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Aldems' Political Quotations: Apt & Otherwise

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       -- Jim Hightower, Texas Agriculture Commissioner

    "I will die like a true-blue rebel. Don't waste any time in mourning -- organize."
       -- Joe Hill

    "Politics is the science of who gets what, when, and why."
       -- Sidney Hillman

    "The first duty of a revolutionary is to get away with it."
       -- Abbie Hoffman

    "A modern revolutionary group heads for the television station."
       -- Abbie Hoffman

    "It is ironic that the United States should have been founded by intellectuals, for throughout most of our political history, the intellectual has been for the most part either an outsider, a servant or a scapegoat."
       -- Richard Hofstadter

    "The way other people do things makes perfectly good sense to them."
       -- Horace Holman,
Vietnam vet [quoted in What Do We Tell Our Children About Vietnam?]

    "The world's great men have not commonly been great scholars, nor its great scholars great men."
       -- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.,
Autocrat of the Breakfast Table

    "See how he throws his baited lines about,/And plays his men as anglers play their trout."
       -- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.,
The Banker's Secret

    "The freeman casting, with unpurchased hand/The vote that shakes the turrets of the land."
       - Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.,
A Metrical Essay

    "Men must turn square corners when they deal with the Government."
       -- Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

    "The most stringent protection of free speech would not protect a man in falsely shouting fire in a theatre and causing a panic."
       -- Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.,
Schenck v. United States

    "This is a court of law, young man, not a court of justice."
       -- Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

    "He is used to dealing with estate workers. I cannot see how anyone can say he is out of touch."
      -- Caroline Douglas-Home
(daughter of Lord Home), 1963

   
"There are two problems in my life. The political ones are insoluble and the economic ones are incomprehensible."
       -- Alec Douglas-Home (Lord Home)

    "You will expect me to discuss the late election. Well, as nearly as I can learn, we did not have enough votes on our side."
       -- Herbert Hoover

    "When there is a lack of honor in government, the morals of the whole people are poisoned."
       -- Herbert Hoover

    "Older men declare war. But it is youth who must fight and die."
       -- Herbert Hoover

    "When we are sick, we want an uncommon doctor; when we have a construction job to do, we want an uncommon engineer, and when we are at war, we want an uncommon general. It is only when we get into politics that we are satisfied with the common man."
       -- Herbert Hoover

    "There are only two occasions when Americans respect privacy, especially in Presidents. Those are prayer and fishing."
       -- Herbert Hoover

    "Once upon a time my political opponents honored me as possessing the fabulous intellectual and economic power by which I created a worldwide depression all by myself."
       -- Herbert Hoover

    "A good many things go around in the dark besides Santa Claus."
       -- Herbert Hoover

    "I court not the votes of the fickle mob."
       -- Horace

    "Now and then an innocent man is sent to the legislature."
       -- Frank McKinney Hubbard

    "I swear to the Lord/I still can't see/Why Democracy means/Everybody but me"
       -- Langston Hughes,
The Black Man Speaks

    "Superstition, bigotry and prejudice, ghosts though they are, cling tenaciously to life; they are shades armed with tooth and claw. They must be grappled with unceasingly, for it is a fateful part of human destiny that it is condemned to wage perpetual war against ghosts. A shade is not easily taken by the throat and destroyed."
       -- Victor Hugo,
Les MisÚrables

    "When dictatorship is a fact, revolution becomes a right."
       -- Victor Hugo
 
    "It is a just political maxim, that every man must be supposed a knave."
       -- David Hume

    "I really haven't made up my mind yet. A lot of people have encouraged me to consider running, and others have cautioned against it, saying it's a good way to ruin your life."
       -- Sandy Hume,
potential candidate for congress

    "To err is human. To blame someone else is politics."
       -- Hubert H. Humphrey

    "There are not enough jails, not enough policemen, not enough courts to enforce a law not supported by the people."
       -- Hubert H. Humphrey

    "The right to be heard does not automatically include the right to be taken seriously."
       -- Hubert H. Humphrey

    "Anyone who thinks that the vice-president can take a position independent of the president of his administration simply has no knowledge of politics or government. You are his choice in a political marriage, and he expects your absolute loyalty."
       -- Hubert H. Humphrey

    "I learnt more about politics during one South Dakota dust storm than in seven years at the university."
       -- Hubert H. Humphrey

    "The Senate is a place filled with goodwill and good intentions, and if the road to hell is paved with them, then it's a pretty good detour."
       -- Hubert H. Humphrey

    "Never give in and never give up."
       -- Hubert H. Humphrey

    "Compassion is not weakness, and concern for the unfortunate is not socialism."
       -- Hubert H. Humphrey

    "Here we are the way politics ought to be in America; the politics of happiness, the politics of purpose and the politics of joy."
       -- Hubert H. Humphrey

    "Idealism is the noble toga that political gentlemen drape over their will to power."
       -- Aldous Huxley

    "So long as men worship the Caesars and Napoleons, Caesars and Napoleons will duly arise and make them miserable."
       -- Aldous Huxley

    "The results of political changes are hardly ever those which their friends hope or their foes fear."
       -- Thomas Henry Huxley

    "There are so many women on the floor of Congress, it looks like a mall"
       -- Henry Hyde (R-IL)

    "It is inexcusable for scientists to torture animals; let them make their experiments on journalists and politicians."
       -- Henrik Ibsen

    "You should never have your best trousers on when you go out to fight for freedom and truth"
       -- Henrik Ibsen   

    "The golden rule has no place in a political campaign."
       -- John James Ingalls

    "It takes in reality only one to make a quarrel. It is useless for the sheep to pass resolutions in favour of vegetarianism, while the wolf remains of a different opinion."
       -- William Ralph Inge

    "A nation is a society united by a delusion about its ancestry and by common hatred of its neighours.
       -- William Ralph Inge
 
    "Every man is dishonest who lives upon the labor of others, no matter if he occupies a throne."
       -- Robert Green Ingersoll

    "In Texas, we do not hold high expectations for the [governor's] office; it's mostly been occupied by crooks, dorks and the comatose."
       -- Molly Ivins

    "As they say around the [Texas] Legislature, if you can't drink their whiskey, screw their women, take their money, and vote against 'em anyway, you don't belong in office."
       -- Molly Ivins

    "Good thing we've still got politics in Texas -- finest form of free entertainment ever invented."
       -- Molly Ivins

    "Any nation that can survive what we have lately in the way of government, is on the high road to permanent glory."
       -- Molly Ivins

    "The first rule of holes: when you're in one, stop digging."
       -- Molly Ivins

    "Take time to deliberate; but when the time for action arrives, stop thinking and go in."
       -- Andrew Jackson

    "It is to be regretted that the rich and powerful too often bend the acts of government to their own selfish purposes."
       -- Andrew Jackson

    "I didn't shoot Henry Clay and I didn't hang John Calhoun."
       -- Andrew Jackson,
on things he should have done

    "One man with courage makes a majority."
       -- Andrew Jackson

    "I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of God than live in that palace at Washington."
       -- Rachel Donaldson Jackson

    "George Bush has met more foreign heads of state than I have. But a substantial number of them were dead."
       -- Jesse Jackson

    "I hear that melting-pot stuff a lot, and all I can say is that we haven't melted."
       -- Jesse Jackson

    "When we're unemployed, we're called lazy; when the whites are unemployed it's called a depression."
       -- Jesse Jackson

    "In politics, an organized minority is a political majority."
       -- Jesse Jackson

    "Deliberation and debate is the way you stir the soul of our democracy."
       -- Jesse Jackson

    "No one should negotiate their dreams. Dreams must be free to flee and fly high. No government, no legislature, has a right to limit your dreams. You should never agree to surrender your dreams."
       -- Jesse Jackson

    "Our dreams must be stronger than our memories. We must be pulled by our dreams, rater than pushed by our memories."
       -- Jesse Jackson

    "Leadership has a harder job to do than just choose sides. It must bring sides together."
       -- Jesse Jackson

    "Time is neutral and does not change things. With courage and initiative, leaders change things."
       -- Jesse Jackson

    "I know they are all environmentalists. I heard a lot of my speeches recycled."
       -- Jesse Jackson,
on the 1992 campaign

    "If you run, you might lose. If you don't run, you're guaranteed to lose."
       -- Jesse Jackson

    ""Common ground. America is not a blanket woven from one thread, one color, one cloth. When I was a child growing up in Greenville, South Carolina my grandmamma could not afford a blanket, she didn't complain and we did not freeze. Instead she took pieces of old cloth - patches, wool, silk, gabardine, crockersack - only patches, barely good enough to wipe off your shoes with. But they didn't stay that way very long. With sturdy hands and a strong cord, she sewed them together into a quilt, a thing of beauty and power and culture.... Be as wise as my grandmamma. Pull the patches and the pieces together, bound by a common thread. When we form a great quilt of unity and common ground, we'll have the power to bring about health care and housing and jobs and education and hope to our Nation."
       -- Jesse Jackson ,
speech before the 1988 Democratic National Convention

    "In the Bob Hope Golf Classic, the participation of President Gerald Ford was more than enough to remind you that the nuclear button was at one stage at the disposal of a man who might have either pressed it by mistake or else pressed it deliberately in order to obtain room service."
       -- Clive James

    "We have lost the power even of imagining what the ancient idealization of poverty could have meant; the liberation from material attachments, the unbribed soul, the manlier indifference, the paying our way by what we are or do and not by what we have, the right to fling away our life at any moment irresponsibly, the more athletic trim, in short, the moral fighting shape. When we of the so-called better classes are scared as men were never scared in history at material ugliness and hardship; when we put off marriage until our house can be artistic, and quake at the thought of having a child without a bank-account and doomed to manual labor, it is time for thinking men to protest against so unmanly and irreligious a state of opinion."
       -- William James,
Varieties of Religious Experience

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