anything.

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    Arnold H. Glasow

    An idea not coupled with action will never get any bigger than the brain cell it occupied.

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    Leonard Bernstein

    A liberal is a man or a woman or a child who looks forward to a better day, a more tranquil night, and a bright, infinite future.

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    Grover Cleveland

    Sensible and responsible women do not want to vote. The relative positions to be assumed by man and woman in the working out of our civilization were assigned long ago by a higher intelligence than ours.

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    Plato

    One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors.

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    R. Buckminster Fuller

    Pollution is nothing but the resources we are not harvesting. We allow them to disperse because we've been ignorant of their value.

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    Fidel Castro

    The revenues of Cuban state-run companies are used exclusively for the benefit of the people, to whom they belong.

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    J. William Fulbright

    In a democracy, dissent is an act of faith.

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    John W. Gardner

    For every talent that poverty has stimulated it has blighted a hundred.

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    Clare Boothe Luce

    The politicians were talking themselves red, white and blue in the face.

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    Dwight D. Eisenhower

    Oh, that lovely title, ex-president.

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    George Will

    Conservatives define themselves in terms of what they oppose.

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    Johnny Isakson

    You know they say the most dangerous person of the world is a member of the United States Congress just home from a three-day fact-finding trip.

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    Aristotle

    Democracy is when the indigent, and not the men of property, are the rulers.

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    Deng Xiaoping

    The United States brags about its political system, but the President says one thing during the election, something else when he takes office, something else at midterm and something else when he leaves.

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    W. C. Fields

    Hell, I never vote for anybody, I always vote against.

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    B. R. Ambedkar

    Every man who repeats the dogma of Mill that one country is no fit to rule another country must admit that one class is not fit to rule another class.

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    Louis D. Brandeis

    The most important political office is that of the private citizen.

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    Gore Vidal

    Apparently, a democracy is a place where numerous elections are held at great cost without issues and with interchangeable candidates.

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    Russell Baker

    Reporters thrive on the world's misfortune. For this reason they often take an indecent pleasure in events that dismay the rest of humanity.

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    Napoleon Bonaparte

    He who knows how to flatter also knows how to slander.

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    John Adams

    In politics the middle way is none at all.

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    Thurgood Marshall

    Our whole constitutional heritage rebels at the thought of giving government the power to control men's minds.

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    Albert Pike

    A war for a great principle ennobles a nation.

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